DIY Guide: How to Make Your Own Sputnik Chandelier
Are you tired of the same old boring light fixtures in your home? Do you want to add a unique and eye-catching piece to your decor? Look no further than the Sputnik chandelier! Originally created in the 1950s, the Sputnik chandelier has become increasingly popular in modern design. And the best part? You can make your own with just a few materials and some basic tools. Follow this guide on how to make your very own one-of-a-kind Sputnik chandelier.
Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary materials. You will need:
- 18-24 small, clear light bulbs
- Electrical wire
- Metal spray paint
- 18-24 long metal rods (6mm in diameter)
- Gold spray paint
- Wire cutters
- Electric drill
- Safety goggles
Step 1: Preparing the Light Bulbs
Begin by removing the metal connectors from the light bulbs using your wire cutters. Be sure to wear safety goggles to protect your eyes. Next, wrap the exposed wire around the base of the bulb to create a small loop. This loop will be used to attach the bulb to the metal rods later on.
Step 2: Painting the Rods
Lay the metal rods out on a flat surface and spray them with a few coats of gold spray paint. Be sure to let each coat dry completely before applying the next. Once dry, these rods will form the arms of the Sputnik chandelier.
Step 3: Attaching the Bulbs to the Rods
Using your pliers, loop the wire of each light bulb through one of the metal rods. Once all of the bulbs have been attached to the rods, twist and turn the rods to create the desired shape of your Sputnik chandelier.
Step 4: Wiring the Chandelier
Begin by cutting several pieces of electrical wire to connect the different parts of the chandelier. Attach one wire to each metal rod with a loop or knot. Connect all of the wires together, making sure to attach the positive and negative wires correctly. Finally, wire the chandelier to a power source and turn it on to test the lights.
Step 5: Installing the Chandelier
Consult a professional electrician to install your DIY Sputnik chandelier. Make sure it is properly supported and all electrical connections are secure and safe.