Steampunk Sconce Update

Way back when I first built the basement office, I put together five sconces with a distinct steampunk look.

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I’ve wanted to build a shade into them for a while now as the bare bulb concept is cool in theory but hard to look at when at full power. Today, I decided to give something a try. I painted the bulbs at the halfway point. This way they still give off the right amount of light and project the shadow on the wall, per the original design concept.

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It works. I wouldn’t recommend this procedure to anyone who isn’t used to smelling weird chemicals in their workshop, though. It’s going to take a bit to burn off the paint smell.

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I’ve done this whole “painting a light-bulb” thing before. The smell does fade eventually. Also, I like the speckled look from where the paint didn’t cover the glass at 100% opacity. I’m going to leave it as is, for now.

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One Response to Steampunk Sconce Update

  1. Jon Decker says:

    I eventually scrapped these bulbs for a more efficient LED bulb solution. I still have these in storage and will eventually work up a place to hang them. For now, It’s a good memory.

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