Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Making Lamp Finial Decorations & Black Friday Sale

Good Afternoon Everyone!

Thanks for coming by last night's Ustream show.  It was fun showing how to make the lamp finial decorations.  I received emails asking for some instructions so,  I thought I would give some step by step instructions on my blog today.  They are easy to make and inexpensive to do and make a BIG splash on a lamp top.  With a twist, try them out as decorations for your tree...

Warning:  These do not go anywhere near the light bulb.  They sit on top of the crossbars to the lampshade next to the finial AWAY from the bulb.  Be safe and sensible when using these near something hot such as a light bulb.  That said, mine get warm but not hot...

Here we go...a few pictures of some completed lamp decorations....






Here's how they were made:

You will need some bendable aluminum wire for the base, chenille stems (pipe cleaners),  and some beads and pearls.


Found this 12 gauge aluminum wire at the craft store.  Really easy to bend...


Bend the wire twice around a small container.....


Once you have made a "hoop", bend the chenille stems around it to cover the wire....


Add beads and pearls to the chenille stems....


I made around (20) decorated stems....


Bend the stem around the hoop and cut off excess...



Keep adding the stems about every half-inch....


All the stems have been added....


Twirl the stems around a pen....


Fuss with the stems until you have it the way you like...


...and place it on your lamp...Done!


BLACK FRIDAY SALE!!!

Remember that Friday is the second annual Black Friday Sale in my Etsy store!!  Be sure to come by and grab tutorials at half price!  Yeah Baby!  The sale starts at 12:00 a.m. Friday morning and runs through noon on Sunday!!

By the way, if you make the finial decorations, please send me pictures, I would love to see how yours come out...

Thanks for coming by!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter





6 comments:

  1. Jim, these are perfect! I love how the individual strands appear as if they are dancing from the heat below them.

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  2. You know I LOVE those lamp crowns!!! Great pictures, BTW!!

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  3. Thanks for another great Ustream show - these look like fun!

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  4. Sorry i missed last night. I love love love the "lamp crowns" great idea and I am going to make some. Thanks for sharing Jim. You Cesar and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  5. You make me want to run right out and buy lamps with shades!

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  6. These are the coolest things ever. where do you come up with these ideas? I am so going to make them with my grandkids for Christmas this year. Something their mom will appreciate and be able to enjoy! Thanks for the tutorial, we'll be able to follow along!

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