Bright and Embellished Lamp Shade
Designer Lynda Musante
Skill Level Beginner

Materials

Soft Touch Wire .010 diameter – 36"
3mm Czech Fire Polish Beads – 30 pcs
1x1mm Sterling Silver Crimp Tubes – 2 pcs
Extra Small Slice Assorted Hand Blown Furnace Beads - 1 oz
Fabric Lampshade

Tools

Cutters
#10 Embellishment & Beadwork Needle
Micro Crimping Pliers
Ruler or Measuring Tape
Pencil

Instructions

Note: You may need more beads and wire depending on the size of lampshade.

Step 1:
Beginning at a seam on the underside of the lampshade, begin measuring around the bottom, making a very light pencil mark at one inch intervals. Go all the way around the lampshade.

Step 2: Use Flush Cutters to cut 36 inches of .010 diameter Soft Touch Wire. Use Micro Crimping Pliers to secure one 1x1mm crimp tube on one end of the wire. Thread a needle onto the other end of the wire. Stitch through the very bottom edge of the lampshade at one of the pencil marks.

TIP: Be sure to drop your needle frequently to allow any twist to work its way out of the stringing material. Also do not stretch the wire, to avoid kinks.

Step 3: Use the needle to string one furnace glass bead, one 3mm bead, and one furnace glass bead. Pass back through the 3mm bead and furnace glass bead. Stitch through the fabric on the bottom of the lampshade just next to the first stitch. Gently tug the Soft Touch wire so it is snug, but not tight. Place the lampshade on the base to check that the dangle will hang properly.


Close up of short dangle

Step 4:
Insert the needle through the next pencil mark and pull the thread from the first dangle so it is snug. String one furnace glass bead, one 3mm bead, one furnace glass bead, one 3mm bead, and one furnace glass bead. Pass back through the last 3mm bead and the other beads on this dangle. Stitch through the bottom of the lampshade. Gently tug the Soft Touch wire so it is snug, but not tight. Place the lampshade on the base to check that the dangle will hang properly.


Close up of long dangle

Step 5:
Repeat Steps 3 and 4 around the the bottom of the lampshade. As you end the last dangle and stitch through the lampshade base, remove the needle, string one 1x1mm crimp tube and secure it using Micro Crimping pliers. Trim off excess Soft Touch wire at the crimp.

TIP: If you need additional wire to stitch around the lampshade, end the wire with a crimp tube after stitching through the lampshade and start a new wire as you did in Step 2.


Projects not intended for children under the age of 13. The information on this instruction sheet is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed. Soft Flex® Company disclaims all liability from any injury to anyone undertaking the construction of this project as a result of improper safety precautions.