This week, I decided to make a lampshade from fabric and aluminum.
I purchased a sheet of decorative punched aluminum (radiator cover, etc.), a wooden disc, a ceramic lamp base, a package of cheesecloth and a bottle of Aleene’s Fabric Stiffener and Draping Liquid. I cut the aluminum to size and drilled several holes at each end for rivets.
Step one: bend the metal –
Step two: rivet –
Step three: soak cheesecloth in fabric stiffener and drape –
Step four: wire lamp (repurposing an old extension cord) –
Step five: attach lamp to base –
Step six: let there be light!
All in all, I’m pretty happy with it. I really like the contrast of the chaotic/organic form of the fabric with the rigid geometry of the metal, especially as the metal is fairly well hidden when the light is off and comes as a bit of a surprise when it’s turned on. I think I’ll put it on an end table somewhere.