Friday, June 24, 2011

Promised Photo's

So I guess yall have been wondering if I would ever show what I made at JCCFS. Well here it is.

"What is it?" You ask. Well it is a colonial light fixture called a rush lamp, it gets its name because of the center part is like a blacksmith tong and that tong holds a cat tail rush soaked in animal fat. The reason they used cat tail rushes is because wax was very expensive and rushes were free. But on birthdays, holidays, anniversary's, ect they would use a wax candle for the special occasion.
 I made this light using the same techniques that would have been used in the 1700's, so that made it more authentic.
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