Making It For Paula #2 / Found Object Table Lamp / Mike Smith

This is the second lamp I’ve made using parts that Paula Mccullough           ( has sent me.  For this one, I’ve used  the white plastic and black rubber pieces of hers, and a metal shut-off valve of mine, and mounted them on a large chunk of wood.

I’ve included five photos at the end of this sequence to show how I usually mount the light socket when possible.  I think this would work well with some of your ‘industrial containers’, Paula.  Especially if you mount them on a board or chunk of wood.  I only epoxy the sockets in (as I did here) if there is no way to use the threaded ‘nipple’, which comes in 36″ lengths (for about $2).  

I’ll send you some parts when I send the lamps.

About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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2 Responses to Making It For Paula #2 / Found Object Table Lamp / Mike Smith

  1. mobius faith says:

    How fun. I always enjoy seeing your work. Of the lamps pictured I like the “short squat one best” I’m totally intrigued by the tall one though because it’s got a whole different “personality” and almost has an animalistic quality to it like a giraffe. Very cool work.

  2. nyparrot says:

    Magic in the making:)

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