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« on: March 28, 2005 09:19:17 PM »

I want to make my own retro fiberglass lampshades but I am having trouble finding a kit. I think this might be a good one but I need a second opinion!
http://www.lampshop.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=ls&Category_Code=13_04

here's an image of one if you don't know:
http://cache.tias.com/stores/bluevelvetvintage/pictures/ls0001b.jpg
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2005 08:44:45 AM »

Hi and thanks for putting a link to one of my lampshades in your post! It's because of you that I've found out about this great craft website.

Anyway, to answer your question.  The Lamp Shop is a good place to get supplies. I use them a lot.  Also, if you go herehttp://www.deadlynightshades.com  they actually sell lampshade kits. You might want to try that out.  To make a double or triple tiered shade you will need a special lamp ring for the middle section. I don't think Lamp Shop has them, but you will get one with the kit from the other site. I actually have to have them specially made up, as I have not been able to find them readily available from suppliers. 

Hope that helps!
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2005 09:50:29 AM »

Thanks for the links.  I was just thinking the other day about making my own lamp but didn't know where to get supplies.  That's why this site rocks!
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2005 02:31:11 AM »

awww cool! Thanks! ...and btw your lampshades are oh so awe-some! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2005 07:03:39 AM »

Thanks for the compliments on the lampshades! 

I've done tons of different things to decorate the fiberglass. It is quite a versatile material. After dying it, I've actually decoupaged on it, stencilled it, and even used iron on transfers on it! Plus there are so many different shaped shades you can make.

 One thing I would caution you about if you're going to make these. Get some thin rubber gloves, like the surgical kind.  Otherwise the fiberglass will get into your skin, making it itchy and uncomfortable.

Good luck!
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