November 2, 2014

OrigCageCropI’ve made several lamps out of birdcages recently, and people seem to like them, so I’m always on the lookout. A year ago, give or take, I ran across this cage on Etsy that – though I resisted for awhile – I ultimately had to have.

Then it sat around for several months.

It wasn’t that I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it. It was more that I couldn’t quite visualize the details. Somehow the thing just wouldn’t come together. And there were problems to be solved, like how to attach the cage to the base in such a way that it could easily be removed and replaced.

I tinkered. Made some decisions, and then unmade them. Walked away and ignored it for another month or two.

Finally though, I solved the attachment problem, and that made the other decisions easier. I painted the pieces that needed it, put the lamp together, and … realized the damned thing was too tall, and a bit off kilter (hazards of reuse).

Back to my favorite parts supplier (TX Lamp Parts) for a new, straight pipe, and a week later, voilà.

This one will probably be going to my new brick-and-mortar venue, SwapShop, here in Oakland, but you can read more about it in my Etsy shop. It can also be purchased from there if you’re willing to pay the freight or pick it up.

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