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I was challenged to create an Arts & Craft kitchen light for salvaged Halophane glass shades. I wrapped old copper flashing around a wooden box, being careful to save the patina. To this I added old iron chain and an iron conopy. The glass shades can unscrew from their bases to be cleaned.
An old, rusted iron hook was the start of this unsuual country sconce. Everything but the wire was salvaged for this light.
Back in the 1990s I started creating Steampunk lamps for clients. Each unique lamp further improves my skill for custom fitting parts into situations they normally would not go, yet looking like they always belonged together. Note the vintage, custom fitted switch cover used on the iron box holding the push-button switch.
Finding antique tools of the trade always offers an opportunity to create something special. However, paying attention to even minor details can make a lamp extra special. In this case, mounting the lamp by using brass and bronze to match the torch's metals makes everything look like it always belonged together.
Incorporating telegraph pole insulators into incandescent night lights is a specialty at The Lamp Repair Shop. Here, salvaged copper and brass are used to create this eight inch tall light.
One of my favorite Buck Rogers inspired night lights utilizing salvaged steel components and a telegraph pole insulator. A galvanized enamel paint finished this off perfectly.
From a sunken, side-wheeler steam ship off the cost of Port Clyde came this tremendously heavy, cast bronze steam valve petcock, which had the perfect shape to become a light house. Weighing over twenty pounds and supporting an old. amethyst colored lens from a 1920s exterior light, this light also has a lamp below to illuminate the added glass window.
Created not only for an advertisement but to show off the detailing that goes into creating one-of-a-kind lamps in my studio.
Reticulating arm desk lamp, copper and brass. The base has been filled with lead and sealed, so the arms can go way out. Two ratcheting knuckles and a brass swivel help support a green, cased glass shade.
This happens a lot here. I go to recycle old lamps only to find components too cool to just dispose of. In this case, the center of an otherwise dreary table lamp soon became this awesome night light. Inside is a 2.5 watt LED bulb, which casts plenty of light through the pressed glass. All the metal components used to create this small lamp came from the original table light.
I thought this was going to be a super easy lamp to make, but like many of my projects, the details can prove challenging. Like matching reclaimed wood to the washboard's, or installing a light assembly that is easily accessible for changing the light bulb. In the end it all worked out, and it created a pretty cool lamp for a country setting.
This was the first in a series of desk lamps I started making out of salvaged chandelier arms. The curves of the arms made for interesting columns, particularly when supporting curvy glass shades.
This insulator light is made completely of recycled stainless steel components. It all began when I found a length of one-inch diameter, medical grade, stainless steel tubing inside a smashed ceramic vase. Not what I expected to find in a broken vase, but I saw an opportunity and seized upon it.
Experimental insulator light, galvanized finished steel, industrial rocker switch, heat sink detail, and two matching green glass telegraph pole insulators.
Highly polished brass and steel desk light with heavy guage twisted brass detail. The globe, which didn't photograph well, is white opal swirl glass, which looks like whispy clouds.
This fantastic lamp was created from mostly recycled brass components. It took many, many hours to construct over a period of several weeks (have to keep those lamp repairs moving along!). Want to see how it was done? Click here for a short tour.
Above: Desk lamp made from 100% recycled brass components. It supports a hand carved, 19th century glass shade and sits on a vintage marble base.
Here are some examples of the one of a kind lamps built at The Lamp Repair Shop over the years. These lamps are created with mostly salvaged materials, though new electrical components are often used throughout. Custom lights from The Lamp Repair Shop are designed to be stable, long lasting, and darn good looking. I hope these pictures inspire you to swing into the studio some day and check out the latest creations.
Right: A desk lamp made from a piece of locally found driftwood, hammered, black iron tubing, and hammered steel candle cups. For shades I selected silk, leather finighed clip-ons that sit atop 2.5 watt LED candle bulbs. I also melted wax onto the candle covers and cups for a realistic look.
Left: I was asked to create two pendants from defunct fans. Artistic freedom was allowed. So I retrofitted part of the fan motor's cowling onto the cage, which hid the socket nicely and allowed only an Edison style LED bulb to show.
Above: Being who I am, I could not simply scrap the rest of the fans, particularly the heavy, cast iron bases. So I made a pair of desk lamps using nickel plated gooseneck arms and salvaged, spun aluminum shades. I even added a cool looking, industrial rocker switch to the base.
Another one-of-a-kind night light. Copper sheating, cut to design, and then mounted on a thick piece of lucite. This in turn was set into a slot cut into a salvaged walbut base. A single, 1/4 watt LED bulb lights it from the back.
Once in a while I get these halogen light bulbs made out of very thick glass. They are made by Sylvania. I hated throwing these away, so I tried coming up with ways to reuse them. This is one of the results of tinkering in the shop. In an ironic twist, I am taking a modern light bulb and bringing it back in time over a century to allow it to shine in a very old-school fasion.