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John Smith

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#1 posted 01-12-2018 04:00 PM

David – the color of a residential lampshade will be decided by the room it is in and its use.
look at the lampshades sold at the Big Box Stores. the styles and colors are all over the map.
this is strictly a personal choice on your part (and your wife’s input).
I personally lean towards “Earth Tones”. tans, ambers, browns, beach sand, mulch, cement, etc.
while others lean towards seasonal colors.
Blue – winter
Pink – summer
tans – autumn
white – no special concerns.

in my personal opinion, mica sheets are not sold in its raw form for residential use
outside of the type that is used in vintage wood burning stoves.
raw mica is split off of a rock in sheets and is clear(ish) to light grey in color.
during the manufacturing process, dyes and stains are mixed in with the resins
to give it the desired colors in large stable sheets.

I have an uncle in Alabama that had a small gold mine on his property back in the 1930s.
the gold played out and just as they were prepping the mine to close it for good,
they struck a strong vein of pure mica rocks. this is when WWII broke out and
mica was in high demand for the War Effort. After obtaining a government contract,
they made more off of the mica mine than all the gold they ever found.


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