Victorian Sugar Shades by Hannah Murphy

Almost a lost art, Victorian "sugar shades" are not really made of sugar, but tiny glass beads the size of sugar grains, applied to one or more panels of custom sewn lampshades.   Striking results can be achieved with the endless possibilities,  either formal, informal, or novelty lampshades.  Almost any picture or decal can be used.  For instructional video to learn how to make these beautiful lampshades, click here:  How to Make Victorian Lampshades Instruction Video

Order line:  1-888-640-LAMP (5267)  9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday

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Sugar shades are difficult to photograph because of the glare caused by the flash against the glass beads.  The pictures may look distorted or "washed out".   In reality, they are gorgeous!

 Current estimated completion: 5 - 6 weeks.


Royal Loop Sugar Shade for Bridge Lamp





 "Kristine" sugar shade with 'Sunrise' beads at points

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Front: Glass sugar beads over cotton print, Victorian Girl holding Kitten

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Back:  Glass sugar beads over cotton print, Victorian Girl feeding Birds

White Silk Chiffon shirring in gallery, White Burn-out Velvet on sides with 6" variegated chainette fringe, and 'Sunrise' Bead fringe at each of the 8 points

$625 plus shipping & insurance



"Old Flowers" Victorian Sugar Shade 

Designed and hand made by Hannah Murphy

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Creamy pastel yellow crepe, with front and back panels "sugared" with thousands of tiny glass beads over vintage Flowers & Butterflies decal.  Trimmed with Periwinkle Blue scroll braid.  Unusual glass bead fringe of periwinkle and lavender glass "cat's eye" and bugle bead fringe.  Completely lined, hand sewn (only part glued is the braid, with special lampshade maker's glue).  

$385 plus shipping and insurance

Only one available - materials not available to make another one just like it.

Shown on "Divine Light" crystal & brass lamp, sold separately for $289 plus shipping & insurance


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Victorian Girls sugar shade on Grape frame with matching tassel pull-cord for bridge lamp   $289



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Blue Sugar on Le Elegance frame with Glass Bead Fringe  $469


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"My Angels" sugar shade, Provincial Oval frame

Based on Mary Maxwell's design

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"Royal Loop" bridge lamp shade


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Victorian Girl Sugar Shade on Honey frame 


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Front Side


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Cherubs Sugar Shade on #1550 frame - different cherub images on front and back


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Birds of Prey sugar shade - SOLD


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Pink Cherubs on #1550 frame

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"Nicole" sugar shade, with Lilacs & Roses


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Bird Lovers sugar shade on Napoleon frame  

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"Kristine" sugar shade with girl feeding chickens


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Burgundy Roses, Irises decals

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 Summertime Roses and Pansies decals

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