While surfing Grand Brass (the goto place for traditional lighting parts) I stumbled across a few parts that made me think I could build a lamp that looks like an old timey rocket; so I did! I was looking at their frosted glass flame shades thinking I could make something Lumière like when I saw their brass clusters looking very engine like. Combining that with the classic flame-effect neon bulbs and we were off to the space races.
I was designing by the seat of my pants so I tried to minimize the complexity of the build. I chose a chimney holder that would thread onto an UNO threaded bulb holder so I wouldn’t need some other support structure. I chose the tallest chimney they had to try and hit a 1/3rd rocket engines to 2/3rd bulbous rocket body proportions. The main bulb is incandescent since it’s a better match to the neon than an LED bulb would be. The final decision was the desk clamp. I wasn’t sure how big of a slab of cloud like alabaster I would need to support it as a table lamp or if it would be easy to knock over no matter what so the clamp was an economical and safe solution. I also grabbed a cloth cord with the switch already installed to make wiring easy.
The parts cost a total of $107 dollars. Thanks to my previous experience assembling my chandelier I was pretty confident in my ability to pick parts and assemble them. If you’re interested in building lamps, I highly recommend Paige Russell’s Instructables Lamps Class which I naturally didn’t find till I was writing this post. I’m considering frosting the chimney seaglass green to make it a more Futurama-like rocket. Maybe even turning it into a sconce above my cross-stitch. I’ve included the parts I ordered below. Only things missing you might need are what I had on hand: wire nuts, wire, and electrical tape. You can find a couple other photos on Flickr. I’ll definitely be building more light fixtures and I might make some more of these. Will I make you one? Maybe.
|BG1/8I||1/8ips. Internal Plastic Pipe Hole Bushing – Clear||3|
|BUCSF3FL||3W Silicone Flame E-12 Base Flicker Bulb||3|
|BUEFT920||30W Hair Pin Filament E-26 Base T-9 Antique Tubular Bulb||1|
|CLGB5||Unfinished Brass E-12 3 Socket Cluster with Large Body||1|
|GLCH14X2-5/8F||14IN. TALL CLEAR CHIMNEY WITH 2-5/8IN. NECK||1|
|HO2-5/8UNOCH||2-5/8in. Unfinished Brass Uno Chimney Holder||1|
|MICLAMPBL||Black Powdercoated Desk and Table Clamp Threaded for 1/8ips. Pipe||1|
|NIS-311||7/16in Long 1/8ips. Unfinished Brass Nipple with Shoulder||1|
|PIBL09||9in Long X 1/8ips (3/8in OD) Male Threaded Black Powder Coated S||1|
|RE1/8FX1/4MS||1/8ips. Female X 1/4ips. Male Thread Unfinished Brass Reducer wi||1|
|SO9347CB||Unfinished Cast Brass Uno Threaded E-26 Base Short Keyless Socket||1|
|WIC210FTPOBLSW||BLACK 10FT 18/2 SPT-2 CLOTH COVERED POWERCORD WITH TOGGLE SWITCH||1|