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'Wood' Lampshade Inspired by David Trubridge

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,

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I used:

  • 3 rolls of Wood Effect Contact Paper
  • Card
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Join 5 of the shapes together with a brad, like this:
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  • next join the free set of arms together, poke the brads through but don't close them. It should look something like this:
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  • Add the next layer of shapes, when there are 5 arms on each brad you can close them up. It should look like this:

 

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  • Now start joining the arms together with more brads like this
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  • the arms joining together should be forming a spherical shape like this:
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  • 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.
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  • Done! 
  • 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.
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