Friday, August 11, 2017

Hanging Lamp from Antique Carriage Singletree

Customers often bring in sentimental (and non-sentimental) items to make into lamps. The other day a customer brought in this antique carriage part that we later identified as a singletree.

It was in good shape. They said they wanted to turn it into a 3 light hanging lamp with simple lines and design. We brainstormed for a few moments and came up with a list of needed lamp parts to make this possible. Part of our goal is to not modify the singletree in any way.

3 - Antique Brass Sockets

3 - Antique Brass Loops

1 -  Antique brass hook for center socket

3- 1/2" threaded rods
1/8IP Hex Nut

1/8IP Locking Washer

6 foot of chain

12 inches of double jack black chain

12 foot of SPT-1 brown cord

2 Zinc Plated Pin-up Bracket (we'll explain)
Modern Style Screw Collar Canopy

First, we wire all three sockets and attach the loops on the threaded rods. The two side sockets use 4 1/2 feet of cord and the middle socket uses the other 3 feet of cord (12 foot total). Remember the smooth wire connects to the brass screw terminal and to tie a UL knot in the cord below the socket interior.

The tow ends of the singletree have hooks for our socket loops. We will need to install a loop in the middle of the singletree for our middle socket. Using the zinc pin-up brackets, we make a bracket to hold our hook and fasten it to the already made holes in the singletree.

Next, we hang the sockets on the hooks add the chain and route the cord up the chain to the canopy.

The smaller double jack chain is used to hold the large decorative chain to the outer brackets and to hold all three chains together in the middle of the fixture.

The canopy is connected to the center chain and the cords are pushed up the screw collar loop hole.

The customer wanted to use the bare Edison bulb look for the lights. For testing we added 3 over-sized Edison bulbs for a large dramatic effect.

Perfect. This fixture is ready for a rustic dining room or over a bar. We were able to keep the singletree completely intact with no new holes or other modifications.

Total time < 2.5 hours Total Cost < $60.00 (price can vary depending on the style of chain and canopy used).

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Small Aladdin Moonstone Glass Table Lamp with Loose Brass Cap

A customer brought in this small Aladdin Moonstone glass table lamp the other day and wanted the brass cap reattached and the lamp back to working condition. Initial inspection reveals an old non-polarized lamp cord. All other lamp parts (harp, harp base, socket cap, socket shell, socket interior, and brass collar) seem to be in good working order.

The plan for this repair is to repair the brass collar and reattach it to the lamp. Replace and rewire the lamp with a new lamp cord with UL List polarized plug. The collar will require some epoxy and the plug is an 8 Foot SPT-1 brown cord set.

46700 - Brown, 18/2 Plastic Covered Lamp Cord Sets

99050 - Devcon 5 Minute Epoxy
First, we start by disassembling the lamp. The socket shell unsnaps from the socket cap. Be careful when you plan to reuse parts not to damage the socket shell or cap. The old lamp cord unscrews from the socket screw terminals and the cord is pulled out from the bottom of the lamp.

With the lamp apart, we will start on the repair. The first thing we want to do is completely remove the brass collar from the socket cap and the harp base.

Now we need to clean the old plaster/glue from the brass collar. Using a small carving tool (in this case a Drimmel) we carve out the old adhesive.

The brass collar has been restored and ready to be reused. The socket cap, harp base, collar, and threaded rod are put together again.

Using our 5 minute epoxy, we pour a dab on a cardboard scrap and mix the parts together.

The epoxy is applied to both the collar and the top of the glass lamp body. The collar is placed on the lamp and the harp base is oriented properly on the lamp.

We let the epoxy cure. Now we are ready to complete the repair. First, we push the new lamp cord up the lamp body. We tie a UL knot in the lamp cord and attach the cord to the socket interior. The smooth wire connects to the brass screw and the ribbed wire connects to the nickel screw.

The cord slack is pulled back down to the base of the lamp body. The push-thru switch is oriented center of the harp base. Slide the socket shell over the socket interior and snap it into the socket cap. Add a bulb and test the lamp.

Complete! Total time < 30 minutes, Total cost < $10.00