Friday, September 11, 2015

Small Crystal Mantle Lamp

As we've seen from the lamps in this blog, lamps can be made from anything. From the expected to the completely unexpected. The other day a customer brought in these to crystal lamps. They are great for a dinner table, mantle, bookcase or other small space and are a really simple design. These two lamps were in bad shape. They must have been left out in the elements because all of the breaks and necks were beginning to rust.


To fix these lamps we are going to replace the rusted lamp parts with new ones and replace the lamp cord and socket with a better finish. When working on a lamp like this it is a good idea to take a photo of the lamp and record how it is made. We are taking photos for this blog, but we are also only fixing one lamp at a time so we can see how the pieces are supposed to fit back together.



First thing we do is take apart one lamp. Unscrewing the nut on the bottom of the rod, opening the socket shell and un-wiring the socket, removing the socket cap from the rod and pulling the cord through the rod. In warm water and dish detergent we let the glass pieces soak for about 20 minutes. We want to remove all the dirt and grime.


While the glass pieces are soaking we collect all the replacement parts we need. This includes nickel plated seating rings, nickel neck (slips 1/8IP rod), felt washers, clear silver lamp cord, nickel socket, reducing washer, and a nickel shade holder. Tip: The felt washers help hold the lamp firm. They will absorb some of the pressure and keep the lamp tight for longer. They will also help reduce the possibility of over tightening the lamp.



Noticing the rod was a bit weathered and would be seen through the lamp parts a little silver paint was applied to the rod. With the glass washed and the parts collected we are ready to put this lamp back together. Working in reverse order form the dis-assembly the socket cap goes on the rod and the lamp body pieces fall in line like a shish kbob. Cap the rod with a felt washer, seating ring, and a nut. Then thread the lamp cord through the rod.


On the top we tie a UL knot and attach the socket interior and socket shell. This lamp looks as good as new.



The socket shell snaps into the socket cap.


Add the shade holder and a bulb for testing.


Perfect. This lamp should last another 80 years without any issue. Total cost: <$28.00 Total Time: <45 min per lamp