What's New Pussy Cat - Contributor Challenge

May 26th, 2009 in blog, member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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Tom seems pleased with the lamp.
Shes a Lady...oh oh oh Shes a Lady
Every time I look at this lamp those lyrics come to mind…someone help me!
Why, why, why delilah
Now theres ANOTHER song I cant get out of my head.

Hes talented, rich and women throw themselves at him…poor guy.

The base is some kind of galvanized float thing…junk.

No, I’m NOT leaving the album cover hanging on my wall.

It has that 1970’s look to it.

Remember how you could stack albums on your turntable…same idea.
Its Not Unusual...maybe just a little.

Check out the funky disco effect the shade creates on the wall.

FINALLY at 3:00 a.m. we both signed-off on a concept sketch.
I did about 50 sketches before Tom was happy...come on brother, make up your mind!
Thanks Jimbo for the chicken and beers...Tom

Tom seems pleased with the lamp.

Tom seems pleased with the lamp.

Photo: Jim Healy JunkArchitect (Copyright 2009)

I’ll tell you what’s new Pussy Cat, my Contributor’s Challenge project is done. Sue assigned the task of coming up with SOMETHING using vinyl record albums and Tom Jones as my inspiration. So I got Tom to stop by for a beer and we did some major brainstorming on a design. A case of brews later (and a bucket of Extra Crispy from KFC) I had my final concept sketch.

The base is some kind of galvanized float, not sure what it went to. A threaded rod is attached to the base and the records secured into place with nuts and washers. Pieces of plastic tubing are positioned between the albums to hide the steel rod. I painted a section of an old broomstick red and secured it to the top of the rod. Finally a light socket is attached to the end of the broomstick. I’m not sure what the galvanized shade was originally used for but it met the project specifications…JUNK. Anyway, the shape was perfect for a shade so I drilled a bunch of holes in it for that funky Studio 54 look.

Tommy, thanks BIG TIME for the cool ideas and especially for making the food run to KFC…your bud...Junk Architect

 


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy (JunkArchitect
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Comments (28)

junkeratheart writes: A totally awesome design! I can't help but see the spooky faces on the wall that the shade makes. Too cool!!! My dh wouldn't let me keep the pic on the wall, but I prob. would. LOL He was da man when I was a teenager. Great project! Can't wait to see more. Wanda Posted: 11:45 am on March 1st
frstyfrolk writes: I do really love this! And Tom Jones!

It does fit the song well, oh the 60's memories of him with my girlfriend. You did a fabulous job!

Smiles, cyndi Posted: 8:28 pm on November 18th
jillruth writes: You are VERY GOOD! This is great. Posted: 8:32 am on July 20th
catbishop writes: Excellent!! Really really, really love this! Posted: 4:39 pm on June 1st
shabbychick writes: Tom, Tom, Tom (I mean Jim...) - Amazing as usual! Loved your project commentary (great way to start my morning!)- and your drawing and pics are outstanding!

Kathy


Posted: 7:23 am on May 30th
TrashyChick writes: WOW...WOW...WOW! Jimbo I love this lamp, can you tell. Posted: 12:11 am on May 30th
plumberdaughter writes: Wow! One more time, very cool lamp. Where do you find all the cool tin for lampshades? Fun! Posted: 11:50 pm on May 29th
monakent writes: I spent a long time writing you a response earlier this week and then "poof," it was gone (to say I was mad, is an understatement)! So, here I go again, as this project cries out for me to sing it's praises....

"I, Who Have Nothing" want to tell you that I "Can't Stop Loving You" and your work!!! "With These Hands" of yours, you create true masterpieces. Who wouldn't want this Tom Jones inspired piece, lighting the way to their "Green, Green Grass of Home" (or maybe in your case, the living room)??? Why it's "Not Unusual" to marvel at your talent. We all have done it before and we will continue to do it again.

Thank goodness you know how to wire lamps properly, as to avoid "Burning Down the House."

Seriously, this piece is brilliant in how it came to be, how it turned out and the writings that went with it. What a fine sense of humor you have! "Some Other Guy" may not, but then again, they aren't Jim Healy!

Thanks for letting me "Take a Minute Of Your Time." "I Get a Kick Out of You" and your ideas. Although I'm not a big fan of Tom's, I am one of yours.

"All I Can Say Is Goodbye" for now. Keep up the good work. LOVE this piece. gailmaire

Posted: 1:30 pm on May 29th
DownHomeDIY writes: Smiles all around!!! You must have a house full of lamps b/c I don't know how you could part with any of your cooler than cool creations. I know I couldn't!
p.s. the person next to me kept asking what the heck I was cracking up about! Loved the commentary too.
~MB Posted: 8:52 pm on May 27th
Chovey writes: That was a Great TJ tale and....a GREAT, GREAT project! I am making plans to FINALLY go and see TJ in Vegas!!! Thanks for the great inspiration!
cynthia Posted: 8:32 pm on May 27th
MimiToria writes: Jim what a great post to wake up to. I had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading it. A great job once again and how cool are the shadows on the wall from the holes in the shade.
Gretchen Posted: 9:16 am on May 27th
upyourattic writes: Tom should be singing "He's the Man" instead of She's a Lady! This lamp ~ "It's not Unusual" ~ but really, it is sooooo unusual and it's perfect!

Your home must be lit up like a Christmas Tree with all the wonderful lamps you come up with!

Bravo ~ again!

Patti Posted: 9:06 am on May 27th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Haha!! Love it!! Not only is the project FANTASTIC, but your tale made me laugh the entire way through. Wonderful creativity, great use of tools (which I'm envious of) and hysterical commentary. Great job!
Candy Posted: 6:57 am on May 27th
oldnews writes: Ok, there's nothing left to say, it's all been said! As usual, I love it! Can't wait till your next creation comes up! Marie Posted: 11:14 pm on May 26th
csudderth writes: As usual, your project is just too cool for words! Love your sketches--I always just start and wing it--no wonder your projects look so much better than mine!
Christy Posted: 10:36 pm on May 26th
junkermidge writes: Whoa, Whoa, Whoa is that ever cool! I love the wall effect from the holey lampshade -- you're right, definitely very Studio 54ish. So glad Tom was able to help you out, maybe you SHOULD keep cover on the wall as a bf momento.
Midge Posted: 7:50 pm on May 26th
piecesofthepast writes: Awesome! My mom actually got to meet Tom when she worked in a doctor's office and he came in! She's a big fan and I know she'd love this lamp (and the album beside it!) Posted: 6:28 pm on May 26th
writes: Jim, Jim, JIM!
Wow. You've done the "Sex Bomb" proud. I especially love the way you tied in the Studio 54 look with the holes in the shade. So classy. This lamp will truly go down in JunkArchitect history.

The only thing you could have done to top it off was adding some chest hair. Maybe next time.

Bravo Jim.

JennyK Posted: 5:45 pm on May 26th
junkjunkie writes: Jim, this is TOO COOL for words. I absolutely adore it. Great job.

Patty B. Posted: 4:55 pm on May 26th
ALVN writes: Love the sketch! Signed and dated, too! Great project!

Amy Posted: 4:51 pm on May 26th
georgiamoon writes: Jim. You. CRACK. ME. UP. What a fun and fantastic post!!! You and TJ did a great job collaborating. I love the sketch of course and YOUR lamp is totally cool. Great minds think alike and then greater minds take it to new heights...mine looks a little wimpy... but hey you did have Tom Jones helping you. Cyndi was NO help at all "She Bop-ped" around but didn't have much going on in the junk department! Anyway the shade is the best...love the light holes you drilled in. Thanks for sharing your time with Mr. Jones with us.You guys did good, Georgia Posted: 2:44 pm on May 26th
StrangeCargo writes: Jim, cool lamp and awesome shade. Tom Jones will never be the same.

Ken Posted: 2:23 pm on May 26th
berton718 writes: Jim,
What a great lamp!! You always amaze me!! Please keep the ideas coming!! Posted: 1:08 pm on May 26th
suewhitney writes: Oh, Jimbo my friend this is too cool! Love how you collaborated with your new bff, Tom Jones. I think you two should go on tour together! As always...great project.

Take care,
Sue Posted: 12:30 pm on May 26th
Gadora_Wilder writes: LOVE it! Freals!!!!
I carted a whole mess of vinyl to Austin with me recently... The Three Suns — what a floor lamp they would make! So happy to have stumbled onto JunkMarketStyle. Sincerely, Posted: 11:32 am on May 26th
CottageElements writes: Wowzers! You and Tom make a perfect combo! I am amazed at this piece . . . one of your coolest projects yet. It may be unusual, but definitely in a good way! Way to go!

Lani Posted: 10:49 am on May 26th
fellowjunker writes: Well done Jim.......absolutely love your lamp and it has "YOU" written all over it!!!! A great idea for old vinyl records. I can see this idea taking off!!
xojanis Posted: 10:37 am on May 26th
TinTinJunkFan writes: how cool is this-- The lamp shade is perfect too! I have loved seeing the different LP lamp projects posted. So many clever junkers! Posted: 10:28 am on May 26th
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