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Lamp Designing Using No. 0 Series Pattern Grid

Supply List
    Matching lamp designing grid pattern kit (available for all forms), stiff cardboard pattern paper (file folder material), scissors, eraser, sticky tape, masking tape, 3M magic type tape (5/8” to 1” wide), and tracing material (drafting film works great).

Procedure
    To make drawing and erasing easier, cover the MagicStrips™ with 3M magic transparent tape before they are cut apart.  Cut out and install the tape covered MagicStrips™.  Hold them on the form with sticky tape.
    FullForm™ – Select the number of repeats and lamp depth for your lamp design. Use the small numbers near the bottom of the form that are next to the vertical lines indicate where each repeat starts and stops.
    SectionalForm™ – cover one form.
    Follow the same basic procedure that is used in making a foiled stained glass window. Example: Draw flowers, cut them out and arrange them on the lamp, fill in leaves and background parts to cover one repeat. Draw the design and trace the glass cutting pattern. The difference is in making each pattern piece one at a time. Trace and cut out each part separately to compensate for the curve of the form. Use a stiff cardboard type material that will lay flat above the rounded form, the same as flat glass parts. The edges of each pattern piece are made to fit together above the curved form. Adjustments are made by trimming and fitting for an even space between patterns. Leave about 10 thousands of an inch (.010) between patterns (about a common pin width).
    Note: most of the Tiffany lamps and other antique lamps were usually designed with either 3, 4 or 6 design repeats. Consider a non-repeated design if using a FullForm™.
    FullForms™ you can sketch one complete repeat of your design. It is not necessary to draw your design all the way around the form; although you can if desired.
    Note: Complete  one design repeat and slide each completed glass design repeat around the form until the first one meets up with the last glass repeat. This procedure will allow you to draw other designs on the remainder of the form.
    Carefully trace off each bridging piece (a pattern piece that extends from one repeat to the other) and match them up accurately on the other side of the repeat. Use the blue grid lines as a guide for proper alignment. SectionalForms™ arrange the design repeats for you.
    Trace off the other pattern pieces and finish your lamp per instructions.

Lamp Designing and Pattern Making Methods

    1. Pattern Shell: Use 3 mil drafting film to make a pattern shell covering ONE REPEAT of the design. Cut strips the width of the grid strips and attach them together with magic tape. Draw the design and trace repeats around the form.  (To trace, draw pattern on back side using soft lead pencil, then burnish.)  Cut the pattern shell apart to make paper patterns.
    2. Draw, Mark and Trace: Draw one repeat of your lamp design on the blue grid (cover the printed grid with magic tape for easy erasing). Make one set of paper patterns to cut the glass. Use the horizontal and vertical lines on the grid, mark patterns, and place and trace each pattern piece around the form.
    3. Drafting Film Strips: Use 3 mil drafting film and fashion strips the same width as the blue grid but make them the same length as one repeat of your design. Create your design and make the paper patterns. Trace the pattern repeats by moving the strips one at a time around the form.
    4. Traditional Tiffany style lamps were made in repeated designs. Use the prepared grid and incorporate them into any width, shape, or repeat you desire.
    5. Displaying your Lamp: This shade was designed to be used with a lamp base or as a hanging lamp shade.