How We Made Our DIY Industrial Chandelier: A Weekend Project

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How we made DIY Industrial Chandelier

Today I am going to share about a DIY Industrial Chandelier Stephen and I made as a weekend project. I find a weekend of creativity incredibly therapeutic and much cheaper than a therapist!

The moral to this story is you can do anything you want if you put your mind to it.
Quite a few years ago, I did a very basic investment property renovation on our warehouse conversion.
Later we downsized and decided to try living in.
When we moved into it, we felt it lacked style and needed some bling. So we set about jushing it up.
It has involved quite a few weekend projects.
One of the projects was a DIY Industrial Chandelier.

If you can’t find it, make it.

I was searching for a light fitting that would work with the 5-metre ceiling in the main living room. My usual haunts came up blank. And then I saw an industrial style chandelier at the Ovolo Woolloomooloo and just HAD to have it.

Exhaustive searches of Google, eBay, Ali Express and Pinterest produced nothing.

I asked student Maria Burwood (director of a light importing business) to keep an eye out at the trade shows.

Bless her, she brought back a 14 head LED spider fitting (similar to the one in the picture.)
This became the key ingredient in my DIY Industrial Chandelier

How we made DIY Industrial Chandelier

The steps we took to make the DIY Industrial Chandelier

Step 1: Plan the project

This involved many hours and wines spent at the Ovolo studying said light fitting.
My schoolgirl maths came in handy to calculate the diameter of the iron hoop, the spacing of the lights and the length of the droppers.

This was what I came up with:

Hoop Diameter 1200mm
Spacing of holes for lights 300mm
Length of dropper from rose to hoop 1500mm
Length of dropper from hoop to the lamp 300mm

Step 2:  Gather the materials

I sketched the hoop with holes for the lights at 300mm intervals around the circumference and an additional three holes spaced evenly for the wires to support the hoop.
A local metal fabricator made, painted and delivered it for a very reasonable price.

Step 3: Assemble

This step required adding our electrician to the team.
We used marine wire to attach the hoop to the ceiling.
Our electrician removed each lamp holder from its cord and threaded the cord through the hoop before rewiring the lamp holder…
We used black cable ties to stop the cords from sliding through the holes in the hoop, keeping the distance between the lamp holder and the hoop static.

Step 4: Install

Hanging the completed fitting was a team effort as our sparkie wired it in and Stephen and I adjusted the height.
The result was a very strong statement that we both love it.

I thought I could break things up a bit on our blog by sharing some of our creative projects. Would you like more?

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