I created this lamp for a crafty challenge on another site, but it was something that I've been puzzling out for a while.
I was inspired by <a href="http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_home_accessories/article/0,1789,HGTV_3255_2334731,00.html ">this</a> and <a href="http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=68694.0">this</a> (can't see those pics though....)
The total time listed for this project does not include the overnight drying time of the glue and paint.
<i>Edit May 7, 2008: It's an <b>honor</b> to be the featured project!! Thank you!!</i>
I'm not sure how true this is, but it is possible that xrays emit fumes that can be hazardous to your health. It might have something to do with the composition of the film paper. mri, ct, xrays are all printed on same paper and may contain trace amounts of silver which can be dangerous to touch as well, but that could just be in large amounts.
If you are wary of such things, then don't make this lamp!!
Start by removing the glass and cardboard backing from the frames. Measure the long side of the frame and cut the dowels to that size.