Yesterday I exchanged lamps in the Diva Room at The Glade.
The shades on the lamps in the rooms match.
The shade I used it a little to short to cover the black lamp base.
See the black lamp base sticking out from under the shade?
When I looked inside the shade I noticed the spider (the part that holds the shade to the lamp) was bent down thus shortening the shade.
Bending the wire inside the shade should allow 1-2 inches of increased length.
I could make it longer by bending the spider up instead of its current position.
Bending the wire up caused the spider to contort and put pressure on the ring holding the bulb clip together.
Unfortunately when I started to manipulate it with my tiny pliers the spider detached itself from the shade. RATS!
The bulb clip fell out of the lamp shade and totally fell apart.
Once that happened the whole spider apparatus fell apart including a small gold ring which held the clip together. I put it back on but it just kept flying across the room.
Happily I found a never-been-used-before spool of “Black Ann” household wire probably 50 or 60 years old.
In order to refashion the spider I cut a piece of wire from a wire hanger exactly the size of the inside top opening.
Hanger wire is easy to cut accurately by bending it back and forth with pliers.
Then I wired the original spider (which I had to cut down a little) to the hanger wire and voila, I clipped it on the bulb and off I went.
The original spider is wired to a piece of hanger and ready to be inserted into the shade.
NOT!!! It wouldn’t stay on the bulb so I cut a second piece of hanger wire and made a cross piece to give the spider some stability. Yea, that was a good idea.
The 2nd piece of hanger wire gave the spider more stability but the clips would not stay on the light bulb.
But it didn’t work. So I rewired the original spider to both pieces of hanger in a narrow “X” shape, tied the bulb clip together with a piece of wire, and reinserted the whole thing back into the shade.
This rewired “X”-shaped spider worked like a charm. (Due to the wire around the top of the shade the new spider does not need to be wired or taped into the shade.)
This time it worked. I had to change out a spiral-shaped bulb for a more traditional shape but the shade stays on and covers most of the socket.
The new lamp lights up the area just fine.
Good Old American Know-how. Trial and error and perseverance.
When the weather warms up I’m going to spray paint the black socket and multicolored wire mess silver to match the lamp.
Do you conceive a project then waltz right through it? Or do a few missteps take you back to the drawing board?