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Now it's time to work on the lids that will hold the lights.

I documented the steps I took to create our first chandelier, since then I have refined the process a bit and will include tips I have learned from successive productions.  

For this first fixture I purchased 6" lengths of steel nipples and cut the 1" sections I needed with a circular saw/ grinder with a fiber wheel.  I recommend threading a nut on your nipple before you begin cutting so that when you are done you will be able to "rethread" your cut section by removing the nut.  I purchased these materials from Home Depot.

Since then I have found a local hardware that specializes in repairing chandeliers and lamps that carries individual nipples in 1/4" increments.  Now I buy as many as I need in whatever length I desire and don't have to worry about fouling threads or sparks.

I built one of these as a prototype with a 40 watt bulb and had hung it in the basement overnight to see if the heat of the bulb in a closed container would cause any problems. Here's what I found: <br><br>1. The jar glass was dangerous to touch<br>2. The insulation of the wire coming out of the jar was hot and very soft, which is how it feels before the insulation melts, which would be dangerous.<br>3. It is beautiful!<br><br>You make these things, so maybe you are doing something else to dissapate the heat. Any ideas? I'd like to make a chandelier with these jars, but frankly I don't consider it safe (As an electrical engineer, I worry more than others).
<p>Cooling is the BIG word here: Cooling holes should be drilled on the metal cap - at least 4 1/2 in diameter. Also use compact fluorescent bulbs - they run cooler than standard incandescent bulbs. Drawbacks: color of light and possible mercury contamination issues. You can also use LED bulbs, which are also cool running AND very low effective wattage. The main drawback here is cost.</p><p>I&acute;m currently designing outdoor low wattage lighting fixtures using large (1 to 1 1/2 gallon condiment jars, which use the same kind of lids.</p><p>Keep it up!</p>
I like that you prototyped and tested it on a small scale and I really appreciate that you are trusting YOUR gut and not just going off of what someone else told you.<br><br>Besides the four holes in the lids I haven't made any other considerations for heat dissipation. We have had ours up for two years now without any problems. <br><br>Let me leave it on for a while and check jar temperatures and the insulation. I will get back with you with what I find out.<br><br>
this light is beautiful. I have made one from an actual standing lamp, that my daughter's bunny chewed the wires on. I just bought a swag lamp kit and turned it into a mason jar lamp. I love it....thanks for sharing
Funky :) 4 stars.
great look! I'll be making one for my grandmother's house.
I love this! Very cool, nice work! Redneck chic? I was thinking more hillbilly whimsy. ;)
You could also try inserting a bunch of the flickering candle LEDs (see e.g. http://evilmadscience.com/component/content/article/189), for a &quot;jars of fireflies&quot; effect. Maybe put one bright bulb in the center, so you can switch between mood lighting and bright illumination.
Hi...I hope you don't mind, but I have a suggestion. Since only about a quarter of the jars have working lights why not cut your materials list by using coated cable(similar diameter, look, and less weight) that is folded in half at the top and draped over a short rod or bolt? You can then save time cutting all those short nipples, and use the zinc sleeves which are compressed over the cable ends. You might even get the hardware clerk to do that for you! If you use the &quot;folded cable&quot; method, you might even be able to manually alter the height of individual jars to change the look by pushing one cable up and/or pulling the other side down (watch for movement) coated or uncoated cables, weigh the desired qualities yourself.
One last thing...I think I would paint the cardboard socket cover white or silver, and glue the tiny clear glass glitter or beads all over it, to increase the sparkle factor. Great instructable!
You sure could save on your material cost by forgoing the speaker wire for all the jars. I only used the nipples on the lighted jars so there were only 4 or 5. <br><br>I agree on the painting the cardboard socket covers. It would help a lot! <br><br>I appreciate the suggestions. It is great to hear different perspectives on projects.
This is awesome!<br><br>Does the light diffuse well through the jars? I find that lights with just a clear glass casing cast too harsh of light for me. I would be tempted to frost the inside of the jars with a glass etching solution so the light is softer.
The jars do not really diffuse all that much. We have ours installed on a dimmer switch and it helps. I know lowes carries an aerosol &quot;frosting&quot; spray. I don't have any experience with the etching spray, but I would go with whatever you are most comfortable with.
Look up simple sand blasting tool on here. It's very easy to make, and there is also a simple sandblasting box made from a bin...I made the tool, and just need to decide which bin I am going to cut up and use for my sandblasting box. Great way to use canning jars that have small chips on rims, or can no longer be used for food!
I love this, Something differant. <br>One thing though. You wrote in your disclaimer: <br> <br> &quot;I am not an electrician and will assume responsibility for any damage that occurs as a result of you attempting this project. &quot; <br> <br>You may not want to assume responsibility. Could get you in big trouble. <br> <br>Great project. I think i'm going to give it a try.
Sorry I thought I had already responded, but it isn't showing up. Thanks for the complement and thanks for the heads up. I have fixed it.
redneck chic ! love it

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