Thursday, March 2, 2017

IKEA-ARTECNICA HACK: A MODERN GARLAND PENDANT


I love this unexpected twist on a chandelier. Metal unexpectedly meets organic in a free-form modern pendant with a lyrical kinetic feel. Easy and inexpensive to make, requiring just a Hemma lamp from IKEA, a light-bulb, and stamped metal garland by Artecnica. 
The garland for this lamp is very thin and flexible. The pattern is fine with tiny pinholes in the leaves and stems and floral cutouts that are exquisitely articulated, all conspiring to cast wonderful shadows.

NOTES:
  • The garland is thin metal, but I found I needed my most heavy duty kitchen scissors to cut it.
  • I suggest a longlasting LED bulb because it may be difficult down the road to change the lightbulb without altering your pendant.
  • Be careful! Electricity can hurt bigtime. Don't plug in the cord until you have a bulb installed.
  • The HEMMA light has a long cord. You may want to pick up some wire clips at Home Depot to tame it.
  • The garland is available online although I bought mine at the Museum of Fine Art Houston. 

ONE PENDANT LIGHT... WHAT YOU NEED:
  • 1 package of ARTECNICA GARLAND (black, silver or gold)
  • 1 IKEA HEMMA socket and wire (2 hooks and threads included)
  • I LED light bulb, equivalent to 25 or 40 watt that will fit HEMMA socket
  • Kitchen scissors


Using kitchen scissors, clip the border away from
the continuous garland.


Hang up your HEMMA light according
to the instructions
DO NOT PLUG IT IN YET.
Screw the bulb into the socket,
 plug it in and turn the lamp on 

to be sure all is operational.



Find the end of the garland, loop the circle
around the socket and latch the hooks together,

Add garland to your hanging light, clipping lengths,
 or looping the entire garland.
Length can be created by hanging pieces
by twisting leaves and stems onto one another.






Continue until you are satisfied with your chandelier!
Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you enjoy your pendant light with Artecnica garland.