Make a Jelly Mould Pendant Lamp
New year, new (yet old) interiors.
Ready to give your home a vintage makeover? Dragon's Den entrepreneur and TV presenter Max McMurdo shows you how to make these simple yet beautiful lampshades, constructed using iconic aluminium jelly moulds. You can pick these up for next to nothing at yard sales and charity shops. Who could resist their nostalgic charm?
If you produce a set of three you can create a real feature above a dining table or a kitchen breakfast bar. If you are lucky enough to find them, maybe you could splash out and use copper moulds. To complete the vintage look you can use old-fashioned braided cloth electrical cable, which is easy to source online.
This project has been taken from Max McCurdo's book Upcycling: 20 Projects Made from Reclaimed Materials with kind permission of Quarto.
What you'll need to make this jelly mould pendant lamp:
- Old metal jelly (jello) moulds
- Light fitting and cable
- Lampshade collar
- Pen and ruler
- Hole saw
- Centre punch
- Curved file
Find the centre of the top of the jelly (jello) mould and mark with a pen.
Create an indent on the mark using a centre punch. This will stop the drill from slipping on the smooth metal.