DIY Modern Brass Chandelier

SO many of you guys were excited about the DIY brass chandelier that the OKL team shared in this kitchen. Well, lucky for us, they’ve put together a full tutorial here to share with LGN readers (there’s also a post here on the OKL blog, which is full of great content!). Let’s jump right in…

SO many of you guys were excited about the DIY brass chandelier that the OKL team shared in this kitchen. Well, lucky for us, they’ve put together a full tutorial here to share with LGN readers (there’s also a post here on the OKL blog, which is full of great content!). Let’s jump right in to Megan Pflug’s tutorial:

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List of materials:

  • 1
    brass loop 1/8F IPS
  • 5
    5-inch brass pipes 1/8F IPS
  • 5
    10-inch brass pipes 1/8F IPS
  • 1
    18-inch brass pipe 1/8F IPS
  • 5
    Edison Porcelain Keyless sockets 660W-250V 1/8-27 CAP
  • 5
    1/8F x 1/8F IPS adjustable brass swivel
  • 1
    5-hole 1/8 sides x 1/8 bottom x 1/8 top large cluster body
  • 5
    feet of 2 wire twisted cord (more depending on sealing height)
  • 5
    Satco Globe Lights 40 W G40 clear (not pictured)
  • 15
    feet of single strand conductor wire in white (UL 1007/1569, 26 AWG, 300
  • 15
    feet of single strand conductor wire in black (UL 1007/1569, 26 AWG,
    300 VAC)
  • One
    package of twist-on wire connectors 3(22 AWG) Min, 3(16 AWG) Max,
  • A
    pair of wire strippers
  • 1
    roll of electrical tape
  • A

TIP: Although it is
not listed on their site, you can email SL Lighting NYC (
with the above part list, and they will ship it all to you.

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Wire The Sockets:
1. Unscrew the back of the socket form the
ceramic body using the screws located in inside the socket opening.
2. Cut a 2-foot length of both black and white
wire. Use your wire stripper
to remove about 1/4 inch of the plastic sheath from the ends of each wire.
3. Twist the exposed wire ends to keep from
fraying and bend them to form a hook.
4.  Be sure to always attach the black wire
to the gold screw and the white wire to the silver screw. Hook each wire in place
around the base of each screw and tighten. Reattach the socket backing,
threading the wires through the hole in the top.
5. Repeat this process for all five
Tip: Always hook the wire around the screws so
that it wraps clockwise. This will help keep it in place as your screw.

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Construct The Arms:
1. Construct the brass arm by screwing it
together, as shown using the 10-inch pipe, the 5-inch pipe, and
the brass swivel.  Screw the socket in place threading the wires
all the way through to the end of the 10-inch pipe.
2. Repeat this process for all five

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Prep The Cloth Wire:
1. To prep the cloth wire, push back the cloth
covering from the end and secure it with electrical tape.
2. Strip both wires about 1/2 inch from the

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Join The Wires:
1. Join all the small white wires in the
cluster body with the larger white cloth wire by twisting them together. Secure
with a twist on wire connector. Repeat process with the black wires.
2. Gently push the wires inside the cluster
body and reattach the cap. Thread the cloth wire through the hole in the top.
3. Thread the cloth wire through the remaining
17-inch brass pipe and screw it to the top of the cluster body.

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Finish Up:
1. Screw the brass loop to the top of your
17-inch pipe.
Tip: At this point, I recommend
using an electrician to install your new chandelier. You should let her or
him know that you will need a brass dome canopy kit to complete the

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Stuck on a step? The OKL team is happy to
help! Email Megan at ask a question about this how-to.

Thanks again to the OKL team for sharing this amazing tutorial with us! I can’t wait to make my own. :)

(How-To Photography: Jason Hamilton)
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27 thoughts on “DIY Modern Brass Chandelier

  1. Jenny, I am thrilled about this tutorial!! My husband and I are moving soon and I'll be using this and a gazillion other posts on your blog to help me make our new place feel like our own. I'm also very pumped that the NY lighting company can mail me the whole set. Just great. Thanks for making good design so accessible, as always.

  2. I just noticed that a few commenters on OKL's post are saying that using 26 gauge wire is actually a fire hazard, and that nothing less than 18 gauge should be used – just thought you might want to caution your readers with that safety note! :) xo

  3. Highlight of my day: Read through this tutorial, then got on Pinterest to see this pinned twice in a row from two different people who don't know each other.

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  5. I need overhead lighting in my living room but don't have a fixture I could replace do you think it would be possible to alter this somehow to lead to a plug that I could kind of swag from the ceiling to an outlet?

  6. Think readers in the UK may want to approach this DIY project cautiously and get it checked by an electrician before switching it on.

  7. Love this beautiful chandelier. I’m noticing however that the elbow joint in the top picture is different than what is listed as parts needed, (adjustable brass swivel.) I like the look of the sample picture much more than the one in the parts section. any idea where I could purchase the other?

  8. I really like this chandelier, and was wondering if it is possible to buy the parts in Europe? Does anyone know?

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