The light took about two months thinking about the design and two days to build.
First I needed a brass base for a light, after lots of searching through brass plumbing fittings I decided there was nothing that really captured my imagination, so , I went looking on ebay for other brass items i could possibly use. After lots of searching I came across and won the base at a cost of £38. The base's original use was for testing the steam pressure produced by a traction engine, perfect for a steam punk lamp :)
Next I had to design a way for adding electrics without damaging the base. I couldn't bring my self to drill holes in it, dismantle it or destroy it's use in any way. Hence the cowl on top. The cowl is part of an old ceiling fan i rescued from a skip some months ago. this I drilled either side to take 10mm copper tubing which I then soldered into place. Then added the compression bends, straight tube and compression fittings at the bottom. These tubes carry the wiring from the brass Edison screw lamp fitting at the top of the lamp into the base/box. The box came with the brass steam engine pressure tester :)
Then I added a dimmer. The dimmer itself is a £4 dimmer switch from Wilkinsons stripped down then epoxy glued inside the box, then the large nut, again part of the original traction engine pressure gauge was placed over the dimmer, lastly an amber door knob from Homebase was attached to the dimmer switch using the dimmer button the screw from the door knob and epoxy resin. the door knob cost just under £5 :)
PS...The light bulb used in the main picture came from here http://www.filamentlightbulbs.co.uk/products