Often the tricky part of a commission is finding a suitable base unit, however I managed to locate a perfect one in an antiques shop in Sheffield. The lampshade was fabric and in good condition (a necessary requirement!), and attached to a solid white marble base. A good start.
The lampshade recipient has a sophisticated taste and a penchant for 1920's style so I selected the fabrics and design with this in mind. I spray painted the fringe a neutral grey to which enables an even finish. As metallic embellishment is part of my signature, gold fragments provided the finishing touches. I think that it has a touch of Persian style to it.
I've included a picture below, however, unfortunately I forgot to take the 'before' picture until after I'd gone a bit crazy with the spray paint!