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March 04, 2014
So you're ready to make your own lampshade. You've measured your lamp base to determine your ideal lampshade size, and you've picked out your custom DIY Lampshade Making Supplies accordingly. Now, what about the fabric? The general rule is to choose natural fiber based fabrics - cotton, silk, linen, etc. But you might want a bit more direction than that. As someone who's made dozens of lampshades and experimented with different types of fabrics and fibers, I can tell you that some fabrics are much easier to work with than others. So here I've ranked the types of fabric from easiest to most difficult to use for DIY lampshades.
Types of fabric not to use:
Other things to consider:
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January 16, 2021
I have a string shade I‘d like to cover with fabric. Do you think I can just glue the fabric pieces on the frame right over the strings? Or do I have to remove all the strings first, get the glue off somehow, and then re-cover the bare frame? If so how do I get the strings and glue off cleanly? Thanks!
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December 10, 2020
With the silk can you use a safe Gardner to shape it. I want to make shaped lamp shaped
December 01, 2020
To the commenter “L”, cotton is safe and doesn’t burn easily if exposed to heat (not fire, heat). That’s why cotton fabric and thread is used in pot holders, oven mits and microwaveable bowl covers and microwaveable heat pads. It can be exposed to high heat for long periods and it won’t melt or burn. Now try putting polyester fabric under a hot iron for hmmm let’s say 2 minutes without moving the iron… it will melt. Try the same with 100% cotton or linen. Nothing will happen.
One more thing, if your light bulbs are emmiting this much heat that it burned your wall (paint? I assume?) then switch to LED bulbs :) Everyone should switch to LED. They’re economical money savers and don’t emit so much heat.
August 17, 2020
I don’t get this! So cloth and cotton and paper are “safe” when we all know all those catch fire very easily given enough heat but something like plastic or something plastic based that we all know are very hard to melt or set ablazed are “not safe”?! I have a light bulb having turned the CHALK on one wall black by ‘burning it’ due to the heat and I’m supposed to think it’d be safe for me to use something like COTTON around those hot lights?! I don’t think so. Would rather leave my light bulbs naked than to burn my house down. Better safe than sorry. Thank you very much!
August 16, 2020
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January 14, 2020
Could I use builders paper? I have a large quantity and I would like to make my own print.
April 03, 2019
Hi. I have 5 conical lampshades to cover. None of which are drum and seemingly the only shades to talk about when trying to learn from the internet. I would like to make and sell. Once I can practice. My problem is the selopar, styrene, interface whatever you want to call it is like hens teeth. Totally not available unless you want to buy it from Dannells for 15-20 £ per metre. With a conical shade it needs to roll so a lot of wastage. Do you please have an idea for conical shade stiffener please
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