Claire here, and I’m so excited to bring you the results of my latest DIY. If you remember, two weeks ago I collected a few images of fabulous light fixtures to start my creative juices flowing. After much consideration, I felt inspired to create something that was 100% Claire — and if you know anything about me, you know that means something gold and unexpected. Hopefully you all love this brass pipe pendant as much as I do… follow the jump for the easy instructions! 

  • 1/2″ diameter x 36″ brass tubes (4)
  • 90° copper elbows, size 3/8″ diameter (8)
  • 3/8″ diameter copper T’s (8)
  • Gorilla Glue
  • cord set (I purchased a pre-made one from Ikea, or if you are more adventurous you can buy a kit at Home Depot and make it yourself)
  • light bulb
  • cross bar for ceiling mount fixture
  • wire nut connectors (2)
  • pliers
  • screw driver
  • drill with titanium bit
  • permanent marker
  • canopy
  1. Cut brass tubes into thirds, giving you three 12-inch pieces from each tube (for a total of 12)
  2. Set 4 12-inch pieces aside, and cut the remaining 8 in half (to 6-inch lengths). I had a store cut them for me with a metal saw.
  3. Create two groups with: 8 6-inch brass tubes, 4 copper T’s, 4 copper elbows.
  4. Create one group with: 4 12-inch brass tubes.
  5. Before you begin to connect the pieces, determine how you want your fixture to hang and drill a hole straight downward at the center of your top-most pipe (I made a mark with a Sharpie at a 45° angle on the ‘T’)
  6. On a flat surface, take one of the first two groups and connect the 6-inch pieces in pairs with a ‘T’.
  7. Use the 4 elbows to connect the open ends to create a square. Note:make sure the ‘T’s’ are positioned so that the unused hole is facing up.
  8. Put a small amount of Gorilla Glue in each copper connect to ensure that the brass tubing is snug and secure.
  9. Repeat steps 4-7 with the second group of 6-inch tubes, 4 copper elbows, and 4 copper T’s.
  10. Once the two squares are dry, take one of them and place the four 12-inch brass tubes into each of the open holes of the T so that they are sticking straight up. Add glue to secure.
  11. Place the second square you crafted on the other end of the 12-inch brass tubes using the T as connection points.
  12. Glue to secure your cube pendant.
  13. Take the cord set and clip off the plug with pliers and slide the cord up through the hole you’ve drilled. Secure the cord in place with a drop of Gorilla Glue at the hole.
  14. Determine the height at which you want your pendant to hang and snip the cord accordingly.
  15. To create a functioning light, wire directly into your existing j-box using the cross bar and cover the j-box using a canopy. For more information on DIYing the electrical process, refer to this video or this helpful blog post.
  16. Hang, turn on, and enjoy your neatly crafted and gloriously brassy new DIY pendant!

  1. 1
    emily | August 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    so wonderful! make me one 🙂

    • clairezinnecker | August 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      you got it!

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    celine {starbies and sangrias} | August 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Wow, that is unbelievable. I say “Open an Etsy Shop”!!!

    • Claire Z. | August 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks!!! It’s definitely an idea I’ve been tossing around!

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    Laura | August 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    This is incredible! I may just have to make one myself.

    Also, I think I bumped into you at Home Depot when you were buying supplies. I was getting pipes to make a garment rack & you told me about Crump. You were totally right, the were SO much cheaper than Home Depot!! If that was you, thanks again! If not, sorry for being a weirdo.

    • clairezinnecker | August 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      haha oh my goodness yes that was me! So glad you went to Crump Plumbing and I hope your wardrobe rack turned out well. What a small world it is!! You should definitely make this light. It was such a fun & easy project!

      • Laura | August 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

        Hah, how funny! I noticed you had an armload of pretty brass. The rack is coming along swimmingly. I’m actually making several for my shop! I’m opening a new store, Olive, on Sept. 1 in Domy Books. We’re having our preview weekend Aug 25-26 so I have to get cracking.

        Might just have to make this pendant for the shop too 😉

        • clairezinnecker | August 9, 2012 at 11:32 pm

          How exciting! I will definitely be coming by to check the store out! Let me know if you need any wardrobe rack help. And yes, you should make a pendant or two as well! 😉

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    Kate | August 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Very nice job. It looks GREAT!

    • clairezinnecker | August 9, 2012 at 11:32 pm


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    elli by studio34E | August 16, 2012 at 2:11 am

    wow amazing!!!I

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    Elisabet | March 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Dear Madam, I was paying attention to the instructions given and I have a doubt.These brass tubes have a colour very close to gold. Did you paint them ? because here in spain brass tubes are grey. Thanks a lot

    • clairezinnecker | March 14, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Hi Elisabet! No I didn’t paint them, the brass tubes here have a brassy gold finish. But you could paint them or spray paint them gold if the ones in Spain aren’t the finish you desire. Thanks!

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