Well designed and strategically placed lighting can make a big difference to a room and on this Upcycling Lighting Course author author and product designer Juliette will encourage you to think about lighting in a different way, by upcycling some every day, kitchen objects. Many of the items she has chosen to use wouldn’t be the most obvious choices, but you will be surprised at how effective these ideas can be in the right setting. These suggestions will be just the start of some really creative ideas of your own.
You can find many different styles of lampshades and there are lots of ways of re-covering them using different fabric options, as well as decorative and printed paper. The course will help you to remove old lampshade coverings from wire shades and replace them with new ones, using a sewing machine for the more complicated versions, but only a hot melt glue gun and a needle and thread for the simpler version, ideal for those who aren’t comfortable using a sewing machine.
As well as indoor lighting, there is an outdoor option as well featuring a project for re-purposing a metal loaf tin. There is also an architectural scale model transformed as an unusual feature light, using miniature lighting bulbs and a transformer, more commonly used for model train sets and scale models.
After following this course you will have learned how to recover a variety of styles and shapes of wire lampshades, how to work with different materials and trims to give a more professional finish, as well as experimenting with feature accent lights, using architectural models or scale houses or card models.