Ever since I saw these fixtures on Google, I just had to make one for over my kitchen island. I just LOVE the look of the old fashioned filament bulbs! This is going to be a class – if I can do it, you can! Cost will be around $130 for the kit and class 🙂
Paint the tin panel with 2 coats of Cottage Paint Black. Let this dry and then dry-brush a little Cottage Paint Antique Bronze wax so that it hits all the raised areas to highlight them.
I chose to use 5 of the light bulbs in my fixture – I only have a small kitchen island so I didn’t want to too large. You could easily add more if you like – there is plenty of room for about 4 more bulbs in the 12 x 12 inch tin tile. Mark where you want the bulbs to hang from and then drill a 3/8 inch hole for each. I made a tiny hole first with a big nail and hammer so that the drill wouldn’t ‘drift’ and spoil my paint job.
Step 3:Cut 5, 20″ pieces of wire (or the desired length). Use a sharp knife or wire stripper to remove about an inch and a half of the plastic from the wire. I pushed the fabric covering back from the ends of the wire rather than cutting it. I’m going to have to get a wire stripper – it took a lot of time doing it with a knife and you run the risk of cutting the very fine copper wire. Twist the fine wires with your fingers so that they all stay together.
I’ve shown the socket cap with the strain reliever screwed in – you have to unscrew the little set screw in it so that the strain reliever can go all the way in. When done, tighten it back up gently.
Unscrew the brass and chrome set screws in the socket to allow the wire to fit around it. Wrap the twisted wire ends around the screws in a clockwise direction and then tighten the screw to hold the wire. Trim any excess wire leaving only a small tail (I haven’t done that yet in this picture).
Reconnect the parts of the socket.
Feed the other end of the wires through the holes you drilled in the tin tile. All of the black wires and all of the white wires will have to be twisted together in the center – make sure you take into account the length of wire needed to do this. Sandwich the tin with the strain relievers at this end of each wire and screw the two halves together snugly.
Cut about six inches of wire, strip off the fabric and strip the plastic of each end (these are called pigtails and make it easier to connect the fixture to the wires in the ceiling (or cord). Twist all of the ends of the black wires together and then screw on the plastic Marette. Wrap all bare wires with electricians tape. Repeat for all the white wires. I’m starting to feel like a real electrician about now! But it probably would be a good idea to have someone who is, check to make sure you’ve done all of this correctly!
At this point, since I want to hang the fixture in the shop for a while, I decided to wire it to an extension cord so that I could hang it up anywhere there was an outlet. I cut the unnecessary end off the cord and wired it to the pigtails (the wires with the red marettes).
The final step is to screw the tin panel to the ceiling. It’s not very heavy, but to be really safe, you should use anchors for your screws.
Screw in your choice of light bulbs and then plug it in! Wow, pretty cool! I chose sockets with an on/off switch so that I could control the brightness of the light. You could use a switch with a dimmer instead.