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Make Your Own Light Fixtures

Make Your Own Light Fixtures

Spotted (and admired) on Met Melk en Suiker: a surrealist lamp made from a mashup of three pendant lights with an Alice in Wonderland vibe. The trio inspired the editors of Remodelista to research on drilling porcelain to make their own. Read on for instructions:

Above: Source two pendant lamp cords, antique teacups, and a pleated chandelier lampshade. To drill holes through the porcelain teacups, use a Diamond Drill Bit (made for drilling ceramic and glass) and drill a hole just large enough for the pendant cord you’re using. Be sure to start by drilling on a low, gentle speed to avoid cracking the porcelain. Thread the cord through the teacups, stacking one on top of the other and attach the bulb at the bottom. Photograph from Met Melk En Suiker.

Above: West Elm’s White Cord Set (shown) is $29 each and Ikea’s Hemma Cord Set is $4.99.

Above: Source your pick of antique teacups found at your local flea or on Etsy, like these Porcelain Teacups from Bavaria; $32.81 for a set of 2 from Project Safaran.

Above: The small, 4.25-Inch Side Pleated Chandelier Shade is $14 from Shades of Light.

Above: The Meridian Pendant Light is $195 from Sundance. Consider browsing your local antique store or hardware store for less pricey options.

Looking for more lighting to make yourself? See Remodelista‘s posts: DIY: Industrial Bedside Pulley Lamp and 5 Favorites: Fabric Light Fixtures.

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7:26PM PDT on May 6, 2013

interesting you can make a light out of most anything just remember that you are messing with heat and electricity.

9:13PM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

Thank you.

2:07AM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

Very creative. Thank you!

10:47PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Wonderful Ideas!!!! Thank you for sharing!

10:45PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Teacup one seems too breakable to me.

6:05PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Great idea!!!!

3:47PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Fascinating. . . What did Gurdjieff remark about Light?

1:40PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013


12:42PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

noted, thank you

11:44AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Making these fixtures are really easy - much easier than you think ..and it's fun too and doesn't cost much !

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