So I took a class. Encouraged by my Mom and Husband in the form of a birthday present. Once upon a time I knew how to weld, but I definitely needed a refresher. Despite the anxiety of once again entering a school I persevered, poor me I know. If you are new to reading my blog then you need to know I have a lamp obsession. An obsession that depends on using only found and recycled materials, however this is difficult sometimes when there is a specific request for size. The armature required to build lamps is hard to find in a thrift store. Even though tearing apart ugly lampshades is kind of rewarding, I don’t like to be limited in size. I bend my rules and learn to bend some metal.
I constructed three squares of metal for a three-tiered square chandelier (I was getting tired of circles)
My chosen material for the shade which has been in the back of my car for at least a month for fear of delving questions; is baby blue venetian blinds. I have been hunting these down for a while, but I can’t even begin to explain why.
I am not sure if they were ever used, but they were at The Habitat Home Store. If you have ever been to one of these they don’t sell anything unless priced. My beautiful baby blues were not price marked, but apparently marked as “no one will ever want these” and I scooted out the door only having spent 1 buck. I bring them into the house and leave them on the kitchen table for at least a day. When I sit down with my tin snips and my ruler nobody pays me any attention at all.
me- snip snip snip
The Teenager- Hi Mom.
me- Hello Love.
The Associate- walks by with nary a glance.
we sit down to dinner as I sweep my blinds aside, nothing. We finish dinner and I sweep my blinds back onto the table. nothing.
me-You know what I love?
me- not a single one of you thought it was at all strange that I was cutting up a set of old blinds on our kitchen table. I have finally reached the status of “we know it will be something cool” YES FINALLY.
The Teenager – but mom we don’t need anymore lamps.
me- too bad.
my next step after cutting them is to figure out how to punch holes in the very thin metal. A drill is overkill and hammer and nail is too loud, ah thumb tack! Unfortunately for The Associate she broke a cardinal rule and left something in my studio (she does all the time) and her new calendar was put to use.
I marked some lines and went to town poking holes. I then rigged up the smallest square and started winding 18 gauge metal wire around the frame and sort of sewed on the blinds.
After all three layers are done I attached the to smaller squares to the largest with metal clips and more wire, trying to make it all even takes some time, but I think I have it.
It isn’t quite done because I have to find a place to hang it before I wire it, but I think it will be cool. I even have enough metal to spare to make another. Sorry Family. xo