Last year I discovered a lot of pre-fabricated steel components from King Architectural Metals could be transformed to look like fish. So I went to the book store and in the childrenís section I found a giant picture book of FISH. There are so many varieties and profiles of fish, it seemed to me that I could weld a couple of eyeballs and fins on just about any shape and it could pass for a fish.
I decided to expand my stable of lamp critters and create a fish lamp. My idea was to produce four different fish that appear to swim around the lamp post in the same direction. First I had to drill 2 holes through the lamp post, poke 2 rods through, weld them to the hollow post and bend the ends. The rods hold the four fish. I threaded the electric cord through the length of the lamp post to make sure I could wire the socket when the lamp is finished. Duh. Plan ahead.
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Here are some of the steps to fabricate the fish.
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The fins are segments of stamped steel maple leaves keyed-in to fit on the curved portions of the fish bodies. The fabrication is all trial and error. Luckily I didnít have to throw anything out and start over, but it did take a lot of time to fit and shape each piece.