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Sean Ragan writes:

This lampshade is made almost entirely from stay tabs that are interlocked together without wires or fasteners of any type, using a kind of “chain mail” technique that I invented. Careful study of the photograph will probably tell you all you need to know about the chaining technique. Each tab is bent to approximately 120 degrees and then snipped at the top. The top loop of the tab is then threaded through the bottom loops of two adjacent tabs on the row above. Rinse and repeat to create mail.  

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


  • Anonymous

    Brilliant!!!

  • A Ruse Seem Likeable

    This guy is brilliant. I looked through a good portion of his site–all class act stuff.