A spider lamp shade fitting gives the lampshade its structure and allows for the electric cord to be inserted into the space provided by the fitting. It is used to hold together all of the different components of your lamp, such as the silk or paper lanterns, the shade fabric, and the metal harp. Brass is the typical material used in the production of spider fittings. They are available in widths of either 1-1/8 or 1-1/4 inches (and sometimes in half an inch). The most common types have six arms radiating out from a central point, but the number of components they have determines not only their size but also how they look and how they vary in appearance. When not in use, the majority of the styles fold down into a flat position.
In most cases, you will need to install a spider fitting on the inside of the harp. It will have a slot for installation in either the horizontal or vertical plane. After you have inserted it into the vacant space, you will then tighten the screws on both sides of the lampshade to ensure that everything stays in its proper place and that the lampshade is in good working order.
This article will focus on four standard spider fittings, despite the fact that there are many different types of lamp shade fittings: single contact point fittings, double contact point fittings, split design fittings, and swivel design fittings.
single contact point
The method of a single contact point is analogous to that of an anchor in that it only offers support in one direction (like a wall anchor). This lampshade fitting consists of two arms emerging from a single central point, each of which has screw holes located along its length. To install it, simply slide it into the available space in your harp and then screw it in place.
double contact point
The method of providing support through two points of contact is known as the double-contact-point method (like a wall anchor). This lampshade fitting is comprised of four arms that radiate out from two central points, and each arm has screw holes. To install it, simply slide it into the available space in your harp and then screw it in place.
Because it is split, the design provides you with more space to work within your lamp shade than do other methods that are faster. This particular species of spider is designed to fit snugly within the interior portion of the lampshade. It maintains its hold on the lampshade by having one of its legs attached at an angle that can be rotated. The opposite end is subsequently capable of standing on its own without the necessity of any attachment. Because of the way the other end is angled, there will be sufficient space for you to attach the electric cord without the fabric of the shade getting in the way. In order to install it, you need to slide it into the interior of your lampshade and then secure it so that it can stand freely by turning the angled end upwards at whatever angle you need.
For increased adaptability, the swivel design is capable of rotating through a full 360 degrees around an axis point. This particular species of spider is designed to fit snugly within the interior portion of the lampshade. It maintains its hold on the lampshade by having one of its legs attached at an angle that can be rotated. The opposite end is subsequently capable of standing on its own without the necessity of any attachment. You will have more flexibility when working with different materials for lamp shades, such as silk or paper, which could make it difficult to work around the fixed end if you do not allow this part to swivel. In order to install it, you need to slide it into the interior of your lampshade and then secure it so that it can stand freely by turning the angled end upwards at whatever angle you need.
What are some of the more common applications?
The most common way to use spider fittings is in conjunction with a harp, which is a metal wire frame that is used to hold a lampshade together. Without the use of conventional fasteners such as tape, staples, or zippers, spider fittings make it possible to rapidly secure a shade fabric or silk material to the harp. Spider fittings, in addition to providing support for the entire piece, also provide structure and stability, as well as an option for installing electrical cords without the need to worry about destroying your finished product once everything is assembled.
What kinds of materials are most commonly used?
There are a few different materials that can be used to make spider fittings, but the metal and plastic varieties are by far the most common. Each one has a set of advantages as well as some drawbacks. Metal is durable, simple to work with, and will lend an air of sophistication to the lampshade you create.
On the other hand, if there is an excessive amount of moisture or humidity in the room in which you hang it, it might rust over time. Plastic spider fittings are available in a wide variety of configurations, dimensions, and hues, including transparent versions that create a see-through effect on the fabric of your lamp shade. In general, they are less expensive than metal, but their durability is also significantly lower. Be sure to select a high-quality product that can withstand the fluctuating temperatures that occur naturally in the home without becoming brittle or warping (like an air-conditioned room).
When utilizing a fitting for a spider lamp shade, what factors should I take into consideration?
Because it offers a higher level of overall support for your lamp shade, a lampshade support system in the form of a spider should be utilized when the shade is made from silk or another delicate fabric material. If you use one that is made of a heavier material, such as paper or canvas, it has the potential to rip the lamp shade and cause damage to the lamp’s frame. In order to avoid this issue, you should make sure that the fabric you select is sufficiently thin to enable you to work around the fittings without causing any damage to the shade itself.
What is the proper way to install a spider lamp shade fitting?
Following these steps will allow you to successfully assemble your spider-style lampshade support system:
1. Invert the lamp’s framework so that the bottom is facing up, and place it on a level surface from which you can easily access all of its sides. Additionally, check to see that there is nothing delicate or easily broken located underneath it in the event that something falls while it is being installed.
2. Select one of the metal spider fittings you have and slide one end into the middle of the harp part on one side of the frame that is responsible for holding your shade fabric material in place. It is possible that you will have to wiggle it around a bit in order to get it inside. Because the majority of spiders have a small opening at the point where they are at their narrowest, position each one so that this area is facing upwards to make it simpler for you to insert the material for the fabric shade.
3. To keep the spider in place, turn the angled end of its body so that it faces downward. If you do this, it will be able to stand freely once it is inserted into your shade, and you will be able to attach the material for your lampshade around it without any problems.
4. Repeat this process on the other side of the harp frame with another spider if necessary. This additional spider should be positioned so both ends are free, and you will have more room when working with different types of lampshades (like silk or paper).
Which tips do I need to be aware of?
Keep in mind that the majority of spider fittings are only compatible with lampshades that are made from thin fabric. This is because lampshades made from thin fabric are flexible enough to fit around the small openings in the spider fittings while also being securely supported by the spider fittings themselves.
Be sure that each spider insert is pushed in as far as it can go without damaging the material of your lampshade by pressing too hard. If you do this, you will prevent the spiders from falling out.
If you use a metal spider support system with a silk or organza shade, you should exercise caution because these delicate fabrics may rip or tear around their opening if they are stretched out too much over time. This can happen because the metal spider support system causes the shade to stretch out too much. Consider purchasing a plastic spider in this instance because it will not exert as much pressure on the fabric materials that make up your shade.
What is the price for one of these?
Prices for spider fittings can vary widely depending on the size and type of fittings (metal vs. plastic). Therefore, the price can range anywhere from about one dollar to more than fifty dollars, depending on where you buy them and what materials they are made from.
There we have it. I really hope that this helps answer your question and that you now have a better understanding of what a spider lamp shade fitting is.