As a member of the design team for etchall, I get to try out some of their new products from time to time. This month, as part of the etchall® design team, I received the new self-illuminating lampshade kit or "Lighten Up" Kit. It's a battery-operated lampshade that will fit over a glass bottle or jar. The white cap screws off and batteries go inside. The plastic template makes it easy to cut paper or fabric to cover the shade.
|"Lighten Up" Kit|
I pondered for a couple of weeks on the direction that I wanted to go with this new lampshade. Then, the light went on!! I made a little gnome home once that was a lot of fun, so I thought I'd go in that direction with this piece and create a Fairy House Lamp. I wanted to make the jar and shade look like a fairy house in a tree.
Here's the glass jar I used:
I masked off the windows with some shelf liner I had. I masked off more windows on the sides.
|etchall® etching creme applied|
Once it was etched, I applied a couple of colors of metal patinas from Ranger. These are some of the best paints I've found for coloring etched glass. Here's how it looked after painting.
|Cutting out the lampshade|
I used several different colors and types of paper. Because I'll want to take the cap off and change the batteries eventually, I worked up to the edge of the cap. Then, I glued more leaves to the top and bent the leaves down over the side of the cap.
To finish the Fairy House Lamp, I glued pieces of sticks and tiles around the door and windows. I added a piece of brown paper for the door and glued on a door knob. Then, I took a brown pen and drew wood grain lines to the sides of the jar.
The self-illuminating shade has a switch on the underside and a pressure plate in the center. To keep the light on, you must keep pressure on the plate with a bottle or some other way. For my lamp, I turned the lid upside down on the top of the jar and added a wine bottle cork to the center. It's not seen when you put the shade on the jar.
Here's the final Fairy House Lamp. Now, I just have to wait for the fairy!
|Etched Fairy House Lamp|
|Fairy House Lamp|
Word got out about the new house in the neighborhood and a gnome stopped by! Unfortunately, he decided that it was too small!
It was so much fun creating this little lamp! I hope you'll try it, too!