Made from basic bits and bobs collected from the hardware store, and lit up with battery-powered candles, you can re-create this metallic chandelier or simply be inspired to create your own unique show-worthy piece.
Gather your supplies
• Galvanised strapping 30mm x 0.8mm x 30m roll
• Threaded rod 36” x .” (3)
• Hexagon nuts .” and 5/16”
You’ll also need
Metal cutters; flat galvanised bracket sheet 80 x 200mm (2); drill and 6.5mm metal bit; ant cap; 220 x 200 x 20mm plywood; zinc-plated cup hooks (4); s/s wing nut .” (4); s/s chain 1.6mm x 2m (2); hacksaw; battery-powered candles (3); pliers
Step 1 To make 3 different sized lamps, measure, then use metal cutters to cut strapping to 57cm lengths (15), 45cm lengths (15) and 28cm lengths (15). Keep separated in piles: large, medium and small.
Step 2 Use cutters to round off sharp corners at each end of every length of strapping.
Step 3 Drill a 6.5mm hole 10mm from each end of strapping, in a centred position.
Step 4 Start assembling largest lamp, using 1 length of threaded rod. Thread a 1/4” nut onto the rod and twist it up to about halfway. Thread 1 end of large strapping onto rod and bring flush with nut. Add a 5/16” (oversized) nut as a spacer.
Step 5 Repeat method in Step 4 for remaining 14 lengths of strapping. After last length of strapping, add a 1/4” nut to keep assembly in place.
Step 6 To make resting platforms for candles, cut bracket sheets in half using metal cutters, then drill a 6.5mm hole in 1 corner of each of 3 pieces.
Step 7 Thread a 1/4” nut onto rod, roughly in centre of lamp, then add platform and loosely secure in position using another 1/4” nut.
Step 8 Thread another 1/4” nut onto rod then start threading other end of strapping onto rod. Add 5/16” nut as a spacer. You may need to move the entire assembly along the rod so the strapping will fit over the other end of rod.
Step 9 Repeat method to thread every end of each length of strapping onto rod.
Step 10 Once you are happy with the position of all components, with assembly of all components toward 1 end, secure last length of strapping with two 1/4” nuts. Finish by tightening with pliers.
Step 11 Repeat Steps 4-10 to assemble the medium- and small-sized lamps.
Step 12 To hang the 3 pendant lamps, fit plywood square inside an upturned ant cap. Drill 3 evenly spaced holes through assembly, close to 3 corners for best balance.
Step 13 Thread ends of rods through holes in ant cap/ plywood assembly and lock in place using wing nuts.
Step 14 Trim rods to desired length with a hacksaw
Step 15 To hang from ceiling hooks on your balcony or over rafters, attach a cup hook into each corner of plywood. With the aid of a helper, link chain onto cup hooks and hang. Insert candles and enjoy the glow.