Monday, May 16, 2011

Vintage Revivals Anthropologie Lamp Tutorial

So I have been looking at a lot of teapots lately because of my daughter's upcoming "Fairy Tea Party".  I think it was the same day that I saw this:

I also saw this:



And I thought I would try to follow the tutorial found here.  And this is what I came up with:




The bird was at Michaels for $3.59.  The other pieces I found at Goodwill for $4.60 (including some extra pieces I didn't end up using).  We won't talk about how much the tea pot cost.  OK it cost $60 BUT it came as that set of 3 so I will surely do something fun with the other 2.  Maybe a miniature lamp or paint them for something for the tea party.  Saty tuned on that . . .

Anyway, her tutorial was great!  I did a few things differently.  She had an old lamp that she used the base of but I didn't so I bought a threaded rod from the lighting section of Lowes.   Since my pieces were not symetrical like hers, I put washers in between each piece to hold it in place.  I think I will add some glue as well because it is a gift for my mom and I don't want it falling apart on her.  Some of the pieces jiggle a little as it is right now.  If it still seems unstable, I will add a lamp weight. 

If you try it, make sure you read the part where she says "THIS IS IMPORTANT".  I read it (or skimmed it) and still had a hard time figuring out the drilling at first.  The secret is to do it gently so it doesn't wiggle all over the plate.  They also make something called a drill plate, I believe, that has various sized holes in it so you can lay it on your project and hold the bit still.  The exact bit I got is called a "Hole Saw" for tile, marble, etc. 

My husband calls this the Mad Hatter Lamp.  Thanks for looking! :)

7 comments:

  1. Love it! I like your rendition better than Anthropologie....even though I covet most things in that store!

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  2. Looks awesome lady! Love the wonky teapot its so cute!

    Love your guts
    mandi

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  3. You are as creative as your mom...and that is saying a lot...Love it!

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  4. What?!?! That is awesome!!!!

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  5. You simply amaze me! Really.

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  6. amazing! I love your ideas and all the things you make!

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