David Trubridge's Coral lampshade has been around for a while. I saw it first in Elle Canada and it's been popping up everywhere (it's in this month's Domino, where they have labeled it incorrectly as being a Arne Jacobson piece). While it barely registered at first I am now completely consumed by it... wake-up-at-four-in-the-morning-thinking-about-it style consumed. The trouble is that I don't have $500 to spend on a lampshade. So I have attempted a considerably smaller 'Inspired by' version,
- 3 rolls of Wood Effect Contact Paper
- A protractor, scissors, pencil
Here's what I did:
- I covered the card on both sides with the contact paper.
- I created a template for the three-pronged individual pieces, by drawing a circle (I drew around a side plate) then used a protractor to divide the circle into 3 (120 degrees between each line). I used this shape, but you could go crazy shape-wise, so long as the lines are central.
- Once you've got your template cut out 20 of the shapes from your 'wood' card.
- Poke little holes in each of the 'arms' of your shapes, you could use scissors or a SMALL hole punch. In the Center of one shape cut a small hole like this, this will be your 'top' and the cord will go though here.
- Join 5 of the shapes together with a brad, like this:
- next join the free set of arms together, poke the brads through but don't close them. It should look something like this:
- Add the next layer of shapes, when there are 5 arms on each brad you can close them up. It should look like this:
- Now start joining the arms together with more brads like this
- the arms joining together should be forming a spherical shape like this:
- Almost done! You just need to add the last 5 shapes. It's easiest if you join them together at one point (like in the first picture) then attach them to the rest of the shape.
- Pop it onto your light fixture, making sure that the exposed bulb doesn't touch the shade anywhere. You could clip a bulldog clip to the wire then pop the shade on top of it.