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23 Jun 10:08

Safe Materials for Lamp Shades

by Aanya

With the non-flammable materials, you can easily update the old lamp shade.

 Glass

Glass offers a vast range of color and texture option. Colored glass can cast a colored right to add a subtle ambiance to the space. Some glass includes bubbles within for visual interest. You can use glass shades from old lamps to create a non-flammable lampshade. You can affix glass pieces in a mosaic pattern to pressure-sensitive styrene shades.

Metal

Metal offers several options in terms of color and finish, and it is another non-flammable option for a lamp shade.

At most home improvement stores, you can find punched tin. Punched tin shades are rustic in appearance and offer a range of patterns. Punched tin is flexible enough to bend around a lamp shade frame. If you like, you can punch holes in the tin. So, light shines through to reflect an interesting pattern on your walls.

Copper is another material to make an interesting lamp shade. It develops an attractive patina for an antique look over time.

Paper and Fabric

If you want to use paper and fabric, you need to affix them to a pressure-sensitive non-flammable styrene shade base because they are flammable.

Wallpaper with an adhesive backing offers a wide range of colors, patterns and textures. Shade made of paper can suit almost any décor.

Fabric also offers a range of options. Please use cloth doilies over top of a pressure-sensitive styrene base for an unusual shade.

Shells, Wood and Ribbons

Affixing wood to a pressure-sensitive styrene shade base can create a shade with natural appeal as wood it is warm and natural. Lightweight twigs are ideal for rustic, natural styles while chopsticks create an Asian theme.

Shells offers several options in terms of color and a more modern flair. It is another material that adds natural beauty. Shells can be affixed to the shade base and leave them natural. Of course, you can paint them to match your décor.

Wrapping ribbons around a lamp shade base can create another interesting effect, and lend a softer touch to your decor.

Sizing for Safety

You must keep in mind safety if you want to create lamp shades with unusual lamp shade materials. The higher wattage the bulb, the more heat it will generate. The bulb needs more space around it to ventilate the heat and prevent fire.

To prevent overheating and fire, please look at the critical radius, a standardized measurement.

For instance, there should be at least 2 to 2-7/8 inches of space between the filament and the inside edge of the shade for 26- to 60-watt bulbs.

If the top of the shade becomes hot after turning the lamp on for about five minutes, you need a lager shade.

 

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23 Jun 10:08

Spray Painting a Lamp Shade

by Aanya

With the right can of spray paint, you can easily change the color of you lamp shade or other accessories.

Before purchasing the right kind of spray paint, you need to identify the material of which the lamp shade is made. Some paints can be used on a variety of materials, but some can only be used on plastic, metal, fabric or other materials. You have to use a spray paint designed for outdoor use if your lamp shade will be used on a lamp located on a sun porch or other area that will be exposed to outdoor conditions.

Besides, you can turn to finishes to complement any décor. For instance, you can paint your lamp shade to look like marble or granite. If you don’t want paint the entire lampshade you need to use stencils to add decorative borders. Hold the stencil in place with painter’s tape and wait for the paint to dry completely before removing it if you use a stencil.

Please take the item to a well-ventilated area, like any other spray painting project. Place a layer of newspaper or a drop cloth on to the work surface. Reading the manufacturer’s instructions before applying the paint.

 

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23 Jun 10:08

The Basics of a Lamp Shade

by Aanya

The outside of a lampshade is made of fabric, glass, metal or paper. And, the spider, fitter and a harp and finial can help to affix the lampshade to the lamp base.

Function

A lampshade is a fixture that covers the light bulb on a lamp to diffuse the light it emits.

Features

Lampshades can be made out of a wide variety of materials like paper, glass, fabric or stone. If it is made of fabric or paper, it requires metal frame to hold the material in place.

Identification

Spider fitters are set on top of a lamp harp, and secured with a finial. Uno fitters are attached to the lamp itself below the light bulb. The harp is typically seated below the socket.

Types

A spider fitting requires a harp and a U-shaped piece of metal with a screw on the top. The harp can slide through the opening in the spider with the screw. Besides, this screw allows you to screw the finial onto the top to secure the lampshade in place.

Warning

You have to use the same kind of fitter for lampshade and lamp base.

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23 Jun 10:08

How to Make Lampshade With Fabric

by Aanya

It is time to make your own lamp shades with an updated, bold fabric.

  • Purchase a round lamp shade frame. Place a piece of wire on the top and bottom of the frame as a marker.
  • Place a large sheet of butcher paper on a table.
  • Find the place where the wire is at the edge of the paper, place the bottom of the frame on it. Roll the frame across the paper and track the bottom edge of the lamp at the same time. Stop this process once you get back to the wire. Do the same thing on the top of the frame. Draw a line to connect the top and bottom lines on each side to get a crescent-shaped pattern.
  • Cut the shade pattern from the butcher paper.
  • Place the fabric used to make shade on a flat surface with the wrong side up. Gently apply spray glue on the back of paper and lay it on top of the fabric. Cut around the pattern, leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance on the fabric. Before the glue dries completely, you need to remove the paper pattern.
  • Remove wire from the frame, and use spray glue to spray the frame.
  • Place the shade frame on the fabric, and make sure the seam allowance is the same on the top and bottom. Roll the fabric over the frame to cover the wires. When you get to the end, you should fold the edge. Hold the seam in place with fabric glue. At the top and bottom, you need to fold the top and bottom seam allowances neatly over the wire. Use fabric glue to glue the seams down.
  • Let the shade to dry completely.

Tips

With this same method, you can also cover an existing shade. When placing the new fabric on the old shade, you have to smooth out any creases.

Considering of the fumes, you had better use the spray glue outside.

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23 Jun 10:08

How to Choose Lampshade For Your Lamp

by Aanya

Matching a lamp shade to a lamp can create a pleasing combination. For example, matching a subtle shade on an understated lamp base creates a calm aura.

Purpose

The type of shade can be determined by the purpose a lamp serves. For instance, a shade for a desk lamp or reading lamp had better provide directs light down onto the desktop or onto reading material.

Ambiance

No matter what the ambiance of your room, the right lamp can contribute to the décor including drama, tranquility, energy or playfulness. For a bland lamp base in a peaceful corner you can match it with a shade that tones down the bulb. For a whimsical base, you can add a brightly patterned shade to get a touch of fun. For a hanging pendant light, place a themed shade to tie together a room.

Material

Please use the material which should complement the lamp base as well as the rest of the room to make a shade. For instance, you can try some traditional or wildly innovative materials like paper silk or other fabric shades. Sleek glass and metal have been used to make lampshades for centuries. You can use those materials if you’re restoring a home with converted antique gaslights.

Style and Size

A simple shade frame can be covered with pleated, tucked or draped materials of any color and texture. Actually, even a simple round drum shade can enliven a drab space. So, square or rectangular shades with square-based lamps and round shades with curved or rounded bases are very common in life.

When you view the lamp from its intended display height, the shade should cover the lamp hardware. And, the table lampshade should be long enough, so when you are seated you can’t see the switch. The shade should hide the switch when you stand next to the lamp.

If the shade is slightly wider than the lamp base and it makes up approximately the top one-third of the total lamp height, the table lamp appears nicely balanced.

The dimension is very important when selecting shade for a floor lamp. However, when selecting it, the texture and color may overshadow size. For a floor lamp, it is very easy to spot a disproportionately undersized shade. Choosing an oversized shade can make the floor lamp unstable.

Safety

It is very important to choose a shade that allows plenty of air space between the bulb and the shade because many lampshades are made of materials that are potentially flammable.

Typically, a shade that fits over a lamp harp is a safe distance from the bulb. The shape of the lampshade helps to extract heat from the lamp. A shade with a narrow top opening may allow heat to build up inside the shade, while a large, open shade allows heated air to dissipate.

Turning the lamp for five minutes and then touching the top of the shade is a good way to check for ample ventilation. You had better select a more open style if the shade is hot. Or, you can switch to energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs that burn cooler than incandescent bulbs.

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23 Jun 10:08

How to Repair Lamp Shades

by Aanya

Over time, there are some problems on lamp shade. Fortunately, it is very easy to repair lamp shade.

Use a soft brush attachment to vacuum the lamp shade to remove all dust and dirt. Check the part of the bulb that has been degummed. If the side seams run from the top to the bottom of the shade, you can open the seam up to the point where it sticks.

Pour a small amount of white glue onto a paper plate, and moisten the paintbrush. Along the edge of the fabric or paper, brush 1/4 inch. Usually, you can follow the line of the former glue to brush it. Paint the underside of the other part of the shade. Next, press these two sections together. Hold the two materials together until the glue dries by using a bull clamp at the rim wire closest to the repair.

If the old tape has become damaged, stained or is no longer in good shape, remove it around the top or bottom ring of a shade and cut where the damage starts.

Use a measuring tape and scissors to measure and cut contrasting color 1/2-inch bias ribbon to fit around the ring. Add 1/2 inch for overlap. Apply both sides of any remaining tape to the lamp shade. Place the bias tape over the tape on the lamp. Fold bias tape in half. During the process of glue dries, hold the tape in place every inch or two with clothespins.

If you cannot find bias tape in the color you want, you can try grosgrain ribbon. At the lamp shade seam, you can begin to use your ribbon and lap the end by 1/4 inch. It is recommended to use enough glue and clothespins to stick it well.

Cut a small amount of onionskin paper the size and shape of the tear to repair a torn. At the location of the tear, you can pain the inside of the shade and position the onionskin over the glue. To make the tear become less visible, you are supposed to paint another coat of glue over the top of the onion skin.

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23 Jun 10:08

Tips for Choosing the Right Lampshade

by Aanya

Have you ever find the right lamp shade? The perfect right lamp shade plays a role in the overall room design and décor, softens light, and blocks the glare of a bare bulb.

Fittings

The fitting of lamp helps to narrow the search. In general, there are three different fittings, a spider, washer fitting, an uno design or a clip-on installation.

It is very easy to recognize clip-on shades which have a metal clip that attaches directly to the light bulb.

Spider, or washer, fittings have a tiny spindle positioned above the light bulb, and they usually rest on the top of harp. When checking the lamp shades designed to fit a spider fitting, you will find there is a small washer in the center of the top of the shade that rests on the spindle.

Uno fittings is located just below the base of the light bulb. There is a hole in the middle of the frame and it is large enough to fit around the base of a bulb.

Color and Pattern

Lamp shade comes in different colors or patterns. To make a designer lamp stand out, you can choose simple colors and patterns. To make a statement with a simple lamp, you can choose a bold shad. To brighten up a room, you can choose lighter shades. To control light and set a mood, you can use darker shades.

Shape

There are many different shades. For instance, you can choose drum or oval shades to match the modern or contemporary décor. As a general rule, the shape of shade should match the shape of the lamp. However, if you plan to use it with a table lamp, you can match it to the shape of the table.

Size

Starting with the height of the shade to size the lamp shade.

The shade should be roughly two-thirds the height of the lamp, an about twice the width of the lamp at its widest part, suggested by Apartment Therapy. Regan Billingsley Interiors says, “choosing a shade with a bottom diameter of less than 16 inches for table lamps, or greater than 16 inches for floor lamps.”

In fact, the wider the top of the shade, the more light it projects into the room.

Construction

Shades with smooth, stretched fabric offer a more modern look than pleated designs, and are much easier to clean. Box pleats offer a compromise between these two looks if you want just a bit of texture without looking too dated.

Compared with pleated designs, shades with smooth, stretched fabric offer a more modern look and are much easier to clean. If you want just a bit of texture without looking too dated, you can try box pleats because they offer a compromise between these two looks.

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23 Jun 10:08

DIY a Clip-on Lamp Shade

by Aanya

Do you know how to make your own clip-on lamp shade?

Look for 16-gauge wire, and cut five 10-inch sections. Use needlenose pliers to bend both ends of each wire piece into a hook. Use needlenose pliers again to hold the wire 1 inch from the end. Next, twist the pliers to bend the wire into a “U” shape.

Hook one end of a wire onto the 7-inch craft ring. Use needlenose pliers to securely bend the wire around the ring. Wrap the wire around the ring. Use pliers to squeeze the wire to hold it in place on the ring. Repeat this with the last four 10-inch sections of wire. Make sure the five 10-inch sections of wire are evenly spaced around the ring.

Hook and secure the other end of each of the five 10-inch sections of wire over the 5-inch craft ring.

Find a 16-gauge wire, and cut a 24-inch section. Use needlenose pliers to bend the wire in half. Hold the loose ends together. Bend the wires into a 2 inches “U” shape in the center.

Find a 20-gauge wire, and cut a 4-inch section. Measure 3 inches from the base of the “U”. Squeeze both sides of the “U” together. To secure the sides together, please wrap the 20-gauge wire around the indented section of the “U”. Separate the bottom of the “U”, approximately 4 inches, fitting over a light bulb. This is the clip-on section of lamp shade, and  make sure it is not too tight for the light bulb.

Use needlenose pliers to make a hook at both ends of the clip-on section. Hook and secure

the clip-on piece onto the 5-inch craft ring as you did in step 2.

Prepare a blank sheet of craft paper, and lay the lamp shade frame on its side on top of it. Mark a line above the 5-inch ring and below the 7-inch ring. When you draw a line onto the paper below the 7-inch ring and above the 5-inch ring, roll the lamp shade one complete turn. Measure up 1 inch above and below the top line. Next, separately draw another line running horizontally to it. Add 1 inch to one end. Next, draw a perpendicular line from top to bottom. Now, cut out the template for your lamp shade cover.

Place the template on the fabric and trim it. Use fabric glue to attach the fabric cover to the wire lamp shade frame. Along the 5-inch craft ring, run a head of glue. Place the fabric on top and fold it 1 inch on the ring. Before the glue drying, clip clothes pins over the fabric and the wire to secure it. Repeat this to secure the fabric to the bottom of the shade frame. Finally, let the glue dry.

Tips: It is recommended to string beads to 10-inch sections of wire and attach them to the craft.

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23 Jun 10:08

What Kind of Paint to Use on Lamp Shades

by Aanya

When your fabric lampshade looks dingy or metal lampshade is dated, you can paint it a new color to make a “new” lamp.

Fabric Paint

Cloth can try fabric paint which can stand up to some abuse from dusters and heat from a very hot bulb. You can get this paint at art supply and craft stores. Choose a darker paint color and paint over a solid color fabric shade for best results. Fabric paint bonds should not crack or flake on the lampshade. Use an adhesive cloth tape band to edge a newly painted lampshade, creating a crisp, finished look.

Watercolors

If you have small strings of paper lanterns, larger bamboo and paper pendants you can use watercolors. Use shimmering iridescent watercolor craft paints to transform a plain white paper shade. These paints are stored in small jars in a myriad of bright colors. Wet the cake in the jar. On the shade, brush paint thickly. Then, the paint will dry a paler hue to create a handcrafted look. The color may fade over time. But, you can repaint it to get a new look.

Hobby Paint and Faux Finishes

Hobby paints come in a rainbow of colors as well as metallic finishes, translucent shades and pastels. This inexpensive paint can turn an old shade into the accessory du jour. Use a flat brush to apply them on a smaller shade. Once the first coat dries, test it on light areas.

Verdigris, another hobby paint, can produce a rich faux finish on a metal lamp shade.

As long as you take the multi-part painting process using acrylic paints, or just get a kit, you can create faux verdigris. And faux verdigris kits contain a two-part formula. Paint copper paint over the shade. Next, use an aged turquoise-green patina to paint reactive liquid over that to color the copper.

Spray Paint

To create a nice, opaque, modern finish, you can spray paint an old lamp shade. To customize the shade, you can buy the lampshade colors of your dreams or you even can use whatever is gathering dust on the shelf in the garage.

It is recommended to make two coats to get solid coverage.

Place the lamp on its base after the first coat is dry. Then, turn on the light bulb. Make sure cover them well with the second coat, please look for spots where the light shines through.

If your lamps are elegant with a matte finish, you had better use high gloss in a bright color or shiny black on a show-off, dramatic drum shade.

 

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23 Jun 10:08

DIY: How To Make a Lampshade Cover

by Aanya

Updating the old or damaged lamp shade with fresh new colors or patterns can add a touch of interest to any room.

  1. Use a tape to measure the height and width of the lamp shade. Considering the folds, please add six inches to the width and height of your measurements. Measure the widest part of the lamp shade for cone-shaped shades.
  2. According to the measurements, cut the fabric. Place the fabric on a flat surface with the fabric interior facing up. And then place the lampshade on the corner of the fabric with the existing seams down.
  3. Roll lamp shade along the fabric and use a fabric pen or chalk to mark its outline. Roll the shade straight across beginning at the seam, for cylindrical shades, and ending when you reach the seam again. Of course, you need to mark it as you roll. You need to roll the lamp shade along the fabric following it natural path beginning at the seam and ending when you reach the seam again if your shade has a cone shape. To trace the bottom of the shade, you need to do this one more time.
  4. Add 1/4 inch to the width of the lampshade pattern and 1 inch to the top and bottom. Cut the pattern from the fabric.
  5. Place the pattern flat with the inner side of the fabric facing up. Use fabric glue or hot glue to glue the start of the fabric to the seam. Leave 1 inch of fabric at the top and bottom to folds. Press down on the seam to make sure it is flat and dry.
  6. Use fabric glue spray to spray the remaining fabric pattern. Roll the lamp shade onto the fabric slowly beginning at the attached seam, letting the fabric lie flat onto the shade. When the whole shade has been covered with fabric, you can stop rolling. Keep any excess fabric at the seams from touching the shade.
  7. To create a smooth edge, you need to fold over the remaining fabric at the seam. Adhere the remaining fabric to the shade with the fabric glue or hot glue gun, creating a clean seam. Press firmly to ensure the seam is flat.
  8. Fold over the top and bottom of the edges of the fabric to the inside of the lamp shade. Use clothespins or binder clips to secure the edges until the glue is dry.
  9. Along the top and bottom edges of the shade, use fabric glue or hot glue to attach a trim to add a decorative touch.

Tips

  • Before using spray glue, you need to use newspaper or other disposable materials to cover your workspace to protect the surface from damage.
  • After covering the shade, you can attach ribbon, fabric flowers or rhinestone to give your new lamp a little added personality.

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23 Jun 10:08

Hemp Rope Ceiling Pendant Light Shades Pumpkin Shape

by Aanya

Socket Specs: medium base E27/E26. Can be used worldwide. Suitable for 110-120/220-240V.

We recommend long-lasting, low-wattage LED bulbs, Edison bulbs and CFL bulbs.

Showcase

Showcase Hemp Rope Pendant Light Shades

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23 Jun 10:08

Hemp Rope Ceiling Pendant Light Shades Round House Shape

by Aanya

Socket Specs: medium base E27/E26. Can be used worldwide. Suitable for 110-120/220-240V.

We recommend long-lasting, low-wattage LED bulbs, Edison bulbs and CFL bulbs.

Showcase

Showcase Hemp Rope Pendant Light Shades

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23 Jun 10:08

Hemp Rope Ceiling Pendant Light Shades UFO Shape

by Aanya

Socket Specs: medium base E27/E26. Can be used worldwide. Suitable for 110-120/220-240V.

We recommend long-lasting, low-wattage LED bulbs, Edison bulbs and CFL bulbs.

Showcase

Showcase Hemp Rope Pendant Light Shades

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23 Jun 10:08

Hemp Rope Ceiling Pendant Light Shades Sphere Shape

by Aanya

Socket Specs: medium base E27/E26. Can be used worldwide. Suitable for 110-120/220-240V.

We recommend long-lasting, low-wattage LED bulbs, Edison bulbs and CFL bulbs.

Showcase

Showcase Hemp Rope Pendant Light Shades

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23 Jun 10:08

Hemp Rope Ceiling Pendant Light Shades Vase Shape

by Aanya

Socket Specs: medium base E27/E26. Can be used worldwide. Suitable for 110-120/220-240V.

We recommend long-lasting, low-wattage LED bulbs, Edison bulbs and CFL bulbs.

Showcase

Showcase Hemp Rope Pendant Light Shades

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23 Jun 10:08

Hemp Rope Ceiling Pendant Light Shades Yurt Shape

by Aanya

Socket Specs: medium base E27/E26. Can be used worldwide. Suitable for 110-120/220-240V.

We recommend long-lasting, low-wattage LED bulbs, Edison bulbs and CFL bulbs.

Showcase

Showcase Hemp Rope Pendant Light Shades

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23 Jun 10:08

Hemp Rope Pendant Light Shades Ceiling Lamp Shades

by FisherLight
23 Jun 10:08

Eco-friendly & Sustainable Lamp Shades

by FisherLight