Teapot Chandelier

One of my clients had just returned from a trip to Merrakech. She brought back a sack full of small, plated, brass, teapots. Handing me the sack she said "I want you to make me a chandelier". It turned out to be a wonderful, challenging project.

I wanted to create something elegant and fun for my client's dinning room. I divided the chandelier into two tiers. The top tier, of five teapots, was achieved by making small brass brackets to secure the handles to the wire pot at the top. The lower tier, of 10 teapots, was created by fabricating a 3" wide copper ring with a custom wire pot in the middle. The ring was connected to the wire pot with a system of hollow tubes that carried the wires from the teapots to the center wire pot. The lower pot was connected to the smaller, top, wire pot by a short tube that carried the wires between the two.

I cut the bottoms out of the teapots. A 20w equivalent, LED, bi-pin, bulb was installed in each lid. I ran the wire out the back of the lids. All that required to change a bulb is flip open the lid and there it is. Most of the fixture frame has a dark, hand-rubbed, bronze patina. The custom brass hardware pieces were left bright and lacquered.

With 15 - 20w bulbs, the fixture gives off almost as much light as a 300 w bulb. My client wanted to be able to have dinners on a dimmer as well as enough light to work at the table.

NOTE: This is a unique fixture. I'm sure there are lots of small, metal, teacups on line. If I was to do this again, the teapots would have to be supplied by the client or paid for as an extra charge. The listed price includes everything else to fabricate the chandelier.

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