Sunday, February 2, 2014

Pickle jar 'chandelier'

Eric nicked a metal rack-thingie from work that was slated to be binned, so that we might use it as a base for our jar 'chandelier' design.  After having been buoyed by all the gorgeous glass jar lights found on sites like Pinterest, we were sure that we could make something that we'd like and have it not turn out a Pinstrosity.  The mason jar look is so exceptionally cool, but not having any here at our finger tips, we decided to use a pickle jar of decent shape and size from a company that makes stellar pickles: Hugo Reitzel.

Einfach knusprig gut!

We're all but done with the light project.  The last step (which probably should have been the first) is to spray paint the jar lids a nice copper color for consistency's sake and because it will look cool.

Dining with a glow.

The light bulbs we used were found at a shop here in town that, fortunately, sells Edison bulbs which emit an 'old-timey' warm, yellow glow.

Gorgeous selection of Edison bulbs.

The cables we found were a bit on the cheap side in both look and cost (4CHF per cable), with plastic sockets of no particular flair.  If we had found anything remotely like the sockets and cords shown in the above photo, then I think that we would have dispensed with using the jar idea altogether.  These bulbs truly do stand on their own.


  1. A round of applause for this handiwork! Now, is there a 'How It's Made' feature in the works? :)

    1. I did the easiest of tasks: ate all the pickles, soaked the empty jars in order to remove their labels and bought the bulbs. The hubs is required to provide the 'how to' bit. I've asked him, so we'll see if he complies. :)

  2. The bare bulb mechanisms you can pick in CH at any store that stocks light parts. For those that don't know Swiss Apartments and houses don't come with lighting fixtures, which makes for a plethora of cheap bare bulb options.

    You take the wires of your bare bulb fixture and string them along in a daisy chain (similar to christmas lights, each light is wired into the next light in the chaing, and finally to the wall) They are combined with small plastic fixtures meant to attach the wires to your household wiring, I hesitate to offer any electrical advice, but suffice to say you can search for wiring, colors and means, in google. As always be very careful, and avoid working with live electricity. The chandelier above is actually wired to a plug.


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