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For the last day of Chicken Wire Week I present…this beautiful chicken wire pendant light. I love how rustic it is but also very clean and industrial. My house isn’t hardwired for pendant lights so this is the kind that hang from a swag hook in the ceiling and the cord goes down the wall to an outlet.
But like I mentioned in one for my first posts, for every success there is usually a fail. This project falls partially between those two, success and fail. The fail seems to come from materials more so than the process.
First we will talk about how I made it, then we will go into what went wrong, and finally we will talk about how to fix it.
Lighting has never been my strong suit….none of my lamps match, none of the bulbs are the same color (why do they make light bulbs with color?), and I can’t stand overhead lighting, but without it everything is so dark. So you see when it comes to lighting I’m hopeless. This is my first attempt to rehabilitate myself.
Here is where my problem comes in. The socket kit I bought from the hardware store isn’t really long enough and the switch to turn on the light is closer to the bulb, meaning if I want to turn it on I have to stand on a chair to reach the switch.
So while this light is beautiful and technically does what I want it to, it needs a few tweeks to be exactly what I want. And that’s OK. A lot of times you will find that something doesn’t succeed on the first try, I almost always start a project with a way of achieving it in mind, only to have to rethink several of the steps because its just not quite working.
It took Thomas Edison 1,000 try’s before he came up with the perfect light bulb, so I’m OK with it taking me two or three tries at a pendant light.
Welp, that wraps up our first ever chicken wire week. What did y’all think? Let me know if you try out any of these projects and how it goes. If you come up with a better way of doing something please let me know, (I’m a huge proponent of working smarter not harder).