The table lamps complement the efficient but often somewhat impersonal lighting of fixed or more technical devices with their softness. Pottery brought back from a trip, a piece of driftwood collected by the sea, an astonishing pebble ... Use your imagination and give free rein to your creativity to design a unique piece ... while respecting certain rules which will allow this beautiful object to enlighten you.
The step by step
In paper, fabric, glass or metal, the lampshades give a refined touch to the most diverse light sources. As their name suggests, they first serve to reduce the dazzling effect of light bulbs. You can decorate them in many ways, with stencils and paint, collages, ribbons. To make them, use paper or fabric, but also sheet metal, wire mesh, papier mache ... For good brightness, always make sure that the color of your lining, that is to say the interior , be as reflective as possible ... the ideal being white. If you make your own lampshades, depending on the decor chosen, it can be very nice to practice, with a punch or a large needle, tiny holes in the paper or cardboard forming patterns that will let the light filter in. different places. We now find Japanese papers, handmade, whose very natural texture produces interesting light effects. Quite thick, they are ideal for making original lampshades.
A romantic achievement
Perfect for covering and transforming an uninspiring pendant lamp, you can make a "floral dress" embellished with sequins and multicolored pearls and closing with a few presses. 1 To make a template with the right dimensions, cut a large square out of an old fabric, split it to install it on your pendant, then cut to get a drop to the ideal size. 2 Place your template on the chosen fabric, then cut. 3 Fold the square obtained by following the diagonal to mark the center and cut out a round of 3 cm in diameter of which you will notch the periphery. 4 Unfold your square then, in the middle of one of the sides, cut a slit reaching the center. 5 Hem all sides, as well as the edges of the opening. 6 Sew the male face of three or four pressures on the place and on the edge of one of the sides of the slit, and the female face on the back, well in opposite. These pressures will allow you to assemble and disassemble for washing your fabric. 7 Sew or glue the lace on the right side ... You can refine the model and have beads at the four corners.
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