Saturday, August 4, 2012
Inspired By The Olympics....I've Gone Global
This one was made of cardboard so taking it apart was pretty simple. Loosening it at the seam, one half slid into the other freeing it from the frame. My first project was pretty obvious; using the northern hemisphere as a lamp shade.
Although it would have been easy to just leave the shade as is, it's always been my personal opinion that adding layers gives a project a richer more finished look. In this case, I added a coat of Minwax Gel Stain in Walnut to warm up the colors and give the shade a less juvenile look.
Now I just need the right lamp. For those of you who know me, I do a lot of projects with lamps, lamp shades, and various lighting fixture parts so there's usually a few garage sale finds waiting for a project. After sampling the new shade on every lamp in my workshop, I settled on the little blue ceramic lamp because I liked the size, shape and scale with the shade. The finish, however, was less than suitable.
Here, I've used an iron oxide paint followed by a rust patina and a coat of spray sealer. Let me know if you're interested and I'll share the details of this finish in a future post.
Being a little OCD, I didn't like the edge of the lamp shade. There was a little glue residue that didn't take the Gel Stain evenly. I could have added a decorative trim but decided to give the edge the same metal paint finish as the base for a simpler industrial look.
I found a little round plate and a decorative brass spacer. After treating both pieces with my rust patina, the plate turned rust and the brass turned a pretty verdigris which coordinated nicely with the shade. I like to spray all my aged parts with a coat of either matte or semi gloss spray sealer depending on the desired sheen.
To attach the shade, you need a finial. In this case, I wanted something simple but with a little dimension. A simple aged brass finial with two rusted discs in graduating sizes were the perfect finishing touch.
Now I just need to dream up something for the southern hemisphere and frame parts...any ideas?