Thom Workman on sun 28 jul 96
i am looking for some suggestions regarding throwing lamps. i have been
potting for a while,mainly functional ware, and wanted to try my hand at
lamps. i can imagine a number of different ways to throw them, and am
looking for some advice or hints or suggestions - or even a good reference
of two that i can track down.
hope to talk to some of you soon.
Steven Gootgeld on tue 30 jul 96
I use my handmade ceramic sculptures in lamp form; I found a catalog that
contains ALL KINDS of parts to make lamps out of anything. The company
name is American-DeRosa Lamparts, Inc., out of Los Angeles. Their toll
free number is (800) 777-4440. Call them for a wholesale catalog. Hope
Sue Hintz on wed 31 jul 96
I am making oil lamps and have purchased the parts from
Aftosa but recently saw someone who had prettier chimneys
with tiny little glass balls around the top. The actual
burner looked to be a better quality also. Can anyone
tell me of other suppliers for oil lamp parts that have
these fancier chimneys?
Cobalt1994@aol.com on wed 31 jul 96
Deshirbinin Lamp Supply has an extensive glass catalogue. Their number is
800-458-0010. They have the beaded chimneys you're looking for.
Jennifer in Vermont. And no, I don't get a commission from them for
Jennifer in Vermont
Sue Hintz on thu 22 aug 96
Thank you to those who replied to my request about oil lamp chimneys with beaded
I just got a couple of the catalogues and they were WONDERFUL! I had no
idea that these suppliers were out there.
Since I am new to the business I am wondering if any of you have found
suppliers for pottery accessories that you think are especially great!
You can e-mail me directly if you want at:
Janet Kaiser on sun 19 dec 99
Another item to watch is the lamp shade... Although there may be many shapes=
sizes on the market, it is really difficult to decide what is going to suit =
what is not. And it is no good designing a lamp with a shade of a certain =
and size if it is not available. In the UK, most shades are currently =
and wide. No good for a tall, chunky base. Looks silly.
Janet - waiting for the fashion in lamp shades to change so I can =
lamp bought in the 1980s
The Chapel of Art: Home of The International Potters' Path
Criccieth LL52 0EA, GB-Wales, UK
Eleanor on sun 16 jun 02
I have been making lamp bases lately--the conventional kind: bulb at
the top; store-bought lampshade. It was easy enough to figure out how
to construct the vase to receive the hardware, and I had saved
installation instructions posted on Clayart some years ago--sorry, I
didn't save the author's name--- but now I'm stumped.
I want to make lamps where the bulb goes inside the vase and the
light shines out through holes in the vase. No lampshade.
So I have questions: how to construct the vase; what kind of hardware
and where to buy it in small quantity (I didn't see anything in Home
Depot); how to install the hardware.
TIA for your help. I hope this doesn't turn out to be absurdly
simple--I'd be embarrassed. :-)
Bruce Girrell on mon 17 jun 02
Eleanor Kohler wrote:
> I have been making lamp bases lately--the conventional kind: bulb at
> the top; store-bought lampshade...
> I want to make lamps where the bulb goes inside the vase and the
> light shines out through holes in the vase. No lampshade.
> I hope this doesn't turn out to be absurdly simple...
You got your wish. It's anything but simple. Light bulbs were designed to be
used in free air, not an enclosed space. If you keep the wattage down to the
range of night lights, you'll probably be safe, but even a 25 watt bulb can
build up a surprising amount of heat when air flow is restricted. Think of
it this way: the filament of a typical light bulb is a little above cone 10.
The maximum wattage that you will be able to use will be limited by how many
holes you have, what size they are, and where they are placed. I do not have
any information on how to rate your design, though. One thing that you could
do to test your design is to operate your lamp continuously for a day or so.
For the first few hours touch the exterior of the lamp every hour or two. If
you can hold your hand there comfortably, the lamp is probably operating
within safe limits. If the lamp remains only warm to the touch after a day
of operation it stands a good chance of being safe.
Bruce "Have you kept your product liability insurance up to date?" Girrell