We do the oddest projects.
People who know us, know we are always working on something. It’s true. Some have questioned what we are up to these days.
Cutting strapping material for circles (rings)
(Besides a gazillion other things), we tell them we are working on a chandelier. “What kind of chandelier?”, they’ll ask.
Preparing jig to weld rings
Cutting jig template on bandsaw
“It’s kinda hard to describe”, we reply
Ring set up in jig, ready to weld
“What does it look like?”
“A bunch of circles around a tube”, we’ll tell them.
Welding one of many rings
After a pause and a quizzical look, they come up with their next question.
Grinding one of many rings
“What’s it made of?”
“Metal … mostly.” We say.
Grinding steel pin connectors
“How did you come up with it?”
We saw something like it 10 – 15 years ago in a fancy light shop… and were inspired by it’s uniqueness… and thought someday we’ll make something like it. So we wired the house when we built it (a decade ago now) with this chandelier in mind.
Mock up of ring assembly
Welding rings together into subassembly
The design has been a complex math problem. Our ceiling is 14’ high, and we want the chandelier 8 – 9’ off the ground. It should have a decent Length-over-Diameter to have a pleasing aesthetic. So we had to calculate not only the circle diameter, but their circumference as they are splayed out and reduce as it goes away from the center.
Welding ring assembly
Should we do a splayed series of 3 circles or 4? 13″, 15″, 17″ diameter or 19″ diameter, (which equates to 30-some inches splayed out), or all of the above… Hmmm? The bigger the ring diameter, the longer the overall length. Decisions. Decisions… and lots of layouts and mockups.
Grinding ring assembly
Should we paper mache the exterior of the center tube or sand blast to assure the light bulb doesn’t become overly prevalent. We’re looking for more of a ‘glow’ afterall.
Spraying spray tack on inner tube
As we work through building this unique project that has been on our project docket for well over a decade, it occurs to me that it isn’t just Circles of Light… but Circles of Life.
Our life, all the many projects, trials and tribulations, friends & family come and gone – on and off.
Spraying textured art paper to coat tube
Applying paper to tube and trimming
Somehow, as it comes to fruition after all this time, so many things have changed in our own life, and it makes us reflect on those things we have accomplished, and those things we have lost.
Painting interior of chandelier ‘shade’
As it shines down from it’s new home, it casts shadows, points of light, and a soft subtle glow. It has it’s new beginning, and will shine long after we are gone.
The big reveal