Way back in November, I attempted a wire version of the Moooi Random pendant. I failed miserably. After my failure, I brainstormed other DIY lighting options. Then we got busy finishing our laundry room and my quest for a cool light fell to the back burner. Ben bought a 250 foot roll of iron-on wood veneer edging for our laundry room shelving and drawers. We tried it on one drawer and hated it. Having used some of the roll, we couldn’t return it. What’s a DIY gal in need of a light to do? Use the otherwise unusable veneer to create a light, of course.
So, I gathered supplies.
A hot glue gun, scissors, small clips and the veneer. I also bought a ceiling canopy and socket kit, just like the ones I used to make my coffee filter pendant, from Home Depot.
As my glue gun was heating up, I looped a piece of veneer until I liked the size, which is about the final size of the fixture. Cut the end and cut about 20 more of the same length. Overlap the ends slightly, about 1 inch, apply a large pea sized dollop of hot glue. Press the ends in place until the glue has dried. If you attempt this and use iron-on veneer, the heat from the glue will start to melt the glue backing. This isn’t a problem, just something to be aware of. If any hot glue seeps out, wait a few seconds, then peel the glue away.
Glue the ends together of about 15 strips. Now the fun begins. Start by overlapping two circles, perpendicular to one another. Glue at both touch points.
Continue gluing, overlapping to create a random pattern. Bend the veneer circles to fit in the holes. They’ll pop back into shape.
Make a smaller fitting triangle for the socket to fit into. I marked mine with a small clip. This will help keep visible seams toward the top, out of sight. When your sphere starts getting full, it will be more difficult to place the circles inside. At this point, start weaving your strips through the light to fill any large gaps. Be sure to leave at least one gap that is large enough to get your hand and a bulb in, though.
Cut a piece of coordinating cardstock for your socket. Mark a circle at the center and cut a slit from one side to the center. Place your socket in to keep the socket from shifting. This is a super simple, cool (I think so, anyway. Ha!) light. It took me less than two hours from beginning to installation. Baby breaks and all. Stay tuned for pictures of the light installed.
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