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How to Make a Copper Pipe Chandelier (page 2 of 2)

Glass lampshades are strung from a copper pipe to create a hanging accent light.

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Attach Fixtures

For the holes that have two wires (with the bend), cut and twist the silver and the gold together to form one each for the socket. Make sure to place the washer on before you attach to socket — the washer keeps the socket from sliding through the glass shade hole.

Attach wires to socket according to the manufacturer's instructions. It should be similar to this: Strip both ends of the socket wires. Connect the neutral wire — the one with the ridge in its insulation — to the silver socket terminal and the other wire to the brass socket terminal. Place the socket in the lamp, feeding the wire through the socket cap. Reinstall the socket's insulating sleeve and shell, pushing on the shell until it snaps into place. Add a small round light bulb.

Attach to the Junction Box

Attach wire to the junction box in ceiling or into a wall plug. Twist the electrical cord's neutral wire together with the neutral wires from each socket, and the cord's unridged wire with the unridged wires from each socket. Secure each connection with a wire cap and electrical tape.

Use the copper wiring to wrap around the glass shade and the copper piping for extra support (Image 1). Use copper wiring to hang fixture to ceiling hooks or use curtain rods if coming off a wall. Adjust copper wiring if necessary (Image 2).

Joanne Palmisano is the author of Salvage Secrets (W.W. Norton, September 2011). Visit her blog, also called Salvage Secrets.

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