Introduction: Outdoor Chandelier Lighting Made With Trash and Krylon Paint

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Last week I went dumpster diving at all of the bicycle shops in town, and this outdoor chandelier is the end result of the trash I collected. Trash + Krylon paint = cyclepunk outdoor chandelier lighting.
Move over Kitchler, I'm taking over the chandelier lighting empire!
Here is how you can make an outdoor chandelier with discarded bicycle parts and paint:

- Strand of outdoor lights
- Assorted bicycle parts. No two chandeliers will be alike because the end result will depend on what parts you can find in the trash.
- Assorted hardware (brackets, nuts, bolts)
- Super magnets (5 large, 5 small, one large with hanging ring)
- 10 washers
- 5 Bawls guarana bottles, cut

- Mineral spirits
- Mineral oil
- Hot glue sticks
- Krylon Mirror-Like paint
- Krylon made-for-plastic paint (any color)
- Krylon all purpose black paint
- Krylon all purpose orange paint
- Krylon metallic silver paint
- Piece of cardboard
- Utility knife
- Newspapers
- Krylon glitter paint (optional)

- Glass cutter
 - Pliers
- Flat screwdriver
- Toothbrush
- Glue gun

Step 1: Cut Glass Bottles

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Cut the tops off 5 glass beer or soda bottles that you will use for your chandelier. I followed the instructions for the easiest way to cut glass bottles using a $3 glass cutter to score a line around the bottle then alternating hot and cold water on the score line until the bottle breaks clean (according to the article in the link).

Step 2: Make the Bottles Into Mirrors

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I love the cobalt blue of the Bawls guarana bottles, and I wanted to add a shimmer to the inside of the glass to enhance the blue. So I sprayed the inside of the bottle tops with Krylon mirror-like paint. In order not to get paint on the outside of the glass, you have to trace a circle on a piece of cardboard with the bottle top, cut out the circle, and place it over the opening of the bottle to protect the outside from stray paint. Spray a fine coat and let it dry. Repeat until the glass is the desired mirror finish. I sprayed mine with the coats of Krylon mirror-like paint.

Step 3: Remove Bulbs and Sockets From Outdoor Light String

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Remove all the lights from the sockets on the string of lights. Remove the sockets from the electrical string. I used a small flat screwdriver to pop off the sockets. Save all the pieces. You will only need to put five sockets back together, but some of them may break, so keep all the pieces for more inventory.

Step 4: Paint the Electrical Wire

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I wanted a rusty metal look for the electric wires instead of the Christmas green they came in. So first I painted the string with the only Krylon plastic fusion paint I had, which was pink (you can see the pink on the newspaper). I needed the regular Krylon to stick to the plastic, so I "primed" the plastic wires with the made-for-plastic spray paint.
To get the rusty metal look, spray the wire with Krylon metallic silver paint and let it dry.
Take a toothbrush and splatter mineral oil in random spots on the silver paint.
Spray black and orange Krylon paints also in a random pattern on top of the mineral oil and silver paint.
Once all the paint is dry, rub the wires clean. You will get a mottled black/silver/orange look that resembles rusty wires.
(Oops. Looks like I missed a little spot of green)

Step 5: Paint the Outdoor Lighting to Look Like Rust

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I could have left the bicycle parts a shiny stainless steel, but I was going for a cyclepunk look, so I painted it similar to the electrical wires to give it a rusted look. Except this time I reversed the order of the paint.
First, thoroughly clean all bicycle parts with mineral spirits to remove any oily residues.
Spray orange and black Krylon paint in a random pattern on all the parts. Allow to dry 15 minutes.
Splatter mineral oil on the pieces and spray everything with the metallic silver paint. Allow to dry.

Step 6: Put Outdoor Chandelier Together

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Now comes the hardest part.
String the electrical wires around the five points on the bicycle gear, through the springs that hang off the "points," through the neck of the bottles and then reassemble the sockets.
To reassemble the sockets, put the socket where you want it to be attached on the electrical wire and use a pair of plyers to clamp the top back onto the socket. This presses the contact points into the electrical wire, re-establishing connection with the electrical flow. 
Pull the socket back up the neck of the bottle so it's snug and test a light bulb to see if your connection is working (test with a couple light bulbs in case one is burned).
Repeat all the way around with the five bottle tops.

Step 7: Embelish Outdoor Chandelier

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Drop pieces of bicycle spokes through the holes in the top of the chandelier structure. OPTIONAL: spray paint the spokes with Krylon glitter before putting them in the chandelier.
Cut pieces of bicycle chain according to the article in the link (using an aul, a hammer, and a nut) and hot glue them around the tops and bottoms of the chandelier lights (the bottle tops).

Step 8: Hang Chandlier Lighting in Your Favorite Outdoor Space

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Secure draping pieces of bicycle chain to the chandelier with small super magnets.
Hang your better-than-Kitchler cyclepunk outdoor chandlier in your favorite outdoor space.


StevenV55 (author)2016-07-19

This is AWESOME! WELL DONE! One day... one day! :) For the moment I have to solve my counterweight pulley system problem to hoist my furniture to the roof home office since I can't get anything up any other way other than through the internal yard! And I can't find an intractable to help me do this! SIGH! But the home office is still empty - so your lamps or something similar are on my TO-DO list :) WELL DONE!

StevenV55 (author)2016-07-19

This is AWESOME! WELL DONE! One day... one day! :) For the moment I have to solve my counterweight pulley system problem to hoist my furniture to the roof home office since I can't get anything up any other way other than through the internal yard! And I can't find an intractable to help me do this! SIGH! But the home office is still empty - so your lamps or something similar are on my TO-DO list :) WELL DONE!

brookefox (author)2014-04-29

Quite fantastic.

I meant to ask, though, what is the easiest etc. way to cut glass bottles?

flyingpuppy (author)brookefox2014-04-29

Thanks for the question. I didn't realize I hadn't embedded the video. You can now watch my video on the easiest way to cut glass bottles in the second step.

brookefox (author)flyingpuppy2014-04-29

Oh, thank you. My mistake.... the link followed down the page a bit. I already bought a tile saw for the purpose and the video made me realize that true to form I have been making too much of a thing of it. Repeat lesson: be safe but don't let fear rule you.

darrenhall (author)2013-04-04

Now that is smart! - very cool - heck I would have that over most shop bought lights.

liveleezgl (author)2012-10-17

How dang awsome is that??? I can not get over how cool this is!! Sooo creative!! Thank you for sharing it with us....

flyingpuppy (author)liveleezgl2012-10-17

Thanks! Wish I'd kept it!

andreaki (author)2012-09-15

One of the most beautiful things i've seen! ill try a version ... off to the bike shop :)

flyingpuppy (author)andreaki2012-09-15

Thanks! There's something about that cobalt blue that just takes your breath away, huh? I bet that was the color kings were trying to come up with when they invented purple. : )

katlinbr (author)2012-07-24

Absolutely stunning!

flyingpuppy (author)katlinbr2012-07-24

Thank you. I'm missing it (gave it away). Will have to make another one. Or keep experimenting with lighting in my upcycled lamp series.

EmcySquare (author)2012-05-22


sunshiine (author)2011-09-06

Found this on the Z list, thought I would share that information with you! Congrats! Have a splendorous day! sunshiine

flyingpuppy (author)sunshiine2011-09-06

What's the Z list? Where do I find it? Is there an A list? :) Thanks for sharing.

sunshiine (author)flyingpuppy2011-09-06

On the Instructables front page is a list:
Popular, video, photo, step by step Zeitgeist list and so on.
click on the Z list!

What people are talking about at the moment, rather than views or ratings.

flyingpuppy (author)sunshiine2011-09-07

Hm. Does anyone else have the problem I have? I've looked on the front page, the blog, the forums, on individual pages and nowhere is there the list you mention. V. confused!

sunshiine (author)flyingpuppy2011-09-07

Far left hand side of your screen are words ALL.
3-4 inches over to the right of that word all: are these words:
Step by step
Videos! under videos is Zeitgeist click on that for this entry. Every category has a Z list , food, cleaning, sports, outdoor and so on.

flyingpuppy (author)sunshiine2011-09-07

Here's a screen print of what I see. I'm using WinXP, BTW.

sunshiine (author)flyingpuppy2011-09-07

I am sorry, click on food then it should show up. If not click on food then when that window opens click on all on the left hands side. Let me know if that works.

fbull66 (author)2011-09-06

i am so dieing to make one

sunshiine (author)2011-08-09

So happy to see you made finalist! I know this is a winner! This is totally awesome!

bajablue (author)sunshiine2011-08-20

sunshiine... You are really good at picking Winners!

Do you play the Ponies? If not, maybe you should!!!

bajablue (author)2011-08-20

Now, there's the countdown to the Green Challenge.

This awesome project could very well turn into a Triple-Play!

Best of Luck, puppy!

DdraigGoch (author)2011-08-12

Fab! Thanks for the inspiration :)

bajablue (author)2011-08-11

YAY puppy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

eross-1 (author)2011-08-09


TabbyDeAnne (author)2011-08-05

Fantastic! Loved the link to the bottle cutting! Will do this for sure!

flyingpuppy (author)TabbyDeAnne2011-08-05

Thanks. I'd love to see your final product.

bajablue (author)2011-08-03

Gotcha puppy! ;-)

bajablue (author)bajablue2011-08-04

omg! SO HAPPY to be a Finalist along side you!

Best of Luck FlyingPuppy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hokie_pokie_607 (author)2011-07-29

I so want to make this now. How does the hot glue hold up on the lights after a few hours of run time? I know it's a fast set, but I've never had much luck with it myself.

Hot glue is not a permanent adhesive, especially when used outdoors where the temps fluctuate. It will eventually let go and peel right off. I'd go with a different adhesive if you want this to last.
I've never had it hold up longer than a year. If you only want something that will last a few months to a year then it's fine. Otherwise try a more permanent adhesive.

Good advice. I'll replace it with epoxy when I get a chance. Thanks

I've had the chandelier out in the sun for a week and it's holding great.

mauridanger (author)2011-07-29

Beautiful! This really caught my eye. Great design and construction.

flyingpuppy (author)mauridanger2011-07-29

Thank you so much.

agis68 (author)2011-07-29

beautiful and creative trash art....5/5

babasfarmlife (author)2011-07-28

Kudos! The way recycling should be! Purposeful item. Love it!

First you cycle, then you recycle.

porcupinemamma (author)2011-07-28

Lovin' it big time!! Way to go!

andrew.spencer.2 (author)2011-07-28

Very well done indeed! I've just got my glass cutter, so look out bottles!

Can't wait to see your end product! Hope you post it here.

maxglitz (author)2011-07-28

I'm always awed by artists who can create such elegance out of a dumpster dive. This is magnificent. Beautifully conceived and crafted. Bravo.

flyingpuppy (author)maxglitz2011-07-28

The hidden truth is that I had to take a lot of antacids along the way because I had no idea if it was going to work. Thanks for the huge compliment.

sunshiine (author)2011-07-27

Love this but don't you think this would look so much better hanging on my porch? The color is amazing!

flyingpuppy (author)sunshiine2011-07-28

I'm sure it would. Hence the directions for making your own. : )

H3xx (author)2011-07-28

They look like hookah bowls. all you would need is something to keep the shisha from sliding down the neck. :)

mary candy (author)2011-07-27

Beautiful !
Sure I'll make one like this :D

flyingpuppy (author)mary candy2011-07-27

Obrigada! But you'll have to use Taí or Brahma bottles. : )

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