So Natasha Beaulieu you want a tutorial on the 'Butterfly' lamp and credenza that I made for Snowfern Clover ? Okay, I'll start with the lamp. This is exactly how I made it but feel free to put your own stamp on it.
The lamp is one of those can't-see-the-cable affairs. You know, the ones where the cable runs through the base? Clear as mud? Hm, hopefully the pictures will paint the thousand words I can't think of right now.
Start with four pieces of wood . I'm using bass wood here rather than a dark wood for better clarity. the dimensions are 10mm x 10mm by whatever length and width you want. The sizes I've used are 50mm and 25mm for this tutorial but you can adjust the size to whatever scale you want.
The intermittent red line in the picture above represents a drill hole running from the base of the lamp, through to the bulb. This is where the cable will be hidden.
Set the drill bit (a 4mm drill bit will be ample), so that when you drill down the length of the wood (the 50mm piece), you don't go straight through. You have to have a steady hand...make sure you don't skew to one side =0/. Then drill down halfway into the wood where I've marked an 'X'. When you're finished, the drill holes will meet .
You can probably see better from this picture how the cable goes in at the bottom, through almost the full length of the wood and out at one side. I won't lie and say the cable goes in without a hitch because it doesn't. Swearing at it doesn't seem to help, neither does throwing it off a wall
On one of the shorter (25mm pieces), drill a hole half way down the length and again half way through the middle. Again, the holes should meet so that the cable runs freely through from one side to the other.
See. Piece of cake *manic laughter*
Glue it all together, making sure that the cable moves freely.
Alternatively, you could use a pre-drilled bead and save yourself the hassle. It's your call =0)
Now the lampshade.
Take a section of clear tube, (I used an empty hair serum bottle that I sliced with a saw) The bottle I used was around 35mm diameter. Just have a look around for something in a suitable scale to the lamp stand you are making. I used a jewelery finding that you can buy from Tee-Pee Crafts. This, I have found, gets around the problem associated with fixing drum shaped lamp shades to miniature lamps.
Measure and bend the ends of the jewelry finding so that it fits snugly inside the lamp shade
Glue the jewelry finding into place with superglue or similar. Once dried, glue the whole lamp shade onto your lamp base, making sure that you thread the wire through the hole in the middle of the jewelery finding. You can now solder a grain of wheat bulb or led onto the end of the wire sticking out of the top of the shade. Once everything is in place, carefully draw the wire through the lamp base so that the bulb sits inside the shade.
If you are using a pre-wired lamp, just remember to thread it through the lamp shade first and then the base and then glue everything together. Same instructions except you'll be doing it backwards
Use a stylus to shape the petals so that they curve up
Cover the lamp shade with either double-sided sticky tape or suitable glue and attach the petals in a random pattern.
This is the lamp I made (picture courtesy of Snowfern-Clover)
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I've included a screen shot of the Tee-Pee catalogue showing the metal findings. I have no idea what they are called...spacers...links *shrugs* Maybe take this picture to a jewelery store and see if they can shed any light on it =0/
Modded to add : I've just received an email from a very helpful Lady called Claire, who actually makes full scale lamps and knows what the star shaped metal fitting is called...a spider! Thank you Claire =0)