||We complete the lamp started in issue 142 with the shade this month.
The lampshade frame must be curved and tapered to conform to a cone shape.
In order to accomplish this, the flat stock that makes up the frame rails
must first be bent on edge or “the hard way”. It is then bent
the easy way to get the right curve. Details appear in issue 143.
|Scale (iron oxide) on the surface of heated steel causes pitting, hinders
forge welding and is generally considered a nuisance for blacksmiths. However
the effect it has on iron is an unmistakable texture that defines hand
forged ironwork. The trick is controlling it and not letting it ruin your
work. Our guide to managing scale is broken down into three headings: Full
Scale, Faux Scale and No Scale. Follow these simple guidelines and you
will stay one step ahead of the harmful effects of scale.
||In the November issue we indicated that we would explain how to make
the shade for the featured table lamp. In the process, we came up with
what we thought was a better shade, and covered it this issue. For those
interested in how the original one is made, here’s an exploded view.