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a beatiful way to light up the dark time of the year
After I moved into my flat I started decorating it I made lots of these lamps. The problem with decorating flats is that I have very exact ideas but can never find the items that match those ideas. This happened with the lamps. I wanted something round and light. I saw many very expensive string pendant lamps and thought I could make that myself. I started to try with wire but got frustrated because the wire never stayed in place. Then I tried it with bast and liquid glue and that worked great. I did many of those lamps so far.

While searching for English words to describe this lamp I found out that I wasn´t the first on to come up with this idea. If you don´t understand my tutorial there are many others out there!

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  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Woven String Pendant Lamp - Step 1
    Step 1

    Make a wire ring that is big enough to fit over the light bulp. You can also take an existing ring from an old lamp. Lay it over the opening of you beachball or any other inflatable ball. You can also take a baloon.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Woven String Pendant Lamp - Step 2
    Step 2

    If you make awool-lamp you should soak the wool in the starch. If you are using bast you´ll want to use a big rubbish bag as a protection for your table. Fix it to your table with tape. Take a lot of the glue into one of your hands and let the bast run through your hand and glue while wrapping around the ball. Both versions are not exactly a clean craft. Start wrapping whatever you´re using around the ball making sure to cover everything. Every now and then you should wrap your bast or wool around the wire ring to fix it. You might need to cut the strand for that. Just tie the ends to the wire.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Woven String Pendant Lamp - Step 3
    Step 3

    If you don´t want to see the light bulp afterwards and are using light or bright material you should wrap a lot around the ball. If your material is dark or you want to see the light bulp you should just wrap around a little. When you are satisfied with how much you wraped around you are finished. secure your end at the wire ring and let dry kompletly. The wool will take almost 24 hours to dry completly.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Woven String Pendant Lamp - Step 4
    Step 4

    When everything dried you can carefully start to let the air aout of the ball and peel of the wool or bast.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Woven String Pendant Lamp - Step 6
    Step 5

    Now you can take the ball out of your almost done lamp.
    If you used bast and glue you should take little scissors an try to cut away all exsess glue. When you used wool, you can use a little glue do fix strands that won´t stay where they should.

  • How to make a lamp / lampshade. Woven String Pendant Lamp - Step 7
    Step 6

    Now you wrap wire from one side of the wire ring to the other. It its middle you fix a wire that is 10cm long with which you can fix your new lamp at the cable. You´re done!

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Mary S.
Mary S. · Chicago, Illinois, US · 5 projects
This is a very effective way to bring more light and color into a room. Great Job! I also really like the simplicity of this craft!
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 Cynthia P.
Cynthia P. · Pembroke, Kentucky, US
What is bast?
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 Cynthia P.
Cynthia P. · Pembroke, Kentucky, US
What is bast?
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CO + K User

No, I live in Hamburg, but you´re right, that "kauf dich glücklich" sign is from Berlin! Happy
I bought my liquid starch at Budnikowsky or Rossmann (if youre in Germany) and used liquid glue (flüssiger Bastelkleber - Kleister geht aber bestimmt auch) for the bast. Viel Spaß beim basteln!
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kdotdotdot w.
kdotdotdot w. · Pretoria, Gauteng, ZA
do you live in berlin? the kaufdichglücklich look very familiar Happy love their waffles.
i was wondering where you got your liquid starch from?? and if im using bast, what kind of glue would i need? would normal glue do it or something more like .. tapetenkleister ??
thank you a bunch. i LOVE this idea and am so excited to try it! has a certain IKEA look to it too Happy
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sweetsundae0
sweetsundae0 · Ajax, Ontario, CA · 50 projects
Wow I love that idea! I'm gonna see if I can try this myself now. Happy
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CO + K User

I found mine at fleamarkets and asked for them in wine shops, sometimes you can even buy wine in those boxes. Good luck on your box hunt! ;)
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Stacy P.
Stacy P. · Ozark, Missouri, US · 2 projects
I can not wait to make one of these! I saw one years ago in a DIY magazine, but forgot all about it until I saw your tutorial! I need a cute, light pendant to hang in my dining room and I adore the look of these! Instead of getting a cord, though, Lowe's has pendant lamps for $19 without the glass topper over the bulb.

PS. I'm going to use your winebox shelf idea, too! I just need to find out where I can get some! <3
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CO + K User

So pretty and the english was really good considering it isnt your first language Happy
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Peeps
Peeps · Sacramento, California, US · 4 projects
i am going to do that for my friends b day

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