While there are myriad lampshades available in the market today, finding one that fits exactly into the interior design of a room sometimes means making one that does. It can also be a fun activity where everyone in the family can join in for some quality bonding time. The lampshade described here is one with a 6-inch top and a 10-inch base, but these measurements can be changed according to what is needed.
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Things you need
- Metal craft ring, 6-inches in diameter
- Metal craft ring, 10-inches in diameter
- Measuring tape
- 14-gauge wire
- Wire cutter
Cut five pieces of wire, each measuring 13 inches. A 14-inch gauge wire is ideal because it is strong and still pliable enough to manipulate with little effort. Use the tip of round-nose pliers to make a hook at one end of the first 13-inch wire. Start making the hook at about 1/2 inch from the end to make it easier to work with. Make a hook at the other end as well. This makes a 12-inches tall metal lamp frame. Perform this step with the four remaining 13-inch wires.
Cut two more pieces of the 14-gauge wire to measure 15 inches each. Twist the ends of the two wires together with the pliers. Do this until about 2 inches of both ends are twisted together. Now make a hook at the other end of each wire. This piece later joins to the top and base of the lamp shade frame.
Make a U-shape with the joined wires. Just beneath the twisted sections of the U-shaped wires, squeeze them together slightly. Separate the two wires slightly, according to the specifications of the light-bulb to be used. This later holds the light bulb.
Hook each 13-inch wire to the 6-inch metal craft ring. Space them evenly from each other. Slightly squeeze each hook to close them over the metal craft ring. Then, hook each of the 13-inch metal wires to the 10-inch metal craft ring. Again, space them evenly before securing them to the 10-inch metal craft ring.
Hook the ends of the U-shaped wires to the 6-inch metal craft ring. Make sure it falls into the centre of the metal frame. If a taller shade than 12 inches is needed, add a centre craft ring between the top and the base for more support. The centre ring can be attached to the support wires with a 24-gauge wire. Wrap the 24-gauge wire to the support wires in a figure 8 formation for more security.
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