|Project by MalcolmLaurel||posted 12-18-2013 01:06 AM||1571 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
Here are two wall lamps, both made from mountain laurel roots. Unlike the other lamps I’ve shown so far, these have no added finish.
The first is called “Pretzel Logic”. To clean it up in all the intricate detail, I sandblasted it (first time I’ve tried this). It left a very even, matte finish. I tried a clear shellac on a scrap, but it darkened it more than I liked, so I left the lamp alone. I’m not sure about the sandblasting… it’s a way to clean up difficult areas, but it’s not fun to do and it obliterates the grain. I originally offered it for sale, but despite the dull finish I decided I liked the shape too much so now it’s in the living room in my cabin.
The second is called “Gnarly #1”. On this one, I used a brass wire brush and some careful picking with an Xacto knife to clean the root burl area, and sanded the upper portion smooth. I cut keyhole slots in the back with a Dremel for hidden mounting screws, and a spun brass lampshade from Grand Brass finished it off.
-- Malcolm Laurel - http://MalcolmLaurel.com