|Project by BobTheFish||posted 06-01-2011 05:14 AM||1121 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
This is another rather successful experiment I had with veneers.
Last year I was given a few lamps, which, unfortunately had no shades.
I had some wire lying about, which turned out to be a bit too thick for my original purpose of using for jewelry. I, as I always do, had oodles of veneer lying about (Still have no idea what I’m going to use those 10ft long x 6in wide strips of sapelle for…) So what did I do? I bought a cheapo soldering iron and some solder, and made a veneer lampshade!
if you wish to do this, there’s sites that sell the forms necessary for making lampshades, so you really don’t have to bother with bending wire and solder as I did, and what you don’t see is that the heat from my bulb had started to crack the veneer. A paper or fabric backing is a definite must, and using compact florescents is a must, as they give off far less heat. For the edges, I used scraps of bookcloth (basically a paper backed fabric for bookbinding), though my gluing skills could use improving. There’s materials for sale on the web for that as well.
Also, a word of warning, I tried this with a round shade, and pieced together sheets of veneer, backing them with paper. Both the paper and the veneer had issues with the seams showing, so try to use a single sheet on surfaces whenever possible. No matter how good you are, the light is small enough that it will always find a way to shine through your gaps.