Try This: Baby Food Chandelier

This baby food jar chandelier has the all the charm of medieval ironwork—but it comes from the recycling bin.

| May/June 2009

Lighten up the recycling

This chandelier has all the charm of medieval ironwork—but it comes from the recycling bin. Used baby-food jars, a few yards of twisted wire, a couple repurposed barrel hoops and a length of rusty chain are all it takes to spark images of exotic locales. Powered by votive candles, the chandelier crackles with energy without drawing a single watt.

Tie wire (about 40 yards)
15 to 18 baby-food jars
15 to 18 votive or tealight candles
2 barrel hoops
6 eyehook bolts (black or rusty, if possible)
12 nuts to match the bolts
About 9 feet of lightweight chain (dark or rusty, if possible)
Large S-hook

Wire cutters
Needle-nose pliers
Jigsaw with metal-cutting blade for barrel hoops (if needed)

1. Measure and cut two 24-inch lengths of tie wire. Make a loop in the center of each wire. Place one loop over the neck of a baby food jar and tighten slightly. Then put the other loop over the neck in the opposite direction. Cinch down.

2. Pulling the loops tightly, twist the end wires around each other to secure the wire on the jar neck. Using needle-nose pliers, tighten loops.

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