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.
Step 1: What You Need
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,)
forstner bit for making room for the bulb socket
Step 2: 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
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
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 ;)