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Sanibel, Florida · 297 Sales


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Sanibel, Florida 297 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   Studio specialized in custom lighting design and hand finishes, featuring only the best collection of custom made; modern, mid-century, up-cycled, re-purposed, steampunk, dieselpunk lighting and more!!


Last updated on Apr 24, 2017

Studio specialized in custom lighting design and hand finishes, featuring only the best collection of custom made; modern, mid-century, up-cycled, re-purposed, steampunk, dieselpunk lighting and more!!

Jay Lana - Sculptor

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Jay Lana - Sculptor

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5 out of 5 stars

tdeem9994 on Jun 27, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Love this light! I needed a smaller light than what I could find at light companies. Jay was super responsive to emails, tweaked the light to what I needed, and shipped the light out quickly. I would definitely buy with Jay again.


fiction123 on Jun 13, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This was a perfect transaction! I ordered a pair of lamps to flank my bed with a few custom adjustments. And it could not have been easier. Communication was timely. Packaging was careful. And best of all, my lamps are beautiful. Reading in bed has never been nicer! Thank you thank you thank you!

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My sconces installed in a botanical shop in Hollywood, California.
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After a long time of gathering stuff, a creative outlet was born!

I’m a tinkerer by heart, as a kid I would spend hours disassembling my family’s devices and then adding those pieces to my toys. I had to stop with that practice the day I decided to gut my Mom’s Coo-Coo clock. After that, I was just allowed to tinker with things that weren’t usable anymore…
Even though I've always enjoyed tinkering with things, I didn’t become an artist until two years ago when I couldn’t ignore that little voice inside my head anymore.
I stopped tinkering around in middle school. Other interests came in; drawing became my passion as a teenager. I would draw everywhere, but my art was always frowned upon.
My artworks have been called different names, some would consider it Steampunk, some call it Composition Art, and not so few would call it Junk Art. I think is hard to label my work, I’m always experimenting and incorporating new elements into it. Found Object Sculpture might describe it better.
My pieces are rarely planned; I find I work better by being intuitive. I like to use different mediums when possible, but metal might be my material of predilection.
The creative process is a very fun thing to do, unless there’s a deadline…Wait! There’s always a deadline.
I consider myself a borderline hoarder, I have plenty of materials to work with, but it seems that whenever I want to create a new piece, I feel the urge to go out there and do a scavenge hunt for more “treasures”. I do sketch, but only using components I know I have; I sketch the pieces together to “feel” the final piece, it might look good in my mind, but doing a sketch helps greatly.
I love working with worn out materials, objects that have a story to tell, it is great to work with a hundred year old piece of cast iron and think, where this piece has been before? What did it help to build in the past? Who enjoyed working with it? I think is important to give these objects a new life, it is sad to see how many relics end up in a pile of scrap just waiting to be melted.
I strongly believe that those materials add character to my creations, it is like those objects had absorbed the soul and vibrance of all their previous lives: and I free them every time I create a new piece.


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  • Jay Lana - Sculptor

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I'm a single parent living in sunny Florida with my two teenager kids and our pets, four of them rescued. I've always been fascinated to know how things work, disassembling them was my passion as kid. Gathering rusty stuff has been always my pastime.

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Last updated on Jun 20, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Made to Order

Due to the handcrafted, custom made to order nature of the products offered, Retro Steam Works does not accept returns for refund or exchange.
Retro Steam Works takes pride and effort in describing the items in great detail and providing an accurate picture of each product. Please be sure to read the item description and view all pictures before ordering.


Unfinished - Unfinished metals (Steel, Brass and Copper) will show manufacture marks, tarnish, rust and some other minor imperfections in most cases

Brushed - This eliminates almost all previously mentioned imperfections leaving only the beautiful brush marks/scuffs

Gun Metal - Combination of oxides on solid brass creates this deep matte gray patina, might show brass undertones

Deep Bronze - A deep brown color with blue undertones, this finish is done over brushed brass

Antique Brass - After brushing, solid brass is oxidized providing an antique brass finish that is consistent throughout

Rubbed Wax - This is a treatment applied upon request to most finished pieces, except; gun metal/stainless steel darkening and paint finishes

Returns & Cancellations

Retro Steam Works will only accept returns on damaged or defective items. Once your order is placed it goes into production schedule and the process begins.
Cancellations must be made within 12 hours, after that, canceled orders will have a 15% restocking fee.

Paint Finishes

Paint finishes are done using an automotive technique (not powder-coated), even though each custom painted piece has at least four coats of paint this finish might be prone to scratches/chips if not handled correctly.

Lead Time on Custom Orders

Lead times are specified on the shipping and policies section of each listing, for a more accurate turn around time please contact me directly.
Paint finished pieces usually take more time than any other finish due to the paint curating times, environmental factors affect the lead time as well.
Almost any order can be expedited upon request at an additional cost, this only applies to the build and it should be requested prior to placing an order; expedited shipping is available as well.

• Limited Warranty and Limitation of Liability Policy

I personally test each one of my finished pieces and I guarantee to the original purchaser that, at the time of delivery, my products are free from defects in materials and workmanship therefore Retro Steam Works is not liable for any damages caused by these products.

- Do not use bulbs over 75 watts with any of my fixtures.
- Proper installation is recommended, professional is preferred.

That being said, I'm not liable for any damage to persons or property caused by these products, and you agree that, by purchasing or using my products, my maximum liability to you in the event of any damage is the monetary value of the product that was purchased from me.

Care for Custom Finishes

All paint finishes are done in a matte sheen, therefore the paint might be prone to scuffs and/or scratches if not handled properly, please install with proper care.
For articulating sconces with paint finish, please adjust the swivels carefully as a rough handling might cause the paint to chip away.

Hand antiqued finishes might leave residue when handled at first, this is perfectly normal when the metal is unsealed; stained hands can be washed easily with water and soap.
When installing your new light please avoid touching surfaces such as walls, clothes or painted parts of the same fixture when applicable.

To clean your lights in either antique or paint finish, just use a lint-free cloth and dust lightly.