Steampunk Table Lamp From Copper Tubing

I love the techno-industrial, sci-fi look of steampunk design. I've been doing a bunch of soldering for plumbing lately, so I thought I'd try something artistic and crafty.
A pile of parts and fittings ready for Tinker Toy play time.
I used a Bernzomatic TS-4000 with MAP-Pro fuel to quickly heat a cleaned, fluxed union between each of the parts.
I assembled several pieces in smaller assemblies.
The piece quickly took shape. Rather than a clean, polished lamp. I left flows of solder, cooked, discolored copper, and scorch marks. I wanted the piece to look rustic.
When the body was done, I drilled a hole for the cord.
A lamp making kit came with all the hardware I needed. A threaded plug fit nicely in the open copper elbow at the top.
I wired the socket to the cord and popped the whole thing together.
A decorative gauge got scuffed up and painted with metallic paint. I cleaned the print off the ball valve and scuffed it with sandpaper.
Fully assembled and lit with a vintage-style (LED) light bulb, it lit the living room like candlelight.
This was a really fun project. There are countless ways to assemble plumbing fittings to make variations of this lamp. Check out more info and a step-by-step over on the blog:
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