Lace Inkodye Lampshade

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Introduction: Lace Inkodye Lampshade

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This project is shockingly simple, yet produces really beautiful and unique results. We were able to transfer the pattern of lace onto our lampshade by using the photographic property of Inkodye. It's like magic! The lamp we used was found at Ikea for $15, but any cotton or linen lampshade will work perfectly.


Total tutorial time: 20 minutes

Step 1: Used in This Project:

Step 2: Materials

All we used for this project was a cheap lampshade, some lace, a sponge brush, a few push pins, and of course Inkodye!

Step 3: Prep

To extend and lighten the dye add water. This step is optional, but it allows your bottle of Inkodye to last even longer!

Step 4: Mix

Stir the dye and water mixture to ensure even coloring.

Step 5: Paint

Coat the lampshade with the Inkodye mixture, making sure to cover the canvas completely.

Step 6: Pin

Next, use simple push pins to secure the lace. We pinned along the seem of the lampshade in order to keep the front flawless.

Step 7: Snip

Cut off the extra fabric so that the print is undisturbed. Then, align and pin the bottom.

Step 8: Develop

Watch the colors deepen and develop in the sun! We left the lamp out for about 5 minutes, rotated it, and left it out for 5 more.

Step 9: Unravel

Remove the lace from the lampshade to expose the beautiful printed pattern. This is our favorite part!

Step 10: Scrub

Wash with Inkowash and water to remove excess Inkodye. Don't be afraid to scrub hard; Inkodye is very permanent! Let dry.

Step 11: Illuminate!

Now you can display your newest piece of art anywhere around the house. Voilà!

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    This is so much cooler than what I was planning on doing with a few lampshades I didn't want to part with. I'm thinking like LadySith...this is going to open up a whole lot of possibilities! And cheaper, faster, more creative.....
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    Super neat! Now I'm looking at everything around me and wondering if it could make a cool Lumi print :)

    When we printed it the lace was between the light-source and the Inkodye. The lace was pinned to the pre-coated lampshade and put into the sun. The black lace pinned to the lampshade blocked the sunlight from hitting the lampshade in certain areas... creating the print!

    I think I saw this in the first kickstarter I ever knew about- if so I'm happy it's working so well.

    This is a nice upgrade from the lithograph paper we used in Brownies! LOL. That didn't work well over time. Just think how neat it would be to put ferns and leaves between sheets of Saran wrap and wrap that around the shade!
    Thank you for posting this. I didn't even know Inkodye existed.

    This is seriously cool. I'd never heard of inkodye until tonight in another Instructable.

    I just have one question about using a lampshade. Since it will be near a light bulb, which is of course light, how do you prevent the negative areas from eventually turning just like the other parts did over time, due to exposure to the light source? I mean, I know you painted it on the outside, but I foresee it being a problem over time, being exposed to the light as it shines through the shade. Is there a sealer or something you can put over the negative areas to prevent it from turning over time?

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    Washing out the dye in step 10 is what ensures Inkodye doesn't continue to develop :)

    Great job! This is beautiful! And the Inkodye seems amazing!