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John Smith

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#1 posted 01-09-2018 03:57 PM

nice project !!

Edit: if this is your first lamp project, you could purchase the blank shade off the internet
and add your own wood accents and do the base yourself as it is less problematic.

I know that the first suggestions will fall towards the glass panels used in Stained Glass windows
and Tiffany style Lamps.
you can make the glass in 4 pieces and frame it up then make the middle applique muttons as an additive.
or – if you have the tools, make each piece like the stained glass windows and use different colored panes.
you are teetering on the line of a stained glass with soldered joints art project vs an all wood project.

the one downfall that comes to mind is if you use all wood in your lamp shade, I would not use any kind
of heat producing bulbs (for obvious reasons).

you cut mica with scissors, utility knife or an exacto knife. it is like cutting tough cardboard.
it is shaved off a rock like shaving veneer off of a log . . . it comes off in large, multi-layered flakes.
do the google and YouTube search: “How to cut and mold decorative lampshade mica”.


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