Old bin becomes lampshade


I used my ageing technique to give this metal lampshade a new look.

You will need

  • Kettlebraai or outside fireplace

  • Charcoal

  • Firelighters

  • Matches

  • Metal bin

  • Oven gloves

  • Barbecue equipment

  • Rust activator



  1. Make a fire with the charcoal, firelighters and matches. Place the metal bin directly over the flames or coals.

  2. Wearing oven gloves, use tongs to remove the bin from the fire. Take care not to drop it, as it will easily distort while hot.

  3. Wash it thoroughly under running water to remove any traces of ash.

  4. Dry it with an old cloth.

  5. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using rust activator.

  6. Drill a hole in the middle of the bin base for the electrical cable to go through.

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