I decided to complete a mini-makeover of my patio this past weekend. The patio looked fine, but needed more light and color. I searched for a pendant light, but could not find anything that worked for my patio, so I decided to make one. It is a Moroccan-inspired light, which I painted turquoise. I simply love the light effects from the GE LED Power light bulb through the metal cut-out shade. Here are the before and after photos:
I love the turquoise against the orange walls. This project was a bit time-consuming, but worth it in the end. If you like this pendant, here are the instructions to make your own:
Pendant Project Materials
2 elliptical sheet metal, 1′ x 2′ (purchased at hardware store)
1 lincane sheet metal, 3′ x 3′
Paint (I used Araucana Teal MSL136 by Martha Stewart Living)
2 paint brushes
Liquid nails glue
Galvanized wire, 24 gauge
14″ drum lamp shade (disassembled)
Pendant light kit
GE LED Energy Smart light bulb
Step 1: Prep and Paint
Using one of the 14″ metal rings, from the disassembled lamp shade, trace the outline on the 3′ x 3′ sheet metal. Wearing leather gloves and using the tin snips, carefully cut out the 14″ circle. Prime and paint both sides of the two 1′ x 2′ sheet metal pieces and 14″ sheet metal circle.
Step 2: Glue
Attach the two 1′ x 2′ pieces of sheet metal with liquid nails glue. Be sure to line up the cut-outs! Affix the edges of the sheet metal with two binder clips and allow to dry.
Step 3: Wire
Thread a length of galvanized wire through the glued seam to strengthen the bond. Twist the ends tight. Trim excess wire with tin snips.
Step 4: Assemble Base
Attach the 14″ sheet metal circle to the bottom lamp shade metal ring (from the disassembled lamp shade) with 2″ pieces of the wire. Twist wire around the ring and sheet metal until tight. Repeat around the circle until firmly affixed. Trim excess wire.
Step 5: Assemble Dome
Remove the binder clips from the (now) dry sheet metal. Wrap the sheet metal around the base to create a 14″ circle dome. Affix the top and bottom edges of the dome with the binder clips. Use 2″ pieces of the wire to attach the dome to the base, starting on the opposite side from the seam. Work towards the seam, in both directions, leaving a 3″ gap around the seam. Line up the cut-outs at the seam and glue. Finish attaching the base to the dome with 2″ pieces of wire. Trim excess wire. Thread wire through the glued seam to strengthen.
Step 6: Finish Assembly
Attach the top lamp shade ring to the dome with 2″ pieces of wire. Clip excess wire with tin snips. Thread through the pendant kit and screw in the GE Energy Smart LED bulb. Paint the wire to match the shade.
Step 7: Test and Hang
Test to make sure the light works before finalizing installation. Isn’t it pretty?
To hang this pendant, I had to place a 3-step stool on top of my patio bench to reach the ceiling. I am on the 4th floor, so I am really glad this bulb will last over 20 years so I do not have to do that again any time soon! I have started to replace my CFL bulbs with LED bulbs now because the clarity of light is so much better. 1 LED Bulb lasts as long as 15 traditional incandescent bulbs and uses 80% less energy…great for Mother Nature! You can download and print a coupon for the GE LED Energy Smart light bulbs if you want to give them a try. #LEDSavings #CollectiveBias
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