If you know our story, follow this blog, or read the menu the left of this post you can see that we love photography. Lynn and I met in a digital photography class after all! The style of vintage cameras is something that continuously captures our imaginations. Lynn, being a photographer and designer, and myself being a history nerd, we love antique stuff!
At a craft fair not too long ago, we came across a craftsman who was selling lamps. But not just any lamps! These lamps were adorned with cute metal figurines of animals, planes, and other inventions. The part that absolutely won us over though? The lamps turned on when you touched the metal objects! We were enthralled. Alas the price was too far out of our budget, and we continued on our way. Lynn has been thinking of a way to create this lamp ourselves for the past few months, and this camera lamp is the result!
The Treasure Island Flea in SF is often a hit-or-miss - it can have all kinds of random objects and paraphernalia. But true to its name, it can also have hidden treasures. We have visited this flea market over 3 times now, and though many vendors are the same, the true flea market vendors always vary in their goods. We found this gold candle holder hidden between antique cookingware and murky bottles.
After buying the gold candle holder for $1, we took it home and contemplated what to do with it. We perused Michael's (our go-to crafts store, due to its perpetual coupons) for ideas, and stumbled upon some faux leaves and floral pieces we liked. We took some home and hot glue gunned them to the hoop, using fishing wire to secure the bottom pieces to the hoop. We then hung a black candle holder from a different candle holder we already had, stringing fishing wire to hold it in place. A candle holder perfect for a greenery-inspired living room!
When it came to light fixtures, we could never resist the antique yet elegant look of the Edison bulb. However, with most light fixtures going for $50+, we couldn't justify buying one. Solution: make one! (Granted, this was our solution for nearly everything #collegebudget.) We saw the versatility of the IKEA Frack Mirror on Pinterest, making it a smart choice for our first lighting project.
It can be difficult sometimes, when you craft as much as Lynn and I do, to find places to actually put the things that we craft. Fortunately, I do not have that problem with this craft. We were in a small lighting store in Portland that was masquerading as a toy store when we thought up this project. As we browsed the section of Edison style light bulbs (really, the only section any light store should have in our opinion) we saw a cylindrical bulb with a descending spiral with a dimmer switch. The parts were quickly purchased and upon our return to San Jose, we commenced construction.