January blues (and reds)

January 8, 2015

So, yeah, it’s a new year, but I still have a backlog of projects that I never got around to in 2014 (or 2013, 2012…). So I used some holiday downtime on a couple of lamps that update old designs with new shades.

For this one, I copied a motif from the tin itself by cutting small pieces of metallic paper and decoupaging them to a store-bought shade. (I’d originally planned to have another row at the top of the shade, but as soon as I had the first row placed I realized that would be a mistake.) Doing the math and figuring out how to mass produce the shapes took about as long as cutting, placing, and varnishing them, but I think the result is worth it.

This tin had been hanging around for quite awhile. It’s a sibling to tins I used for two other lamps, but larger, so I put off doing anything to it until I found the right shade. Then the other day, my friend Ami handed me this gorgeous silk shade, which happened to match the red in the tin, and was also the right shape and size. I added a wood plinth I picked up somewhere, sometime in the last year or two, to give the base some extra authority, and presto – a nice big table lamp.

Both are, of course, available in my Etsy shop, along with many other similar and dissimilar lamps. Stop by sometime.

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