Handmade Lampshade Art - Fit for a King!

in art •  9 months ago

The Project

This project turned out far different than I anticipated--but better! I originally intended to make a small hanging lamp, and instead I ended up with a boudoir-sized table lamp. Such is the nature of art.

Having never made a green lampshade before, this was new territory for me. Surprisingly, green is a very difficult color to create when working with dye and silk.

The Process

Prep-Work

The Victorian wire lampshade frame I selected for this project is called "Victorian Oval Mini". As seen the the above image, it's about 1.5 Coke cans tall and about 4 wide. In the first image, you see the frame after I have painted the steel wire with Rustoleum.

All frames need to be wrapped in order to ensure a surface to which I can sew the fabrics. The second image reflects a fully-wrapped frame.

Some artists line their shades, and some do not. I tend to line them as a best practice to ensue that bright white light is delivered by the lamp, which is especially important when using dark outer materials. In the third image you can see the shade lining in progress. I use pushpins to secure tension on the fabric and I then hand-sew it to the frame.

Working with Silk

I tend to prefer working with silk charmeuse for most of my lampshades. It has a lustrous texture, it's flexible with stretch, and it usually does not show needle marks. However, it does have a downside...it is very difficult to dye. For this project, I used Procion dye in "Forest Green", and I dyed about a quarter of a yard of pure white silk.

Pictured above, you can see the shade in partial coverage, and then fully covered. It looks a bit "mint" colored in the picture but it is indeed the color of a Spruce tree.

Adding Amazing Antique Textiles

Here, you can see two entirely different textiles used to create the face of this shade. The larger panel is an antique silk embroidery that looks quite Edwardian. The top (V-shaped) panel is being covered with material from an embroidered silk scarf, circa 1910. Though difficult to see in the photo, the embroidery is a myriad of muted colors.
I took some creative liberties on the back of the shade by including a single flower pattern using extremely soft silk netting from France. For the most part, this is definitely a masculine shade.

The shade is nearly complete, covered in delicious antique textiles of embroidered silk net, and heavy metal trim in antique gold. The bottom trim is the final addition once the bead strands have been sewn onto the frame.

Making Hand-Strung Beads

For those of you who saw my post from last week, you will recall that I struggled immensely to create a "master" strand that complimented this shade. I tried at least twelve iterations before I realized that I simply had the wrong beads. Sometimes hand-dyed colors can be difficult to match with existing bead colors, and that was entirely the case. None of the pictured strands were used. I went bead shopping instead.

Here's a look at where I finally landed regarding bead selection.I figured that, since I could not find a perfect match between the bead and the fabrics used, I'd just go nuts with every color in the green rainbow. Inclusion of jasper beads was the best way to accomplish that effort. I've never used semi-precious stones on a lamp before so this was a fun and interesting experience for me.

Pictured above, you can see the first twenty-five strands being made. I expected this shade to hold sixty strands but I was surprised by the need for seventy-five strands, and was glad that I had purchased more beads than I needed!

My assistant checks the lighting as I sew on the beads strands.

Beautiful jasper in every shade of green. All that remains to be done is to add the bottom metal trim to hide the knots and give it a finished look.

The Finished Work

On Saturday, I finished the lamp. Here's a picture of it with the light turned off. The variation in color within the jasper center and end beads is magnificent, while the dark green crystal bi-cones create a gentle chevron.

The base pictured is a small antique replica which is about 30 years old.


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This should be on steem shop

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I am not aware of this magical thing....

This is lovely!

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Thank you so much, @poppiejanes!

Beautiful....thank for sharing

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Thank you very much, @rizalnazim!

wow...this is so beautiful homemade work. Gathered a lot of info on this post. Thanks @crystalize

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Thank you so much, @hossain17! It is a lot of work and fun to make!

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Don't thank me. Its deserve you, you're shared really a good post. I will keep in touch with your post. All credit goes to you @crystalize

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I saw that you resteemed my post. THANK YOU!!

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again thanks...huh. Don't thank me you deserve it, bro. Also keep supporting me.

your craft is amazing my art lovers, I really like your post, good luck always with your skill

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Thank you very much, @maulianda! I really appreciate the compliment and the view of my post!

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You are welcome @crystalize, I will always follow you!, please support me @maulianda!

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This is really awesome! Love the colours and embroidery and the beadwork is just magnificent. Great work and your cat seems to love it too, haha.

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Thanks, @soulturtle! Yes, the kitty is increasingly interested in Steemit! LOL! Much appreciated, friend.

That is most impressive work! That came out just stunning!
That's quite the poofy helper you have there. :-)

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Thanks so much @amberyooper! Yes, she does most of my typing in Discord, too! LOL! Much appreciated, friend!

Oh wow! This is gorgeous! and I enjoyed seeing all of the steps. <3

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Thank you @creativesoul, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Wow, @crystalize, the green is so rich and elegant! And it goes well with your assistant, too. :)

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My assistant is an egomaniac and insists on being in every blog post about lamps!

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I loved this post, thank you for sharing these precious moments ! I loved the beadwork, the netting, and the new needlework group! Woot

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Thanks, @ndbeledrifts! We have an amazing group of needleworkers!

Wow this obviously took so much time and care! Well done. I'm curious, do you keep all these beautiful lamps?

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Hi @colleenthurber! Thank you so much for the kind compliment. Well, to be honest, I have a few starting to stack up in the studio. I do have a website where I sell them, and I'm going to hit up the Port Townsend Victorian Festival this year to see if I get any bites. Because the antique textiles and fancy beads are fairly expensive, the price of the lamps reflect that. Kind of a luxury item for most folks. But I do indeed have a couple around the house that are my favorites. I admit it is fun to just make a new lamp when I get tired of an old one. Thanks for asking!

extraordinary skills of my sister's hands, I really like to have art skills, really very good, moreover coupled with rare accessories make this craft very rare sister, i also want to learn to make a craft like this, thanks

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Thank you very much, @ronyahoi17! If you make any crafts at all, we hope you will join us by making a post each Monday of your crafts and skills using the tag #NeedleworkMonday! You can post about sewing, knitting, crochet--anything that is made with a needle! We upvote and support eachother every week and we would be honored to have you in our group!

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Thanks for the information, I will follow it #NeedleworkMonday

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Great! And feel free to post anything that you have made.

Stunning!! Excellent job!

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Thank you so much, @mrscwin! I really appreciate the support.

jaw drops That is beautiful! I agree that using multiple colours in the jasper worked wonderfully. Actually I can't stop looking at the finished product haha!

Do you tend to have a plan when it comes to selecting the decorative materials to go on the lamp, or just see what works as you go?

Thank you for sharing your process as well.. I look forward to seeing more.

Ps-Your kitty is so pretty!

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Oops just read through the comments and saw that you happened to answer my question already..

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I'm so glad you like it! Nope, no plan...I just fly by the seat of my pants. The key is to have a large inventory form which to select items, and just "try them on". WE have adorable kitties!

This is a really beautiful work. I believe you could make money if you made such things as this for sale.
And I'll really love to patronize you

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Thank you, @victoriaslessor! Yes, I'm hoping to sell some once I get a good stock going. For now it has just been private sales. Feel free to contact me on Steemit chat and I will get you the website link!

This look so beautiful. I love it.

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Thank you, @wisdoncouture! I can't wait to see some of the gems that come out of your fashion design class!!

Gorgeous as always!

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Thank you, @choogirl! You always notice my lamp posts and for that I am eternally grateful! THANK YOU!

Oh my God! I can't just get my eyes off the finished work. It's really too beautiful

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LOL. Thank you!!

Good job thank you for the tutorial

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Absolutely, @oceanmoon! It is my pleasure to share the process with you!

I love your choice in new beads, especially the center round one that is different on each strand.

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Thank you so much, @luthvarian! The jasper stone beads are truly an exciting new "find" for me!

Oh my Needles!!!! Girly this is just straight up GORGEOUS! Every one of your lampshades is hard to stop looking at. Okay be honest, where did you buy this from? Lol!!! This needs to be in an antique store, like for real. The title says it all...fit for a King! Who is this lamp going to?

I am just amazed that you fit these beautiful textile materials and laces on as you go. It’s wonderful how it all comes together! You do Amazing work my friend, just breathtaking beauty! Okay I’m going to try and stop looking at this post so I can move on to others for the day!!!! 😄😘

P.S. I have a charmeuse silk night scarf that I wear to bed to protect my hair and keep it from drying out! I absolutely love the way it feels!

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LOL! You are cracking me up, @crosheille! Yes, I did indeed make this one. And my kitty is to be held partially responsible. This lamp will go up for sale on my website, just as soon as I decide if I like the base it is sitting on. I have a few extra here in the studio and I might "try them on" to see if I need to restore an old antique base so I can keep my little worker-bee replica. Right? Charmeuse is the BEST!.

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That is such a cute assistant of yours! I love that picture you took of him/her (not sure which one)! Oh cool! I bet it will sell fast! That’s so neat how you have all of these supplies on hand in your studio!!!!!

Yes it is totally the BEST!!! 😃

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She's my little baby! Really tiny cat for full grown. :-)

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She’s a beauty! I wonder if her and Sasha would get along? She’s my mother in law’s cat. I’ve always been a dog person but she has her ways to make me smile :D

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Oh what a pretty kitty!!! Here's Mae. Shes my sweet and shy kitty. Dax is my mischievous lamp assistant. I really miss having a dog. (Sniff). Looks like we have effectively turned Steemit toward cat pics!

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Awww Mae’s such a pretty kitty! Look at those big bright eyes! LOL I think we did!! 😂😂 Do you ever posts pics of them for #Caturday?

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We have a #Caturday?!?!? Oh my goodness this is like telling me that alchemy is real!

Amazing ur artwork,,, i like this idea 😉
Good luck my dear @crystalize👍

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Thanks so much @samer484! I really appreciate it. We artists gotta stick together! Hee!

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Yes my dear,,, and I am happy meeting u😊

That is one fancy lampshade! Great work on it!
What's crazy is that you let your cat near it. This post needs a disclaimer now: "Warning! Do not try this at home!"

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Thanks so much for the visit and comment, @yesaye! My kitty is so gentle and does no harm --mostly. LOL. I'd be thrilled if people tried making lamps at home. Here to learn, right? (Smile)

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No probs! That's a rare kitty then, treasure it! P:
Haha yep, people should learn new cool stuff like this (but without letting their cats near it!)

I like it a lot!

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Thanks, Buddy! Love your groovy logo, too.

Hello @crystalize. I really like the design and the stitching and the colour coordination and the patience and ... Awe inspiring!

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Thank you, @cryptocariad! I appreciate your kind words.

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Thanks so much @cryptocariad! I really appreciate the compliment!

Wow - that is really amazing work! You have done such a great job with this. I would definitely say it is fit for a king!!

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Thank so much, @apanamamama! I need to go find a King to try it out on. Heeeeee!

I am floored by how impressive and beautiful this is. It must have taken ages! WOW! 😮

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Thank you so much, @phoenixwren! The beadwork (once resolved) took about 12 hours! It is by far, the most time consuming part. The dye-work takes awhile, too, but mostly because I'm never really satisfied with the the colors. LOL!

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I have bought a book on natural dyes but haven't gotten my hands wet (ha) yet. And yeah, beading ...I should write about a massive bead weaving WIP next week! It definitely takes time. But it will be so cool when it's done!

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Oh I can't wait to see your bead weaving project! To be honest, I'm not even sure what that is. So now the curiosity builds! I have not yet tried any natural dyes other than tea. I'll be curious to hear your thoughts on it Especially if it is less expensive than Procion.

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It's when you make designs with little seed beads on a bead loom - like this (this is one piece of my project):

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Wow! I've been importing some of this stuff from Paris! It is so nice to see someone still doing it!!

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I saw an artist once who did A PORTRAIT in bead weaving. I was so amazed!

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I can't even begin to imagine how difficult that must be!

You never cease to amaze me with your beautiful lampshades! Each one is breath-taking. You must have quite a collection of fabrics and materials. I bet you have a vision every time you see some unique piece, thinking of how you could turn it into a shade!

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Thanks so much for the sweet compliment @anise! Well, you'd be surprised how little I actually have in mind when I'm sourcing antique textiles. I just buy stuff I like, hope I'll use it, and design the shades as I go. I WISH that I had master plans for them. (Smile)

you opened a completely new kind of art for me. I do not cease to admire your work! the result is simply stunning !!!!! the lamp is gorgeous !!!! I understood why you picked up the beads so long: the color is really complex. I see you had a fluffy helper :)))) what's his name?

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Thanks so much, @tali72! My fluffy helper is named Jadzia Dax, after the Trill in Star Trek Next Generation. She is a wonderful kitty!

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she has a very solid name. but I think you call her somehow shorter :)

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You're right@tali72! I call her "Dax."

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Dax is a beauty!!! :)

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Thank you!

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Thanks, @tanvir3748. I will check it out!

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Your dexterity is second to none.. I love what am seeing.. Tnxz for sharing

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