Lamp Make Over–Zero Dollars

by DIY Maven

Lamp Make Over–Zero Dollars

When shopping for lamps–used or new–I like to buy things I can make over, just in case the mood strikes. The make over, as we all know, is easiest to accomplish with paint. In the lamp world, that means anything but ceramics with glossy finishes. (So far, I haven’t found any paint that covers and adheres well to semi-glossy or glossy ceramic.) So I look for metal–even shiny brass can be sanded with fine grit sandpaper and painted–or matte...

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How to have a fire without the heat.

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How to have a fire without the heat.

The one bad thing about warm summer nights is that using the fireplace is probably out of the question. But what if you want that inviting, romantic glow? Do you stoke up the logs and crank up the air-conditioning? Of course not; you get a Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp from the Victorian Fireplace Shop and stick one in your hearth for the ‘fiery glow’ you’ve been missing. Beside providing atmosphere, the substance from which they are constructed is...

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DIYable Light Bulb Chandelier Ring?

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DIYable Light Bulb Chandelier Ring?

Until I was about 10 years old we lived in a home that had bare light bulb light fixtures. You know, 100 watts of incandescent glare screaming down from the center of the ceiling? If these Chandelier Bulbs from Kyouei Design would have been around, we could have transformed our heinous fixtures into something kind of spectacular. The ‘chandeliers’ are simple little glass rings that slip over bare light bulbs. Hanging from the glass hooks on the...

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How to clean your light fixtures and save money.

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How to clean your light fixtures and save money.

If our light bulbs and fixtures are covered in blankets of dust, we’re wasting energy and money. Instead of simply adding light to a dreary room, we should first clean our existing light fixtures and bulbs. For suggestions on how to clean light bulbs and fixtures, go to Cristalier’s tutorial on how to clean a crystal chandelier, which includes tips applicable to most lighting sources.

And before replacing those grimy, light-blocking lamp shades...

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DIYable Lace Chandelier

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DIYable Lace Chandelier

Consider Louise Hederstrom’s ‘Grace’ pendant light, available through Scandinavian Design Center ($129). Is just me, or does it look totally DIYable? The white lace pattern is constructed out of plastic. I’m thinking the inner ring of a large wooden embroidery hoop, one of those inexpensive paper lantern lamp kits, some wire.... Whaddaya think for the lace part? Fabric, plastic...paper??

Visit Ms. Hederstrom's website to view additional lacey...

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How to: Light Your Workspace

by Chris Gardner

No matter what your skill, medium, or project of choice, you've got to be able to see what you're doing.

Foot Candles: Lighting quantity or intensity is  measured in foot-candles (fc). So states Wikipedia, “The unit is defined as the amount of illumination the inside surface an imaginary 1-foot radius sphere would be receiving if there were a uniform point source of one candela in the exact center of the sphere. Alternatively, it can be defined as...

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DIY Chandelier Upgrade

by Chris Gardner

"We all might dream of owning a Murano glass chandelier, but don't deprive yourself until that day arrives. This chandelier was a $10 yard-sale purchase and had a fairly ordinary bronze finish. With just a little spray paint, the chandelier was turned into a whimsical piece that fit seamlessly into a cheery kitchen. The body was painted sky blue and the bulb stems were painted gray, to give a bit of contrast. While this piece doesn't say luxe...

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Gaiam's Cork Lamp

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Gaiam's Cork Lamp

New from Gaiam is their Cork Lamp, which is ‘crafted from sustainable eco-friendly materials’. The cork used ‘comes from the tree’s bark, which grows back, while the base is made from fast-growing rubberwood.’ The lamp ($198) is a perfect example of the minimalist nature of organic materials.

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Birch Bark Sculpture

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Birch Bark Sculpture

Brenda Griffin-Wagner does some extraordinary things with birch trees. She searches forests for fallen logs and then, after finding the perfect specimens, gently and painstakingly removes their beautiful bark. Out of this skin, she fashions lights. But that is too simple a word. Yes, her creations illuminate, but they are works of art first, lights second.

To inquire about Brenda’s work, she welcomes e-mails at Griffin_Canopy@yahoo.com.

Upcoming...

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Illuminated Cherry Blossoms

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Illuminated Cherry Blossoms

Have you ever noticed how public places make use of white twinkle lights year round? Why? Because it’s festive, of course. Which is exactly the reason we should all consider adding twinkle lights to our homes. An easy way to this is snag a couple of Graham & Green’s lighted Cherry Blossom Branches. For 16£, you get a 100 cm high branch outfitted with 35 lighted flowers (available in pink & white). How festive is that?

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How to Size a Light Fixture

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How to Size a Light Fixture

If you’ve ever shopped for a light fixture, your first concern was probably style, but then you were faced with size. Do you go for the big chandelier or the smaller one? And once you get it home, how far down from the ceiling should it hang? How far up from the dining room table? If these types of questions have kept you up at night, check out Hinkley Lighting’s nice tutorial on picking out the appropriately-sized light fixtures for various...

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Knock Off Chihuly?

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Knock Off Chihuly?

If you’re a fan of Chihuly ‘chandeliers’ but haven’t scored the lottery yet, check out Robert Kuster’s designs, available through the Glass Artists Gallery. Although not cheap–Kuster’s very Chihuly-esque chandeliers will set you back anywhere from 2K to 20K–they’re certainly more affordable than an original Chihuly. Of course, they don’t carry the distinction of the Chihuly brand, either.

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How to Make a Chandelier

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When you think of make-it-yourself projects the first thing that probably DOESN’T pop into your head is ‘chandelier’. Take a look at Angel Chaser’s tutorial and you just might be inspired to rethink your notion of a DIY light fixture. Made from twin-lamp socket adapters fitted with 7.5 watt bulbs, the configurations for the fractal chandelier seem endless.

How to Make a Chandelier

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The Sweet Science of Light Layering

by DIY Maven

According to lighting experts, a room cannot be illuminated by one ceiling fixture alone. At least not properly. It is suggested that various types of fixtures be combined to light a room well. The popular term for this technique is "light layering."

A Layered Confection

Think of lighting as a big cake that consists of three layers plus a good dollop of pretty frosting. Each layer does its job in forming the overall structure.

Layer #1

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Save the Chandelier; Save the World

by DIY Maven

Aurora Lampworks of Brooklyn, NY is in the business of restoring chandeliers in places such as the Lyndhurst Mansion and the Federal Reserve Bank. They also refurbish and market period pieces as well.

Federal Reserve Bank, NY

Currently up for sale are a 1960's Lobmeyr Crystal Chandelier ($3550),

1960's Lobmeyr Chandelier

a 1950's German 14 light chandelier ($1830),

and a 1930's Art Moderne chrome fixture ($2425).

And for the fugal purist, check out this polycarbonate globe pendant for 75 bucks.

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