Triangle Light Fixtures

Triangle Light Fixtures

This project creates luxurious and uniformed lighting for any space in your home.


5 col

Difficulty
Intermediate

Materials
Pendant light kit
Painter’s tape
Copper color spray paint
Facemask
(30) Copper piping pre-cut at 7¼” x ¾” diameter
Roll of 16-gauge copper wire
Measuring tape
Wire cutter
Pliers
Edison light bulb
Metal polish
Dry rag
*Note: these materials will make one light (3 are shown in the photo above)

Instructions

PREPPING THE LIGHT SOCKET:

1. Set aside the light bulb and “prep the cord” of the light fixture by wrapping painter’s tape around the neck of the cord. Also, place two balls of tape inside the light socket, in order to protect it while applying the copper spray paint (See image below)

2. Put on the safety masks and apply the copper spray paint to the light fixture. Let dry for 30 minutes (See images below)

ASSEMBLING THE TOP AND BOTTOM COPPER PIPE FRAME:

Note: The pipes added in each step are color coded in the pictures to help see clearly how the pipes connect together

3. 10 pipes will be connected together to make a 5-sided pyramid shape. This will become the bottom of the light fixture. Cut 4 feet of wire, feed through three copper pipes (yellow), and pull the pipes together into a triangle. Leave 2” of excess wire at one end of the triangle and the remainder pulled all the way through. Twist the 2” of excess wire 3 to 4 times with the long wire to hold the triangle in place (See images below)

4. Slide 2 more pipes (blue) onto the long wire and pull together to make a second triangle next to the first one. Twist the long end of the wire 3 to 4 times around the corner of the triangle from Step 3 to secure the second triangle in place (See image below)

5. Cut 3’ wire and twist one end to the corner of the triangle from Step 4 to secure it in place. Slide 2 copper pipes (purple) onto the wire and make a third triangle. Twist the long end of the wire around the corner of the triangle from Step 4 to secure the third triangle in place (See images below)

6. Cut 4’ wire and twist one end to corner of the triangle from Step 5 to secure it in place. Slide 2 copper pipes (green) onto the wire and make a fourth triangle. Twist the long end of the wire around the corner of the triangle from Step 5 to secure the fourth triangle in place (See image below)

7. After tying the fourth triangle in place, the long end of the wire will be in the middle of the triangles. Pass the long end of wire back through the last “green pipe so the wire comes out the other end. Slide 1 copper pipe (pink) onto the long end of wire. Pull the triangles into a pyramid shape, securing the last pipe to the first triangle (yellow) by twisting the wire together 3 or 4 times. Cut off any excess wire from the corners (See images below)

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8. Repeat Steps 3 to 7 for making a second 5-sided pyramid out of the copper pipes. This will be the top of the pipe frame (See images below)

CONNECTING THE COPPER PIPE TOP AND BOTTOM TOGETHER:

9. String 10 copper pipes (aqua) onto the wire directly from the roll. Secure the end of the wire to the corner of a 5-sided pyramid by twisting it 3 or 4 times to hold it in place. Fold the 10 pipes together in a bundle. Cut the wire at the roll end leaving about 24” excess wire at the end of the last pipe (See images below)

10. Cut five 8-10” pieces of wire. These will be used to secure the bundle of pipes in triangles to the corners of the 5-sided pyramid. Starting with the pipe attached in step 9, make a triangle using the next pipe from the bundle and secure it to the next corner of the 5-sided pyramid using an 8-10” piece of wire. Make a second triangle from the bundle pipes and attach it to the next corner of the 5-sided pyramid. Continue making triangles and tying them to the 5-sided pyramid until you have five total (See images below)

11. Cut five 8-10” pieces of wire. These will be used to attach the second 5-sided pyramid to the triangles from Step 10 and complete the copper pipe frame.

12. Once the frame is assembled, use wire cutters to trim off excess wire at the corner (See images below)

ADDING THE PENDANT LIGHT:

13. Remove the painter’s tape from around the cord of the light socket. Use pliers to untwist a section of wire at the top of the frame allowing a gap for the light cord to fit through. Use the pliers to twist the wires back together (See images below)

14. Remove the painters tape from the inside of the socket and screw in an Edison light bulb (See image below)

15. Use metal polish and a dry rag to clean the pipes from handprints and let it shine! (See image below)

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