Posts Tagged ‘oil lamp’

I finally got around to photographing the oil lamp I talked about making back in this post late last year. I didn’t want to post it before Christmas as it was a surprise gift for my partner but then I forgot about it until someone at my pottery class yesterday asked me if he had tested it out yet. Anyway, as you can see, it might be rather rustic but it does work!

Historically-inspired oil lamp

I made it totally by hand, putting a lid on a pinch pot, after an attempt at using a mould to make a round base failed because of the difficulty of then trying to put a spout on it. It’s decorated with coloured slip, which I carved a grecian pattern into, and then distressed by rubbing watered-down iron oxide onto it.

The Boy was pretty pleased with it, I think, and having met a bunch of viking reenactors, is now trying to rope me into making replica historical buttons and Thor’s hammers for them to sew onto their kit.


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Classes are going pretty well. My lantern constructed from 4 of my press moulded panels stuck together hasn’t cracked while drying out and will hopefully be biscuit fired next week ready for the final stage of decoration and I’ve made a whole bunch of beads which I can spend the next I-don’t-know-how-long glazing once I get them back next week!

An example of an early oil lamp

My latest project is an oil lamp, something along the lines of this original one, for my partner. He’s playing a Greek Priest at Odyssey, a LARP (live action roleplay) event again next year and thought it would make a nice set dressing and prop for his character. It’s harder than it looks, I’m on my 2nd attempt and hunting for pictures just now I realize I probably would have been better taking a bunch of printed out photos with me to work from rather than a rough sketch. Oh well, we’ll see how it is looking next week having dried out a bit before I decide to go back to the drawing board again!

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