Adhesive, Pressure-Sensitive Styrene

Product image 1Adhesive Styrene for Making a DIY Lampshade
Product image 2Attaching Adhesive Styrene to a Piece of Fabric
Product image 3Styrene Attached to Fabric
Product image 4Securing DIY Drum Lampshade Made with Styrene
Product image 5DIY lamp shade process made with our styrene
Product image 6Adhesive Styrene for Making Lampshades
Product image 7Adhesive Styrene for Making Lampshades
Product image 8Adhesive Styrene for Making Lampshades

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The Basics 


Adhesive Pressure-Sensitive Styrene for Making DIY Lampshades.

Available Heights:  

- 10", 12", 13.5", 15.5" + 17.5"

Available Lengths:

- 40", 64" + 180"


More Information 


Adhesive styrene is perfectly suited for making brand new lampshades, or for repairing old shades that have seen better days. The material is light, sturdy and durable, so it helps a lampshade keep its form over many years. Unlike paper or card lamp shade bases, styrene is flame-resistant, making it especially safe when using a high wattage light bulb. With its adhesive backing and release liner, you can very easily apply it to a fabric to make a professional looking lampshade. From start to finish, making your own custom lampshade out of styrene will take about an hour of your time, whether you're a novice lampshade maker or an expert DIY-er.

How much Styrene do you need?

The width of your styrene sheet will be the height of your finished lampshade. The length will be the diameter of your finished shade, multiplied by pi (3.14), plus an additional inch for overlap. For example, if your finished shade is 10” high with a 10” diameter, your styrene sheet will be 10” wide by 32.5 inches long (10 x 3.14 +1).

Styrene pieces with heights over 12” are a special heavy-duty styrene which create a stronger, more durable shade.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to worry about toxins or overheating when the lightbulb is close to this material?

CFL and LED bulbs produce very little heat and pose virtually no danger to a lampshade. With standard incandescent bulbs, there should be at least 2" between the outside of the bulb and the interior of the lampshade. The technical term for the adhesive styrene is "High Impact Polystyrene" and in a home use setting, it has no toxic emissions even when exposed to the heat of an incandescent light bulb.

Can I use this to replace my old lampshade’s liner?

Yes! You can take apart your current shade and re-use the rings. You’ll need to find new fabric or an alternate material to adhere to the styrene, as it’s usually too difficult to remove old fabric from styrene.

Does the light from a bulb shine through this styrene?

Yes! This styrene is translucent, meaning that diffused light will show through it. It’s white in colour, so light diffuses through it nice and bright. The best way to modify the amount of light coming through your lampshade is to replace the bulb.

What glue should I use to seal the edges of the fabric onto the styrene?

It's best to use specialty tacky lampshade glue because it’s much easier to work with when making lampshades. It quickly develops a sticky feel but doesn’t dry immediately, giving you just enough time to make any final manipulations. It’s also non-toxic, and dries clear, giving your lampshade a professionally made appearance.

How do you attach the styrene to the rings?

Allow an inch of your fabric to hang over your styrene. Use glue to seal the overhanging edges around the lampshade rings, then tuck the fabric under the rings using a wooden molding stick or similar tool.


[Video Tutorial] How to Make a DIY Drum Lampshade

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