The design of this lamp was reminiscent of something that could have been on Jules Verne's Nautilus, but without a shade, this lamp certainly looked incomplete.
A few days later, I found a discarded floor lamp on the street, with a frosted plastic semi-globe that was the right design to fit my new steampunk lamp. But as-is, it certainly lacked the requisite flare!
So here's how I turned a plain plastic half-globe lamp shade into a stylish and attractive steampunk accompaniment.
• Metal snips
• Screw driver
• Rotary tool
• Power drill
• Lamp shade/ plastic half-globe
• Brass machine screws and nuts
Step 1: Select Lamp and Shade
But the simple technique I used for this Instructable can be used on pretty much any type of lamp shade, and for any lamp, which is why I decided to share this project with the Instructables community.
Step 2: Prepare Brackets
I chose to use a strip of gold painted brackets, (the type you would mount inside a cabinet to hang shelves, also reclaimed from the trash;-)
These brackets are extremely maleable, and were very easy to bend to the proper contour of the globe, by gently pressing against my knee.
With the proper contour bent into shape, trim the bracket with a metal cutter. Before cutting, make sure you line up the holes for the screws where you want to screw the bracket to the shade.
Step 3: Prepare Shade
I pre-drilled holes at the base, but ended-up not using these holes, as the brackets didn't quite line-up. Easy enough to drill new holes!
Step 4: Attach Brackets
With the base screw in place, bend the bracket to the contour of the shade. With your power drill, drill a second hole through the shade, and insert a machine screw at the top edge of the shade, and then bend the end off the bracket over the top edge, and squeeze tight with a pliers.
Repeat this process for all four brackets.
Step 5: Trim Edges Around Base
Use a rotary tool with a blade to trim the excess metal, so the shade will fit onto the lamp.
Note: Be careful when working with sharp metal! And wear goggles when cutting it!