Sunday, February 17, 2008

Let there be lamp!

Deciding to step away from jewelry for a while (with the exception of a few little baubles for myself), I had the idea a while back to try my hand at lamp making, and...Ta-da!

While definitely a 'learning piece,' I'm still pretty happy with the results of my very first lamp. It's going to be my new desk lamp at work since there's no space for it at home.

Lessons learned:
1. Wine bottles are maybe too tall, maybe not.
2. Entirely do-it-yourself lamp shade = way too labor intensive. Apparently there are a lot of pre-fab, self-adhesive ones available that ought to make things much easier. And if stenciling or something, like I did on this one, a cheap, ready-made shade would be the way to go.

Techniques to try in the future:
1. Etching
2. More interesting bottles
3. Putting stuff in the bottle
4. Something other than a bottle

p.s. Those of you that have been with me for a while might recognize that stencil...have totally gotten my money's worth with that one :)


KimmChi said...

That's Beautiful!

Secret Diary said...

this is gorgeous- ive had this idea before but it never came to fruition (lazy).....

i had an idea to decoupage on the bottle or the shade to add some should do it and do a how-to cause i would have no idea how to do it!