How to Make a Geometric Copper Pendant
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When store-bought just won't do, a DIY project must be in the works. This copper pendant is ideal for the statment piece you're missing from a reading corner or over a dining table. Cut, thread, and hang it yourself with this helpful tutorial.
What You Need
- Two 10-foot-long 1/2-inch copper pipes
- Steel wool
- Permanent marker
- Pipe-cutter tool
- Two 25-foot packages copper wire
- Wire cutter
- Duct tape
- Pendant light kit
Step 1: Prep the Pipes
Burnish your copper pipes by scrubbing them with steel wool.
Step 2: Make the Cuts
Cut the pipes into thirty 7-1/2-inch pieces. Be sure to tighten the cutter as it slices, and make precise cuts to make sure the final shape is symmetrical.
Step 3: Visualize the Shape
Lay out a triangular pattern to form the middle section of the pendant. Twenty cut copper pieces will make nine full triangles and one incomplete open triangle.
Step 4: Thread and Tighten
Thread long wire through each triangle, tightening as you go. When you get through the last pipe, splice the wire with duct tape, and hide it inside the pipes.
Step 5: Form the Middle
Wrap the middle section to form a drum shape. Then thread wire through to connect the first triangle and the open triangle.
Step 6: Complete the Look
Lay out five copper pieces in a star shape to build the bottom of the fixture. Attach them to the central form one piece at a time, pulling tight as you go. Repeat to form the top of the pendant.
Step 7: Secure the Structure
Coil wire around all points for extra reinforcement.
Step 8: Finish and Hang
To complete the fixture, insert pendant cording and close the point. Coil wire around the point to secure. Clip the extra wire and hang.