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Hanging mesh lantern guide

Thomas J. Story

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Hanging mesh lantern guide
Hanging mesh lantern guide
Hanging mesh lantern guide

Hanging mesh lanterns
Squares of brass mesh form these novel lanterns that recall old-fashioned carriage lamps. They're exceptionally easy to assemble - you just need to know how to fold.

Design: Lindsay Smith, Bainbridge Island, WA

Time: About 30 minutes
Cost: About $5
Note: This lantern is lit by a candle, so be sure to keep it away from combustible materials.

Materials for one lantern

• Scissors
• Work gloves for handling mesh (optional)
• Ruler
• Fine-gauge brass mesh (from a hardware store)
• Small water glass or wineglass with diameter about the same as votive
• 2 feet of medium-gauge brass wire
• Tea light
• Votive


1. With scissors cut a 12-inch square of brass mesh. (Label the corners, clockwise from upper left, "A," "B," "D" and "C.") "Hem" the square by folding the four rough edges inward ½ inch. Make the folds sharp and flat by running a stiff ruler over them to smooth. Every fold in the following steps should be creased with the ruler.

2. Next, fold the mesh square in half so A and B meet and C and D meet. Crease and unfold. Fold in half so A and C meet and B and D meet. Crease and unfold. Then fold to make two diagonal creases.

3. Center the mesh square, hemmed sides down, over the glass, crimping a circle around the mouth of the glass. This creates a small indentation for the votive.

4. Open the square with the corners curving up. Thread brass wire through one of the corners, leaving a 1-inch tail on the outside. Weave the long end of wire through the next two corners, allowing them to overlap slightly. The fourth corner should remain open.

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