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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Making Your Own Awesome Drum Shades is Easy

I'm due for a new drum shade over my desk and today's the day. I've been working on a dull pair of shades and putting off finishing my tax stuff. So what better time to do something fun. 
Here's some very delicious fabric I found at the flea market this fall and it will be perfect for a drum shade. I have included lots of pictures and a few words. If you are visually creative this will be just for you and you will figure it out. Otherwise there are full instructions in my Lampshade Lady's Guide to Lighting up Your Life and also on this blog,,,, somewhere.

#1 make template                                 This shade is 15" top x 15" bottom x 10" high.  A good size for pendants as well as table or floor lamps.

#2 Laminate Styrene to fabric and cut out
Materials needed: glue, clothes pins, top washer and bottom wire. Pretty simple. Run bead of glue around top of shade. Set wire into place with clothes pins.
Turn shade upside down and set bottom wire in, 
securing with clothes pins.  Run bead of glue  against wire on bottom.To glue up the back seam: open the seam open and add a fair amount of glue, smooth out with glue bottle neck. Press together with hands. I like to press on the inside of shade. Check for any oozing glue.Add glue along edge of shade and set grosgrain onto shade.
And add glue to inside of grosgrain and fold over the wire.
Add top self trim by gluing a few inches at a time.
First I added this trim and ripped it off. It seemed too ordinary..... famous last words... right??  so off it came. Too bad the color was perfect.But better without.
This was the winning trim. Love it. It's fresh, fun and not too old lady like.....a tad funky in a country way...??? must be the end of the day.... our snow storm has just started, you can almost see it through my new shop door. A day off tomorrow to play in the snow and finish my taxes....


Blogger Funmom said...

Thank you Judy! Just in time for making my first drum shades in the exact same dimensions...Just in time for my birthday tomorrow! What a sweet surprise. Love the shade you made.

The final trim you used - is it vintage or new?


February 23, 2010 10:38 PM  
Blogger judy lake said...

Hi Mei-mei,
The trims are all new. I got the jacquard trim from Flights of Fancy, the beaded balls from MJ Trim, and the top was a self trim from... I forget but a quilt fabric.

You can see the importance of using a big print for the drum shades.

And Happy Birthday. We just got almost a foot of snow and more to come. Heavenly Day Off.

February 24, 2010 7:49 AM  
Blogger Funmom said...

So the bottom trim is a combination of the beaded balls topped off with jacquard trim?! As a novice I would not have thought to do that, but I love how it turned out!

February 24, 2010 11:01 AM  
Blogger judy lake said...

Hi Mei-mei,

forgot you were doing this size, how lucky. It did fit perfectly across the styrene. The edges of the styrene are not sticky, but just hit it with a little quick glue. You'll get quite a few drum shades with one yard.

February 25, 2010 8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Judy,
I have just ordered my first shade kit, thanks to you. The man at Lampshade Frames Lamp Shop was so kind. Now I would like to order you new book, but `don't know how ?
I live in California and I am anxious to start my new hobby. Thank you for you inspiration.
Sincerely a new friend majudyrye

April 1, 2010 2:43 PM  
Blogger judy lake said...

Hi in California,
You can order the book on Amazon or even better check out your local independent book store.
Have fun and search out great fabrics.

April 1, 2010 3:12 PM  

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