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How to use a shade carrier and spider fitting

If you have brought one of our tapered lampshades or large traditional lampshades, you will have received either a shade carrier or spider fitting with it

These fittings look quite strange and aren’t the easiest to figure out, so here I will show you how to use them!

Follow my how to video for a step by step guide on how to use your shade carrier or spider fitting

Shade carriers and spider fittings are used with lampshades that have duplex fitting rings which you can see here. If you have a lampshade with a duplex ring, it means you can use it either on a lamp base or a ceiling pendant

Shade carriers are used with lamp bases and have a converter plug, which you can remove if your lamp holder is larger. This means that they fit both standard British (BC) or European (EC) Fittings

However if you are using your lampshade on a ceiling pendant, you will need to use a spider fitting, which also comes with a converter plug

Shade carriers can come in a variety of heights, meaning you can change the placement of your shade quite easily, either making it sit lower on your lamp base or higher up. If you would like a different size shade carrier then do get in contact

I hope this has helped you to use your shade carrier or spider fitting. Enjoy your new lampshade! 


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How to attach trim to a lampshade

Do you have a lampshade that needs a bit of a revamp, or have you made your own lampshade and want to add something a bit extra to it?
Adding trim to a lampshade gives it a new lease of life and also brings out certain elements in the pattern or colours in the fabric, and is a great way to make your lampshade even more special. You can use anything from pom poms, to fringing to braid!
Follow my how to video for a step by step guide on how to add your trim to your lampshade...

My video shows you very easy way to add trim to your lampshade and all you need is your lampshade, scissors, trim, tape measure, glue gun and a lint roller.

If you don’t have a glue gun then you can pick one up from any craft shop or online shop and usually cost about £10. Glue guns are a great addition to any crafter and can be used for a variety of projects. However if you don’t have a glue gun, you can always use lampshade making double sided tape which you can find from places like Dannells. 

Top Tip - Remember to add trim to the correct edge of your lampshade. If your lampshade is being used on a lamp base then make sure to add your trim to the edge that is closest to the fitting ring. However if you use your lampshade as a ceiling pendant then make sure to add your trim to the edge that is furthest away from your fitting ring.

Enjoy crafting!

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Meet and Make Brighton

I was chuffed to be asked to come along and teach fairy light making at Meet and Make a few weeks ago! Meet and Make is a group for people who love to make and create and was set up by Amy Philip of Button and Blue, Jo Biddles and Kate Vincent. I came across Meet and Make a while back and thought it was such a great idea! Everyone is welcome and they meet weekly at the The Square Brighton and offer a range of workshops.

Meet and Make Brighton

Each week the workshop is different and can range from printmaking, pompom making, lettering to wreath making! They cater for the crafty novice to the expert and they create a welcoming space to learn and share skills and connect with other creatives.

If you fancy learning some new skills and meeting a lovely bunch of people then make sure you check our their upcoming craft evenings! I’ll definitely be going along to some more! 

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How to find the perfect size lampshade for your base

Whether you have found an amazing new lamp base or are reusing your favourite one, you will need to find a lamp shade that will fit it perfectly!

I have outlined a few handy tips to make it easier for you to find the right size and shape lampshade for your base

For table lamps

  • The diameter of your lampshade should be wider than the widest part of the lamp base
  • The diameter of your lampshade should not be any bigger than the height of the lamp base
  • The height of your lampshade should be between 60% and 80% of the height of the base

For floor lamps

  • The diameter of your lampshade should usually be 40cm or larger
  • The height of your lampshade should be between 30% and 50% of the height of the base

Shape of your lampshade

As a rough rule the shape of the lampshade should match the shape of the base. For example if the base is rounded then the lampshade should be a round/drum shape. However if the base is rectangular then the shade should be more angular, a rectangle or square shape.

All of these tips are only there as a guide, I believe that there are a lot of lampshade and base combinations that look amazing but don’t follow these guidelines at all!

It might be a good idea to play around with different sizes and shapes if possible. If you are local to Brighton then you are always welcome to pop into my studio with your base to check out which shade would suit it best. Just contact me to arrange a day

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