Concrete is the material of the hour, and a concrete pendant light is as on trend as it gets. But despite their simplicity, these beautiful lights can be an expensive investment. This easy tutorial gives you the tools to produce a stunning collection of concrete pendant lights. By changing the plastic bottles you decide to use, you can create the perfect style for you.
- Concrete Mix
- Electrical plug, light bulb, Switch and cable
- 2 Plastic bottles (1 larger, 1 smaller)
- Threaded tube and nuts (3/8th inch diameter tube)
- 4 1/2 inch deck screw
- 120 grit sandpaper
- Metal can
Step 1. Drilling Bottle Tops
While your bottle tops are still screwed on, drill a hole into the centre. Make sure to drill a hole that is large enough to fit your metal tube. It’s a lot easier to drill your bottle tops while they’re still attached, so try to do this step first. Once you’ve drilled your holes, cut the bottom off your larger bottle.
Step 2. Attaching Bottle Tops
Attach your bottles tops. Remove the cap from your small bottle first and insert the metal tube. Screw nuts on either side of the bottle top in order to the tube it in place. Now screw the top back onto the bottle and insert it into the larger bottle. Repeat the previous steps with the larger bottle to secure the two bottles together. Make sure that you leave enough space at the top between your bottles to give your concrete pendant light a strong base.
Once they are connected, your bottles should look like this:
Step 3. Stabilise Your Bottles
Screw four deck screws through the bottom of the outer bottle and into the inner bottle. These screws will prevent the bottles from moving around.
Step 4. Fill Your Mold
Mix up your concrete and start filling up your mold. Follow the instructions on the packet packet to make your cement. Place your mold into the tin can to help keep it stable. Spoon your concrete into the mold and make sure to thoroughly shake and tap it after each spoonful. Shaking your mixture helps to release any air bubbles trapped in the concrete. Fill your mold up to just below the screws and then leave it to dry.
Step 5. Extract Your Concrete Pendant Lamp
Next up, removing your mold. Remove the screws and use your scissors and box cutter to remove the outer bottle. The inner bottle may be slightly trickier to remove, but using a pair of plyers and a hairdryer you can soften the plastic enough to ease it out.
Step 6. Wiring And Hanging
The final step! Sand off any rough edges left on your concrete pendant light and get ready to wire it. Cut off the socket end and thread the cable through the bolt in your light. Finally cover any exposed wires with electrical tape, make sure your light is secure and enjoy!
Now that you’ve mastered the skills, you can start to experiment with a range of colours as designs!