A friend gave me a Gentleman Jack’s bottle. Looking at it I imagined a posh club in blacks and whites, with men drinking whiskey wearing white shirts and wearing black Stetson’s. I took that image and designed the lamp.
I made the shade lower than the others I’ve made recently by 2 inches. I tried two different ways to put the mane in the shade, the first is outlined and the second is etched. I pained both flat black so the name is more of a hint. The wood grain stills shows a little and I’m torn of wether it should or not. The wood grans gives it a little bit of rustic look. Flat black would make it classier.
When it came time to fill the bottle I though abut black sand, but worried that would be too much. I looked at white sand, but decided that it would wash out the label. Then I say a bag of blue fireplace glass. I like the contract of the blue to the monochromatic bottle and shade. It’s either a cowboy wearing a blue silk shirt instead of his normal denim, or a call out to a thin blue tie against the crisp white shirt.
This is my first commissioned lamp. A friend at work wanted a special gift to give her father. I took the ship from the coat of Arms on the bottle and put it on top of some longitude and latitude lines. I did each of the four side differently: the ship, a map, the coast of arms and the JJ&S logo.
I also added a personal touch by putting her mom’s and dad’s names in the design. I looked up Bob Ireland. There is not a city called Bob, but google did show me a Bob’s Bar so that’s marked on the map.
I also found out white writing my newsletter, that I spelled Whiskey two different ways. I figured that I had dropped the ‘E’ at the end, but no. I dropped the “H”. Good thing the is a Christmas give so I have time to make it again.
I finally, almost, finished the bottle of Exotico Tequila is I could make a lamp shade for it. The color on the shade is hand painted by my daughter Emma and myself.
I really like the way it came out and how I did the four faces differently.
As I finished the lamp, I also realized that it was time to send out my newsletter so I did the newsletter about the lamp. Check it out here. As part of the newsletter, I also wrote a short story about a little girl learning about a different culture and the Day of the Dead.