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The Mica Lampshade Tradition
Mica lampshades date back to the earliest electric lamps used in this country.
The rustic nature of amber mica lends itself well to new handmade wood or iron lamp bases, and is appropriate for a range of interior styles, including Lodge or Cabin decor, Southwestern, Tuscan, and Hacienda interiors. Of course mica is a typical element we envision when discussing Mission, Arts & Crafts and Bungalow interior design, but it also adapts richly to the clean lines of Mid-century modern lamps.
OUR mica lamp shades are made in Oregon in small numbers and entirely by hand. We offer traditional and contemporary shade designs, in four colors of mica: amber, dark amber, "white" (sometimes called "silver"), and "green" (similar to "white" in a slightly smoky green). The light from the bulb is further softened with a translucent finish applied to the interior of each shade.
Our stenciled designs are adaptations taken from pattern books, textiles or other period art pieces. Art Deco and Art Nouveau elements often occur in these patterns. We can also work with you to create a traditional or modern stencil design, or duplicate a shape and design from an existing original lampshade.
Our production of mica lampshades grew from an appreciation of antique lighting and a continued search for appropriate shades. We studied antique mica lampshades, finally made our own, and loved doing it. For decades this dramatic material has graced table lamps, floor lamps, ceiling chandeliers and wall sconces, and today it is here for your home as well.
We offer custom-made mica lampshades for every kind of lighting. Follow these links for examples.
We also create mica cylinders, which are a particular kind of shade, usually made as an insert into a fixture. They come in all sizes and shapes. Send along the size you need and we will return your email with a cost on production and details.
Occasionally we are asked to reproduce an antique shade. The picture below is one we created to replace an old one made of laced parchment. Click on the image to see both the original and the mica reproduction.