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Ideas Ideas Light up your home

Ideas is all about MAKING your world more beautiful. Packed with creative inspiration, fresh ideas, easy projects and step-by-step instructions, this magazine is the go-to guide for crafters, stitchcrafters, makers, cooks and DIY home decorators.

Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
Idees Fabriek
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from the editor

WHILE EVERYONE AROUND ME WAS PAINTING THEIR WALLS AS A FOCAL POINT, I ALWAYS BELIEVED (AND STILL DO) THAT THERE IS NOTHING MORE STRIKING IN A ROOM THAN A CHANDELIER. IT’S LIKE A PIECE OF JEWELLERY THAT LOOKS LOVELY ALL DAY BUT REALLY SHINES WHEN YOU SWITCH ON THE LIGHT. IN THE MEANTIME, FASHIONS HAVE COME AND GONE, BUT I’M STILL VERY ATTACHED TO MY CHANDELIERS. EVERY TIME I PUT A HOUSE ON THE MARKET, I REMOVE THEM ALL AND REPLACE THEM WITH OTHER LAMPSHADES BEFORE THE FIRST POTENTIAL BUYER WALKS IN THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR. AND IT WAS PRECISELY HERE THAT I DISCOVERED THE PLEASURE OF BUYING LIGHTS. THESE DAYS THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERY TASTE AND IF YOU CAN’T FIND IT, YOU MAKE YOUR OWN. WHETHER YOU HAVE A MODERN…

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circus style

You will need • template for the circus-style letters on page 9 • a sheet of universal cardboard or another type of firm cardboard • two A1 sheets of 3mm foam board • 5m illumination cable for multiple lights • 30 light sockets (‘illumination fittings’) • 30 low-wattage golf-ball globes • plug • cable ties • insulation tape • spray paint in the colour of your choice • paper circle cutter • superglue (cyanoacrylate adhesive) • glue gun • medium-grit sandpaper • masking tape • craft knife, cutting mat and metal ruler NOTES • Universal cardboard is a heavyweight cardboard that is white on one side and a dull brown on the other. • The measurements in step 6 take into account the size of the light fittings and the globes as well as the thickness of the foam board – this is so that, when joined, the lights…

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make or break

Cup lights Cups and saucers can be turned into pretty lights. Make an uneven number of cup lights and hang them from the ceiling – at different heights as in our picture, or in a neat row. Drill a hole through the middle of the cup and saucer and stick the two parts together with epoxy glue. Add the cord and light-bulb fitting and use the cup as a lampshade. Reading lamp We drilled holes through two cups and a saucer and placed them on the shaft of an existing lampstand.We also drilled through a pie dish and fitted it over the base of the lamp. Look for a lampstand with a thin shaft – ours is 10mm in diameter. This measurement will determine the size of your drill bit. You will need • lampstand…

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jelly mould

Jelly-mould reading lamp An old aluminium jelly mould adds a fashionable retro look to a plain old reading lamp. We drilled a hole in the jelly mould so that it fits snugly over the existing light holder. Because the mould is made from thin aluminium, we had to reinforce the inside. We simply used the cap of a water bottle, drilled a similar-sized hole in the base and glued it directly over the hole in the jelly mould, using super-strong glue. Ensure that the jelly mould fits snugly and neatly. Your jelly-mould reading lamp will soon become a conversation piece!…

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sundae lamp stand

Sundae-glass lamp stand With the innovative use of various kitchen items you can create a light that looks like a designer item. You will need • 5 Perspex sundae glasses • plastic or Priplak sheeting • glass ovenproof platter (preferably thick glass) • plastic lid or see-through disc (to fit inside the sundae glass) • old lampshade • epoxy glue • super-strong glue • light-bulb holder, switch and wall plug • electric cord • electric drill with glass and metal drill bits • masking tape To make 1 Drill a hole in the centre of the base of each sundae glass with a metal drill bit and stack them to fit on top of each other as shown in our photo. Thread the cord through the holes in the glasses. 2 Drill a hole through the centre of the oven platter. Wear safety goggles and drill…

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lampshade makeovers

‘Woollen’ frame This is a very trendy look right now. Find a decorative lampshade frame such as our bellshaped one. Cut a length of knitting yarn measuring about 2m. Double-knot it to the top edge of the frame, then start wrapping it around the frame, ending with another double knot. Try to conceal the knots by placing them where they won’t be easily seen. Keep going until you have covered the entire frame. Reinforce each double knot with a drop of glue. TIP Wrap the length of knitting yarn around a piece of cardboard so you don’t have to work with the entire length the whole time. It will also stop the yarn knotting, or becoming tangled. Stitched paper frame Find a frame with panels for this project. You will need • lampshade frame • rice paper…

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