Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Lamp that Shines

Well, in my opinion, and it may just be because I was the creator of said "Shining" lamp, I am marking this a successful Artie creation.


With the base created, (4- corner discs for baseboard molding along with 1- 1/4" piece of pine) and the driftwood mounted, the only decision is what color the base should be. Stained? Painted? Upholstered? You be the judge.

I'm absolutely in-love with the finial. I created this from a cut piece of driftwood, drilled to fit the screw attached to the harp. (Don't mind that alarm clock in the corner - I quickly cleaned off the table top for these pictures!)

One of a kind, no? And do you like the openess of the base? It begs to be a different color, but what? It will belong to one of you once it's finished, so it's only natural that you have a vote. So, to paint, or to stain? that is the question!

25 comments:

  1. My oh MY did that ever come out BEAUUUUtiful... I am so impressed with you... Can I adopt you.. I love what you do with stuff and if I get back up to Manhattan with my girlfriend we must get together.... for coffee.

    Hugs,
    Donna

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  2. I say stain it. Turned out beautifully!!
    Christy

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  3. The lamp turned out great, Art. The shade and finial really finish it off nicely. As for the base, I'd stain it an espresso color.

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  4. Oh Artie, what a wonderful creation! I say, stain the base. Can't wait for you to send it to me! laurie (bargainhunr)

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  5. Oh! WOW!!!!!!!!!! I definitely vote for stain for the base, in keeping with the more natural look of the whole thing. Holy shit Artie, this lamp is GORGEOUS. Me wants!!!!!!!!!

    Justine :o )

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  6. Love it , I knew that I would... I would stain it a color very close to the drift wood color. I would not want it to stand apart. I too, love the final. You did good! 5* vickydarnell

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  7. Your lamp is 100 times better than the rabbit shaded one from yesterday. I'd stain it a pale grey. I love the lampshade's shape and the base you made. WOW!

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  8. What a unique gift you have... This is incredible.. and you know how I "love" lamps.. Even the girls I'm working with know my love for lamps and are quite surprised I haven't picked one up yet this year..I vote for a deep black stain, lightly sand off the edges and then stain with a deep walnut on the edges so it appears more old and weathered like the drift wood.. I'll be looking forward to the final decision..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  9. Paint the base black. Most wonderful sculpture is mounted on black. Love it!!!!

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  10. Your lamp turned out perfect. I especially like the finial. What a perfect touch! I agree with all the others I would stain the base. That would look perfect in my family room (hint-hint). Have a nice day! ~ Robyn

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  11. Look at you Mr. Awesome Lamp creator!!! I love the choice of the square shade...perfect with the size and shape of this masterpiece! I think the base should be a lovely "driftwood gray" It would still be neutral and would tie in to the lovely gray shades in the wood. You've really out done yourself on this one!!!

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  12. I just scrolled back to look at the original....I LIKE YOURS BETTER!

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  13. Love this Artie. Very creative and I bet not the price they were asking for 'the original'. I'm with Niki, as like yours better.
    Isn't it amazing what can be created with a little help of Mother Nature. For the base I think I would try to pick up a color from one of the piecesof driftwood and stain it. (Or I wonder if a high gloss paint similar to the color of the shade would anchor it?) Decisions, decisions but I'm sure you will come up with the right solution.

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  14. Wow! I love it. My vote, stain. Now, I just have to say this Artie, this beautiful lamp would be perfect for our lake place.

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  15. 'Tis great! Can't wait to see the finish you choose. :-) - SherylCanadianGirl

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  16. Oh. Gorgeous.

    It is beautiful! Great job!! How can you give it away?!

    I think the base would be nice stained or painted a rich dark color.

    Seriously...It is AWESOME!

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  17. How creative! I love this! I kind of like the way the base looks - maybe just a clear sealer? really ingenius!

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  18. Hi Friend! This came out just beautiful! (As I knew it would!) I vote for staining the base, and I think that dark color the longest piece (looks like the third one down from the bottom edge of the shade)would be really pretty, but I absolutely know that whatever color and technique you decide will be perfect.

    It really looks wonderful in the guest room! I love it next to the tapestry.

    Isa

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  19. Ok rewind..... You actually MADE this lamp!??? WOW! Very high-end looking!!! I love it, that shade is perfect for it too!

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  20. Artie,

    I love your newest creation! That lamp is beautiful!


    Oh and those bookshelves are to die for! They turned out PERFECT!!!!


    xxoxoxoxoxox
    Donna

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  21. Absolutely great. Lamp shades should always try to take the shape of their base so this one is perfect. MHO, stain the base the color of the shade. I used a stain on a garden gate this summer called Driftwood!

    G in CT

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  22. Artie, I have presented you with the Kreativ Blogger Award. Please come by my blog and pick it up. I am so new at this blogging, I'm not sure why, when I leave a message on some blogs, I don't show up as a blogger. laurie (bargainhunr)http://bargainhuntingwithlaurie.blogspot.com/

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  23. Artie,
    I like your lamp way better than the inspiration lamp...and the finial is the creme de la creme! Great job! Susan

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  24. Artie, You need to quit your job and make these lamps! Serioiusly. You need to go to Market and sell the crud out of them. Custom made lamps fetch a pretty hefty sum of $$$$$!
    Glad to learn that you've read Crazy Ladies. Loved it.... they are all fabulous. If you loved the characters (and who wouldn't), you owe it to yourself to read Mad Girls in Love. It's the sequal. Don't you just feel like those characters got to be your friends. Hated for it to end. I've worked my way up to Mermaids. Then I'm all done until the next one is published. It's like eating the last Godiva. I want to make it last!!!! Carol

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