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So here is the last 1227 installment…

As mentioned previously, the worst of the restoration was the hinge.

How the feck does one make an Anglepoise hinge? This took quite a bit of ‘art-school’ finagling, but I managed to get it together with a lot of work.

This is what I had:

Anglepoise 1227 hinge - lacking ALL working bits

This is what I needed:

Anglepoise 1227 hinge with all working bits

Gulp.

So after panicking for about a month I decided to take a deep breath and just crack on.

First on the make list were the flat bits that hold the arm structure together when it moves. That one seemed really straight forward… but in the end were much less so, as they ended up being a huge pain in the hindicus.

See, when I was checking them out, I didn’t stop to take into account the movement of the hinge THROUGH the narrow ‘arms’ at the front, which give it a full range of movement. Hence, with the added width of the metal I used they ended up being too fat once the bolt was in and couldn’t pass through. This meant that, months later, last week I spent another, painful, smelly hour filing them thinner – cursing them, and myself, all the while!

But back to the rosy beginning… So since Anglepoise no longer supply parts for their products (environmental policy? What’s that?), I figured I could cut the bits out of any flat metal, so started ripping the place apart looking for suitable bits to chop.

Weeks – possible months- passed, then I stumbled on these Ikea curtain bits we had stored away. The holes were the exact distance needed, so I went for it…

cutting Ikea curtain bits and filing to shape

Using my jeweller’s saw (have I ever mentioned how useful these things are?? Yes.) I cut out the shapes, then painfully filed and sanded. Hateful, tedious and sometimes painful, but got there.

Then. Sigh. Then I had to figure out how to make the spacer bits – that again, you can no longer purchase from Anglepoise, even though they still make them for the new ones. (Evil feckers.  Ok, a moment for a quick rant – nothing liking promoting a little sustainability, eh, Anglepoise, you money-grubbing bastards. Ok. Done now.)

Once again, I searched the home for things to chop up…and found an old metal pen that looked suitable. I chopped bits to size and then filled with epoxy putty, then drilled through this to make them solid.

cutting out spacers from pen and filling with epoxy putty

Not as bad as it sounds, just time consuming.

So now I had my spacer things and my hinging bits – and yes, these are the technical terms – all I needed were new nuts (ha ha) and I was ready to roll. I put it all together, and minus the drama with the width, I had made this thing of beauty:

fully reconstructed Anglepoise 1227 hinge!

*cue angels singing* Ahhhhh.

Was it really worth the effort, gouges, despair, broken finger nails and nasty ghetto hands, I hear you ask?

Well in the end, here was the final costing for those of you considering your own project:

I could probably have gotten an undamaged one on eBay for this price if I had waited. On the other hand, I suppose it was super satisfying taking something that would likely have ended up scrapped for parts and making it look amazing. (Trying to convince myself here, people, work with me.)

And I learned a lot.

…Primarily to cost out a project before bidding. heh.

Anyway, it is done and I now have good lighting for knitting while watching TV. What more could you ask for?

So all together now, the big reveal…here she is, after 5 months in the studio giving me the guilt-eye:

fully restored Anglepoise 1227

And just to make myself feel better (because I am a before and after NUT):

before & after

Ta dah. Phew.

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It is done! Finally.

My darling little Anglepoise 1227 is fully restored!

Some of you may recall the drama when I started tallying up the costs of restoring my eBay ‘bargain’ and realised it wasn’t really going to be a bargain at all, but a labour of love.

And when I say labour, I truly mean it! Many months later and a lot of hard work, and I am ready to share at long last.

(I will be posting this in 2 parts so that it isn’t too long, and those who are interested in the process for their own project can follow it through more easily.)

Some of you may remember the eBay shot from back in September of 2011 that started it all:

anglepoise before - eBay shot

This was the state of affairs at the start. No hinge or hinge parts, dings, lots of grime and scratches, some rust and ALL electrical bits needing to be replaced.

The shade was a bit wobbly, so I spent some careful time with pliers and some card to keep from scratching the paint further, gently squeezing it straight.

It worked amazingly well, and you can barely see the wobbles now, when looking straight on. I also gave the inside of the shade a brush finish to clean it up.

shade after straightening and brushing

THEN.

I replaced bulb holder (and had a lovely reader buy the original, so I didn’t have to feel guilty for buying the shiny new one! Thanks again, Jim.)…

…added an inline switch and new plug – which I got from the recycling depot, so free – and pirated the springs off my Type 75, as I figured the older 1227 has seniority.

I also replaced the cord with twisted silver flex from Urban Cottage Industries which I felt would blend a bit instead of contrasting like the black.

I also had to fix the little spacer plastic bit you can just see at the lower left of the picture above, as one of the plastic pegs had snapped off, so had to drill into it and glue a piece of pen into it to hold it in place.

So… that is the simple bits done.

Later this week  I will post on the brutal hinge reconstruction – which was an utter bi-atch.

Stay tuned if I haven’t lost you on all this technical stuff!

As I am working on all these lamps simultaneously I figured I could post them that way as well. I wouldn’t want you to think that I am actually logical and do one thing at a time. !

As I mentioned the other day I immediately stripped my Hadrill Horstmann Simplus (hereafter referred to as ‘simplus’, because I just can’t be arsed) on arrival.

Being my usual impetuous self, I neglected to take ‘before’ shots of the damage, so only have the blurry ebay shot as reference:

If you look really hard and use some imagination (heh) you can see the rusty on the arms and weight. The base was mostly peeled  and only had a few flecks of grey paint left and the shade was in the best shape of the lot.

After many days of coating with crappy ‘eco-stripper’ TX-something (if someone wants the exact brand name so they can AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE, let me know and I will go out to the shed and …pay attention) and then wrapping in cling wrap over night I finally managed to get most of the paint off. Then I had to spend quite a bit of time sanding off the last bits and new rust that formed from leaving the steel covered in wet go for nearly a week.

Trust me – go for the toxic, skin searing Nitromors. It isn’t worth the hassle.

So on a beautifully sunny day it was finally done. Ta dah!

The shade is definitely in the best condition and needs the lest work.

I can’t figure out if these white ‘bloomy’ marks on the aluminium are scratches or some kind of patina, but think they should come out with a minimum of pain.

More traumatising is the condition of the rust-pocked steel bits. Remember, this is after quite a bit of sanding already!

I got really frustrated at one point as I know this weighted bit must screw together, and tried desperately to get it apart to clean between, but my little girl hands just weren’t up to the job, so I gave up. Frustrating! Think it is rusted together and the WD just wasn’t doing it.

The base bit is ok, as it is made out of zinc (I think).

After all my deliberations regarding how to refinish these vintage lamps, I am thinking a ‘sensitive restoration’ is the way to go. So instead of revamping these to look new, I am going to clean them up and make them safe for generations to come.

I am hoping to find a way to treat the 2 metals of the base and weight/arms to have a dark finish like my ideal example below:

It looks like the metal has been patina-ed, which means using 2 different chemicals – one for steel and one for zinc.

You can still see all the scratches and dents in the metal, but it is protected from further rusting and inhances the finish.

Unfortunately metal patinas are not cheap! But look how damn fine it could be?!

Minus the white cord and bulb holder, of course. That kind of ruins it for me! WTF?

I have had a bit more progress on the Anglepoise restoration. I scrubbed it down and got it all the grime you can see below off the other day.


It came off quite easily with some sugar soap, baking soda and a bunch of elbow grease! It is now very white and clean…photos to come.

Unfortunately, while I was at it I also decided I would oil the joints as there was a bit of rust on the screws.

Um, apparently this is a big no no – don’t EVER oil your Anglepoise joints!!

I now have to take it apart and wipe off all the WD-40 with mineral spirits as it is all bendy-floppy and isn’t holding in place properly.

Duh. Live and learn.

Anyway.

I managed to get most of these dings and wobbles out of the shade with a pair of flat jeweller’s pliers and some cardboard to guard against scratches…

And can now tackle that pesky missing hinge…

Wish me luck!

I have just added up how much the restoration of my Anglepoise 1227 could cost me and am a little appalled at how my ‘deal’ is racking up a bill!

Here is a breakdown:

This estimate doesn’ t include bolts, the parts I might have to buy to modify for the hinge or the new felt baize for under the lamp. Gulp.

It is looking like I haven’t really saved much money by buying a lamp that needed work! I suppose it does give me a satisfying project, but it is a little disappointing.

Now as mentioned in the last post, the high ticket item – the springs- are something I can likely get around. Also, I don’t need to replace the bulb holder, as the bakelite one is in good nick.

Unfortunately I really love how a nice shiney chrome one looks at the top of the lamp like below.

So may have to get all the gear to do this anyway. But I suppose this could wait.

Slowly but surely…

I might also be able to scavenge a plug if I keep my eyes open…we’ll see.

 

A few years ago I really wanted an Anglepoise 1227 desk lamp, but as they were a bit more expensive then, couldn’t justify the cost, so settled for a vintage Type 75 like the one below, which I scored off Ebay for a steal.

Since then, I have regretted my impatience as I STILL prefer the 1227, and really should have just saved up and waited for the right auction (you’d think I would know myself well enough by now to know that I should wait and save for what I really want instead of settling, but …there you go).

I have occasionally been checking the Ebay listings for a 1227 and the other day managed to get this one for a reasonable price:

It is in fairly decent nick, with only a couple dings to the shade, and I figured with a little elbow grease, I could get it up and functioning in no time….

…little did I know how expensive the various parts are for restoration, as Anglepoise doesn’t supply any of their specialist spare parts! Gulp.

Other than the obvious rewiring and safety updating, my lamp needs 2 new side springs, and most worriesome, a new hinge.

Now, the springs aren’t a huge problem as I can A) pillage them off my Type 75 lamp or another one and even though they aren’t exactly right, those will do; or B) find some generic tension springs to fit.

I could pay £30 and get new ones with the special cap – see below- for the 1227s that have been manufactured by a fellow on ebay:

But I have am seeing that many of the old ones have newer springs and it is really not noticeable. Check it out in the photo below…would you care? I don’t.

The hinge, though is another story. You can’t buy them and you would have to buy another lamp to replace the parts. The mechanism consists of a long, thin bolt which goes all the way through 3 metal tube bits and 2 ‘arms’. These are attached to the 3rd bar behind with a short bolt and creates the tension much like an elbow joint.

I am noticing many of the restored ones have used the plastic hinge from the newer lamps, but I just don’t think it works:

I think I may be able to cobble something together with my jewellery tools if I can just find the right stuff to chop and modify. Fingers (feathers, claws, etc.) crossed.

Stay tuned. I will try to do regular posts along the way as I try to get this little puppy back up and fabulous.

Winston


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