Combine the warm look of wood and pattern of wire mesh in a pendant light covering you can assemble in a few hours with a few basic tools.
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We’ll show how to install this shade on an all-new pendant light, but you can also adjust the size to work with an existing pendant light that can handle the additional weight.
From the roll of poultry netting, cut a piece 76-1/2 inches long by 15 inches wide, and bend the strip into a cylinder. As you hold the ends together, count the number of grids around the cylinder (including the overlapping ones) and adjust the cylinder to make certain the total is a multiple of three. Use 24-gauge wire to tie the overlapping ends.
You can adjust the diameter of the shade slightly to suit your needs, but the number of grids must remain a multiple of three, and the wire cylinder should not touch the burlap lampshade inside.
Count the number of grids around the wire cylinder and divide by 3. Cut that number of 18-inch-long strips of 3/4-inch birch edging. Starting at the top from the inside, thread the edging between the horizontal wires of the poultry netting. Weave the vertical strips to suit your own pattern, or download and follow the Lampshade Veneer Weaving Guide. Repeat for the remaining strips, leaving two grid spaces between strips.
When all of the vertical strips are in place, trim the tops of the strips about 1/8 inch beyond the top horizontal wire.
For the pattern shown, cut three strips of 2-inch edging and two strips of 3/4-inch edging, all about 2 inches longer than the distance around the outside of the wire cylinder. Thread the end of one strip through the vertical strips. Repeat for the remaining strips. Where possible, adjust the ends of the horizontal strips to hide them beneath a vertical strip.
Adjust the wire-and-veneer cylinder until it forms a circle. Hold the square dowels centered across the top with one end just touching the wire. Mark the dowels where they cross the wire on the opposite side and cut them to length.
Drill 1/16-inch pilot holes centered on both ends of each dowel before you add the screw eyes. Wire the screw eyes at one end of each dowel to the poultry netting to leave a 1/4-inch space between the dowels.
At the middle of the two dowels, pass the cord and lamp end of the swag light between the dowels and wire the other end of each dowel to the netting. If necessary, wrap wire or cable ties around the dowels on each side of the cord to hold the dowels firmly against the cord.
Attach the drum lampshade to the swag light and install the bulb of your choice. Plug in the light according to the manufacturer’s instructions and hang your new shade.
Instead of using the shade to surround a pendant light, you can fasten the shade to a ceiling to surround an existing fixture there. Simply cut the 3/8-inch square dowels short enough to fasten to the top wire of the shade in locations that allow the dowels to clear the light fixture.