|Project by grace123||posted 02-08-2015 06:43 AM||1597 views||11 times favorited||10 comments|
Here is my version of a light fixture designed by the Greene Brothers for the Cordelia Culbertson House in Pasadena, California. The first picture is the completed fixture. The second picture is of the design sketch. This is located in the archives of University of Southern California.
There are severe substantial differences in my fixture and the exquisite classic designed by the Greenes. I hope they forgive me and accept the idea that I loved their design and wanted to attempt to recreate it. The original fixture is made of mahogany. Mine is made of Douglas Fir. I was not sure I could pull it off, so I went with inexpensive wood. Additionally, I do not have easy access to art glass. So I made my panels of Plexiglass covered with vellum. Also, the original fixture is suspended from the ceiling with leather straps. The house my lamp now resides in has a low ceiling and I had to resort to a short chain to allow people to walk underneath it.
The first thing I did to build this fixture was to mill Douglas Fir 2×6 into 3/4-inch thick pieces. Then I made the panels with half lap joints. I cut the “cloud lifts” with a band saw, then sanded the panels. I made small mortises for square ebony pegs.
After that came the glue up. I started with taping the panels together, and then I placed clamps.
Here is the fixture out of the clamps.
I used dye, gel stain and shellac to get a look that I liked.
After that I did a test fit of the Plexiglass and vellum panels. In this picture you can also see the nuts I used to hold the bottom of the fixture in place. For ease of changing light bulbs, I made the bottom panel removable by removing three nuts.
The final step was to hang the fixture in this 110 year old house.