You know something trending has hit the big time when you see it mass produced in a box store.
I was a little taken aback when we were in one of the big chain hardware stores the other weekend to find an end cap with kits for putting steampunk bottle lamps together. It wasn’t the fact that this trendy design had been mass produced for larger consumption but the feeling that the mystique of the whole process had somehow been over simplified.
Up until this point you had to imagine yourself rummaging around scrap yards and plumbing sections trying to find the right fittings and lengths of pipe that you needed. The rustier and more worn made them even more valuable! The whole experience brought out the ‘Indiana Jones‘ in you, as you climbed over piles of dilapidated water heaters and rusting cars in search of the perfect pipe fitting. Now the whole experience has been simplified into a no thrills trip to the store.
This was only the tip of the iceberg. A quick study of some on-line browsing brought even more results! Amazon has a whole Industrial Lighting section that will help you create some of the more intricate bottle lamps.
It might seem that by stream lining these types of craft projects they have made the whole experience less memorable. But if your end game is to accomplish the project then this is the perfect fit for you.
Who says you have to play by the rules? If you feel like coloring outside of the lines you can simply use the kit as a template and modify it to your own taste. You might still find yourself searching out that extra pipe or pipe fitting to alter your creation and add a little of your own taste to the project.