Sunday, April 22, 2018

Assembling and wiring

©2018 Barry Smith - A very layback kind of Artisan Lamp
I got a good run over the weekend to work on the Artisan Lamps. Saturday afternoon I managed to do some more development work on three lamps; and today I managed to grind and polish three lamps- yes it was fine; and this afternoon I started wiring a bunch of the lamps.

First some of the groups of polished bits ready for assembly; and assembly in progress.

©2018 Barry Smith - Quite a few components can go into a lamp
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©2018 Barry Smith - Bench full of goodies
And the finished products so far.

©2018 Barry Smith - Smallish lamp with centre lamp
©2018 Barry Smith - Another view of the lamp built around the record player arm - I kept the small bakelite light fitting because of proportions - but had no bulb in my stash
©2018 Barry Smith - Bunsen burner lamp - tallish and slim lines
©2018 Barry Smith - Shoe form lamp - all aglow
©2018 Barry Smith - Shoe form lamp
©2018 Barry Smith - Lamp built around a gas welding unit head
Hopefully during the week I will finish the other three lamps on the workbench and be in a position to do a delivery run to Entangle in Dayboro.

Friday, April 20, 2018

On the work bench

©2018 Barry Smith - The light globe for this lamp will come out the the circular aperture in the centre.
I have managed a bit of time in the garage-studio progressing a few more of the planned Artisan Lamps. Before heading over to the grinding-polishing bench I usually try a mockup of the lamps. This can include using a bit of bluetac to hold pieces together. It gives me the opportunity to see if the pieces are fitting together and/or are complementary.

I find it amusing that though the core elements of planned lamps can remain the same there is always the chance-need to add other bits and pieces into the mix. For example with the lamp above the wheel and the centre section were in the original design; but I have added the tap and brass bits on top in place of the heavy steel rods you can see in the bottom righthand corner of the photo.

Following are some of the other mockups on the workbench today.

©2018 Barry Smith - I love the organic sinuousness of this mockup - not sure if I will stick with the small bakelite light fitting or add a larger one - that decision can be made at the point of assembly.
©2018 Barry Smith - I could not find a suitable frame for the cogs and wheels - in the end I've gone  with an industrial look using a polished aluminium sample I had made for a job a couple of years ago - it is definitely a work in progress.
©2018 Barry Smith - The plotted brass should look good against the 'riveted' polished aluminium
©2018 Barry Smith - Definitely looking at a pressure piece here
©2018 Barry Smith This lamp is based on a very solid bunsen burner plus an antique garden hose nozzle - still needs another element to the base to give it more gravitas at the bottom.
Obviously there is quite a bit of grinding and polishing before the lamps are ready for assembling. Hopefully the weather will fine up enough over the weekend for me to get to the outside grinding area. But enough for today - a red wine beckons.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Rainbows bring colour to a rainy day

©2018 Barry Smith - Rainbow - not bending around the corner
On Monday the house was full of rainbows. As Fiona said as the sun tracks north in autumn and winter the morning sun through the edges of our glass louvres sends rainbows onto many surfaces.

©2018 Barry Smith - Rainbow on the Wall of Small Things
©2018 Barry Smith - Rainbow on fabric covered chair
©2018 Barry Smith - Rainbow on a filing paper stack
©2018 Barry Smith - Rainbow on black woven fabric of the office chair
©2018 Barry Smith - Rainbow on a sheet of paper on the printer
This was in contrast to today where the valley and my walk was in grey and foreboding light.

©2018 Barry Smith - Beautiful blue-grey tones of the valley with a blush of pink
And yet the pumpkins,  camellias and crucifix orchids make their own statement in Autumn.

©2018 Barry Smith - Pumpkins in hiding
©2018 Barry Smith - Female pumpkin flower with ants
©2018 Barry Smith - The purity of newly emerged white crucifix orchids
©2018 Barry Smith - Delicate pink camellia
The morning walk though grey was filled with quiet.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A little more on the lamps

©2018 Barry Smith - Simple wooden shoe form lamp with a stable brass heel section - I was going to put a light shade on but think  the clean lines as it is should work.
There was not a lot of art time over the weekend. Still I managed to do threading, grinding and polishing on three of the lamps.

See photos below of the lamp bits on the grinding-polishing workbench; and a before and after shot of one of the groups of bits.

©2018 Barry Smith - Lamp bits to be ground and polished
©2018 Barry Smith - One of the stashes of lamp bits before polishing
©2018 Barry Smith - One of the stashes of lamp bits before polishing
I have roughly assembled the three lamps including the one built around the shoe form at start od the blog and the other two below. .

©2018 Barry Smith - Gas welding lamp
©2018 Barry Smith - Still a bit of work to be done on this little lamp but I'm happy how it has come together
I need: more time, glue and cables to finish them off. All going well I might get back to them during next week.

Friday, April 13, 2018

This might go with that

©2018 Barry Smith - A table full of goodies to be used in Artisan Lamps
I decided to use my studio/garage time today doing the foundation work of a number of Artisan Lamps. I'm planning to progress 5-6 lamps as a group.

The foundation work involves checking out my bank-stash of collected and found objects to see what is interesting and what might go with what. I then put small groups together in the belief-hope that I can bring them together into a coherent whole. Below are photos of the 8 groups that I ended up with.

©2018 Barry Smith - Cutting down and recycling the base from a older lamp that did not sell and adding gas welding bits 
©2018 Barry Smith - Brass drain grate, antique gas lighting bits and recycled copper pipe
©2018 Barry Smith - Pipe threader, cast iron wheel and odds bits
©2018 Barry Smith - Broken thermometer, press gauges and another cast iron wheel
©2018 Barry Smith Wooden shoe form, antique gas lifting fitting and different size brass pipe
©2018 Barry Smith - Antique gramophone arm, clock base and gas lighting pipe.
©2018 Barry Smith - Wheels will be the main statement of the lamp that comes from these bits
©2018 Barry Smith - Wood and brass builders tools
The above process takes quite some time as I need to check that I'm going to be able to create threads for the light fittings and also entry and exit points for the cables. I often need to create threads also to connect pieces. I needed to make sure I had enough light fittings for the lamps.

©2018 Barry Smith - Stash of brass and bakelite light fittings - more than I need - some won't be used this time
Now begins the process of finessing the objects in readiness for grinding and polishing before assembling can occur. Hopefully I can get a couple of the lamps progressed on Sunday

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Fragments from away and home

Fiona and I were away for the weekend for a family wedding. There is always time to be filled on such occasions and we managed a couple of art experiences including checking out a ceramics exhibition from the collection of the Perc Tucker Gallery. Images of a few of the fragments that caught my eye.

©2018 Barry Smith  - From The Bridge by Jenny Mulcany
©2018 Barry Smith - From Journey into Argyle by Jeff Mulcham
©2018 Barry Smith  - Fragment of s vessel by Len Cook
©2018 Barry Smith  - Sphere by Ray Rogers
©2018 Barry Smith  - Fragment from work by Jeff Mulcham
On my morning walk today light, reflections, rust and droplets featured as you can see from below.

©2018 Barry Smith - Sunrise
©2018 Barry Smith - Reflections of clouds on Fire-pit bowl with mountain in the background
©2018 Barry Smith - Pumpkin flower with ants and droplets
©2018 Barry Smith - Droplets
©2018 Barry Smith - Chain with leaves
We seem to be emerging from the daily showers of rain. I was able to get the gras mowed on Monday; and lots of weed cutting down the back this afternoon.