|Miy Decor Project; Micro Bead Romantic Lamps
C r e a t i o n s & I n s p i r a t i o n s
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Miycreations Project article and photographs
by Madeleine M Langlois
Miy project; Micro Bead Romantic Lamps.
Micro Beads add glittering effect to lamps. These simple and easy design accents can be
used on many household items, in any conceivable pattern.
Hands-on time: Less than 1 hour.
Skill: Super easy
Project cost: Under $15.00
Materials & tools:
• Candle holders with glass lamp shades (paper shades are fine, too)
• Newspapers or a sheet of paper
• Fine-grit sandpaper and tack cloth
• Acrylic silver paint to paint the base of the holders, if needed
• Empty plastic container
• Micro Beedz by Art Accentz (numerous colors are available; I used clear)
• Terrifically Tacky Tape, 6-mm width
• Terrifically Tacky Tape sheet (to create a design)
• Drawing or clip art
• Measuring tape
• Decorative crystal beaded fringe (sold by the metre or in packages)
(Materials for this project are available at arts and craft stores).
Gorgeous home accessories needn't cost huge sums of money; they can be created with
basic materials, skills and imagination. Simply Eiffel Tower motifs, for a little international
flair..are applied onto plain lamps.
Votive lamps with frosted glass shades can be revived with Micro Beedz and cascading
crystal beaded fringe accents, making the lamps perfect to light up romantic bedroom
decor. The soft candlelight will make them glitter and glow.
Micro Beedz, or holeless beads, are minuscule glass or metallic marbles. They are easy to
apply and cling instantly to Terrifically Tacky Tape. They are available in many colors and
can be used on various surfaces, from wood and glass to metal and plastics.
Terrifically Tacky Tape is a double-faced adhesive. It's my favorite type of double-sided
tape because it is strong, clear, nontoxic and heat resistant. It is also extremely practical,
since it can be used on a multitude of surfaces for different purposes.
Cover your work area with newspapers. Make sure the glass lamp shades are clean and
free of grease. Wash them with soapy water and towel dry. If the candle-holder bases are
dull or weathered, lightly sand and repaint them first.
Let dry according to the type of paint you applied. Draw or trace a clip art design (I used a
basic Eiffel Tower motif, you can use any simple shapes, or even basic geometric shapes)
on the backing of the Terrifically Tacky Tape sheet, and cut around it with scissors. Peel
one side and apply the cut-out directly onto the lamp shade. Press it firmly into place for an
extra-strong hold and peel the backing paper. Repeat steps to apply any additional
designs to the lamp shade.
Before applying the Micro Beedz, hold the shade over a plastic container (in order to
recover surplus beads). Sprinkle the beads over your design, and pat them down with your
hand. Repeat application as needed to fill in any gaps. Put the surplus beads back in their
Measure the lower circumference of the lamp shade and cut a piece ofTerrifically Tacky
Tape of the same length. Apply the tape around the lower edge of the shade, press it firmly
into place, then peel away the red backing.
Cut a length of crystal beaded fringe one centimeter longer than the length of the tape (to
allow for overlap). Apply the fringe directly over the tape, pulling the fringe a little to make it
snug while working your way around the edge of the lamp shade. Fold back the end to tuck
it in and overlap on top of the starting point.
Both Micro Beedz and Terrifically Tacky Tape can be used to decorate numerous items
around your home, such as lamp shades, picture frames, vases, sheer curtains, decorative
boxes and pillar candles. And of course, they can be used for embellishing scrapbook
Tacky Tape sheets allow you to create your own designs, but they also come with precut
shapes like circles, flowers, hearts and letters, to make it even easier to use.
•Votive lamps with frosted glass
shades can be revived with
Micro Beedz and cascading
crystal beaded fringe accents,
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