It has been really hard to stay active for the last few months because of my obligations to both the college I attend and the college where I work. I have finished all three of my chapters for my dissertation, proposed, and sent off my application to the IRB. Once I get permission to proceed, I’ll do my research then write up the rules and submit. I should be able to defend my dissertation in the fall and graduate either fall or spring.
What a relief!
Just as a little treat, I have a tutorial of a lamp I made. The lamp is cute – the tutorial is not. But . . . I always have questions about things that I see online, so having even a couple of pictures to show how things are made is helpful.
First, you will need lots of coffee filters. I bought the cheapest ones I could find at the dollar store, and I bought white. For a little more, you can buy the natural colored filters, and they would be pretty. You can also dye them, but I didn’t want to spend that much time until I knew if I could actually make a whole lamp shade.
Each coffee filter should be folded in half (a half circle) and then folded again (a quarter circle). When you have folded about ten of them, fluff them a little, but make sure you keep the bottom of the triangle flat to use as a sort of handle. This is what you will glue to your lampshade.
I did about ten at a time so that I could keep the hot glue gun rolling along.
Start with the top of the shade and glue the first row. When you glue, make sure that the first row is glued to the inside of the lamp shade.
This picture shows the top of the lamp. The reason you want to start at the top is that you will have the least weight on your paper as you work your way down.
The next row will glow slightly underneath the first row. It doesn’t matter how much you space, but the closer together, the tighter your ruffles will be. The other thing to watch is to try to get the ruffles as straight as possible. If I did this again, I would make lines on the lampshade as a guide, but I intended this to be a practice run where I would learn all the tricks for the next one.
You continue to glue filters down your lampshade and fluff as you go. I did a row and the fluffed.
The lampshade has held up remarkably well for several years now. It doesn’t catch nearly as much dust as I thought it would, and I’ve been able to turn it upside down and shake it to keep it clean.
It’s not my best project by any means, but I felt bad for not keeping up better with my blog, and it’s one I had handy to share.
Soon, I will be done with my doctorate and have more time to get back to working on the things I love. Until then . . .
Have a great day!