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Tetrahedral Torch by ou8nrtist2 Tetrahedral Torch by ou8nrtist2
This stainless steel torch was a commission designed specifically for Burning Man,to light the entrance to my clients camp. It burns a non-volatile lamp oil which is contained in the fuel chamber at the base. The three fiberglass wicks meet in the center and wick the oil up to the flames above the small radial discs. It stays lit even in a stiff breeze. The large filler cap in the center indicates the opening to fill the fuel chamber. No funnel required.
It is interesting to note the industrial cyber-punk aesthetic emerging from that event and the various representations in fashion and art and other products which try to capture the salient flavor. My attempt here ,was to create a sacred geometry shape fabricated in a modern material,thus blending the ancient past with an unpredictable future,while providing a practical device for innovative lighting...
Welded stainless steel with brass plaque and bronze plumbing fittings retrofit as wick holders. About 20 pieces in this piece.

Update:March 2010
I just watched the movie"Gladiator"again and noticed a similar lamp in one of the background sets.I know the paintings of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema(1836-1912)and others were used as resource material for director Ridley Scott's team of designers to try and capture the "authentic"look of ancient Rome.One scene in particular closely recreates the painting titled " Egyptian Juggler"(1870).
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taika-kim Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
what is the fiberglass normally used for? where should I look for it.

I mean to do some oil lamps too, and have done a few experiments with natural materials thus far..
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional
Hey Kim,
Good to hear from you.
Those are fiberglass WICKS made exclusively for oil lamps because they last longer than the conventional COTTON WICKS which tend to burn up rather quickly.I got mine at the local big box store. It was either Home Depot or Lowes.These are huge warehouse chains in America,I don't know what the equivalent is in Europe.Out here in California they offer many products for what are commonly referred to as "Tiki Torches".They are used primarily in the summertime and provide outdoor light but also keep the bugs away because they burn citronella oil which tends to smoke a lot.I don't really like Citronella oil because of that so I use other mineral oils that burn much cleaner,but they are all meant to be burned ONLY OUTSIDE.They will stay lit even in a stiff breeze...Oh and this is VERY IMPOERTANT,never use any volatile fuels like gasoline etc. for these lamps...
The fiberglass wicks are ideal for a custom lamp because they are extra long and you can trim them to just the right length.
I would try online if I were you.
taika-kim Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
that's good to know.

I have some commercial wick that feels almost like silk to me, some very soft fiber... I think it's synthetic though.

for small lamps I used recently jute fiber, that seems to work well too. But I guess it will burn away all the time slowly..
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional
I'm looking forward to what you might create.
What metal will you use?
It's possible your wick that feels like silk might be fiberglass...
taika-kim Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hmm, that might even be the case, I don't know. Though I seem to recall that it does burn away. Or maybe it just collected soot and I thought it had been burned?

Probably iron or copper I think...
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional
The fiberglass wicks DO last considerably longer,so they are an improvement as well as their length.
I hope you choose copper,because I think it will actually last longer than iron/steel,especially with your weather...
sstheblacksmith Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008
That's frikkin awesome!
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008  Professional
Thank you Sam...
And your hammers look awesome too.
moonbeebz Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm drawn to the idea of "Burning Man" (saw a little about it on TV) primarily because the cub scout theme up here is "Don't complain, camp in the rain." We can seldom get a fire lit at a camp unless it's propane.
We have one tiny desert and me and my old arthritic bones are headed there soon.
Your torch is very elegant.
ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Professional
Thank you moonbeebz,
I don't go to Burning an myself.(not a desert person at all)LOL.
And I hear from the folk that are already out there that there are some ferocious sand storms already pummeling the playa...It is a most inhospitable environment. the white alkaline dust gets EVERYWHERE and is like glue. you can't get it off. Not good to breathe either. shall I go on ?LOL
I'll be content spending my birthday next week swimming in a sheltered cove just North of here alone with the seals...
Your agates are beautiful,did you find them ?
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