Brass-Bowl Pendant Lamp

The hanging pendant lamp illuminating this cozy reading nook may look like a pricey artisanal fixture. However, it's your own handiwork—and a genius houseware substitution—that gives it cachet.

With a metal cutting tool, a plug-in pendant light-cord, and a brass bowl of your choice, this project is a cost-effective way to craft your own home lighting. Nibblers and shears are two of the most common power tools available for cutting metal, both providing a fast and less fatiguing alternative to hand tools. Either tool can be used in this project, depending on the material of your bowl. Take care when assembling your lamp: First, make sure the device is not connected to a power source and turn off the circuit breaker or remove the fuse, among other wiring tips. As a fixture option, you can anchor the lamp's power line to the wall by winding it around a piece of hardware.

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  1. Cut a two-inch hole in the thin bottom of an inexpensive brass vessel with metal snips or nibbler shears.

  2. String it upside-down with a DIY lamp-cord kit; secure to the ceiling or wall with anchored hardware.

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