While flipping through the pages of Lonny a few weeks ago, I came across an image of a pendant light with its cord wrapped in jute. The jute was just tied with repeating side knots so that the jute appeared to spiral around the cord. I immediately thought, I can do that! So I did:
I added a pretty clear bulb, but I never hung it up. It still looked a little bare.
I've already made jute pendant shades, so I wanted this shade to look a little different. Then one day, while digging through my craft supplies for some liquid leaf, look what I found:
So I wondered: could I make a shade out of wire? Maybe something like this:
So I gathered up some materials and tried my best to build a pendant light sculpture out of wire.
My guesses on supplies were: an exercise ball, all the different types of wire I could find around my house, and some pliers that also cut wire.
I started out making some giant loops out of wire, using the size of the exercise ball as a guide. Then I tried to assemble the loops into a globe, tying them together with more wire anywhere they intersected.
It was too floppy, and the wire was bent in all directions, so it looked like a mess. I stuffed it in the trash and ate some Oreos to make myself feel better.
Then I had a thought. I went back to my inspiration photos, and I noticed something about that Young House Love light. This one:
I love this light. And doesn't it look like two halves of a wire globe put together? Do I have anything like that?
Do those look a little like wire plant hangers, maybe?
I dug a couple of plant hangers out of my garage, and I removed that bird nest looking stuff from inside them and the chains they were hanging from. I put the two halves together with some wire, stuck my light inside (I switched back to a frosted bulb, because the clear one was blinding with just the wire!), and I ended up with this:
Hmm. I like it! I don't love it, though. It's a lot smaller than what I wanted. But it was free, since I used things I already had around my house, and it provides more light in the dressing room, which I needed. And I really do like it. The wire is sturdy and the pattern is a lot fancier than anything I could have made. It's really a perfect smaller version of what I wanted. I just wish it was bigger.
But, if you're looking for the easiest possible way to get a cheap wire pendant, and you don't mind it being a little smaller than the YHL light, the plant hanger plan works pretty well. I've thought about taking the light out and spray painting the wire part a fun color, or maybe black, so all the wire would match.
So what do you think? Have you made anything for your home lately?