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From Glow Bug Pupa to Adult Firefly

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 03:20 AM
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by Jules ( last modified Oct 10, 2011



Smila Bagge, red and black sharpie pens, green acrylic paint

We put together a great little nursery, with lots of items from Ikea, for my son. We intended the SMILA BAGGE wall lamp to be his night light for the room. One problem we encountered was that the lamp just put out too much light in the room overall and was not as conducive to rocking the baby down to sleep as we hoped.

At first, in desperation, we went for the "un-hack hack" of throwing a little receiving blanket over the plastic shade. This definitely did the trick but looked like a glowing rag on the wall. One always had to be careful about placement of the blanket to avoid a possible fire hazard as well.

As a more permanent solution I decided the BAGGE needed to evolve a bit more and turn into a firefly. This is a little more than a simple re-paint because we are changing the function of the lamp itself but it is a very simple cosmetic hack. In truth this hack is really increasing the opaqueness of sections of the inside of the shade.

I recommend simple acrylic hobby paint, in green (black or white would work as well), and the fat standard sharpies, one in red and one in black. You will also need some Q-tips. Obviously, you can make your SMILA FEIRFLE however you choose. (Ikea name pending.) You could choose to completely darken the eyes for a more realistic look. The below steps should give you plenty of ideas of how to make your BAGGE a little more mellow and unique.

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