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« on: March 29, 2008 04:41:33 PM »

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!

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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2008 04:48:31 PM »

Those are gorgeous!
Hopefully they end up as elegant as your husband says they will Wink

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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2008 04:53:40 PM »

maybe it was pellon? it's a stiff interfacing but I wouldn't use it here. Maybe some mulberry paper from the scrap booking section?


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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2008 12:40:39 AM »

Yes yes.! Mulberry paper would look awesome.

I thoroughly recommend looking in a scrap booking store.! Maybe one that specializes in natural fiber paper. I could see some of those working amazingly.!

Wow. This is so inspiring. I can imagine larger versions of these hanging from peoples ceilings

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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2008 10:46:48 AM »

oh i LOVE these! and i really hope you don't end up using LEDs because these lanterns seem like they need some warm light... and i'm not sure the blue-ish-ness of regular LEDs will give you that. how is the vellum attached? are you planning to make it modular so you can remove the paper/change the colors if you want to? (i could see using these for different holidays, like orange for halloween, etc...) wellllll done!!

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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2008 12:19:44 PM »

there are warmer colored LED lights that you can get. They last longer than regular bulbs and aren't hot which is good in this case.


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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2008 12:51:40 PM »

Love these.  I love the simplicity of the look but at the same time gives the lamps a certain elegance.  I hope you find the right lights for them.
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2008 08:32:46 PM »

Cute idea! Looks great, but one quick idea (though I'm sure your husband would think of it too) --- you might want to give whatever paper you end up using, a spritz of flame retardant spray before gluing it in.
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