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Charming geometric lantern is made of hand cut dyed unryu paper known for beautiful texture and long swirling mulberry fibers. Technically, this shape is an Archimedian Solid (symmetrical with two or more regular polygons meeting at identical vertices), and is called an icosidodecahedron (12 pentagons & 20 triangles). It is 9 inches in diameter and virtually round. The star flower motif is cut from each pentagon with a compass knife and then secured to a translucent white underlay of unryu paper and pressed flat. The triangle sections are cut from heavy weight (45 - 60gsm) natural mulberry paper made by hand in Thailand. The pieces are then secured to a icosidodecahedron skeleton made of translucent parchment paper and stiffened with glue sizing. These pictures show the lantern illuminated with a 60 watt candelabra bulb (bulb, socket and 15-foot white insulated power chord included). The lantern comes with a self-centering 5-armed nylon bracket suspending the lantern protecting the bulb. The porcelain candelabra light socket is heat-shielded, and wire connections are completely sealed in shrink tubing. The extra-long power chord is offered as is, but for a small additional fee, an in-line dimmer switch or simple on/off switch can be installed.

Pictures cannot do justice to the quality of light and appearance of Golden Heart Illumination lanterns. This style of lantern is made as a cut-and-paste geometric shape and is less durable than the multiple layered 'paper mache over origami skeleton' style used in most of my lanterns. The trade-off in durability is compensated by the delicate precision of symmetrical shapes & designs, and highlights the remarkable beauty of traditional oriental papers illuminated in lanterns. Once again there is a unique energy balanced within the rigid uniform geometrical shapes and the irregular flowing light patterns created by the different papers. You will not be disappointed with Golden Heart Illumination lamps and lanterns.

This lantern is well suited for custom orders, and I welcome orders for multiple identical units or using these lanterns with table lamp bases shown elsewhere in the GHIllumination store. Your personalized design motif and color selection would make a wonderful customized gift or family treasure. The round windows in the square cells are ideal for monograms, exotic symbols, Japanese kanji characters, company logos, etc.. Please contact me if you have any specific ideas or questions.

Burgundy Flower Geometric Paper Lantern


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: transparent parchment paper, nylon straps, 15 foot white power chord, dyed unryu paper, Nori Glue, porcelain candelabra socket, 60 watt candelabra bulb
  • Ships worldwide from Washington, United States
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