Got Gas!

July 3rd, 2009 in blog, member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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Time-weathered and chemically corroded Gas Can...I love this kind of stuff.

Nice little picture of Phillip Rite.

All the components came from the same flea market. You can build anything if you walk around long enough.

Here’s the shade fresh from a junk pile…an old rusty hose reel.

I actually did think twice before running electricity THROUGH a gas can.

The finial is a vintage oil can named “Valvespout”.

Now thats a BIG plug.

Time-weathered and chemically corroded Gas Can...I love this kind of stuff.

Nice little picture of Phillip Rite.

Time-weathered and chemically corroded Gas Can...I love this kind of stuff.

Nice little picture of Phillip Rite.

Photo: Jim Healy JunkArchitect (Copyright 2009)

Old, crusty and rusty is just how I found most of the components for this Lamp. I combined an old Gas Can with a crusty vintage Hose Reel and out popped a Lamp. The stem portion is a scrap of metal pipe with some stripes painted on a diagonal. The two red details at the top and bottom of the stem are collars from an old dumbbell set. BX electrical cable is used for the power cord because it resembled the original vintage gas spout.


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy JunkArchitect (Copyright 2009)
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Comments (20)

junkfreek writes: Everything hah the potential of becoming an awesome/unique craft project. Get in the habbit of looking for things in piles of junk when others stop looking. Some of my best finds are in piles of junk that others have already looked through.I made a beautiful table lamp out of an old airplane engine cylendar headed for the dump. I borrowed my friend's flight map, Had it copied, laminated, and put it around the lampshade. It sold in a gift shop for almost two hundred dollars . Never look at an item for what it is, rather what it can become. When you teach a class, your students come up with more creative ideas for the same project. Posted: 9:51 am on November 4th
Funky_Junk_Donna writes: The ultimate in junkin' fun! Your stuff makes me smile. It's flat out fun and whimsical. When's the book coming out?!? :)
Posted: 2:54 pm on July 3rd
DesignTurnpike writes: As always, very cool. I love your sense of color and the boldness you bring to every project. Posted: 10:49 am on October 20th
JunkArchitect writes:

Mutha, I build farmhouse (distressed) style furniture on the side and built and painted the green armoire you see in the background. If you would like one custom built send me an email.


Posted: 1:09 pm on August 15th
mutha writes: This would be PERFECT for my husband's shop...or even his office desk!
Oh, and I want that green cabinet in the background! :) Posted: 2:15 pm on August 2nd
fellowjunker writes: Man,you ARE amazzzzing Jim!!! This is a fabulous creation, and I love ALL the treasures I see in the background of your pictures!!
xojanis Posted: 2:27 pm on July 8th
catbishop writes: You are the lampmaster! Another way cool piece! Posted: 10:04 am on July 8th
SMAPLES08 writes: I have a gas can like that and one that is oval, I have been trying to come up some ideals on what to do with them. Thanks for sharing you creativity. Posted: 5:13 pm on July 7th
TrashyChick writes: I love your latest lamp. Keep them coming!

Posted: 11:11 am on July 7th
RustyDiva writes: Love the old gas can and your project is awesome! Posted: 11:26 am on July 6th
csudderth writes: WOW!!!!
Christy Posted: 6:42 pm on July 5th
oldnews writes: This is really cool! Another amazing lamp, they just keep coming!! I am also a big fan of old cans of all sizes and shapes! I am actually working now on one that I'm going to use as my address in front of my house. The fire department has asked us all to make our numbers more visable so I think mine will be now! I will post when it's done. Thanks for sharing another wonderful lamp with us! Marie Posted: 1:08 am on July 4th
suewhitney writes: Yes I do. Posted: 11:35 pm on July 3rd
alicemom writes: Jim.
What a "gas"! The "fuel" cord is genius. Well the whole piece is another big hit.
smiles, alice Posted: 10:50 pm on July 3rd
georgiamoon writes: Oh Jimmy, you are so funny. I think I would have thought more than TWICE about running electricity through a gas can but it looks like it worked out for still got your eyebrows, right? This turned out super cool and I love the way it all came together for you.... all the parts and pieces are perfect for each other. The cord is AMAZING!!! You never fail to amuse and impress, Georgia Posted: 6:04 pm on July 3rd
shabbychick writes: Jim - What an awesome light! Those pieces go together perfectly - and what great colors and patina (as always!!).

Great fleamarket finds - you've done it again!


Posted: 5:33 pm on July 3rd
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Now that's some good junk! Put together like no other.

Nice work, Jim!
Candy Posted: 5:29 pm on July 3rd
monakent writes: LOVE this one!!!! I have my own collection of gas cans lined up in our garage. My husband isn't "into" them the way I am, but lets me display them anyway, and ooh and ahh over them as often as I need to. Not sure why I like them as much as I do. I will have to show him what you did with yours and see what he thinks.

Totally enjoy the other parts to your lamp. They all go so well together. gailmarie Posted: 5:21 pm on July 3rd
byabpryor writes: Now that's quite industrious! Great job Jim. Posted: 5:00 pm on July 3rd
CottageElements writes: OMG, Jim. This is way cool! Love the graphics on the can, and the electrical cable cracks me up! You've outdone yourself, once again! Love it!

Lani Posted: 4:34 pm on July 3rd
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