ISSUE 65  |  Belgium and Beyond

DIY: Surrealist Pendant Lamp Trio

March 28, 2013 6:30 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

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Spotted (and admired) on the blog Met Melk en Suiker: a madcap lamp made from a mashup of three pendant lights with an Alice in Wonderland vibe. The surrealist trio inspired us to research on drilling porcelain to make one ourselves. Read on for instructions:

Above: Source two pendant lamp cords, antique teacups, and a pleated chandelier lampshade. To drill holes through the porcelain teacups, use a Diamond Drill Bit (made for drilling ceramic and glass) to drill a hole just large enough for the pendant cord you're using. Be sure to start by drilling on a low, gentle speed to avoid cracking the porcelain. Thread the cord through the teacups, stacking one on top of the other and attach the bulb at the bottom. Photograph from Met Melk En Suiker.

Above: West Elm's White Cord Set (shown) is $29 each and Ikea's Hemma Cord Set is $4.99.

Above: Source your pick of antique teacups found at your local flea or on Etsy, like these Porcelain Teacups from Bavaria; $32.81 for a set of 2 from Project Safaran.

Above: The small, 4.25-Inch Side Pleated Chandelier Shade is $14 from Shades of Light.

Above: The Meridian Pendant Light is $195 from Sundance.

Looking for more lighting to make yourself? See our previous posts: DIY: Industrial Bedside Pulley Lamp and 5 Favorites: Fabric Light Fixtures.