In my "Fun With Lamp Parts" series, I have created tiny sculptures out of miscellaneous lamp parts gathered in a drawer. All the components are derived from both old and new parts, and when time allows, I mix and match the parts looking for inspiration. In this, the first sculpture I made back in 2011, I thought the chrome fixture bar cap looked like the perfect lady's hat, thus Myrtle was created. Her beehive skirt was made from various check rings, which are small washers used to seat tubing on lamps.
Of course, Myrtle needed a friend, so my second sculpture was a pet turtle, who has accompanied Myrtle on many an adventure and has been in several Lamp Repair Shop advertisements both in print and social media. By the way, this scene is only five inches across.
I wanted to create a holiday advertisement for my Facebook page in 2013, so I came up with an idea for a simple Christmas tree, and I posed Myrtle and her turtle next to it with a small sheet of wrapping paper in the background. Sometimes the simplest things can create such unique opportunities for photography.
This was a fun creation. The inspiration for the giant chicken came to me as I was creating one-of-a-kind lamp shade finials. The first one I made looked an awful lot like a chicken's head to me, thus this scene. The chicken's body is the ball from an salvaged, Williamsburg style chandelier. The wings are from peices of a Victorian style table lamp. Getting Myrtle's startled pose took a bit of trickery, but everything came out just as planned.
This was my holiday greeting card for social media in 2015. My most challenging one yet. The alien was a total success if I do say so myself. And the flying saucer in the background came out better than I had hoped. It took a lot of trial and error to get just right. I ended up putting a lot of time into it. I wanted the classic flying saucer experience here, and coming up with the glass dome proved difficult. I ended up using a broken crystal ball off a chandelier. It fit inside an extra large check ring perfectly, and was carefully soldered onto a vase cap to create the top of the flying saucer.
My project has sort of turned into a story line, and here I introduced miniature steampunk for the first time. I though a bit of Jules Verne influence was appropriate since I had an alien stranded with Myrtle. Not sure what the machine does, though I really like how the miniature industrial lamp came out!
How do you create a TV monitor out of lamp parts? Well, here's one way, and what a great challenge it was to keep along the steampunk theme! The satellite dish was fairly easy, but the curved glass TV screen took a lot of doing. I ended up using a glass jewel from a defunct lantern and ground it down until it fit perfectly inside a modified socket ring. The rabbit ears are just a classic look. The shop table is made from a cast iron mounting bracket for a ceiling light and a sheet of heat sink plate from a high-temp lamp ballast. It's all in the details.
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