Homemade Art Deco Floor Lamp

Dec 8th
Unusual Art Deco Lamp Shade
Unusual Art Deco Lamp Shade

Art deco floor lamp can make of almost anything. The basic components are a base, pipe or post where the lamp will be going, cable-socket-harp assembly and shadow. Big Box home improvement stores like sell lamp kits or kits harp consisting of a cord and plug, socket, neck and harp. Most hardware stores sell the pieces in a harp kit separately as well as metal pipes called lamp rods, which pass through the outer shaft. Specialty websites carry a variety of bases, tubes or shades, shades, end buttons (optional decorative pieces that tops the harp) in a variety of styles from Victorian to Contemporary.

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The tools you need depend on the material you choose to work with. Choose a base with a hole already in it and you do not even need a drill. Choose a piece of ceramic artwork or leftover granite countertop and you need a drill with specialty a bit. A lamp bobbin, where you pull the cord from base to jack, will probably be cut with an arc if you do not get the custom cut in the store. From there you can get the same as your tools allow. For example, Andy Stain of lamp maker. Just using a store full of woodworking tools, including a table saw, planer and lathe, to knock out the most beautiful wooden lamps.

You can make a statement using recyclable materials like corrugated boxes, plastic liter bottles, No. 10 juice cans, or even paper towel pipes. Cover such recyclable with leather or fabric and you start making a style statement as well. Get inspiration from expensive lights and recreate the style you want at a fraction of the price. Put together a globe shade with a decorative hose with a found-art base, for example. Or find lamp posts or posts in flea markets or sale garages and rebuild them with different bases, new wires and shades. The key to making a good floor lamp is to tighten all contexts: base, tube or rod, plug and rope, socket fitting and harp. Use high quality materials for the electrical infrastructure. Then turn on the light!

Determine where your lamp is loose. Grab the lamp in different places, and shake it carefully to find when it’s loose. Tighten the center of the lamp if you feel loose in this area. Floor lamps use tubes that are screwed together to make it long enough to light throughout the room. Grasp the hose just below the loose part with your left hand. Grasp the tube above it with your right hand. Hold the lower tube firmly; turn the upper tube clockwise to tighten it. Tipping the device if you have detected that your floor lamp is loose at the base. Tip it over so that you have access to the bottom of the stand. Be careful not to shade or break the bulb.

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