Introduction: Mason Jar Saw Light
This is an instructable for a recycled light using various used objects. Remember do this at your own risk and I am not responsible for anything you do when playing with electricity. Please follow all local state and federal laws when making this light.
-Mason jars with lids(I used 4 with one piece lids but you can use as many as you want and 2 piece lids will also work).
-Saw blade or some other round object such as a pan.
-chain(I had some laying around so I used that).
-Medium base keyless socket
-8 1/8 inch cord grip/strain relief (referred to as a stopper in the instructable)
-Wire(I would recommend rayon wire as it has a vintage look but regular lamp wire will work)
-4 bulbs(1000bulbs.com has a lot of vintage lights. I used an antique radio style bulb but any light will work. Just don't use anything over 25 watts or you risk breaking the jar from the heat and if using LEDs make sure they are rated for enclosed fixtures)
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Step 1: Drill Holes
Drill one hole in the center of the lid for the the nipple and smaller holes around it to let heat and condensation escape. Also drill4 holes in the blade where you want your lamps to hang from and if you don't have access to a welder drill holes to bolt on the chain.
Step 2: Chain
Cut 4 lengths of chain to desired length and either bolt or weld them to the blade. I used 15 links and I think it sits at a nice height. To attach the chain together at the top I used an old carabineer that was made to hold weight not some dollar store one for a water bottle. Then I wire brushed it to get all the loose rust off and sprayed a clear coat on it to prevent more rust.
Step 3: Wiring
Next wire the sockets with desired length of wire so it goes past the top of the chain. Make sure the outside of the socket is wired to the white wire if hard wired or the larger prong on a plug. I used a continuity tester to determine this. With the wires connected to the socket attach the stopper through the lid and tighten to the socket.
Step 4: Hang Lights
Hang the lights at your desired height then tighten the stopper at the top and weave the wire through the chain.
Step 5: Hang
Hang at your desired location and wire according to local laws. Enjoy your new light.
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