Hello Jonni and all,
My (nick) name is Matsa, I’m 68-year old granny whose children and grand children live far away, so as a lawyer-pensioner I have plenty of time for my many hobbies and passions… Over time, they were changing from sewing and knitting to translations, then from making jewelry to painting to decoupage to mix media, just to name a few. But, I especially love to renovate, restore or alter old things.
And this have lately led me to another: to re-use, re-purpose, recycle the things we throw everyday like (news)paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, glass…
My website is still under construction and I’m adding my stuff there slowly, step by step…
A big thank you, Jonni for this opportunity, for all your instructions, and especially for the paper-mache clay recipe. I’ve learnt a lot of things here in your site!
How I Make My Lamps
I’ve experimented for months with pm clay and still don’t have my ‘final.’ Sometimes it gets cracks when drying, but it’s not a big deal, cracks can even give new inspirational solutions. The ‘culprit’ probably could be that I don’t have joint compound (can not be found here in Belgrade, Serbia). Nevertheless, I manage somehow with what I can get (a kind of paste/filler for ceramic tiles or fugenmasse in German)… There’s only one way to do it: try it out over and over again.
I’m still a newbie and my main challenge is recycling/up-cycling, so I make the clay with toilet paper rolls. I really enjoy making small things from it (like bowls, pendants, beads), but I’d like to share here what I consider my best item – table lamps.
Since the picture is worth 1000 words I’m adding a few to describe the making:
A few more thoughts:
The shades are ready-made (I buy them in Chinese stores, similar to dollar stores) and then paint and decorate them to match the lamp – usually with decoupage, pieces of old lace, dried leaves or anything that comes to mind.
Keep in mind that there are two different sizes of bulbs, fittings/holders, shade’s openings, so they all need to be of the same size (here in Serbia and most of Europe there are two standards: E14 and E27)
In the end, before gluing the dowel into the bottle opening, I dip thoroughly a few rocks in a silicon paste and carefully throw them one by one to the bottom for better stability of the lamp. And of course, I let silicon dry for a whole day, just in case…