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May 21, 2021
Aluminum foil is a rather fragile material. I figured out how to make an original lampshade from aluminum foil. All you need is aluminum foil, crochet skills and patience.
This lampshade is strong enough so that in the process of using it, you can get rid of dust by rinsing it in water, which makes its use quite practical. This lampshade is light, impressive, unusual, unique, practical and inexpensive.
This work is under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.
Total Time: 5-7 Hours
Yield: Lampshade 5 inches high and 6.5 inches diameter at the bottom
double-sided adhesive tape
crochet hook 5 mm
cutting mat or several sheets of paper
Using pen mark a cutting line on both sides of the tinfoil at a distance of 3 cm from the edge, or mark this distance on the cutting mat.
Place the ruler tightly over the cutting line and slide the blade along the ruler. Make sure you get a straight, uninterrupted cut. Repeat cutting until you have 65 strips.
Place two aluminum foil strips evenly side by side (narrow side). Cut a piece of double-sided tape and glue it to these two strips by joining them together. It is better to connect only a few tinfoil strips (3-4) in this way and proceed to the next step. Attach the remaining strips as needed when the aluminum foil rope ends.
Start twisting the aluminum foil strips into a tight rope, starting at the edge. When you reach the connection, peel off the protective layer from a piece of double-sided adhesive tape and continue twisting. Leave the edge of the last end of the rope untwisted for joining the next strip.
Since even folded several times aluminum foil does not have the same strength as yarn, here are some tips: 1. Always make large loops so that the hook can easily pass through them. 2. You only need a crochet hook to form the loops, use your fingers to pull the tinfoil rope. 3. Remember that you are working with delicate materials. To avoid breaking the tinfoil rope, do not rush. 4. If the aluminum foil rope breaks during crocheting, then unwind the ends at the ropes, glue a piece of double-sided adhesive tape to one end, peel off the protective layer, put the end of the other rope on top, twist the tinfoil tightly again. 5. Give the correct shape to the already crocheted loops using your fingers and a crochet hook.
Make a knot with your fingers and do not tighten the knot so that it looks like the first loop. Insert the crochet hook into this first loop to give it an even round shape. Crochet 42 chains.
Untie the first knot and thread the end of the aluminum foil rope into the last loop. Form a loop similar to the other loops. Form a lift loop.
1 ch, single crochet in every loop. Finish of crochet.
Prepare 14 aluminum foil ropes by connecting 3 strips and 7 aluminum tinfoil ropes by connecting 2 strips.
Use aluminum foil ropes from 3 strips. Form a loop at the beginning of the aluminum foil rope. Pass this loop through the loop of the base. Crochet 17 chains. * Skip one loop at the base and make the same chain from the second rope. Skip three loops at the base and make the same chain from the third rope. Repeat from *.
Use aluminum foil ropes from 2 strips. Form a loop at the beginning of the aluminum foil rope. Pass this loop through the loop of the base between chains that are three loops apart. Crochet 3 chains. Cross the chains on the sides and fix them with a loop. Crochet 3 chains. Cross the chains on the sides and fix them with a loop. Crochet 3 chains. * Form a loop at the beginning of the next tinfoil rope. Pass this loop through the loop of the base between chains that are three loops apart. Crochet 3 chains. Cross the chains on the sides and fix them with a loop. Crochet 3 chains. Cross the chains on the sides so that they also cross with other adjacent chains, fix with a loop. Crochet 3 chains. Repeat from *.
1st round: connect all the chains by single crochets. 2nd round: sc in every loop.
To keep the bottom well in shape, braid the lower loops with a tinfoil rope.
To keep the top well in shape, braid the top loops with a tinfoil rope.
Add a wire mount for the lampshade and enjoy the work done.