Chapter 7: Let There be Light-Fixtures!


Yesterday when I got home, I checked my email and had the notification from UPS that the Rejuvenations' lamp had been delivered. So this morning when I got up I made a beeline to go collect it - sure enough - one large box marked "fragile" was waiting for me in the shed where the UPS guy leaves things.


Now That's A Darkroom Light!

It's pretty simple to install a light fixture, compared to lots of the other projects I've done, but I went slowly because the glass globes are apparently made of pure money. They're beautiful. It's perfect. I put low-power CFL bulbs in them so that the room will be suitably gloomy. With just the globe-lamp lit it looks chillingly sinister. Perfect!

After that, I completed the shadow-box for a wet-plate that I'm working on (entitled "the other white meat") and set it aside for glue to cure - I'll finish it tomorrow. Then I turned to the next stage of project darkroom: the sinks. One sink is solid welded stainless steel and came from the kitchen; the other is a black ABS plastic Delta darkroom sink. The Delta needed its support legs/frame assembled, so I took care of that.

Then I began the process of auditing all the faucets and hardware that I have, which I want to connect up somehow in order to make water flow usefully and attractively. I've got several laboratory faucets - the beautiful stainless retro ones with the flipper handles - that I scored on Ebay. I'm going to mount two of those on the stainless sink and one on the Delta. Each faucet is going to need different combinations of washers, spacers, mounting bolts, and adapters to get it to fit with the 1/2" PVC schedule 40 that I'll use to carry water. There's splendid opportunity here for frustration since, if I get the sinks bolted to the wall and discover that I got the plumbing wrong, I will be a truly unhappy camper. Since my plan is to have the water runs come down to the sink from the wall, I've got to figure out how to make the joins easy to repair, easy to make, and cool to look upon. My current thinking is to use flexible stainless hose to do the actual connections to the faucet, and then have the hoses loop around and come back out the top of the sink. That way I can run the plumbing right down to it, put a male connector on the PVC pipe, and just screw it together.

I also have to figure out the drains. I have the choice of either converting a toilet drop or trying to mate the drain-pipe with the sink-drains on the wall. I'm not fond of plumbing, though I'm pretty good at it. It frustrates me terribly because it illustrates what happens in a world when nobody standardizes anything. There are so many different connectors, thread-ratios, innies, outies, etc, etc - if you get one piece wrong you're sitting there with your whole project dripping on the floor until you rip it all apart and fix it.

In the meantime, I am also trying to figure out what to do about the entry/exit door. The way the girl's bathroom was set up, there's a short sort of corridor going into it from the hall. This will make it delightfully easy to build a light-trap - all I need is two sets of curtains, or one set of curtains and a door. I think there are two options that are vying for attention in my mind:
1) red velveteen and gold curtains (2 sets) for a bit of the "victorian whorehouse" look
2) red velveteen and gold curtains on the hallway side, and put the wooden door back in place, but modify the inside of the door (the side facing the steampunky stuff) to look like a blast-door, with rivet-plates, a porthole, and a big bank-vault like locking mechanism. If I paint the outside of the door red and gold and have red and gold curtains on the outside, people walking up with think "wtf? victorian whorehouse?" and then when they walk through the door it'll suddenly be like they're in the basement of a mad scientist's aerial battleship.

As I describe it, I realize "Option #2 is over the top" which means that's probably the correct one.


(Chapter 8)