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Industrial Orbit Chandelier

Materials:

3 Aluminum Strips in 36″ x 3/4″ x 1/16″ (found only at Lowes)

1/8″ 3mm Aluminum Rivets and Riveting Tool

Drill with 1/8″  and 3/8″ metal bit (bits that drill through metal are specified on the packaging!)

Spray Paint

Measuring Tape

Permanent Marker

Single Pendant Cord Set with Ceiling Adapter

Step One: Make your Mark

Before you start, remove the stickers and the sticker adhesive from your metal.  Start by marking your strips A, B, and C.  Measure 1/2″ from the end of strip A, and mark that spot. Also mark a spot in the middle of your 1/2″ line (at 3/8″).  Your final mark on strip ‘A’ will be at the very center of the length of your metal. If you’re using the 36″ metal, this should be at 18″. This will be the entry point for your electrical cord.

Continue marking your metal ends. Remember that strip ‘B’ has to fit inside of strip ‘A’, and strip ‘C’ has to fit inside of both ‘A’ and ‘B’.  To make this possible we need to account for the thickness of the metal (1/16″).  On strip ‘B’, instead of marking the ends at 1/2″ – mark them larger by 1/16″ intervals.  ‘B’ should be at 9/16″ and ‘C’ at 5/8″ from the end of the piece.

Step Two: Make your Holes

You’re going to drill a hole at every single one of your marks.  All marks use the 1/8″ drill bit with the exception of that center mark in strip A.  Since this indicates the hole for the electrical cord, Use a bit large enough to accommodate for that cord, in my case this was a 3/8″ bit.

Step Three: Make your Initial Rivets to Connect the Circles

The riveting tool is super easy to use – if this is your first time you might want to try it out on some scrap metal first.

Carefully bend each strip of metal into a circle.  At this stage, try your hardest to make the circle nice and even. Bring the two ends of each piece together and rivet through the pre-drilled holes.

Step Four: Make More Marks

Fit circle ‘C’ inside of circle ‘B’.  Then fit them both inside circle ‘A’.  Play with the sphere and move it around until you get the look you want.  You should have two points of circle ‘B’ overlapping with two points on circle ‘A’.  Mark these spots with a permanent marker on both circles.  You should have two points of circle ‘C’ that match up with two points on circle ‘B’.  Mark these spots.

Remove the rings from their configuration.  You should now have two marker spots on ring ‘A’, four spots marked on ring ‘B’, and two spots on ring ‘C’.  Drill a hold with the 1/8″ bit through these marks.

 5. Perfect Circle

Use a rolling pin to roll out each circle.  This will help to make sure your fixture stays spherical instead of ending up oblong.

6. Assemble

Place each ring back into the configuration from step 4 and attach the circles together with rivets.

 

 7. Bask in your Awesomeness

8. Add the light making device!

Thread your electrical components through the 3/8″ hole on ring ‘A’

9. Paint!

I use Rustoleum Universal with paint and primer in one – It has the best coverage and doesn’t cramp your fingers!

10. Hang up your creation!

If you’re not familiar with how to strip wire, or do the electrical work, enlist someone who is familiar to help.
 
GOOD JOB! Enjoy your new orb light!

Latest comments
  • Love it!!! 🙂 Thanks for such an awesome tutorial.

  • I didn’t realize how much work went into this awesome little light fixture. The final product looks effortless! Well done!!

  • What section of of Lowes are the aluminum strips in?

    • Ceiling, garage and HVAC hanging supplies. In our Lowes it was by the glass cutting and bulk chain cutting. Hope that helps!

  • make sure and get short rivets! 🙂

    • Yes! I just up dated the tutorial with that info. We used 1/8″ 3mm aluminum rivets by Arrow.

  • you should totally sell these Erin, this turned out beautifully : )

  • Where did you get your single cord pendant and adapter? Awesome!!

  • This is awesome! I was just admiring these in Restoration Hardware!
    I would love it if you come link this up at Scrappy Saturdays @ candacecreations.blogspot.com

  • Love the chandelier! Where did you find that super cool light bulb? It totally make s the fixture!

    • It was just from Lowes! It was around $7 and is called the edison bulb!

  • fANTASTIC JOB! LOVE IT!

  • Would love to have your etsy shop name!!!

    • Hi Leslie- It is houseofearnest (all one word!), but unfortunately, the duplicate light I made sold in like a day!

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