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Pendant Lamps, Quick, Cheap & Easy

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I knocked these out a few years back in just a few minutes when moving into our newly converted loft  in an old textile mill building.  As a basket maker / artist who makes a lot of lamps, I put a lot of electrical outlets on my ceiling during our buildout but no permanent light fixtures. As a result, when we started to settle in we were mostly in the dark! Our kitchen had only 1 ceiling light inside the pantry and was mostly dark. Fortunately, I keep a bag of Ikea's $4 HEMMA Cord Sets on hand so I quickly hung a half dozen, with bare bulbs, from some pipes that conveniently ran over out countertops. This solved the light issues in the kitchen but was completely obnoxious from any distance. Not wanting to endure the glare until I could produce a respectable solution, I raided our recycling bin and this is the result.
 
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Step 1: Tools & Materials

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Tools & Materials:
  • X-acto knife, or similar cutting implement
  • HEMMA cord set from Ikea
  • Any iconic, translucent food container big enough to hide bulb
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