Save money on interior lighting with this fun DIY brass swing lamp! Great as a bedroom or living room piece to accent a gallery wall or brighten up the bedside! Make this high end looking piece on a budget with the full tutorial below.
- 3/8 inch forstner drill bit
- 5/16 inch forstner drill bit
- Wood block (walnut used here)
- 3/8 inch threaded brass pipe
- Tubing bender
- Brass swivel with rotation piece
- Brass socket piece
- Ceramic socket
- Wire clippers
- Small phillips screw driver
- Wood finish (oil or polyurethane as desired)
1. Using a hand held drill, use the 3/8″ drill bit to drill down into one side of the rectangular block (vertically). Drill about 3/4 of the way down the block.
2. Switch over to the 5/16″ drill bit and drill the rest of the way through the block.
3. Use sand paper to sand the edges of the block and finish the wood block with oil or polyurethane as desired.
4. Gather the rest of your supplies and thread your cord through the pipe.
5. Thread your pipe around the brass swivel rotation piece.
6. Pull out the cord through the swivel rotation piece (strip the fabric off the cord if needed depending on the diameter of the cord you use).
7. Use the wire clippers to strip the outside of the cord off of the interior wires to expose your wire. Clip off the green wire.
8. Strip the black and white cords of the plastic until only the wire is exposed.
9. Thread on the brass socket cup.
10. Attach the exposed wires to the ceramic socket. Match up the white to the silver connector point and screw in place with your screw driver. Match the black wire to the other connection point.
11. Pull the cord from the bottom of the pipe so that the brass socket cover is pulled tight enough to screw into the brass swivel connector piece and the ceramic socket fits tightly in the cup.
12. Use your tubing bender to put a slight 45 degree bend in the brass pipe towards the bottom of the piping.
13. Use a router to place 2 keyholes in the back of your wood. If you don’t have a router then you can just screw the wood directly into the wall once the light if finished.
14. Thread the cord of your light and your brass pipe into your wood piece (thread through the side with the larger hole first so that the brass piece slides into the wood and rests inside, you should be able to pull the cord through the bottom hole).
15. Add a plug to the bottom of the cord by stripping the wire and attaching to the plug piece.
Hang your lamp on the wall (place 2 screws into the wall and hang the wood on the screws if you chose to put key holes into the wood or screw screw through the wood and directly into the wall). Plug the light in to let it shine!