You know that old Tootsie Roll commercial where they're singing "Whatever it is I think I see, becomes a Tootsie Roll to me?" That popped into my head as I was building this lamp because everything I think I see becomes a lamp to me.
This is an tensioner pulley I found on the side of the road on my way to work one day. (That must have been a bad day for some poor motorist.) The first day I saw it, I left it there. The next day I thought, "Yep, that's a lamp." and swing my bike around to go back and get it. I tossed it in the front basket where it rattled around for the rest of the day.
It sat on the railing in the shop for a few weeks because that center hole wasn't large enough to pass a 3/8" all thread pipe through. After walking past it enough times I got an idea last night that I had to try out. It was already late and I was getting tired, but I tested out the idea and it seemed like it was going to work, so I went to bed.
I was up at the crack of dawn this morning when Jodi got up to go to work. Sometimes I think I might sleep for a little bit more after she gets up, but it doesn't usually work that way. I started thinking about the roast I wanted to get in the crock pot, and this lamp that I wanted to finish, and I was up making a cup of coffee a couple minutes after she walked out the door. After getting that roast in the crock pot... and believe me, you're gonna wish you were over for dinner tonight... I finally got some Iron Maiden playing and got to work on this lamp. I have to tell you, I have been listening to Iron Maiden for two days and I am kicking myself for not getting tickets to that show recently! I should have just bought the tickets and worried about money later. My plans changed a little from last night, but I got it all wrapped up in time to take a couple pictures and head off to my mind-numbing 9 to 5.