By Fiona Beaumont. lamps. Published at Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 - 01:21:10 AM.
A quarterly or an annual cleaning session needs a little bit of time and effort. It is not complicated if you follow a systematic approach to clean your antique table lamp. First you need to dissemble the pieces of the lamp when it is not in use. Care should be taken that while dissembling the pieces you follow an order so that you can assemble the pieces back without having to spend much time. You can use a mild soap to clean the cloth part of the lamp and when you do that be double sure that the soap you use is washed out properly and then dried. Make use of your hands to gently wash the cloth, rinse it and then dry it. The base and the metallic part of the antique lamp can be cleaned using a cloth or a brush. Many companies that sell lamps also give you list of methods you can use to clean your antique table lamp and even sell cleaning kits with polish and high quality cloths.
When looking at antique lamps remember to not clean them up so much. This is especially true with the brass and sterling lamps. Cleaning them too much devaluates them considerably. On the popular series Antiques Road Show I am always amazed at the person with the 100 year old piece of brass that would have sold for $5,000 but one can of Brass-o later is worth about a buck fifty.
Creating the lamp base is probably the most enjoyable part of the lamp making process. If you've chosen a clear container such as a wine bottle or canning jar, you can fill it with decorative materials. Marbles, pebbles, sand art, seashells, dried beans or buttons would all be good choices. Heavier materials will help to add weight to the lamp base, making it more stable. If you've chosen an opaque container, you can fill it with pebbles, sand, lead weights, coins or other heavy materials. If you are using a lamp kit which is designed to simply plug into the base, you can fill it before wiring it. However, if you are using individual components you may need to do the wiring step before filling the base.
For those who are into something a little more modern there are lots of styles to choose from. Whatever your style preference though, you need to consider whether or not the lamp you are getting will fit your room. For example if you are looking for a table lamp for an end table, the height of the lamp should be such that it provides ample light to the area. This is dependent on the height of the table in relation to the couch, loveseat or chair next to the table. A three inch tall lamp would not only look silly if there is a 6 inch height difference, chances are it will not light anything. Typically, you should have 18-24 inches clearance from the bottom of the lamp shade to the arm of your furniture. This doesn't flood the entire room with light, but it will insure that you light more than the magazines on the table that you won't be able to read in the dark.
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