Sunday, September 16, 2012
Faux Zinc Lamps with Grain Sack Shades
I found this pair of lamps at the flea market quite a while back. It's hard to find pairs of lamps so I scarfed them up immediately. They had a bronze finish and silk shades. I had too many lamps in my space so I decided to bring them home and reinvent them. I've shared this finish with you before. It was inspired by Lorraine at missflibberigibbet.blogspot.com. Click here to see the tutorial. This is a great finish if you love the look of zinc which I do.
Now that the lamp bases were modernized, I decided to tackle the shades. I used an image from the Graphics Fairy which you can find here .
I follow Rosemary at Villabarnes and she has done some wonderful transfers with Splendid Blenders so I decided to try my hand with this technique and I must say I love the result. It was easy to do and transferred like a dream. The only catch is you must use a laser jet copy, not an ink jet. So I took my image to Kinko's and reversed the image and brought home two copies to reinvent my pair of lampshades. I couldn't find the Splendid Blenders locally so here is the information on where to get them. The pen says Chart Pak Woodcrafter's Marker. The color is Splendid Blender WO. Use these in a well ventilated area. They are potent. I ordered them on line from WNC Supply at http://wncsupply.com. Their phone number is (623) 594-4602.
I simply taped the laser copy with the image side down to the shade. Then I held my fingers behind the image on the inside of the shade and rubbed it with the Splendid Blender. It transferred like a dream. Give this technique a try. The following photo is my test run on a piece of muslin.
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