Perforated Metal Lamp Shade

December 1st, 2009 in member junk     
MakinItHappen MakinItHappen, member
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I made the design by tracing a quilt pattern onto the metal where the two sides of the shades would be. Then I punched out the design with a hammer and nail. Next, my husband riveted the two ends together to form a tube.
To do the finish, I sprayed the shade with a red primer (which you know isnt really red, but rather a rust color). Then, using a rag,  I wiped it all over with VERY watered-down black acrylic paint.
After drilling holes all around the bottom, I attached glass and gemstone beads using copper wire and jumprings.
Ta-da! A one-of-a-kind lampshade.
I made the design by tracing a quilt pattern onto the metal where the two sides of the shades would be. Then I punched out the design with a hammer and nail. Next, my husband riveted the two ends together to form a tube.

I made the design by tracing a quilt pattern onto the metal where the two sides of the shades would be. Then I punched out the design with a hammer and nail. Next, my husband riveted the two ends together to form a tube.


I bought this funny handmade twig floor lamp from a friend, but most conventional lamp shades don't fit it very well. So, I made my own with galvanized metal and beads. For the record, I don't recommend using galvanized sheeting; it's too hard and my poor thumb will never be the same. Next time, I'll use something softer, like copper. But now that it's done, I really like it.


Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, metal, cottage, eclectic, country, lamp, lodge

Comments (9)

roadtriplouise writes: Love the look, and the twig floor lamp is too cool.
Posted: 10:17 pm on December 2nd
alicemom writes: Gosh darn! What a great look! Very handsome.
smiles, alice Posted: 3:15 pm on December 2nd
suewhitney writes: Awesome!! i love your attention to detail. The fringe is ab fab.

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 12:28 pm on December 2nd
JUNKFORFUN writes: VERY IMPRESSIVE ! Posted: 11:04 am on December 2nd
shabbychick writes: Your hard work paid off - your lampshade is awesome. I love how the light looks through the punched metal.

Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Posted: 10:56 am on December 2nd
RustyDiva writes: I see a lodge/cabin theme going in the background! The lamp looks right at home ~ great job. Posted: 10:23 am on December 2nd
Grasshopper22 writes: I love punched metal....you did a great job! Posted: 8:42 am on December 2nd
junkermidge writes: Wow! That lampshade is very cool! And the designs are so intricate -- no wonder your thumb is suffering. I think the lamp itself is fun too. You did a great job on the shade. Way to go!
Midge Posted: 11:47 pm on December 1st
bluebucket writes: This is so unique. I love the punched quilt design and the beads along the bottom edge.
yours in junking, doreen Posted: 8:16 pm on December 1st
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