05 February 2014 @ 05:33 pm
DIY lampshades?  
   I redo a lot of lamps (rewire-cannibalize) but am constantly short on decent lampshades. Plenty of ugly or the wrong shape, as I'm mostly looking for drums or at least fairly mid century types. I've started investigating DIYing better than what I'm finding, but I was wondering if anyone had any other ideas, experience, etc.  So far I made one out of half a globe (pictured below-if anyone wants to know how I did that just ask) and I'm currently trying to figure out covering shades with contact paper, as I actually have a stash of these small ones that are stained so can't be used as is, but can be covered. I'm considering edging the inside with some kind of tape to secure (hide) the edges but if anyone has ideas on better ways of doing this that doesn't involve fabric, mainly because I suck at fabric. And I find plenty of frames cheap.  I'm also going to experiment with wrapping a balloon with twine. And I have some naugahyde remnants that might be fun to work with. Any other ideas would be great.



 
 
 
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jamsmolasses on February 6th, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)
lampshade made from slides?



here's a way/another one

http://photoslidelampshade.wordpress.com/
rainarana: lucyrainarana on February 6th, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
OMG, that is seriously cool. If only I had some slides. Gonna keep a look out for some now.
jamsmolasses on February 6th, 2014 12:59 am (UTC)
the woman/maker in the first shot got the case with the slides at a thrift for $10, then sold the case alone for $40. on craiglist, and used the slides for the lampshade.

i love that story!
rainarana: lucyrainarana on February 6th, 2014 01:07 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, I resell stuff all the time, have a few good ones, but the best is a "print" I bought for $45 that turned out to be an actual painting which I'm going to be sending off to LA Modern Auctions. They estimate the selling price at between $3,000 and $5,000. It's a Jimmy Ernst, Max's son.
jamsmolasses on February 6th, 2014 01:07 am (UTC)
that's so awesome!
lapenn: book teaselapenn on February 6th, 2014 03:35 am (UTC)
I love those. I actually have slides, but they are of pictures I took, and I'm not sure I want to risk scratching them up by having them out all the time. But I do love the look -- so nice and funky.
(rhyme writer): Harvest Moonrymrytr on February 6th, 2014 07:32 am (UTC)


Any "old" film should do... photos or on reels. Good Will types of stores. Maybe Deseret industries... Local film processing labs might be able to tell you what they do with the unclaimed...

rainarana: lucyrainarana on February 6th, 2014 03:59 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea. I'm going to start scouring thrift stores for old film reels and the like. I actually have a square lamp shade frame that this would work really well for.
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