Archive for June, 2015

Man of war lamp

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When I first arrived in Hackney I moved into a basement flat that didn’t have doors, heating, plumbing or electrics, and in the middle of winter. Anyway, most of those got sorted in due time, but during the clear out, I discovered amoungst lots of junk the lovely glass shade featured in this piece.  

 

It’s absolutely stunning lit up and well worth the effort. 

Inspiration for the base came about from researching steampunk lamps and the different ideas people have made. It was a lot of fun and as always educational in terms of what I learnt and discovered regarding new metal working techniques and electrical methods. And I call it the ‘Man of War’ lamp after the Portuguese man of war jelly fish. 

 
I chose to make the switch as the only cable I had that worked with the shade and frame, was the spiralized one shown, which needed to be managed neatly. So I achieved this using this industrial looking besa box and a dimmer module from a wall light switch. 

Very pleased with the outcome and I have a few more in the pipeline and will post when finished

Plaster carving

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last Friday saw us do an experiment with carving into the plastered and rendered walls and our current restaurant refit.  Here is the outcome.