Cowboy Boot or Lamp? Both!
This month, Aniden was invited to participate in a silent auction for an AAF-Houston event called the 2011 Trailblazer Award Gala. Within no time, Jody Cochran, a designer at Aniden, turned a cowboy boot into a lamp for the silent auction! Jody named his design “Open Spaces.” Check out the production details below.
- The fabric was soaked in a kettle with 10 teabags.
- The lampshade structure was created with 10 gauge copper wire.
- The holes were created by first fitting the boot with a wooden base inside, then drilling over 100 holes for each light, ultimately wiring and creating lamp supports.
- Each hole was smoothed with a leather awl and each bulb was pushed through from the inside.
- The string of Christmas lights was modified to thread through the boot by cutting the cord and extending the power cable with a fuse.
- The boot was first completely painted in white base primer paint, and then a layer of copper metal flake was applied to the toe and front of the boot.
- After the paint was dry, the inside of the boot was painted with baby blue paint, highlighting the top edge for when the light spilled out.
- The title was formed to spell out “Open Spaces” with copper wire, which was attached to the boot’s lampshade.
When we asked the AAF-Houston Chairman, Tami Weitkunat, how the auction went, she replied, “Spectacular!…The lamp was displayed on a pedestal and was lit. The last time I looked at the bid sheet it was up to $350!”