How to Make a Recycled Chandelier From Broken Glass

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How to Make a Recycled Chandelier From Broken Glass
Recycle broken glass into a stylish chandelier. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

If you love chandeliers but they don't fit in your budget, consider making one from broken glass. This may sound like a dangerous project, but the end results are quite lovely. Light shines through the glass shards, making them look like crystal. Plus, you have a way to recycle irreparable broken crystal and glass items.

Of course, only adults should work on this project. Working with broken glass requires extreme caution and dexterity.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Drill press
  • 1/8 inch thick glass-cutting bit
  • Wood putty
  • Vegetable oil
  • Emery powder
  • Glass shards
  • Protective eyewear
  • Protective gloves
  • 20 gauge steel wire
  • Wire nips
  • Pliers
  • 3 inch jump ring
  • Existing pendant light

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  1. 1

    Place a 1/8 inch thick glass-cutting bit in your drill press. These bits either have a hollow tip with square teeth or a pointed diamond tip. Both work the same way.

  2. 2

    Roll a ring of wood putty and place it on your first glass shard over the area you want to drill. Press it down gently, making a little wall. Mix a pinch of emery powder with a few drops of vegetable oil and pour the mixture inside the circle. The oil lubricates the bit while the emery powder saws at the glass.

  3. 3

    Put on protective eyewear and gloves. Push the drill bit down into the centre of your wood putty circle. Push firmly, but don't force it or you'll shatter your piece. Let the bit work at its own pace. Once drilled, peel the putty from each piece and rinse it in cool water. Repeat with all glass pieces.

  4. 4

    Nip a 6 inch piece of steel wire for each of your glass pieces. Thread 1 inch of each wire through the holes in your glass and use pliers to wrap the wire in a loop around the tops of the shards. These are the "crystals" for your chandelier.

  5. 5

    Pry open a 3 inch jump ring and slip it over the cord of a pendant light, squeezing it closed. Let the ring settle around the back of the socket. Slip the last 2 inches of each wire up through the ring and bend them down into a hook. Add no more than a pound of shards this way. The light should shin through the glass surrounding the bulb.

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