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DIY Project: Hanging Copper Chandelier

by Grace Bonney

I love decorating for the holidays and always find myself exploring Pinterest for hours to get ideas. I happened upon an image of a gorgeous copper chandelier that felt like the perfect thing to light up a low-key holiday table. Inspired, I decided to figure out how to build it myself using supplies from my local hardware store, and the end result will last well beyond the holidays. To give this a little extra holiday flair, I cut a few short pieces of greenery and wired them to the base of the pipes. Simply remove the greens after the holiday to keep this look year-round. Ready to make one of your own? Keep reading for my step-by step guide, or to see this project take shape in real time, check out the how-to video on the One Kings Lane Style Blog! —Megan

Click through for the full how-to after the jump!

Here’s what you’ll need:
• two 1/2” x 24” copper pipes
• three 3/4” x 24” copper pipes
• two ceiling hooks (not pictured)
• a spool of rope or twine to hang (not pictured)
• two 3/4” copper 90-degree elbows
• four 1” to ¾” couplings
• two ½” copper tees
• two ¾” copper tees
• two ¾” to 1/2” copper tees
• a pipe cutter
J-B Weld two-part epoxy

Prep the Pipes

To get started, I used a little rubbing alcohol on a paper towel to remove the manufacturer markings on the outside of the pipes.

Measure and Cut

After I mapped out the measurements for the overall length and various arm heights of my chandelier (one of the best things about this project is it’s totally customizable), I used a permanent marker and a tape measure to mark the ¾” pipes at the desired lengths.

Tip: You can totally experiment with different lengths and configurations for the chandelier; just ensure that your candle flame is clear of the rope or twine you use to hang it.

cutting copper_watermark
To cut the pipe, I clamped the pipe cutter around the copper, positioning the blade on the mark, and twisted it to make the cut. Tighten the blade every few turns until the pipe is cut. It might seem unlikely that this inexpensive little tool will actually do the job, but trust me, it works!

chandelier deconstructed_watermark
Here’s My Cut List:
-five ¾” x 6” pieces (to form the bottom edge to the chandelier)
-two ¾” x 4” pieces (to form the middle 2 pillars)
-two ¾” x 6” pieces (to form the outer 2 pillars)
* The two ½” x 24” pipes don’t get cut.

Tip: Lay it out! I think it helps to see how all your cut pieces work together before you start to glue so you don’t get confused.

Assemble and Glue

I used a special two-part epoxy designed for use with metal. It is super strong! I recommend only mixing a little bit at a time. I used a matchstick to mix the two parts together.

I also used the matchstick to apply the glue to one end of the pipe. A little goes a long way, so don’t overdo it. If any glue does seep out after you glue two pieces together, just use a little rubbing alcohol to wipe it away.

Tip: Be sure to assemble your chandelier on a flat surface where the project can stay for a few hours while the glue dries.

Finish and Hang

Once the glue is fully dry (about 4 hours), thread a length of rope or twine through the top of the chandelier and hang. I used a couple of ceiling hooks (the kind you use to hang plants) to secure my chandelier in place. To finish it off I added a few taper candles and the greenery. I found that regular taper candles fit perfectly into the openings, but you can always use a bit of aluminum foil around the bottom of the candle to help hold it in place.

Inspired to go a little further? Check out my Weekend Decorator page for more fun ideas.

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