I agree that putting the tendrils on is tiresome. The black piping leaves me indifferent, but the shade is fabulous and the effect of the tendrils is wonderful too. So together it is just great. I used a sixty watt yellow bug lamp as this is not a reading lamp for us --- and the mellow light enhances the effect of the lamp. Perhaps a white light is all you need with the darker shades.
Stunning to look at, but very time consuming to assemble and not very study. Each "tentacle" had to be individually screwed into a cross bar inside the shade. Some of the tiny screws and nuts and rusty to that it requires soap, or some non-staining lubricant to unscrew the end of the tentacle, in order to rescrew is back into the cross bar. The idea is simple, but the execution took hours and was painstaking, and fortunately my hands are relatively small. I don't know how a man or woman with large hands would be able to fit their hand inside the shade and do some of the maneuvers required to screw certain tentacles in. Also, the lamp stand itself is hollow and very light. the top or the stand fits midway into the shaft and the bottom. It does not screw in, but merely fits in. This makes it unsteady and the top will come off immediately if it is not picked up low enough down, or with two hands. If the two parts were screwed together, it would make it much more stable. Since, the metal is hollow it is therefore very light weight which adds to the instability. When assembled, however, it looks gorgeous and I have received many compliments.
Easy to assemble, this lamp continued to delight as it came together. The shade casts a soft, yet bright illumination and the visual texture of the leaf design shines through. The lamp occupies a corner of my living room like a piece of art. All the tentacles were not included with the lamp, but the customer service rep took care of that. I highly recommend this lamp!