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Make a jelly mould pendant lamp

with Max McMurdo

Through simple step by step instructions and photographs, 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 car boot or yard sales and charity shops and 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 Jacqui Small (The Quarto Group).


Your Instructor


Max McMurdo
Max McMurdo

Max McMurdo officially started his career turning junk into treasure as a child crafting washing up liquid bottles into spaceships! After graduating from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 in Product Design and Visualisation in 2000, Max fulfilled his boyhood dream and became a car designer in Cologne, Germany. In 2003 he established his business reestore ltd with the aim to design and create a range of upcycled furniture and accessories from objects destined for landfill. By 2007, reestore had won several design awards and featured in many galleries and exhibitions and Max decided to pitch it to BBC's Dragons Den for investment. After a successful pitch, he left with investment from Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis. With their input reestore grew from a hobby fuelled by passion to one of the UK's most respected and renowned designers and manufacturers of upcycled products. Reestore now has a client list that includes The Body Shop and has completed several installations for Google's head offices globally. In 2014 the company won gold at the Chelsea Flower show with Kate Gould Gardens. Max is also a TV presenter; after two series of George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, Fill Your House For Free and Channel 4's summer hit Shed of the Year he is now the go-to presenter for product design and repurposing.



Your Course Outline


  Getting started
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  What You'll Need
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  Step 1: Mark Top of Mould
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  Step 2: Punch Guide
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  Step 3: Cut Out Hole
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  Step 4: File Sharp Edges
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  Step 5: Fix Lamp Holder
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