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My Geoball Lampshade.

I've definitely fallen hard for the geometric trend, and so I was VERY close to buying one of these origami style shades to include in my recent spare room re-vamp. Although the ones I found were beautiful and well made, they were also quite expensive.

With my background in book binding and endless prezzie wrapping for Xmas shoots and press shows I've become quite good at folding paper, so I decided to try and make one myself!

 So I wanted to share the post I found on Pinterest by www.ohohblog.com that helped me make it. Plus, a few extra tips from me!

This is the helpful step by step diagram by ohohblog which I found quite simple to follow. However, it didn't seem to advise on sizing etc (possibly because you're free to make any size you want for any kind of lamp) But I thought I'd quickly add what paper sizing I used to create what I would consider a perfect size for a ceiling pendant light. 

Tips.

1.  Buy one A0 or two white A1 good quality pieces of paper. Not too low gsm so the paper rips when folding, but not too high so that the light can't pass through.  

2. If you haven't been able to find A0, lay both pieces of A1 paper on a large, flat surface and stick the right and left- hand edges together (front and back) with matte sellotape so you create an A0.

3. Once both sides are stuck together, fold the paper in half crosswise so it's possible to draw a half circle that can be opened out into a perfectly round full circle.

4. So, for this part I fashioned a compass from a rubber, drawing pin, a piece of string, and a sharp pencil. With the folded edge of paper facing toward you, find the centre point using a ruler. Pin one end of the string into the rubber at this centre point, then tie the other end of the string to the pencil in a loose-ish knot so the string moves freely around it. No need to measure the length of string! Just use the edges of the paper as your guide, so you're doing the half circle as big as the width of the page allows. Lastly, cut out the half circle and open it out.

5.  Now continue by following the diagram. If you get stuck, or I've missed something, let me know in the comments below!    

 

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