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A few months ago, I found this really cool steampunk themed lamp in the heavily discounted clearance section of my local Bed, Bath & Beyond. For US$10, I couldn't resist!  One great feature about this retro style illuminating device is the dual lamp feature: a standard bulb socket on top, and a separate fixture underneath for a miniature bulb.

The design of this lamp was reminiscent of something that could have been on Jules Verne's Nautilus, but without a shade, this lamp certainly looked incomplete.

A few days later, I found a discarded floor lamp on the street, with a frosted plastic semi-globe that was the right design to fit my new steampunk lamp. But as-is, it certainly lacked the requisite flare!

So here's how I turned a plain plastic half-globe lamp shade into a stylish and attractive steampunk accompaniment.

• Pliers
• Metal snips
• Screw driver
• Rotary tool
• Power drill

• Lamp shade/ plastic half-globe
• Brackets
• Brass machine screws and nuts

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Step 1: Select lamp and shade

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As mentioned in the intro, I bought this lamp, so I can take any credit for the design. (I think it may have been manufactured by Hampton Bay, but not sure). And the shade I found in the trash.

But the simple technique I used for this Instructable can be used on pretty much any type of lamp shade, and for any lamp, which is why I decided to share this project with the Instructables community.
wolfgang642 years ago
Cold you please tall me where you got that really cool bulb in frame one?
Thank you very much. your project is very cool. I am working on something very different but the bulbs are the icing on the cake.
Winged Fist (author)  wolfgang642 years ago
Got the bulb at Home Depot, but I'm sure you can find online too if you search for "Edison style bulb."
longwinters2 years ago
Mr. Fist.
Very nice project, glad you posted it, I hit the junk stores from time to time, and though it seems like it would be easy to come up with a pleasing lamp project when it comes to actually putting something togeather it's far more difficult than first imagined.

This is a wonderful project I would love to have in my home.
I have at least two lamps just sitting in the crawl space just waiting for this level of inspiration.
Winged Fist (author)  longwinters2 years ago
Thanks Bill! I hope this humble little lampshade project gives you some of the inspiration you need to get those lamps out of the crawl space and onto Instructables!;-)
Aye, while I know it's been a fair bit of time since I've commented on anything,
I thought I'd let you know that your project made the Steampunk Facebook group!
They even linked back to here for you!
(Though I got it as a notification via Instructables earlier)
Anyways, here is the link to the direct posting!

~Best of Wishes and Clockwork Dreams,
Brefelan Silverpaw/ (DJ) Electfire
Winged Fist (author)  BrefelanDesigns2 years ago
Thanks Electfire! As one of the last human beings on earth without a Facebook account, I wouldn't have notice this if you hadn't mentioned! Explains the uptick in traffic for this humble Instructable;-)
Winged Fist
oldmicah2 years ago
Looks great. Apologies if I missed it, but what is giving the red glow at the bottom? Something you did or built into the lamp?
Winged Fist (author)  oldmicah2 years ago
My bad... I should have made this clearer - This dual-lamp has a normal socket on top, and a small socket underneath. I added a small Christmas-style bulb in the lower socket to achieve that ominous "red glow."
No worries! I like the mod and the glow adds a lot. ...And I Like the othe props on the table as well!
Winged Fist (author)  oldmicah2 years ago
Thanks oldmicah - Some of those other props include; my Steampunk solar USB charger, my Steampunk 3rd hand, my Steampunk incandescent USB lamp, and my Steampunk USB mini-lantern. Notice a theme here?;-)
yes... 3 of them are USB oriented :)

thanks again for posting: it's good stuff!
Junophor2 years ago
Wow Winged Fist!!!

A very steamy creation, I love it

Yours Aeon Junophor
Winged Fist (author)  Junophor2 years ago
Thanks Junophor! And thanks for not using your Steampunk time traveling machine to beat me to this lamp on the clearance sale shelf!;-)