Annmarie Bullock Lamp Shades November 09th, 2018 - 09:45:05
This stuff is really thin and really flexible, but I decided to soak it in the bathtub for about 15 minutes just to make sure that it would Bend without cracking. I forgot to cut it to width first, but I still did it afterward with a straight edge and a utility knife. The stuff is so thin. It cuts very easily. Once I had it cut down, I added some glue to one in and then just rolled it up into a roll.
I used some clamps to hold it in this position, but because it was so wet and so thin, it was starting to warp a little bit where the two pieces met. So instead I got a couple of scraps held them over the joint just to make even clamping pressure throughout. I had it clamps all the way and let it dry overnight. Once this dried, I took the clamps off and it held this position perfectly. No one problem here and I'll talk about it later is that it's not a perfect circle, but it's not really a big deal.
I didn't get the pieces perfectly lined up, so I just used a sanding block to even them out. My first idea was to make a cross that went on the inside of this shade to hold it in its shape. I started out by cutting two pieces of 2x4 down and I cut them both to the same length before adding them. I sprayed the inside of the shade white. This helps make it more opaque but also bounces light around on the inside of the shade and it's just another design element.
I sprayed one of these cross pieces white as well. While it dried, then it was done and it actually works as a lamp. Then it was time to mount it on the ceiling. First thing is always cut the power before you remove any kind of a light. Iv'e replaced several light fixtures over the years.
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