Twin-blade ceiling fan (Steampunk-esque)

Hi, I tried posting this already but then couldn't find it so I hope I am not posting twice...

I fell in love with this ceiling fan ( which I can't attach properly to show the image because the uploader doesn't work (either of them) on my computer.

Problem is that the fan is over $800!

I'd like to combine a bunch of pieces and make something like this out of old desk fans and a nice light fixture (or something I can turn into a nice light fixture) to both save money and spare our landfill.  Thing is, although I get lamps and they are very easy, once you add moving parts I am scared sh!tle$$!  

I figure there has to be someone out there who knows if it is even possible to recreate this at home.


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Kiteman4 years ago
I'd be very willing it is easy to replicate, in function if not in exact form.

That's basically two desk fans, with the central stalk removed and replaced with a pair of brackets...
the fans themselves spin too like a ceiling fan :-( so you have to worry about the cords tangling up inside.
Slip rings!
Cleo420 (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
What is a slip ring? I am assuming a ring that allows something to slip through, but...
Kiteman Cleo4204 years ago
It's an electrical connection that allows wires to rotate through 360º without twisting or tangling.
Cleo420 (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
Ah! I've heard of that sort of thing, but didn't know what it was called. I'm not sure I want the whole thing to spin, but I could use the base from the ceiling fan that is there.

Thinking on it, I could attach the samovar around the existing fan base (blades and lights, except center light globe removed) by the brackets that hold the blades, then have the fans attach to the samovar itself. Now if I can find a light-weight "pot" that even resembles a samovar, I'll be fine, I can run the wires through the brackets, out the samovar-thing to the desk fans and refinish the whole piece to look uniform.

I am certain I can find some decorative scroll or filigree work to weld onto the piece.

Wow, thanks that all just came out this second! I think I have a plan! When I get this done I'll post.
Kiteman Cleo4204 years ago
Sometimes all you need to do is think out loud.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you make - don't forget to take plenty of photos as you work.
Cleo420 (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
My husband is concerned that by taking off the blades and attaching the fans to only two of the blade brackets might unbalance the entire affair. Is there a way to mitigate this?
Going from 5 blades to 2 WILL unbalance it unless you or him design a bracket to utilize only two brackets that are parallel.

A 4 blade ceiling fan should work if you remove the other two blades and the fans are same weight and they are across from each other.

The bracket will be the easy part, once you take off all the fan blades you can reuse the screw holes that are attached to the motor mount
Cleo420 (author)  thematthatter4 years ago
Could I do three smaller fans to distribute the weight on odd numbered brackets? There are no two brackets that sit across from each other because the existing fan that I wish to use is 5-bladed. I would be willing to go to three to create something completely unique though. If you imagine five blades as a man figure and I were to remove the arms, would the weight be evenly distributed among the three remaining blades?
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