Six-Pack Plastic Pendant Lamp

We just finished up this intriguing lil' pendant lamp after about a year or so of being "in-progress." It's made out of six-pack rings, torn open at random breaking points and affixed with metal grommets.

And did we guzzle that many six-packs in order to complete this pendant? I'm sorry, what? I didn't hear the question. Well, how about we just show the pics.

The hanging apparatus.

The plastic, ripped apart and pushed together into a dense configuration, flows and stretches outward as though underwater.

She's jellyfish-like. She's entrancing. She pulls you in... closer...closer... but don't worry—this little beauty can't sting.

Swim away.

Unlit, she is no less a treat.  Her whole form glistens in natural light.
Anyone who sees her, knows the delights she holds within.

These were taken before the light was installed. We dangled her by a chain and eye hook from branches and let her soak in the sun. She's a natural. Except for the recycled plastic, of course.

Thanks for visiting. Hope you enjoyed our new girl. (psst. she's that pendant lamp.) We are both proud of her look and of keeping all of this plastic out of the landfill.

Comments are welcome. Or email us here if you like.

Matt and Lisa

Mulberry Pendant

Here's another piece I made from a mulberry branch.* This branch was about an inch wide and I sliced it into thin chips with the miter saw.

Then I went looking for an interesting way to sand it that might sort of artificially create a new texture. What I ended up doing was using a coarse sand paper attachment on the dremel to sand away a channel of the bark all around the chip.

You can see it in the pictures where the circular shapes appear and disappear. This is because I made a point of sanding unevenly and choosing to leave the bark in certain places or just sanding through half of it in others. Lots of different tones of the wood show up.

A hole was drilled through the middle of each piece in order to feed through the heavy-gauge wire. How heavy? I don't know. But that stuff is tough to bend.

Pliers and a vise were essential. And, also, a willingness to work through the pain. Oh. My... Hands.

Then after that horror is over you look down at your terrifically twisting steel and realize that it's gone through quite the ordeal, too. Because pliers and vises like to scratch. Nasty little things.

So, it's back to the trusty dremel and the sharpening attachments. These things sharpen metal and stone and shave off tiny sharp things from pipes and whatnot. They are very handy for working with metal of any kind or size.

And once the scratches were cleaned up, I rounded the tips to be nice and smooth and that was that. Pendant accomplished.

Thanks for having a look. Stay tuned for something with wheels and a long, tear-drop shape. No, it's not a fish-mobile.

*There are also two pieces of oak in there. Surprise!