Choosing the design can happen in various ways. It could be a style the artist has designed, a commission, or simply a suggestion. The lamp we have chosen for the following pages is a classic American-designed art deco table lamp, manufactured by Faries manufacturing Co., in the 1930s. This is shown in polished brass finish and chrome over nickel finish.
For this example an original lamp from the period was used as the template and the artist used "reverse engineering" to work out how the original craftsmen manufactured and assembled the lamp. When an original lamp cannot be traced, the artist works from photographs & lighting catalogs from the period.
Once this is done a full scale drawing is produced and the artist will work from this until the final lamp is finished. Other considerations at this point is the metal to be used and the electrical fixtures. If the lamp was originally made from steel it will be replaced with either brass, copper or aluminum. The artist uses only non ferrous metals. No ferrous metals are used because ferrous metals such as steel & iron rust & pit.
Brass, copper & aluminum have high corrosion resistance, they can be highly polished and naturally patina over time.