Saturday, December 8, 2012

25 Days of Ornaments: A Christmas Story leg lamp

I'm going to go out on a limb and make a bold prediction: This fusible-bead leg lamp ornament from A Christmas Story is going to be my favorite ornament this year. It makes me laugh every time I see it.

This is an original ornament, and I basically just fooled around with the Perler beads until it resembled the shape I wanted. I used both solid yellow and clear neon yellow beads in the lampshade, which ended up being a smart choice -- now, hanging on the tree, the light really comes through the clear beads, making the lampshade more lampshade-like. If I was doing it again, I'd probably only use the clear yellow beads in that section. I'm still up in the air about adding fringe -- you could probably string it through each black hole on the bottom of the lampshade.

I won't post an actual pattern as I think you can see how to lay out the beads pretty clearly from the photo. But if you have any questions, please post in the comments!

While I love this ornament, I still have mixed feelings about A Christmas Story. I hated that movie when I was a kid, but it was on TV all the time during the holidays, so it's sort of grown on me
 -- it feels traditional, even if I don't always fully enjoy the actual watching of it. Having said that, the leg lamp scenes are pretty funny.


Copyright © 2012 Melinda Mahaffey, all rights reserved. This pattern or its finished product may not be reproduced, sold or distributed – mechanically, electronically, or by any other means, including posting to websites – without written permission from Melinda Mahaffey. The pattern and the finished product is for personal use only.
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