When we desired a new light to go over the dining table, I wasn’t thinking about making one. Then I remembered designer Jean Pelle’s instructions to make a chandelier at ReadyMade.
A chandelier would be much nicer than our old light fixture.
The original design for the chandelier used porcelain sockets and coiled string. We used galvanized pipe and IKEA.
- 18 4-inch glass bubble balls from CB2 ($2 each)
- 4 cord sets from IKEA ($4 each)
- 20 gauge floral wire ($1)
- fishing line ($1)
- galvanized electrical conduit and fittings ($12)
- 4 25-watt clear bulbs ($1 each)
Total cost: $70
1. Use scissors to cut the floral wire into 1.5″ lengths, and then bend a small loop.
2. Tie fishing line through the wire loop, and push it into the hole in the glass ball. Now you can hang it.
3. The cords run through the pipe and join at the top.
Is the light off-center over your table? No problem, you can extend it as far as you need. You can also paint it. We like the industrial look.
(Don’t be confused by the change in wall color. Our lease says we can only paint one accent wall per room, so the ceiling and other walls are apartment-beige.)
4. You can see how the lamp cords come out the bottom. Start tying the glass balls to the end of the pipe.
5. Keep adding more until you think you have enough.
And that’s it! We like it, so we made a smaller, easier version for the nursery too.