Nelson located the manufacturer of a white plastic spray that was used by the U.S. military after WW2 to “mothball” military warships and airplanes for future use. It was used as temporary protective packaging of engine, machinery, and other articles. Nelson acquired this resinous plastic solution from R.M. Hollingshead Corporation and utilised it in the making of the Nelson Bubble Lamps.
Nelson created the spherical frame with perforated rings that were inserted with steel wires, a construction that retained its shape under tension. It was a method that required minimum tools, and had no welding costs. It was then sprayed with the resinous lacquer to form a fibrous web, and a final coat of plastic was applied, creating a smooth, translucent skin.
Favoured by interior designers working on commercial, residential or hospitality projects, the lamps are typically hung in dramatic clusters to bring impact and make a statement in any space, while casting a soft and consistent light.