Industrial Wall Sconce from Salvaged Objects


We had gathered a few things and thought it would be fun to try to make a retro vintage industrial adjustable salvaged upcycled (not gonna say “steampunk”) wall sconce.

What we started with:

  • insulated ceramic electrical pulley thingy (REStore, $4)
  • old industrial safety glass light + screw-on aluminum cover (REStore, $10)
  • upper wooden part of an old stand/podium (Goodwill, $1)
  • old cement fishing net weight from Wisconsin (Mother-in-Law, free)
  • braided cloth-covered electrical wire (Sundial Wire, $1.45/foot)
  • “vintage” light bulb (Lowe’s, $9)
  • new socket, in-line switch and plug (hardware store, $7-ish)

What we ended with:

Question for you:

We talked previously about opening a little Etsy shop and selling some of the things that we make (it could be that some members of our families are getting sick of weird light fixtures in their house). We were considering selling (at least attempting to sell) some of these light fixtures there, but started worrying about the liability. Have any of you out there had any experience with that sort of thing? Or have any advice for us? We use all UL approved parts, yet we’re worried – we aren’t licensed electricians.

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10 thoughts on “Industrial Wall Sconce from Salvaged Objects

  1. Cool. Love the use of “thingys”…. What’s up with your family not wanting these cool/weird electrical thingys everywhere?

  2. I’ve meant to leave so many many responses of encouragement and appreciation for what you ladies accomplish!!! I’m sorry it has taken me so long! YOU ARE MY HERO GIRLS!!!!! If you ever take on “helpers” or “student learners” can I please come over and play too?? (I’m not kidding… I do a lot of crafty stuff, but you 3 could help me learn to finish my 6 year house remodel!) Do you ever “hire out”? You inspire me….. thank you!

    • Wow, that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to us – do go on! :)

      6 year remodel – we feel your pain. After a while you don’t even see the fact your windows don’t have trim – unless someone comes over to visit, and then all of a sudden you think “uh oh”.

      What you should do is grab a like-minded friend and get together and start tackling some of your projects together! You can start with a small one (a small project, not a small friend), get some confidence and work up to the more complicated ones. You can ask us for advice anytime you need to, although we are not experts by any means! I also just learned (at the Phinney Neighborhood Home Fair) of a woman (Amy) who owns a business called AmyWorks – she does home improvement jobs plus she holds workshops to teach different skills. She has said that if you have a group of 4-5 people you can pick the topic and she will teach it! Great for electrical, plumbing, etc…

      Thanks for your great comments. Keep us posted on your progress!

      • One project at a time…. hope to meet you all some day! Perhaps bump into you at the ReStore… Have a great week… I’m off to the homeshow Sat! C

  3. Re. your question… You might look into the advising services at the SBA (Small Business Administration) especially SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives) to see if they have anyone who can advise re. product liability, shielding yourselves from personal liability, usefulness of personal umbrella liability insurance policies in such situations, how these things change with interstate commerce, etc. I got some good advice when I was leaving the corporate world and starting my own small consulting practice (and my art business) but they did seem to want me to have a bigger plan for my businesses than I do.

    In theory, a good insurance agent could also be helpful, but, in my experience, few have a sophisticated inderstanding of liability (they are mostly salespeople).

  4. Funky stuff! I didn’t know Lowe’s sold those vintage looking lightbulbs, I must check it out. You’re probably wise to investigate liability or have a lawyer write some type of Iron Clad waiver of some sort. I can’t believe what people will sue for these days. I was at the scrap store talking to the owners about Etsy, they told me most products require some kind of Commercial License if I want to make stuff and sell it. Even Stamping ink on paper. Ludicrous!

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