Would Thomas Edison be Proud?

January 15th, 2010 in blog, projects     
DownHomeDIY DownHomeDIY, member
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I did it.  There may have been a few expletives along the way but I fumbled my way through it and created my first lamp from scratch.
The Hero fire extinguisher was my inspiration.  I loved the graphics and the name says it all.  I found one book that said Courage is not Given.  The other book is one that I made up myself with my printer and scrapbook paper. 
I was searching for other cool pieces to use and I found this vintage fire hose nozzle.  It came from the RJR building here in Winston Salem.  It makes for a perfect lamp body.
Here is the before shot of all the bit and pieces.
This was where the explitives came in but by George I think I got it.  I figured out how to construct the base, run all the wires through it and secure everything together.  It took two tries and a little smoke but I sure learned a lot.
I did it.  There may have been a few expletives along the way but I fumbled my way through it and created my first lamp from scratch.

I did it.  There may have been a few expletives along the way but I fumbled my way through it and created my first lamp from scratch.

Photo: www.downomediy.com

I always seem to challenge myself in the name of charity.  I just made my very first lamp from scratch for The Forsyth County Fire & Rescue Association.  They were having a silent auction so I surfed ebay looking for inspiration.  Doing so led me to this project. 


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Comments (25)

IMMAJUNKER2 writes: Fantastic job! I love creating our own stuff. It's a one of kind, not from a factory. Keep up the good work! Posted: 9:48 am on February 11th
smiller0529 writes: Awesome! I love it. Adds "learn to wire lamps" to my list. Posted: 7:32 am on January 21st
DownHomeDIY writes: Thanks everyone for the nice comments. I had been inspired all year by contributors Junk Architect Jim, Jenny K and member Clever Thinker. They gave me the courage to try! They make some cool lamps!

And a special thanks to Junk Architect Jim for helping me with some pre-planning tech support and encouragement. I appreciate it!

~MB
Posted: 9:02 am on January 18th
JunkArchitect writes: Marybeth, your lamp is truly amazing and is certain to become a cherished addition to someone’s home.

Jim
Posted: 8:45 pm on January 17th
shabbychick writes: MB - what a wonderful lamp! Really well thought out and put together!

Kathy Posted: 11:21 pm on January 16th
MakinItHappen writes: This is a fantastic lamp! Posted: 9:17 pm on January 16th
georgiamoon writes: What a fantastic job you did on your first lamp. such great stuff you put together. i am sure it will be a giant hit at the auction! Georgia Posted: 1:20 pm on January 16th
chippingcharm writes: Wow...love all the well thought out details! Laurel Posted: 11:52 am on January 16th
suewhitney writes: Well thought out and beautifully executed, miss MB! It's sure to bring in some good money for your charity. Bravo!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 10:43 am on January 16th
writes: Wow! Great job Marybeth. Lamps can be daunting and you created this one like a pro. I hope it fetches a lot for the charity.

JennyK Posted: 12:00 am on January 16th
54girl writes: It turned out wonderful!! Love you put it all together! Mary Posted: 11:44 pm on January 15th
CottageElements writes: MB, TE would be very proud! You did an awesome job on this. I'm very impressed! Way to go!

Lani Posted: 10:05 pm on January 15th
flowerbasketgirl writes: what a great job..my husband is a firefighter/paramedic and they all seem to collect memorabilia items for household decor. I wouldn't be surprisd if that lamp sells for big bucks for the charity as it is really what they like to collect.Great Combo! Posted: 9:57 pm on January 15th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: I could have sworn I posted on this project already. Hope I didn't leave it somewhere else in error. :(

I am very impressed and think you did a fabulous job, MB! I love the nozzle too. Very, very cool!
Candy Posted: 8:35 pm on January 15th
CraftingWendy writes: You've created a beautiful lamp that honors these great heroes. My husband is a deputy sheriff and I know your gift will be a huge hit with others who protect and serve. Posted: 8:21 pm on January 15th
fellowjunker writes: What a very, very meaningful lamp you have created Marybeth....love the titles you picked. Well done!
xojanis Posted: 7:19 pm on January 15th
TreasuresRenewed writes: Very well done. My dad was a volunteer fireman for years. I love it.

Nora Posted: 4:42 pm on January 15th
RustyDiva writes: You did a really great job on this Marybeth. I love themes and my brother-in-law is a fireman ~ I know how hard those guys work! I also know that I have never seen such a brotherhood ~ gives me goose bumps! Awesome project! Posted: 3:25 pm on January 15th
Junk_Newbie writes: I LOVE this! Such a cool lamp. Sure to be a hit at the auction.
Heather Posted: 1:39 pm on January 15th
Junkyard_Ballerina writes: WoW! Being a Californian living in SoCal, Firefighters hold a special place in my heart. I've seen them in action saving our small town from disaster - our Firefighters, our Hot Shots ROCK! I *LOVE* your lamp, and wish I could bid on it.
You've created something very special. Good on ya, lass. Blessings. Posted: 12:44 pm on January 15th
CleverThinker writes: Marybeth THIS is AWESOME! The whole lamp tells such a humble and powerful story- you KNOW I am diggin this one!! I also build personality driven lamps and appreciate this one for sure. The nozzle is perfect, the book titles are perfect (even if you had to write one before you made the base!) the extras....yes yes yes. And I understand the expletives along the way, but the thing to remember is you learned a LOT on the first one, and the second will be even better!

Check out the lamps I've posted- in particular, the one titled "Coffee with the Lovely Ladies." I made and donated it for a cancer clinic fundraiser.

We are on the same page, sistah!!

Best,
Larry Posted: 12:18 pm on January 15th
LittleRedHen writes: OMG, explitive, explitive, explitive! You are an amazing artist (and Electrician)! Fabulous! Congratulations! Posted: 10:16 am on January 15th
oldnews writes: It looks amazing! Kudos to you! Marie Posted: 9:46 am on January 15th
alicemom writes: MB, I am soooooooooooo proud of you! You did an amazing job!
I know it will fetch a big price for your charity. BIG KUDOS!!
smiles, alice Posted: 9:38 am on January 15th
junkermidge writes: Wow! Wow! Wow! Marybeth, let me be the first (I'm sure of many) to say CONGRATULATIONS! I've got a soft spot for fireman stuff so I love the theme and all the pieces. And it is gorgeous. You did an amazing jog on the construction. You hung in there and learned a lot along the way. AWESOME!
Midge Posted: 8:43 am on January 15th
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