How to Make a Copper Lamp Shade

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Copper lamp shades add warmth to a room due to the rich colour of the copper. You can create a simple copper lampshade with the 8- to 18-inch roof flashing that is available at any home improvement centre. Copper flashing is pliable and bends around a lamp shade frame with ease. You can cut the copper with tin snips, or a band saw or table saw with a metal cutting blade. You need the flashing, a lampshade frame, and some simple soldering tools.

Skill level:
Challenging

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Things you need

  • Copper flashing, 8 to 18 inch
  • Lamp shade frame, 8 inches tall
  • Ruler
  • Awl
  • Tin snips, table saw or band saw
  • Clothespins
  • Soldering iron
  • Solder
  • Flux

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure around the circumference of the largest ring of the lampshade frame. Add 1 inch to that measurement. Measure, mark and cut a strip of flashing to the determined measurement. Use an awl to scratch a straight line across the surface of the flashing. Cut the flashing on the line.

  2. 2

    Wrap the copper flashing around the frame. Hold in place with clothespins every 2 inches. Secure both the top and bottom ring in the same fashion.

  3. 3

    Mark the overlap to cut off on lamp shade frames that have different measurements for the top and bottom rings. Allow a 1-inch overlap of copper on the seam. Place a mark at the top edge and at the bottom edge of the copper flashing. Remove the flashing from the lamp shade frame. Line up the edge of a ruler with each mark. Scratch along the edge of the ruler with an awl. Cut along the etched line with tin snips.

  4. 4

    Wrap the copper flashing around the lampshade frame. Secure the top and the bottom of the flashing with clothespins every 2 inches.

  5. 5

    Solder the copper to the top ring. Solder a 1-inch section between each clothespin.

  6. 6

    Remove the clothespins. Solder along the seam line if desired.

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