Sometimes You Can Do Better

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Hopefully third time is charm for this black chain swag lamp kit!  Last year I did a redo for the lamp kit and it sat around since all this time.



I was excited to use as many black beads as I could to make this beaded hanging lamp.

black bead redo

The beaded lamp never found a home.  BOO HOO and the thought came to me.  “You can do better than that.”  LOL

That thought got me remembering the typhoon that hit the North Coast in 2007.  We had winds that were clocked up to 160mph for 7 days.  80,000 trees were blown over and a whole top floor of a famous Astoria artist, Royal Nebeker was blown away. Mr. Nebeker had been feverishly working to complete a collection for an exhibition and most of the work went into the Columbia River!

I ran into him and heard the terrible story.  I admitted to him I was going to be out on the beach with my eyes scanning for one of his canvases and if I found one, well… finders keepers.  LOL  Then since we were joking about it I advised him maybe God was saying “He could do better.”  To which we had a good laugh.

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So now it was my turn and I accepted my own little challenge.  I cut out sheet metal circles and made a sample to see how many circles I would need.

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An afternoon later, I had a fresh cheerful lamp ready to have a new home. Hopefully.

Royal Nebeker passed away a few years ago, but he was a very successful artist who even showed at the Louvre in Paris.  I just discoverd he is also listed in Wikipedia!


Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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