Right after I posted “Are you a secret lighting designer?” about down-loadable lamp shade plans and cool, flame-proof materials to improvise with, I came across this really inspired, inexpensive, endlessly useful clip-on lamp shade for sale at tweek. It’s just about perfect for hanging bulbs or wall fixtures. Still, I couldn’t help falling into an obsessive Google hunt to find the material it is made out of: glass fiber paper seemed like a brilliant material to use in d-i-y shades.
Apparently glass fiber paper is normally used for air filter monitoring, but it’s qualities are definitely perfect for lamp shades and lighting in general: it has high temperature resistance, well past 500 degrees; it’s nicely translucent; and it’s tensile, that is, it can be flexed and bent, cut and sewn.
Then I went on the hunt to buy it retail. I surfed the internet for ages, one thing leading to another (filling my head with lots of esoteric, possibly-useful-sometime-in-the-future info). I went from wholesale suppliers in China who required bills of lading and gigantic quantities, to glass-blowing sites (there’s something called fiber paper that seemed possible, though I’m doubting it now) and finally to a laboratory supply site that had glass fiber filters in various usable sizes. The problem: you can only order in quantities of 100, EXCEPT for one rather limiting size: 14.2-inch round, which you can only buy 25 of, for $40.
My searches to find materials or information for the projects I have in my head have been known to follow exactly this path: stalling for a while with a question, and no answer. Yet.
I’m putting the word out: DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE TO BUY GLASS FIBER PAPER? . I plan to look for a walk-on laboratory supply store.
The answer, no doubt, will come.