beauty of a chandelier, complete with a full tutorial on the designer's site. I was in love. A mason jar light fixture? B-b-b-but all of my every-day glasses are mason jars and I can and...this is just too perfect. In the morning, I showed it to Nick who, in his infinite wisdom, pointed out that while the CONCEPT was indeed "so me", he couldn't envision me having such a hap-hazard light fixture. He was right, I'm way too type A for this, but I was not ready to give up that easily.
This is my second piece of inspiration: a waterfall chandelier. I had a vision in my head and a game plan (watch out).
I went in the basement and gathered my jars.
Some of which were cool and old (but not blue, those'd look bad in my diningroom)
Then I lined them up in concentric circles,
and had Nick have the machine shop (or is it the tank shop?) at work make me some steel rings. The big one would eventually have a cross in the middle, and the small one four holes.
Then, as per the tutorial, I drilled holes in the lids and wired the bulbs. Instead of having each bulb wired separately, the two tiers were wired in paralell and only the one, center jar was wired exactly like the tutorial. I used wire & black zip ties with washers to attach the jars to their rings. The big ring was suspended by the center of it's t and the small ring was suspended by chains. I used the base from the original chandelier in the house (whose wiring mysteriously gave out right before I started this) to attach it to the ceiling.
So, my diningroom when we bought the house:
That chandelier didn't last long (half of the globes were broken anyways) so we removed them and painted it (this was obviously still while we were moving):
AND Introducing my new chandelier:
Doesn't it do cool things to the ceiling?