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Hello.

I would like to present to you my latest project: chopstick lampshade.
I had some leftover wood lying around and I wanted to make a simple-design lamp shade that is both, simple and stylish at the same time :)
I am completely satisfied with the final result and I decided to share the instructable.

Here is how it is made.

 
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Step 1: What you need

Picture of what you need
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Materials:

chopsticks

lath (1,5 by 1 cm.) for the frame of the lampshade
piece of wood for  the base (12 by 12 cm.)
lath for the frame of the base(13.5 by 13.5 cm.)
wood for the stem (4 by 4 cm,)

drill
drill bits
forstner bit for making room for the bulb socket

paint

varnish

wood glue

saw

ruler

* patience

Step 2: Making the shade

Picture of making the shade
I am sorry I didn't take more pictures of this part of the process.

You basically need two frames and 4 pieces of lath to make the shade. The tricky part is to put the chopsticks in place and "close" the lid with the top frame. That was the hardest thing to do. Make sure the holes for the chopsticks are deep enough on both frames so that you won't have trouble closing the shade.
I think you get the idea how it is made ; )

Step 3: Apllying paint and varnish

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Since I am a big fan of the natural look of wood, its pattern and the feel it gives, naturally I wanted to preserve some of that in the final product. I decided of white and bare wood look, which then I sealed with plain varnish.

Step 4: Finishing up

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What I like most about this lamp is that you can change the look of the shade by playing around with different materials.

I use baking paper, which  I placed between the chopsticks so the the light is more subdued.

You can use baking paper, cord, other type of paper, other color, etc, just make sure the bulb you chose is a low heat emitting one( just to be on the safe side ;)
This is a great idea, I will use it for my oriental decor. Thank you. Very creative!
maybolicious (author)  brightidealita2 years ago
Thank you. I am glad I could help ;)
ernestoaug2 years ago
cool
MCUman2 years ago
Well Done.
maybolicious (author) 2 years ago
Thank you, guys! I appreciate your feedback.
babybayrs2 years ago
I loved it.
BigMrTree2 years ago
Simple design with a nice lighting effect. Great Job!!
vincent75202 years ago
Nice concept ! …