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WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 6, 2006
4:44 PM

Post #2592678

Hello all,

A few years ago I bought a pair of odd lamps for unknown reason.
They are faux gold with ornate feet, a long oval bubble with more
ornate features on top. Inside the bubble is what I would describe
as a faux gold woman dressed as though she were going to a toga
party, with one hand on her hip and the other appearing to hold up
the top of the lamp.

The lamp shades that came with the lamps were obviously too large
and the shades I'm currently using are too small. The lamps have not
been cleaned, as they must be disassembled to clean the insides of
the bubble.

The lamp stand 32" where the light bulb goes in, with the wishbone
adding more height. I don't want a humongous drum of a shade. Does
anyone have any suggestions or ideas for a lamp shade or alternate
topper?

Sorry the images are sideways. I'm too lazy to rotate them, my software
is a pain in the royalty.

Many thanks,
Karen

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WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 6, 2006
4:52 PM

Post #2592708

Here is a quick shot of the lamp as it stands.

(If you turn your head sideways to view it, LOL)

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critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

August 6, 2006
10:07 PM

Post #2593505

OK, first let's turn that image right side up...

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critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

August 6, 2006
10:12 PM

Post #2593517

Sometimes the best way to find a shade is just to bring the lamp to the store with you... I don't know what the "rule of thumb" might be for matching the diameter of a shade with the size of a lamp, but sometimes it just helps me to draw pictures... I took your photo into my editing software and just used the eraser tool to draw shapes of different shades on top of your lamp.

(BTW, it's a cool lamp! Sorry I can't really help with suggestions on cleaning, etc... but it deserves a cool shade!)

Here's a pretty ordinary sort of shade on your lamp... imagine it (or draw it) bigger or smaller, and you could probably approximate the diameter by measureing the diameter of your base (think, oh, maybe the shade should be 3 times the diameter of the base?).

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critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

August 6, 2006
10:12 PM

Post #2593520

Here's a completely different shape for a shade... it might be that a wider, flatter cone would balance out the base without making the lamp too tall & imposing...

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critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

August 6, 2006
10:15 PM

Post #2593526

And here's yet another idea. I have a lamp in my guest room with a fairly wide diameter base on it... an "ordinary" looking shade that looked big enough for the lamp was definitely too large for the space I had, so I went with a cylindrical shade that had the visual "weight" that I needed without sticking out into the walking-space in front of the dresser...

Thusly...

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critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

August 6, 2006
10:17 PM

Post #2593530

Or if that doesn't seem quite wide enough to you, consider...

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critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

August 6, 2006
10:22 PM

Post #2593548

Anyway, I don't know if those pics were any help at all to you... but I figured it might help you visualize some of the options... In terms of making any of these seem less weighty & humongous, a lighter or more sheer material on the shade frame might help...

I'm sure some of the creative folks on DG will have better ideas for "alternative" toppers... I'm going to watch this thread! :-)
WUVIE
Hulbert, OK
(Zone 7a)

August 6, 2006
11:51 PM

Post #2593796

Oh my gosh, Critt, you've gone above and beyond to help me,
I certainly appreciate it, wow! Thank you soooo much!

I really like the second shade you created, it's different and
unique, and I like it!

The original shade was very much like number four, but was
so huge, it covered part of the lamp and stood ten foot tall. Okay,
well it seemed ten foot to me. LOL.

Thank you so very much for your creative and very helpful assistance!
You're a doll!
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

August 7, 2006
12:38 AM

Post #2593967

LOL, I hope you can find one of those flatter conical shades now... I do have one downstairs, so they exist, although they don't come quite to a point at the top.

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