A couple days ago I shared our collection of Moss lamps. The reason why a lot of these didn’t survive is because of the delicate spun fiberglass shades. Often times the shades would unravel. So, what do you do if you find a Moss lamp but the shade resembles a messy birds nest and is not too far gone? There is a cheap and easy solution….Elmer’s glue and water.
- Clean the lamp shades of any debris
- Dilute the glue in some water. There isn’t a science to this. Just get it to a consistency that will allow you to paint the mixture.
- Paint the shade with the glue mixture
- Allow to fully dry before placing shades back on the lamp
- My shades still had their original shape. If your shades are floppy you’ll want to do the same process but over a mold that has the shape you want. I had a shade that became floppy but originally had straight edges. I created a form out of wood for the shade to sit on before I started painting so I could get the straight edges.
- If you have thin areas or small holes in your shades, before step 2 trim off some of stray fiberglass and use it to patch the areas during step 2.
Here are some before and after pictures.
What type of paint is used?
It’s not paint, it’s a mixture of Elmer’s glue & water.
Thanks you saved my Lena