Soviet lamp restoration: beading, luneville embroidery.

Soviet lamp restoration: beading, luneville embroidery.


my first project is going to be this old
green lamp made in the Soviet Union. It has a ceramic stand, which has been
broken and glued back. The crack is quite visible, the golden parts needs a repaint,
the red plastic part is terrible and will be covered with beads, and the lampshade
frame needs some welding and a repaint too.
I started with the lampshade. I wanted it to be green. I didn’t want to buy fabric
as I have quite a lot of scraps from other different projects but none were
the shade I needed. I had to combine two fabrics to get the color that satisfied
me. The shade has nine sections. I want to have some embroidery on it and I have a
luneville hook laying in my drawer and waiting for the right project to be used.
I’ve never done a luneville embroidery before, so I will learn the craft in the process.
I hope. I didn’t film the first element as I was lazy and thought I would have
two more elements to embroider and film. I started with the outline in basic
tambour stitch in two lines, then added golden beads between those lines. Then I
laid the base for the sating stitch and started covering the element with
the green rayon. Initially I bought a thread that was too thin and it kept
tearing, so I had to order a thicker one and it worked fine. Well as fine as the
first time luneville embroidery could work. I also started beating around the red
cabochons which will be placed onto the red part of the lampstand. Soon I
realized I didn’t have enough golden beads for the other two embroideries. I
barely had enough for the cabochons. I tried to find the same color beads in
local shops but my town is small and the bead assortment is not that rich so I
failed. I’ll have to undo the beadwork on the lampshade and replace the beads with
another color I bought these golden beads made in
China and while I was strining them to check if there’s enough for three
elements I watched a video on YouTube that made me hesitate. In that video a
lady showed some Bonsai-like trees she made out of wire and Chinese silver and
golden beads and two years later the beads darkened significantly and lost
the shine. People in the comments said it was due to moisture and that it happens
with these cheaper beads quite fast. It will eventually happen with the more
expensive Czech beads too but it will take longer.
So how do you get rid of moisture in beads? On the one hand it’s a lamp and if
you use the heating lightbulb it will be kind of heated from the
inside and moisture will evaporate fast. On the other hand the lightbulb we
currently have in it is not heating, so what do I do?
One of the solutions is using some kind of sealant. Maybe some spray sealant. But I
don’t really want to spray the lampshade another solution I see is finding good
quality Czech beads in the right color and in the right amount. I didn’t have
much luck in my local shops maybe I will try to source the beads
online and see if they have the beautiful color I need in the amount I
need.

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