How to Make a Bike Wheel Chandelier

Do you have an old bicycle rim hanging around your house? Are you a bike enthusiast looking for a new d├ęcor for your ceiling? Why not make a chandelier from an old bike rim?

Steps

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    Find an old bike rim.
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    Remove the wheel hub shell.
    • Use a wrench or vice-grip pliers to remove the hub.
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    Clean it thoroughly. Be sure to remove any dirt, grease and rust that remains on the wheel.
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    Obtain a pendant lighting kit.
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    Cut a shower curtain rod so that it is about 20 inches (50.8 cm) long (depending on the height of your ceiling)
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    Insert end of the pendant light through the hub.
    • Pull the wire until the bulb socket reaches the end of the hub.
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    Insert the end of the wire into the pre-cut shower curtain rod.
    • Position the curtain rod on the center of the bike rim.
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    Make a knot (wire) on the end of the rod to secure the wire. This will prevent the parts from moving out of position when the chandelier is hung.
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    Screw a hook into your ceiling.
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    Tie a knot or secure the wiring with a ziptie. Connect the wire to a power source.
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    Screw a bulb and turn it on to test. Congratulation, you're done!

Things You'll Need

  • 20" inch bicycle rim
  • 20" inch shower curtain rod
  • Pendant lighting kit
  • 40 watt bulb
  • Drill
  • Pliers

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