Large fabric laminated drum lampshades were popular in the 50’s and 60’s. These very large shades have deep recessed top spider wires. The shades were decorated to coordinate with the lamp bases. This particular shade was trimmed with a diamond cut gold leaf cardboard trim outlined with turquoise soutache.
The fabric laminated covers dry out over time and crack. The top spider wire recessed approximately 12” deep into the shade. One of the attachment wires was bowed. Before reconstructing the new shade, we had the wire straightened.
The gold leaf diamond vintage trim that accented this drum shade was just slightly damaged. Very patiently, I was able to remove the trim. Before applying the original vintage trim to the new shade, I touched up the cracks with a gold leaf paint.
I used an Ivory Shantung fabric laminated styrene to restore this drum lampshade. I was able to re-attach the original gold leaf trim and turquoise soutache.