We searched high and low for a chandelier to match our rustic/industrial decor. We couldn't find anything without paying an arm and leg for it. So Andrew created a one of a kind, original chandelier that's absolutely stunning!
A few people asked him for directions so he even did a write up for the ambitious people:
It should only take about 4-5 hours, but requires some basic circuitry knowledge and wiring skill.
Wire pendant lamp
Antique light bulbs
Also needed are 25 feet of black lamp wire, two 5-foot 1x4 wood boards, wood stain, two 4-foot sections of steel bar stock, anchors for the chain (I used some decorative drawer handles), electrical tape, and two 1/4" eye bolts. Tools included power drill/driver, and a couple of pairs of pliers for the wiring segment (I broke my pair of wire strippers a while back so I had to do it the hard way), and a staple gun.
Cut boards to size if required
Drill proper number of holes to accommodate your desired number of lamps
Stain boards with wood stain or oil
Disassemble the mounting hardware for the wire pendant lamps
Save one set of mounting hardware to hang the finished chandelier by
Determine the hanging length of your lamps. We decided to do a semi-random pattern with three different lengths
Mark the proper spot on the lamp wiring commensurate with hanging length
Take steel bar stock and drill mounting holes through the ends, and one hole through the center of each to create a solid X shape. Mount a nut and bolt through the center to prevent it from collapsing
Once boards are dry...
Mount the steel X to the top of the frame (see pics). Don't cover any wiring holes
Drill through the ceiling cap and place the two eye bolts on both sides of center
Mount equal lengths of chain from the corners of the wood boards to the ceiling cap eyebolts and drawer handles. Use Pythagorean if you want to determine an exact length of chain beforehand.
Now begin wiring. If you're not familiar or comfortable with splicing wires, read another guide on the basics of it. The polarity of the lamp wire isn't important, so that part is easy. Just splice power in, power out, and lamp wire at each junction and you're in business. But seriously if you haven't done it before read up on it first.
Wire everything up, staple loose wires down along the center of each board to keep it neat.
Once wiring is done, get up high and wire the main cable to the chandelier socket you're replacing. Then take the mounting hardware from one of the pendant lamps, install the base plate, and screw the chandelier in until it is snug against the ceiling and secure.
Enjoy your new homemade lamp/chandelier!