Vintage Tripod Lamp

In honor of Father’s Day coming up on June 16th, this is the first of three posts in honor of the three most important father’s in my life. First up, my Grandpa Al.

My grandpa was an avid photographer. Not only in his free time, but as his job. After World War II and a stint in the Merchant Marines, he joined the Navy and worked his way up to becoming a photographer. Here he is, hard at work on board the USS Hancock CV/CVA-19.

He was a wonderful grandfather, father and husband. He had a gentle loving spirit and I miss him. :) We shared a love for photography, and when my Dad gave me his old tripod, I knew I needed to take special care in what I did with it. It is such a beautiful tripod (if there is such a thing)…solid chrome, and impeccably cared for. I would consider using it as an actual tripod, however it is heavy!! There is no way I would lug it around. I’m not sure how he did it.

I will think of him every time I see this lamp, and revel in his creativity when it shines light on what I’m making. So in honor of my Grandpa, I felt that the (above) quote by Ansel Adams was the perfect sentiment regarding the art of photography, as well as being a maker. So if you’re looking down Grandpa, I hope you enjoy my creation.

 

MATERIALS

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Find a friend who is an engineer (or handy.)

I thought this would be a fairly easy project, but what I thought would be a simple “unscrew the plate and attach the lamp kit” I realized that this screw was not easily removable, and the top portion needed to be taken apart, and a hole needed to be drilled to attach the lamp kit securely. Yikes. I mentioned it to my friend GT, and he had some ideas of how to accomplish it. He seriously gets all the credit for this DIY, because I literally couldn’t have done it without him. THANKS GT!!! :)

 

Step 2:

Once the threaded nipple was screwed into the tripod, you attach the socket cap. From there I threaded the lamp cord through the hole and attached each end to the terminals. Last step, place the socket shall over the top and made sure it was firmly set inside the socket cap.

 

Step 3:

Placed the wire cage over the socket shall and tightened in place.

 

Step 4:

Last step, screw in a new lightbulb and hope that when you plug it in…it turns on. :)

 

Chain hoop earrings

I find inspiration in the strangest places. This DIY inspiration came from a movie I watched ages ago…and for the life of me I can’t remember what movie it was. All I remember was a woman in a cab with some awesome earrings on. For some reason they stuck in my head and I had to try and DIY them.

 

MATERIALS

  • Pair of two wire sterling silver 30mm hoops
  • Various styles of sterling silver chain, approx 3′ in total (this will vary depending on how much you want to include)
  • 3.5mm sterling silver jump rings (20-25, depending on how many individual chains you want to attach)
  • Ruler
  • Split ring pliers
  • Small jewelry pliers (2)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Think about how you want to arrange your chains, in a pattern you desire. I chose to start from shorter (in the center) and longer towards the outside. I also chose all sterling silver chain, but you could switch it up and do a combo of chain types if you want. It’s really up to you. :)

 

Step 2:

Cut the chain into your desired lengths. I chose the following lengths, and cut the following lengths times 2.

  • Chain #1 — 2 at 3″ and 1 at 1″
  • Chain #2 — 2 at 2″
  • Chain #3 — 1 at 2″
  • Chain #4 — 1 at 1″ and 1 at 1.25″

 

Step 3:

Attach a jump ring to one end of each chain using your split ring pliers and small jewelry pliers to gently expand the jump rings. Once you attach to one end of the chain, gently close the jump ring back up.

 

Step 4:

Thread each of the chains jump rings onto each of the hoops (in your desired pattern.)

 

Step 5:

Take your two jewelry pliers and create a 90 degree bend at each end of the hoop. This way the front hooks into the back loop when you put them on.

 

There you are! A new set of earrings custom made by you! :)

 

Artist Tote Board 2017 Calendar

One memory from college I would like to forget is how I had to shlep around a giant art-board around campus to and from my drawing classes. Ugh. That thing was a pain in the a**. It was big and awkward, and always covered in charcoal, which inevitably got all over my clothes. And even though it was the 90’s and I looked like a grunge hippie, I still didn’t like getting it all over me. :)

Despite my memory, I guess I got a little sentimental cause I saw this little art-board at the art store the other day, and decided that it needed a little designer DIY. And since it’s almost new years, I decided to make a 2017 wall calendar with a modern twist!

MATERIALS

  • 13″ x 17″ Artist Tote Board by Art Alternatives w/rubber band
  • Printed 2017 Calendar (Download PDF)
  • Ruler (24″ preferably)
  • X-acto knife

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Download the PDF and print out on 11″ x 17″ paper.

Step 2:

Using the crop marks as guides, use your ruler and trim out the calendar pages to their final size of 9″ x 15″.

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Step 3:

Collate the pages in calendar order, clip the calendar sheets into the tote board, and attach the rubber band (on opposite side) to hold.

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Step 4:

Hang up your calendar and start planning your new year!

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