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My Love for Lights, copper, etc

My Love for Lights, copper, etc


I love lights for some reason. As my husband says, “You will turn anything into a light fixture.” I don’t know what it is, but I just love lights made from something unusual.  I love all metals, but especially copper.   The way it looks, feels and the way it is always changing.  And those patinas,  amazing!

My first real experience working with copper was when I made our copper exterior sconces for our new house.   Wow, all the ones I saw for sale were expensive $250+ for one light. So, I decided I would make them. For $240, I purchased a 10’x4’ sheet from my local gutter installer. I made 24 exterior scones, tons of garden signs and table marking plates for my daughter’s wedding, and I have a ton of copper I’ve been using in my metal jewelry. Below are a few of my converted light fixtures as well as one of the copper scones. The two old barn converts (the hook and the trolly) came from the big hay barn at our family ranch I grew up. My siblings and I use to swing off those from our old  barn ceiling, diving off and into huge piles of hay.

  1. My copper sconces – featured picture   2. Silver converted attic vent w/ bling  3. . Our old hay barn trolly coverted into our entry light  4.The old hay barn hay hook (use to hang off the trolly) converted to our patio/porch light.  5.  An old San Francisco Cable car copper coin fare box converted light.
    1. 1.Kt's copper sconces  2kt's, roof vent light w/bling 3 2013-01-02 08.28.14
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    April 13, 2020 at 8:34 am Reply

    Very descriptive post, I enjoyed that a lot.
    Will there be a part 2?

    • admin

      July 10, 2020 at 12:06 pm Reply

      Hi Alana,
      I just found your questions, sorry. I hope to make an additional post. We are in the process of building a boat house and have more lighting there. We used old refurbished brass and copper ship lights, including a couple surgical lights that I absolutely love! Thanks for your interest.

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