I have been looking on the internet for weeks for some appropriate light fittings for the bungalow. I love these beautiful craftsman chandelier lanterns and wanted something similar.
This picture (below) is from the dining room of the Gamble House, a house built in California in 1908 by the famous architects Greene and Greene.
I set about making a lantern chandelier and so started with a box made of balsa wood.
Instead of using glass I decided to use paper. I don't have the tools to use glass, though I would have preferred it. Next time perhaps...
I then made the lantern top from base wood.
I also made a ceiling fitting.
To make the paper look like glass I coloured it with water colour pencils (I used special water colour paper which does not warp) and drew the lead light pattern on with fine line marker.
I stained the wood in walnut and threaded and fixed in the light globe.
I glued it all together, but it was quite fragile (I managed to break it twice before it went in to the house).
The finished product worked so well I have decided to make all the light fittings for the entire house!