Small as they are, they need to be hidden, to filter the light and make it even and smooth. I have seen various models that people in my facebook groups have made, and while I was looking for something to use as shades I came up with this idea:
I have at least a dosen thimbles from charity shops; they are thin porcelain with delicate floral painting, and it's perfect if I can think of a way to disguise the base because the way it is, it does not look natural. However, to test it, I put the eight lights, with thimble shades, all over the house.
It looks rather boring, but I can have a couple perhaps. Then I tried to make table lamps.
For the first, I took a miniature copper candlestick (made from old copper coins) and constructed a shade from a bit of handmade paper. I must admit that I hadn't made this particular paper, although papermaking is another hobby of mine. For the second lamp, I took another mini-candlestick and a piece of self-adhesive border, which I believe is used for scrapbooking.
I also tested putting a light into a crystal chandelier. This chandelier needs mending, but you get the idea.
It was easy to white-tack a light into a chandelier in the drawing room, although I am not yet sure how I will fix it permanently.
The music room chandelier is the very first I made, many years ago. I feel moved when I look at these old pictures. I couldn't in my wildest dream imagine that it would one day look like this:
It's very difficult to take a good picture of lights, but the table light is in the corner, there is a light in the chandelier, and a flickering fire in the fireplace.The house becomes alive with lights.
This is what it looks like through the front window.
And this is just the beginning. At the moment, I have to switch on each light individually and manually. I have seen that you can get these lights with remote control.