Make Your Own Lampshades
When redecorating your room, you may be faced with looking for
new lampshades (or perhaps a lampshade you currently have has
gotten damaged). So why not make your own!
If your lamp currently has a lampshade on it, half of the
battle is already won! You have a base to start building your new
shade. When selecting a material for your new shade, you can use
paper, fabrics, plastic, or any heat-resistant material. Do keep
in mind though, that the surface of a 100-watt light bulb can
reach over 200 degrees and could cause a fire hazard. Make sure
the material you choose for a lampshade is either far enough from
the light bulb, or is fire-resistant.
Next, have fun! Take a trip to your local craft store or
fabric store and get some ideas for your fabric or other material
for your shade. Remember, the more transparent the material, the
more the color of your light will change by the material. If you
use a lightweight, transparent green sheer material, your
finished lamp will give off a greenish glow. On the other hand, a
heavy piece of velvet (or how about some thin strips of tree
bark) won't allow much light through at all. Light will escape
from the top or bottom of the lamp only. Keep this in mind as you
plan your new lampshade.
To begin making your new lampshade, you will need the
measurements of the current shade. If possible, take the old
shade apart by carefully cutting it along it's seams. You can
then use this as a template for your new lampshade. However,
don't be stifled by the old shade! You can easily create an
entirely new look with a piece of rigid wire, bending it into a
new shape for a new shade. In this case, making a new cover may
be a little trickier, but the process is the same. Simply cover
the lampshade frame with your material. For fabric you can sew
the seams or glue it. The same is true for other materials. If
the glue is far enough away from the light bulb, you can even use
hot melt glue.
The best part of making your own lampshades is that if you
don't like your creation, or you redecorate your room, you can
quickly and inexpensively make a new lampshade.
Dean Novosat holds a degree in Scenery and Lighting Design
from Frankling & Marshall College and he uses his knowledge
and experience with theatrical lighting in the home. He feels the
home is just a blank canvas or stage that we choose to live in!
He is the webmaster of http://www.only-lamp-shades.com
and he enjoys using light in unique and different ways in the
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