Industrial candelabras made from copper piping is one trend onto which I have to jump aboard – with no hesitation. They’re funky and artistic, and they are also incredibly easy to make!
- various lengths of 3/4″ copper pipe
- pipe cutter
- 6 elbow fittings
- 5 tee fittings
- metal sandpaper
step 1 – pipe cutting
Using a pipe cutter is so much easier than I ever imagined (and believe me, after drilling though cement for a past project, I was prepared to drag out my safety goggles and sports bra.) This technique, however, required nothing more than an inexpensive pipe cutter (about $17 at the hardware store.)
The lengths needed for this project are as follows: five 7″ pieces and nine 4″ pieces. After cutting, I used the metal sandpaper to gently sand away any burrs.
step 2 – polishing
This step is optional, but I like the pinkish hue caused by polishing. I first polished the pipe and fittings with copper polish, then washed them with dish soap and water. Over time, the pink tone will fade into the more traditional copper color.
step 3 – arranging
You can copy the arrangement I used or you can build your own. Note: the very cool thing about this project is that you can easily disassemble the pieces and build a new arrangement for different tablescapes and vignettes. No glue is needed. Simply piece the pipes and fittings together.
For the left side, I used the configuration below:
For the right side, I used a similar arrangement below:
For the center piece, I used two 4″ pieces of pipe and a tee fitting.
Next, join the 3 assembled parts as shown:
Keep in mind, this is a flat view. Once the candelabra is upright, all the pieces are movable and can be manipulated to suit your vignette.
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