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Shade Basics
What is a standard shade?
Standard shades, as the name suggests, are the most common type of shade. They attach to most conventional table and floor lamps.
What is a pendant shade?
A pendant shade is similar to a standard shade except that it is hung from above instead of mounted on a lamp.
What is a ceiling mounted shade?
A ceiling mounted shade is shaped like a wide shallow umbrella and is attached to a ceiling light fixture.
What do the numbers below the thumbnails of shades on this website mean?
For example, you may find these characters beneath a shade thumbnail on the results page of a shade search:

14 X 15 X 19 (2)
IS-S1030 $240

This means that the shade is 14” across the top, 15” across the bottom, 19” high, and has a drop of 2”. The next line displays the shade’s model number (product ID number) and price.
How are shades measured?
Standard and pendant shades are sized using four measurements: top width, bottom width, height and drop. These dimensions are displayed on this site as
top-width X bottom-width X height (drop).

In the special case where a shade has a width that differs from its length, all the dimensions will be displayed in the details window (obtained by clicking the shade’s thumbnail) as
Top-width X top-length X bottom-width X bottom-length X height (drop).

Ceiling shades are sized differently, using only two measurements: diameter and depth. These dimensions are displayed as diameter X depth.
What does "drop" mean?
"Drop" means the distance, in inches, from the top of a shade to the washer on the shade’s frame that mounts to a lamp or light fixture.
What are IS shades made from?
All frames are made custom to my specifications. They are formed through a paper mache process using a Japanese paper called Kinwashi and glue.
How are IS shades made?
The kinwashi is built up over four layers. It is a wet process so each layer becomes fragile and limp but dries tight like a drum. Once the white base is finished, the decorative papers are applied. Most patterns are individually hand cut from papers from Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and Tibet. Some shades are finished with papers that already have silkscreened prints on them. Sometimes a shade will feature both silkscreen and hand cut work.

Standard Shades & Lamps
What parts make up a standard lamp?
Shade (includes rice-paper shade, shade frame, and attached mounting washer), finial, harp, lamp base.
What does “overlap” mean?
Overlap refers to the distance beneath the neck of a lamp (base of light socket) that a shade falls.
How are standard shades matched with lamps?
This is generally a subjective decision. If a shade’s proportions are good for a lamp except in height, the problem may be solved by adjusting or replacing the lamp’s harp. See “what is the best harp size?” for more on this.
Can I hang a standard shade as a pendant?
Yes you can. Any lampshade can be wired to become a pendant by someone reasonably handy.

How are pendants usually used?
Pendant shades typically hang down from the ceiling (I've also seen pendants hung off of moose antlers). The most common applications are over tables, over island counters and in stairwells. If you want something super small, buy glass; paper needs ventilation. Anything tall and thin has the advantage of not allowing bulb visibility as you move around it. This is particularly important in stairwells.
How should a pendant be hung?
A pendant can be wired directly into a j-box or swagged across the ceiling and down the wall to where it is plugged-in. When placing a pendant over a table, I recommend positioning it just above the sight line. This way it's low enough to conceal the bulb but high enough to not interfere with the view of your dinner mates. (Also note that there are light bulbs that are less offensive to see if you do catch a glimpse.) If wiring directly into the j-box, you will need a canopy for the ceiling to cover the box. I do not sell these. You can get them at a lighting specialty store or a hardware store. I use a eurofitter and eurosocket. I sell the cord/socket sets in black or white.
Can I use a pendant shade on a standard lamp?
Yes and no. The only problem is that the mounting washer on a standard shade is usually smaller than that of a pendant. The larger pendant washer does not attach securely to most standard lamp harps. So doing this may require some fixture manipulation. This is a gerry rig that I do at home but many customers can’t quite figure it out.

Ceiling Shades
Tell me more about ceiling shades.
Ceiling-mounted shades attach directly to the ceiling. They can be located anywhere you have existing electricity. They are a nice replacement for those horrid old-fashioned glass dishes with bugs in them. They are 6" deep and hang 3" from the ceiling so they are not intrusive, even in small spaces. They are a joy to stare at while lying about on the bed.
What size ceiling shade should I get?
26" mounts are great even for small bedrooms while 22" is ideal for hallways.
How are ceiling shades mounted?
Although you may be able to modify your existing multi-socket unit so that you can put your ceiling-mount shade a safe 3" from the ceiling, I sell a pre-made unit that makes this process simpler.

What is a finial?
A finial is the knob you screw on to the top of a harp. It holds the shade on the lamp. Finials can be simply functional or very decorative.
What is a harp?
A harp is the portion of a lamp that attaches to the shade. In most lamps the harp is removable. Harps come in different sizes. If the proportion of the shade is good for the lamp, the harp can be adjusted or replaced so that the shade lands at the right spot. Some old or foreign lamps don't have harps. Some people get these lamps converted to a harp system when they are rewired. I neither sell harps nor do this conversion. Harps can be obtained at lamp specialty stores and some hardware stores.
What is the best harp size?
A harp should be sized so as to hold the shade high enough to fully conceal the top of the bulb and low enough to fully conceal the bulb socket (sufficient “overlap”). Ideally the bulb should reside near the middle of a shade’s height.
What is a canopy?
A canopy is the plate that neatly covers the hole in the ceiling that yields the electricity for ceiling light fixtures. I do not sell these.
What kind of hardware does Insatiable Studios sell?
Ceiling shade hardware: I sell a 3-bulb light fixture that mounts to the ceiling and holds a ceiling shade the perfect distance away.
Pendant hardware: I sell a "Pendant set" that includes a socket and 4' cord (longer lengths can be specially ordered). I also sell a “Swag set” that includes a 14' cord, plug and line switch.

Can I view the current shade inventory on the website?
Most Insatiable Studio shades are one-of-a-kind. All of the photos featured in this site are of shades that Jil has created at one time. Some may be available but many have been sold. To view or learn about the very latest inventory, contact Jil directly.
Can I see a larger image of a sample shade?
Yes. Click on one of the thumbnails that display after a shade search. A larger, more detailed image will appear in a separate window.
How do I purchase a shade?
Contact Jil to arrange for purchasing shades.
Why can’t I buy more than one of a given shade?
Most Insatiable Studio shades are one-of-a-kind. However, you may find shades that are similar enough to work well in a set.
Does Insatiable Studios accept custom orders?
One can order custom for commercial work or in person for individual shades.
Can I browse and purchase shades at Insatiable Studios?
Yes! By appointment. You can request this by sending me a message from the contact page.

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