While dallying at our local garden centre I came across an enormous piece of bamboo – 10ft long by 4in across – perfect for making lamps thought I. So I sawed it up into 15in lengths and decided to make it look like Chinese laquer work – here it is:
Here is how to do it:
You will require:
bamboo, matt black paint, gold size, gold leaf, varnish, cork floor tile, light fitting & shade
- First find your bamboo!
- drill a hole for the wire to come out at the bottom
- paint the bamboo black – any matt black paint
- draw on your design with a white chinagraph pencil – you could simply draw leaves tracing round real ones
- where you want the gold leaf to go paint gold size
- apply the gold leaf – it will stick to the size and the rest can be gently brushed off (but keep it carefully and anywhere it hasn’t stuck even tiny bits can be press over)
- give it a coat of varnish
- cut out circles of cork floor tile for the top and bottom
- screw the light fitting to the top and put the wire down inside the bamboo and out of the hole you have drilled at the bottom
- put on the shade, plug it in – done!!
Behind the lamp you can see my take on de Gournay wallpaper.