This Plus That Equals: an Industrial Wall Sconce

Instead of preparing for the holidays, I thought it would be more fun to make a light fixture. I found this old enameled sign at Second Use Building Materials a while back and never  quite knew what to do with it. Then last week, I was looking online and ran across a cool light bulb cage (for only $6), and all of a sudden a light went on in my head. (Ha!)

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Vintage enameled sign, from an old stove (I think!).

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Lamp supplies – cloth covered cord and protective cage are from 1,000 Bulbs. The cage arrived with a shiny finish. To remove that finish and darken the metal, I soaked it in vinegar. Our house smelled like pickles, but the great patina that resulted on the steel was worth it!

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See more of Heidi’s artwork at Old Stuff. New Stories.

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5 thoughts on “This Plus That Equals: an Industrial Wall Sconce

  1. Very cool wall scone. I like the font they used back then on ‘Vesta’. It seems to me they might have been promoting the oven as ‘modern’ the way the ‘V’ has a swoosh in it. I guess modern kitchen conveniences would have been really expensive then too.

    I’m always blown away by what comes out of your recycled item. I would never have though about that in a million years. I’d see it and maybe pick it up and say to myself, “now those hammer girls would make something cool out of this thing”. Then, I might ponder over it….and then I’d move on because I have enough back burner projects. LOL

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