Rain Lamp

January 13, 2009 at 9:42 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

After some research I quickly learned that the lamp I recieved from my grandparents (posted the other day) is called a Rain Lamp. The lamp uses mineral oil and was invented by Darrell H. Johnson. Once I figured out what exactly the lamp did, how to clean it, and what to put in it, I started in on the daunting task of cleaning the mess.

The lamp had sat for years and years in my grandparents’ garage. They got sick of it in their house, but couldn’t completely part with it. Being sticky with oil, the lamp collected a thick layer of dirt and grass being in a garage for so long. So…

I started by wiping the entire lamp off with a wet cloth. It cleaned the dirt, but nothing really removed the grease. I used a small amount of soap next. I also used both wet and dry Q-tips to reach the statue indside. Overall, the cleaning alone took a few hours.

But, after putting some elbow grease into the project, it was ready to hang!  We finished hanging the lamp last night.  The lamp looks good in the space, but everything else in that area is starting to look a bit cluttered.  I will have to do some moving there.  But, check out the lamp!




If you have any suggestions on rearranging so it isn’t so cluttered over there, just let me know!

1 Comment

  1. CRYSTALL said,

    were as you have had your lamp in sight all these years my husband and i remembered them from our childhood and have vowed to each other that some day we would have our own so we have waited 14 yrs and found one on ebay and payed over 100 dollars to have it shipped from washington to arkansas wy husband found this and wanted me to tell you they are supposed to have foilage around the base inside also that the woman easily unscrews and you can easily slide your hand in between the lines and pull her out careful not to be a bull in a china closet dont break your lines we were pleased to find someone that loves it as much as we do also im an interior designer and just one suggestion is a lamp under another lamp does not fit just move your lamp to the other end of the sofa table will make big difference feel free to email us back crystall_wilson@yahoo.com love your lamp ps never try to get all the oil off if it dries out it wont work well always keep your lines oiled good

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