McCullough-Price House Light Fixtures

Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of our commission to re-created historic light fixtures for the McCullough-Price House.  In Part 1, I documented the two entrance fixtures. In this post, I will show you the remainder of the fixtures and their corresponding blueprint drawings.  

Dragon Light Fixture

First, full disclosure, I love dragons.  And when the city approached me about this project, and I saw dragons, I knew I was in.  This was not a complicated design, but it did require forging four dragons.  And carving hot steel is so much fun!

Here is the finished piece.  In addition to four dragons, I forged Acanthus leaves underneath the light.  The original drawing was not too clear, but a little artistic license comes in handy.

Here is a close-up of one of the dragons being forged.  This is done hot and requires specific chisels forged by the author. 

Dining Room Chandelier

Next up is the Dining Room Chandelier.  The architects sketched a “tooled design” on the side of this fixture which was a fun challenge.   

Here hangs the completed Chandelier. I crafted tooling for our P6 Flypress to match the image for the tooled design.  Since the design needed to be set deep in the metal, this operation was done hot before the Chandelier was rolled. Metal gets softer when heated and allows the tools to sink in deeper. A rosebud torch supplied the heat when the metal was on the flypress.  The patina is an M20 black, and guilders paste achieved the bronze highlights. 

Fireplace Lights

A pair of fireplace fixtures is next on the list.  These were interesting and not my favorite, but the challenge made them fun. The light frame was hinged to open so the light bulbs could be replaced.  

 

And here are the completed lights installed over the fireplace.  The artisan glass was cut and soldered stained glass to form the three dimensional shape.  

 

Entryway Fixture

The last fixture is the entryway light.  Its shape has some challenges, but still a straight forward design.   

 

 

The completed light hangs in the entryway.  One of the light panels is hinged to accommodate changing the bulb. 

 

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