MAKING A LAMP SHADE
Assembling a lampshade requires some
special techniques. Here is a step-by-step guide to show you how
to lay out and put together the mini shade pattern in this book.
These basic directions can also be applied to the assembly of any
- Step 1. Make the template.
Using carbon paper and a ruler, accurately trace the
pattern onto oaktag or cardboard. Carefully cut out all
- Step 2. Using the templates and
a fine line felt-tip pen, trace the pattern onto the
- Step 3. Cut out the glass.
- Step 4. With grozing pliers,
file, or grinder, refine the glass pieces to fit
properly. Lay out pieces as shown to check fit.
- Step 5. Using 3/16",
7/32",or 1/4" foil, wrap each piece.
- Step 6. Solder pieces B, C, and
D together. Bead the bottom edge. Also bead the curved
top of A at this time.
- Step 7. Lay the six soldered
panels of the skirt in a semi-circle. Do the same with
the six crown panels. Tape with masking tape as shown.
- Step 8. Flux the top and bottom
of each seam.
- Step 9. Gently stand up each
section until the end panels meet. Secure with more tape.
Tack solder the top and bottom of each seam.
- Step 10. Set section A on top
of Section BCD, line up seams, and tack solder A to B.
(Note: If you are making a shade with a bottom skirt you
would also tack this tier on at this time.)
- Step 11. Bead all the inside
seams first, then the outside. Make sure to prop the shade so
that the seams are horizontal to the work surface when
- Step 12. Cut spider to size
slightly larger than top opening. Soldering place just
below where section A meets BCD.
- Step 13. Apply patina to all
soldered seams and edges.
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