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Help? Chunk glass hanging lamp how-tos Answered

Hiya, I'm a noob. I love the look of chunk glass lamps, and like hanging swag / pendant lamps, but the real thing is ridiculously expensive. So, I'd like to make one. The wiring is reasonably straightforward, any one of the kit things would work fine. Where I'm running into trouble is how to put it together. I know it's going to be heavy, which is ok; Elephant hooks from Amazon claim they can support a hundred pounds if put into a rafter. 

What I'm looking for is how to make the thing to attach the glass to. A lot of the existing ones (If you search google for 'chunk glass lamp' you'll find what I'm interested in) use either molded lead or mortar. I'm kind of looking for a slightly lighter weight solution; I'd rather the weight be pretty rather than structural. 

An idea I originally had was something like a 3d printed frame, maybe in sections that can snap together with a network of supports to glue the glass to, to allow a thin smear of mortar or clay or something to cover it, so the light only comes through the glass. 

I know many of the original ones from the 60s and 70s were lucite vs glass, Big hunks of glass seem relatively easy to find, big hunks of plastic not so much. If anyone has a good source for either or both, I'd love to hear. 

Be gentle, it's my first time here. :) 
(Tried to attach a file, but I'm at work, and it looks like the network is nuking it. Just search google for 'chunk glass lamp' and you'll find dozens.)

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Kiteman

2 years ago

You could cheat slightly by re-using another lamp - decades ago, my aunt used to glue coloured glass all over clear glass jars and "grout" the gaps in between with plaster of paris, then stand a candle inside the jar.

You could do similar with a clear glass shade, superglue and silicon.

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StarChaser_TygerKiteman

Reply 2 years ago

That's apparently a very old style of reusing. :) My father's mother had something like that that apparently the rest of the family found hideous, but she liked it. (I never saw it)

I'd considered that, and for a normal hanging light it's not a bad idea. The problem is I want what used to be called a swag lamp, the kind that hangs from the ceiling on chains and generally has a pull chain switch. A built in lamp like that requires professional wiring and somewhere to put a switch and such. Although rigging it as a swag and using something like a bluetooth controlled LED bulb might work...

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KitemanStarChaser_Tyger

Reply 2 years ago

I didn't mean you had to use a lamp exactly like the one in the photo (that was just a happy coincidence of shape) - you can use any shade that fits the lamp you want to use.

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StarChaser_TygerKiteman

Reply 2 years ago

I know you weren't demanding I do it that way. :) The swag lamps seem to very rarely come in clear, is mainly what I meant. They're usually open at the top (where the power comes in and the chain attaches) and at the bottom (where there's usually a cap with the on/off chain pull switch hanging out). Kind of like having the top part of a ceiling fan's globe on the top and bottom both. The only places I've ever seen those is on a swag lamp itself, and they're usually amber or green.

Your idea would work, for colors that would work with those colors, though.