Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Whimsical Mad Hatter Teapot Lamps!

 
 My favorite lamp!
A Whimsical Mad-Hatter Teapot Lamp!
Instant living room attention! 
I posted my lamps as one of the first projects on my blog...
in about 3 totally scattered posts!
needless to say, the post could use a little redo.  
I didn't take great "during the project" or "before" photos...
so you'll have to use your imagination.
But, here it is.  Updated.
 
Create a fabulous, whimsical, 
Mad-hatter inspired statement lamp!
Or several...dozen!
I love doing things in bulk!
 
You will need:
  teapots, teacups, saucers, odd little ceramic things...
A lamp kit. About $8 at Walmart.
1/2 inch Diamond Drill bit! (about $18 at the depot)
 
Hollow, metal threaded rod...for the center structure.
(I upcycled an old lamp...you can too, unless you are a machinest!)
 
Light bulb and Lamp shade.
Spray paint
Vinyl decal...optional
 
Directions:

Disassemble your junk lamp. Keep all the pieces!
I bought so many broken lamps at yard sales and thrift stores...
paid about 50 cents to $3 for each.
I took them apart mainly for the center structure rod. 
It's a hollow tube with threaded ends on both sides...
keep the nuts that thread on it too.
 
But save all the pieces until you are finished, because 
you may need spacers and weights and stuff...
Because I bought old junky or broken lamps I replaced all the hardware. 
Safety third--right?
 
The drilling.
Drilling glass, china and ceramics is very basic...seems scary though.
Take a baking sheet and place a hand towel inside it.
Place your plate, teapot, cup or saucer so you are drilling through the bottom on the towel.
Mark with a sharpie marker your center dot.
Pour water onto your "to be drilled" item. The bottom lip holds the water perfectly.
To begin the drilling, you start slowly at a 45* angle. 
When you have carved out a decent half circle groove 
you slowly bring the bit up straight and bore the hole all the
way through.
This took a lot of time. Slowly and patiently! I didn't break any glass!
Each piece just needs a hole straight through it...except
 your base piece...it needs a hole out the back for the wiring!
And we watched Tangled while working!
I took the freshly drilled pieces and stacked them 
up to see what arrangements I liked.
It was hard to decide because nothing matched!
So I took them out to the garage for their
 first coating of paint. PRIMER.
A light layer of white primer on the teacups and some
 gray primer on the teapots helps tone things down!
Then spray painted them glossy white and glossy gray!
Some touches of yellow or blue for contrast! 
Then I decided how they would stack up.


Then I spray painted the pieces I was using for each lamp.
 The color and style is up to you!
I added some swirly floursihes I cut out of vinyl. 
You could paint designs or whatever you like!
After the pieces are dry, assembling the lamp.
Start by putting your wires through the back base hole.
Put the threaded nut on the wire.
Insert your threaded rod inside the base.
Push your wires through the center of the rod until they come out of the top.
Secure the nut on the bottom threads. Use some pliers to make sure it's tight.
Then stack your pieces up and up until you reach the top!
At the top, secure it in place. I used a spacer from the original lamp that I tore apart.
Then the actual wiring. Don't panic!
 
Thankfully the full instructions are included in your lamp kit...
how to tie the wires, which one to hook on which screw...
I am not including them here, because lamps vary. 
Just read your kit instructions. It's easy. 
 Then pray.




Insert light bulb.
Plug in your lamp.
And because I had so many...
I used 1 as a white elephant gift...1 as a wedding present...
1 as a Christmas present...2 as a birthday present...1 sold on Etsy...
1 sold from home...1 was my sisters...
1 was mine...1 met a sad fate when we moved...that's 10!  :)

And, I sold all the rest of my drilled in junk at my yard sale.
Good bye...until another whim!


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