Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Old Silverware = Fantastic Ceiling Lamp

This is the one thing that I couldn't even imagine. The ceiling lamp made from spoons? Sounds crazy, but looks gorgeous and creative. It's perfect for kitchen, dining room or bar.
The process of creation is easy and fascinating, you'll enjoy it even if you have never done anything like this.
Step 1. We need set of silverware (will be good if each peace has hole in handler) and old lampshade frame.
Step 2. Now you should remove fat from all spoons-forks-knives you are going to use. You can do it by wiping them with some alcohol containing liquid. Let them dry and cover with base layer of paint. It is more easy to use spray paint for metal or plastic.
Remember that it is really better if you paint silverware outside your house. Paints and finishes are not good for you and your pets.   
Step 3. When everything is covered by paint and dry(you may need couple layers of paint and should let each one dry completely) put on your ex-silverware craquelure. 
You can buy craquelure in any crafts store. Remember you could add only one thin layer of craquelure and be sure that you put it in one direction. 
Step 4. When the layer of craquelure is not sticky anymore (time depends on which craquelure you bought but usually it's 20 minutes) put top layer of paint, color should be contrast to basic one. Paint silverware in the same direction that you put craquelure on it. You can use for top layer acrylic paints.
For example,  in process of creation this ceiling lamp white base was used(spray paint for metal) and black acrylic paint for used as top layer. 
If you did everything correctly (and I'm sure you did) in couple minutes you'll see nice cracks on your silverware. 
Step 5. Fix paint with finish. You can use oil based finish or water based finish. Also you can choose any type of it: satin, gloss, etc. 
Step 6. When parts of your ceiling lamp are drying you can work on your lampshade frame. You can paint it, you can add any beads, chains, crystals, flowers, anything. The only one limitation here is your fantasy. For this lamp decorative chains, black beads and crystals were used.  
Step 6. Put together all your parts and attach silverware to frame. 
Lamp socket for this ceiling lamp you can buy in stores like Home Depot or Lowes. This tutorial was prepared by chesta-fiesta and originally posted here.