Last week I was busy with making a fringe for my first chandelier, this was the first time I was making it with bobbins and silk. Here how it looked:
The problems started when I tried it on, the fringe wasn’t wide enough, if there would be just two extra millimeters – I’d be the happiest person. I was a bit upset, two days of work and all for nothing. I had to use pre-made fringe from the local craft store. I also think that I made a huge mistake using silk, it looks just fine on furniture but not on chandelier, you’d need much coarser thread than silk, metal threads are really the best choice here. And this time I was quite happy with the result.
Christmas is near, so I started making minis especially for this wonderful time of year. This year was all about my art nouveau house so I thought it would be nice to have a Christmas tree there. With lights
I went through some internet shops and to be honest was a bit disappointed – those light looked bulky to me. So here’s a possible solution – SMD LED lights. Read more…
Remember that art nouveau roombox that I made some time ago? It was sold but came back to me, because I was asked to make lighting for it. That flower chandelier was made especially for this room. I also needed to make that Tiffany table lamp functional. I decided to try LEDs for this project. They are much brighter and don’t burn out as often as usual bulbs. I was looking for warm light LEDs for quite a while, and I was lucky to find very small (5 or 3mm, I don’t remember) and very cheap ones. So the first problem was solved.
The only problem with LEDs is that you have to find appropriate resistors, so say hello to physics course at school you hated so much. Ohm’s law – I had to look it up in Wikipedia for the first time in so many years. I had the resistors I needed but all this counting, colour code etc. was a bit too overwhelming to me. My husband though was curious enough to find a good video about so called LED drivers that would eliminate my problem with resistors. Here it is – http://www.chipdip.ru/en/video.aspx?vid=ID000306334. To make it easier for you, these LEDs drivers provide constant current of 20 mA in a circuit (most LEDs that I have are 20 mA), so you don’t need to count anything just connect this driver to a simple circuit. It’s very small by the way:
From the left to the right – small case for three drivers, driver itself and driver with small pins to make the soldering easier. So if you lazy to learn all this Ohm’s magic, drivers will save a lot of time for you.
For my chandeliers I used three LEDs, they are very small, so it wasn’t a problem.
Last week I received a package with lace bobbins (50 pairs), they were all unspangled, so I went to the nearest beads shop to buy some beads. I love this place, lots of cute things, I cannot leave it without buying something. I found these wonderful glass beads, but they are not for bobbins, I’m afraid.
As these two weeks were all about making lights I immediately thought these beads would make perfect lamp shades. You would just need to cut them in half.
I googled at first to find someone who did it before but to no avail. So, here’s my first try.
You need Proxxon/Dremel/whatever tool, diamond wheel and sticky tape. Glasses for protection and mask is a must for me too. I also marked a cutting line on the bead.
Here’s how you need to fix the bead on a tape:
And just cut it off! At first I thought that glass would break, but I was lucky, the edge is even. You can also sand the bead to make it even better
I’m very excited about it,there’s lot of beads with different sizes and shapes, lot’s of things to explore.