Another addition to our brown, green and white bedroom- some Japanese style lanterns I made for bedside lights.
They're made from some basswood sticks I found at my local craft store. I have no idea what they are intended for, but once I saw them I knew they were destined to be the frame for my lantern lights.
With a handsaw, a pencil and a ruler I cut all the pieces to the sizes I needed before sanding the edges and ends smooth. Next I assembled the lantern frames with some wood glue and clamps. When the frames were dry I painted them with some brown acrylic paint and gave them a shiny finish with some spray varnish.
The "rice paper" shade is really white vellum. I'm not sure I'm entirely happy with the way the vellum looks and I might try some pellum (spelling?) as my mother suggested. It might be more forgiving than a stiff paper as it's a fabric interfacing. Thoughts about this anyone?
Anyway, I was going to place some LED lights inside, but my husband (an electronics technician by trade) suggested he would create something more elegant and lamp-like without me having to buy readymade lamp kits or LED tap lights. Of course getting him to do it will be another challenge!