DIY Chandelier

  • Difficulty: Med
  • Completion Time: 2 - 3 hours

Glass is such an amazing product to work with: it is free from harmful contaminants, it’s reusable and recyclable giving it a great green thumbs up, and it is inherently beautiful. Glass is something we literally use every single day and something that we might sometimes take for granted. While glass jars are great for storage and more recently, for serving trendy drinks in, we thought it would be better to show off another versatility of glass by giving you a step by step guide to creating an impressive light fixture above the dining room table to light up your meals. And so, we set out to create a fun and contemporary light fixture with some electrical cord and Consol jars. Here are the step-by-step instructions for my chandelier DIY with Consol Glass!


PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT IT IS ESSENTIAL TO GET A QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN TO DO THE WIRING ON THIS PROJECT.

Materials Needed

Amount Material
8 500ml Consol Jars with screw lids
8 1.1m 2.5 Cabtyre electrical cord in black *SEE TIP
- Matt black spray paint
8 Black light fittings
8 Golf ball lamps
- Electrical series connectors
- Large ceiling bolt with plug
- Hook with nut (length to match the height of your little bucket)
- Small metal bucket to use as a ceiling cup
- Hole saw to match the diameter of your light fittings

The light should hang around 80cm above the table, so in this specific dining room, the total length of the chandelier will be 1m. Add 10cm to each cord to give you some room to play with.

Instructions

  1. Carefully mark out the centre of each lid and drill a hole using the hole saw. Use pliers to press down any rough edges and to slightly adjust the size of the hole if necessary – it has to fit the light fitting snugly.
  2. Spray the lids and allow to dry.
  3. Wire a piece of cord to each light fitting.
  4. Make 8 equally spaced markings on the bottom of the little bucket and drill holes for the cords to go through.
  5. Drill a single hole in the center of the bucket and attach the metal eye, securing the nut underneath.
  6. Spray the bucket and allow to dry.
  7. Thread the cords through the holes and get the electrician to connect them to each other so that you end up with a single cord to connect to the power point in the ceiling.
  8. Attach the hook to the ceiling, connect and hook your chandelier in place.
  9. Switch on and admire your work! Happy lighting!

The above recipe was written by Germarie Bruwer (Homeology) and repurposed for Consol. View original article here.

Consol Glass Chandelier