Magazine article Sunset

Japanese Luminarias?

Magazine article Sunset

Japanese Luminarias?

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East meets West in these outdoor party lights, which combine a translucent material used in Japanese shoji screens with the luminaria idea from the Southwest. The result: baglike lanterns that are easy to make yet more durable and fire resistant than paper ones. These were embellished with geometric cutouts and jagged or curving tops, then finished with silver cord. Cluster votive candles in little glass jars in lantern bottoms to cast a soft glow on patios, pathways, or outdoor tables during evening parties.

To make the lanterns, buy pliable fiberglass material (called Synskin), used for shoji screens, at a plastic supply store; 4-foot-wide rolls cost about $2.50 a foot. A yard is enough to make four rectangular boxes, eight flat-topped cylinders, or four slant-topped cylinders 5 1/2 inches in diameter. You'll also need pattern paper (from a fabric store), fast-setting epoxy glue, and a craft knife. When handling the fiberglass, wear rubber gloves (it can irritate skin). …

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