The Orrery Chandelier

This is an Orrery, a stylized model of our solar system, including the sun, and the first three planet orbits.

All parts are fabricated from mild steel rod, flat bar, or sheet metal. The rings are designed to look heavy, but in fact are very lightweight. The lamps themselves (representing the planets) are mounted in the orbital rings with spherical washers, to allow for the placement of specific illumination. The integral turnbuckles are functional, and enable the truing of the lamp as it hangs during installation. The central double conical structure (representing the sun) splits in half upon removal of the bottom finial, to reveal access to the internal lightbulbs.

As is typical in my work, no adhesives are used in the assembly of the various parts. Rather, every part is attached mechanically or welded, using heirloom quality materials and finishes. Also, as these lights are handmade, there is some design flexibility from piece to piece.

This light fixture is a commissioned piece, so dimensions are somewhat flexible (i.e. determined by the patrons size requirements): for comparison, the example in the photos is some 36 inches in diameter. Surface finishes can also be specified (such as antiqued brass plate, nickel plate, or a colored enamel), for a nominal additional fee.

For shipping outside of the continental U.S., please contact me for pricing.

NOTE: My pieces are made to order. The 3-4 week shipping time is an estimate: it can and has been much longer, depending upon my order work load. Contact me for a more accurate build schedule.

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By J.W. Kinsey


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