Archive for the ‘Hanging lights’ Category

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Downtime roundup

March 4, 2015

It’s been awhile since I’ve made anything new, and that’s starting to wear away at me. Thankfully, I’ve been acquiring many new things to play with, as well as a slew of parts, so I should start cranking away again soon.

Coming attractions:

Note that links are to similar examples, not the things themselves.

In addition to shopping, I recently did an interview with the Krrb blog. I now have pieces at two shops in Oakland: Lost & Found and SwapShop. And after six years on Etsy (already?!), I’ve sold well over 100 lamps, there and elsewhere.

Finally, I’m looking forward to having lamps again this year at the Albany Film Fest Gala, in its new location at Sam’s Log Cabin.

And now I’ll confess to a fib I committed above: I made a simple colander light for a customer just last weekend.

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Everything but the oink

May 31, 2014

The last few days, as I was putting together three Roswells for a restaurant client, I found myself once again considering how the many bits and pieces I’ve collected go into my lamps.

Roswell II extra-large colander pendant

Roswell II extra-large colander pendant

Of course, there are the physical parts, like the saucepan lids and knobs and bits of old fixtures I’ve scavenged and squirreled away for no particular purpose.

And there’s other literal stuff: My dad’s old knife steel I repurposed as a reamer (it’s the same diameter as 3/8″ lamp pipe), the compass and acrylic triangles from the college drafting classes I so loathed, a wrench an old boyfriend bought for adjusting the exercise bike he insisted we needed (and then stuck me with when he moved out).

The list goes on.

Also though, there are other things, intangibles. Fragments of math and geometry that, surprisingly, finally turn out to be useful. Trivia about everything from metalwork to house painting to packing. Thirty years of learning what makes writing work … You get the drift.

And finally something new it seems I’ve mostly learned just from making lamps: Patience. Knowing when to stop, or at least pause. When not to push forward but to wait, take a break, set the work aside until a better solution presents itself.

Some people, I think, know this instinctively. But it goes against my nature, and has thus taken a very long time to learn. I have to wonder what difference it would have made to have had it earlier.

But some things one can never know.

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Black stars and falling leaves

May 7, 2014

I read somewhere recently that black light fixtures and shades were all the rage, and I’d had a couple of people ask me to make some aluminum shades black, so I thought I’d try building something along those lines from scratch.

Since I’d accumulated quite a few star colanders, this is what I came up with.

On the flipside, someone came into (the now-defunct) Rebooty awhile back with a bridge lamp she wanted me to do something with, on a limited budget. I had a shade I’d picked up from a garage sale that happened to fit, along with a lot of old sheet music left over from other projects, so I recovered it.

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I’m really happy with the way it came out – the depth and movement and warmth of it. I hope the customer likes it too…if I can ever get ahold of her. And if not, I have a very solid bridge lamp if anyone is interested.

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In good company

November 8, 2013

Well, the show at Rebooty is up and glowing. It will be there for a several days, maybe longer. Be sure to stop in if you’re in the neighborhood. There’s a ton of upcycled fun inside!

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It all depends

July 26, 2013

Summer is slow for my day job, so I have a lot of time on my hands. Lately, I’ve been using it to make hanging lamps. Here’s what I’ve been up to.

All of these lights, and many more, are available in my Etsy shop, where you can also find out the specifics.

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It’s raining tins

December 5, 2012

Recently, I was asked to participate in a holiday fund-raiser at the Los Gatos Art Museum (opening today!), and they asked specifically for more hanging lights. So I dug into the cache of tins I’ve collected over the last year and made these:

Then, I just kept going, and made some table lamps:

The latter are available in my Etsy shop, and there will be more to come. Stay tuned.

(Many thanks to my family members who contributed to this effort! You know who you are.)

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Counterparts

April 2, 2012

“A flying saucer? You mean the kind from up there?”
“Yeah, either that or its counterpart.”

Plan 9 from Outer Space


I’ve had these colanders for ages, and I tried a couple of times to use them. But nothing quite worked out. Then I realized they just wanted to fly solo – or maybe in formation – over a bar or kitchen island, bringing a message of peace and silliness.

Plan 9 colander pendants

For details, visit my Etsy shop.