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Brass Chandelier DIY

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Giving credit where credit is due, I was initially inspired by a custom light I saw in a kitchen designed by Københavns Møbelsnedkeri. Its minimalist lines combined with the unpolished brass components gave it an earthly glamour that won me over immediately.

So, I simply adapted designs of talented people like Lindsey Adelman (check out her work—it’s amazing) and put this beauty together in less than an hour. The lamp parts screw together just like Tinker Toys. Honestly, the hardest part of the project is ordering the parts which I’ve tried to make as simple as possible for you below. Happy tinkering!

Here’s the step-by-step guide to this project… 

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 brass loop 1/8F IPS
  • 5 5-inch brass pipes 1/8F IPS
  • 5 10-inch brass pipes 1/8F IPS
  • 1 18-inch brass pipe 1/8F IPS
  • 5 Edison Porcelain Keyless sockets 660W-250V 1/8-27 CAP
  • 5 1/8F x 1/8F IPS adjustable brass swivel (or 5 1/8F bottom X 1/8F side 90 deg. straight armback elbows)
  • 1 5-hole 1/8 sides x 1/8 bottom x 1/8 top large cluster body
  • 5 feet of 2 wire twisted cord (more depending on sealing height)
  • 5 Satco Glob Lights 40 W G40 clear (not pictured)

TIP: Although it is not listed on their site, you can email SL Lighting NYC ( with the above parts list, and they will ship it all to you.

From MC Master-Carr:

  • 15 feet of single strand conductor wire in white (UL 1007/1569, 18 AWG, 300 VAC, White)
  • 15 feet of single strand conductor wire in black (UL 1007/1569, 18 AWG, 300 VAC)
  • A pair of wire strippers
  • 1 roll of electrical tape
  • A screwdriver

From Grand Brass:

  • One package of twist-on wire connectors (WINUTB)

Wire the Sockets:

1. Unscrew the back of the socket from the ceramic body using the screws located in inside the socket opening.

2. Cut a 2-foot length of both black and white wire. Use your wire stripper to remove about 1/4 inch of the plastic sheath from the ends of each wire.

3. Twist the exposed wire ends to keep them from fraying, and bend them to form a hook.

4. Be sure to always attach the black wire to the gold screw and the white wire to the silver screw. Hook each wire in place around the base of each screw and tighten. Reattach the socket backing, threading the wires through the hole in the top.

5. Repeat this process for all five sockets.

Tip: Always hook the wire around the screws so that it wraps clockwise. This will help keep it in place as you screw.

Above the wired arm is the cluster body. It unscrews to allow for easy connections.

Above the wired arm is the cluster body. It unscrews to allow for easy connections.

Construct the Arms:

1. Construct the brass arm by screwing it together, as shown using the 10-inch pipe, the 5-inch pipe, and the brass swivel. Then, screw the socket in place threading the wires all the way through to the end of the 10-inch pipe.

2. Repeat this process for all five arms.

Prep the Cloth Wire:

1. Push back the cloth covering from the end of the wire and secure it with electrical tape.

2. Strip both wires about 1/2 inch from the ends.

Join the Wires:

1. Twist together the small white wires in the cluster body with the larger white cloth wire. Secure with a twist on wire connector. Repeat process with the black wires.

2. Gently push the wires inside the cluster body and reattach the cap. Thread the cloth wire through the hole in the top.

3. Thread the cloth wire through the remaining 17-inch brass pipe and screw it to the top of the cluster body.

Finish Up:

1. Screw the brass loop to the top of your 17-inch pipe.

Tip: At this point, I recommend using an electrician to install your new chandelier. You should let her or hem know that you will need a brass dome canopy kit to complete the install. Also, don’t forget to snap a few pics and send them my way!

Related: Check out the pendant in this zero-reno kitchen makeover >>

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