Star Trek TOS Enterprise Lamp.. (Steampunk?) Done

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Lunajammer

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The little metal Catspaw episode Enterprise has intrigued me since I was a kid.

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As an adult, my intrigue has been inspired by some steampunk examples from the web and I knew I had to do something like these excellent examples.

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I keep gravitating toward lamps because they are more functional than just a found-object sculpture. Since I want the metal look, I keep coming back to brass, so I'm using second hand lamp parts which are not difficult to find if you're patient.

I started with this box of parts from the Habitat for Humanity Restore, it's a chandelier and ceiling light. Just two pieces and the bulk of what I need is in place. Bought during a "manager's sale," these pieces were about $18.

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This pic is from the web, but is a better picture of my starting point.

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Three of the five arms have been removed and the remaining two turned 180 degrees. The two end pieces removed. One end piece will remain, the other will be replaced.

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Lunajammer

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This will be the disk.

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It's a flush mounted ceiling light, so the back is not meant to be exposed. Since it will be exposed on my lamp I need to fill the scrubby part and hide the wiring at the same time.

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Since the bottom of the disk will have to join the neck, it needs to be metal. Say hello to a thrift store cooking pan lid.

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Holes drilled for mounting to the neck and for holding the underside details. The big brass piece is from the chandelier's ceiling mount.

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The hardest part of parts scrounging was deciding what to use for a neck. I ended up using the stem of a piano lamp. The best part is, when I took it apart, the wires remained and were long enough to use as is. Plus, since it's positionable, I can tweak the angles necessary to get it to look right.

The pan lid was spray painted Rustoleum Brass.

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Lunajammer

Active Member
This will be the underside of the hull. The top hole is where I removed one of the chandelier arms. It will be filled with a brass button office clasp. The bottom hole I drilled out for wiring and mounting to the stand.

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This is the top of the hull. I drilled a hole for mounting the disk/neck and for the wiring passage.

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This is the front of the hull. Removing the cover reveals this threaded rod, in lamp terminology called a nipple (heh), and it is key to holding the front, middle and back of the hull together.

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The half sphere piece mounted to the front of the hull came from a piece of junk I found on the curb during clean up week. Godsend, it fit's exactly right. The other pieces make up the dish.

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And looks thusly...

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Lunajammer

Active Member
The last bits added and final assembly.

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...And lit. Just before completion I found 8-inch bulbs on sale for half price. I had previously presumed 6-inchers were the best I could do. I used CFL bulbs in the disk to try to keep temps down. With the ceiling lamp upside down, it doesn't vent heat as well.

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I used a rotary switch at the back rather than find a spot for a toggle switch to stick out. That created complications with the hull assembly but wiring was more direct. It comes only in black so I painted it brass and put a layer of clear 5-minute epoxy over the knob so the paint won't rub off from use and will stay glossy. Brass-head office fasteners fill the holes left by the missing chandelier arms.

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I'm not sure it concretely falls under the steampunk label, it is fanciful. It's also a bit tippy on carpet, so I've purchased another stand with a slightly wider base that I hope will stabilize it better. Total investment is about $60... (ahem) To Boldly Glow. :lol:
 

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