Rain Lamp Submitted by Atomic Dog March 9th, 2012 Allee, I didn’t see a Rain Lamp in your collection. Remember these?
I totally remember them and have several. They’re on the side of kitsch that’s tooooo kitschy for me to actually hang in my house, but I do absolutely adore them and think they make spectacular lamps.
The bad news, however, is that they really do need oil to work. That’s what forms the little beads going down the strands, and that can get quite messy. One time I brought one home from a thrift shop, had it laying down in the back of my van because it looked like it was completely devoid of oil. When I went to take it out, the entire back of the van was soaked in this 40-year-old filthy goop. I literally had to have all the carpeting removed and replaced because it was so disgusting. But I still have the lamp and 2 others I’ve found along the way.
These always fascinated me when I was a kid. The local “fancy” restaurant had one right by the door when you came in, so I thought they were the height of opulence, haha.