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« on: August 10, 2013 05:48:05 PM »

You know those cheap 5 headed lamps target sells for $20? THe ones with the ugly plastic shades? The shades I hate more than anything? What can I do to make these look less ummm college? Replacing them is not possible right now Undecided Oh and one of the shades has a hole in it (it sorta leaned to close to the bulb and melted)
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2013 07:47:29 PM »

I think you could have some fun with them and go in any direction.  You could be simple and just replace the plastic with fabric or cover over with fabric, or some other material you like, like a pretty scrapbook paper or something like that.  You could cover over with some pretty rice paper and add something like skeleton leaves over it.  You could cover them in feathers, or place a light fabric and stitch or glue beads or crystals on it.

Or experiment - maybe a light fabric, and then do scenes in cut paper and see how the shadows are cast.  What kind of room is it for? 
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2013 11:48:10 PM »

It is safe to use paper? or fabiric? they get a little warm. I went with spray paint for now, but Im not sure Im done. Curently this is for a living room but one of these little lovelys will be moving to my room once my moms coworker (aka electric boy) rewires the grovy 50s lamp I found on the curb (and spent $20 on parts for). Im thinking for my room of doing stars or somthing asian. The part of my room where I sleep is done in a nice celestial theme.  The rest of the room has a sorta asian flare cause I have bamboo, swords, and some japanese paintings. My living room is unforanally a disaster. Its mostly burgendy (ICK) and browns.
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2013 04:03:50 AM »

They heat up?  Hmm - yes, then I agree, painting would probably better.  Or you could play around with fine gauge metal too and do a pierced metal design
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