This DIY chandelier gives a new spin to upcycled! For this project, we use reclaimed wall studs, vintage bottles, tube steel, and LED's to create a one-of-a-kind light fixture.
Start by laying out the tube steel skeleton. Size the inside dimensions of the end rings to be slightly larger than the glass bottles in width, height, and length. For example we had (4) rows of 3x3 bottles
Next cut the tube steel pieces for the (2) rings and (4) horizontal connectors. The rings need to be end cut to 45 degrees so there is no open end to the tubing. The connectors can be square cut since the ends will be welded to the rings.
Using a gas or flux core MIG welder, weld the (2) steel end rings together, then weld in the horizontal cross pieces. To help hold in the bottles, weld 1/8" rod around (3) sides.
For the wood frame, miter cut (16) 2x4's to the exterior size of the steel skeleton.
Drill (2) 3/8" holes 3/4" in from each end of (8) 2x4 frame pieces and (1) in each end of the remaining (8). Make these holes 1/2" deep.
Cut (48) 3/8" wood dowels to 1/2" long and install with wood glue in each screw hole. After the glue has dried, sand each dowel flush with an orbital sander.
Install the LED tape around the inside perimeter of each wood frame and across the bottom. Before cutting the tape, look for the scissors icon (usually every 3rd LED).
Make sure you have one end terminated at the top and the tape fits into the grooves before removing the sticky backing.
Install the wood frames spaced equally along the steel skeleton. Drill a hole through each corner and install 1 1/2" wood screws. Be sure not to screw through the LED tape.
Make (2) vertical stand off legs with 1" plate on each end. Determine how high you want the chandelier above the floor and cut 1/2" tube steel to length. Then cut the 1" plate plate into (4) 4" pieces and weld to each end of the tube steel. Drill (2) holes in each end and mount with wood screws.
Finally, extend the LED wiring from each frame ring to one of the vertical standoff legs. If necessary, have an electrician install a recessed covered outlet to plug in the LED transformer. While the electrical work is being done, install two pieces of 2x4 blocking in the attic if the standoff legs do not coordinate with a truss or joist location. Be sure to mount the chandelier using 3" wood screws into solid framing material. Install the vintage bottles, stand back, and enjoy your new upcycled meets modern light fixture!