Candice Morrison Lamp Shades August 29th, 2018 - 05:17:34
Your own custom lampshade at home there are different sized lampshade kits available, but today I'm using the extra large kit, which will end up making a lampshade 18 inches in diameter and 16 inches high. We have the lampshade rings, the adhesive polystyrene, which is the thick plastic, e-stop Fatman shades, and they are lap shape. A molding wand or orange stick and find the clips, and the great thing about this kit is that some of these items can be difficult to find and everything is measured out perfectly to size.
So you don't have to go hunting around for everything. What the lampshade kit doesn't include is the fabric or whatever you're, going to decorate your lampshade with. For me, I have this pretty funky gray and orange print. It's a medium weight. Cotton and you'll need a piece of fabric, that's at least 20 inches by 16. Inches for this particular kit, the first step is to apply the polystyrene to the fabric, make sure your fabric is a wrinkle, free iron, it really well. So there aren't creases in your final lampshade.
Lay the fabric face down peel back a small section of the polystyrene sheet. Apply the sticky side of the polystyrene to the back of the fabric, the best way to apply it. The polystyrene to the fabric is in a continuous motion of peeling back the backing and pressing down the adhesive side onto the fabric, peel and press peel and press next you'll want to trim the excess fabric away trim. So there is a half inch of fabric overhanging from each side, except for one of the short sides where you cut it. Flush you'll now have two long sides and one short side with a fabric overhang for that short side glued down the fabric onto the polystyrene. This will face the outside of the lampshade.
Once your fabric is applied to the polystyrene roll it up into a cylinder using the binder clips to hold it in place. Leave the arms of the top binder clip facing up then take the top lampshade ring and insert it into the cylinder make sure the washer is facing down into the cylinder rest. The ring between the arms of the binder clip you put down first then use the other binder clips to secure the ring to the edge of the polystyrene. You may need to adjust the size of the cylinder at this point, so it's snug grab your glue and an old paintbrush and apply glue to some of the overhanging fabric.
This glue gets tacky after about 10 seconds, at which point you can press the fabric down. Then grab your orange stick and use it to gently tuck the fabric up behind the ring continue doing this around the cylinder when you're done with the top ring flip the lampshade over and do the same for the bottom ring. Your shade should be fully dry in just a couple of hours, so finish, gluing down the top and the bottom ring, and the final step is to just take care of this seam here and glue it down.
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