Videos of Lamp Making etc

Repairing an Alabaster Table Lamp

This is an old alabaster table lamp that had had a fall and broken the bulb holder. Here I disassemble it, showing its construction using Allthread, and replace components to make it as good as new again.


Making a Lamp from a Vase Using a Bung Fitting

This is a porcelain vase made by Bridget Drakeford that I wanted to convert into a lamp, but with the possibility of turning it back into a vase at a later date. So I used a bung fitting in the mouth of the vase, with a side entry tube allowing the cable to enter and go into the base of the light fitting. As it is likely to be used as a desk lamp, I used a bayonet bulb holder to enable the switch to be in the bulb holder.

Drilling a Lamp to Take Fittings

Here I'm drilling the top of a lamp to take the bulb holder. Normally with a new ceramic lamp I'd do this before the bisque firing, but it had dried too much and become too brittle so I decided to do it after glazing - which is much more arduous as it took 5 minutes to drill through (shortened in the video). For low fired ceramics and glass you can use a tungsten carbide bit, which must be used wet to keep it cool. But for this porcelain I need the extra cutting power of a diamond bit. This one, which has a wax core in the cylinder, can be used dry; others need to be used wet. Don't use water with a drill unless it is cordless, and so low voltage!

Continuity Testing

This is the first test that should be done to any lamp. You test all possible combinations of connections, so that you know all intended connections have been made, and no unintended connections have been made. For more complex designs, it can be worth making a test sheet, showing all connection combinations to be done, and the required outcome.