ARCHITECTURE_Lasercut Chandelier

DSC_0751 I've been dying to share about this project ever since I finished it in the fall, but had to wait until I hung it up and it could be properly displayed. I made this chandelier last quarter for an annual furniture competition at my school that is held for architecture students. I created the fixture out of plumbing pipe, and then laser cut the "crystals" out of plexiglass. I chose to keep these materials in their raw form because I wanted to create something beautiful that had an honest materiality and was made out of unexpected items. The choice to make my own crystals was also due to the fact that chandelier crystals are very expensive, and I wanted to create a dialogue about digital fabrication.

By the way, these crystals may be familiar if you've seen this necklace I made and wore in this outfit post.

Below I've included the poster that was displayed next to my piece at the show, and talks a little more about the concept of the project!

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Next I've included some process photos. I cut and assembled the pipe frame in my school's wood shop, and spent two days in my studio using jewelry jump rings to hook all of the pieces together--there were over 1,000 individual crystals!

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And finally, here are the photos of the finished product hanging up in my home! I'm so excited to have it displayed and want to create a little seating area underneath it.

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Thanks so much for reading! I will be posting another lighting fixture project made out of plumbing pipe that is a little simpler if you want to make one yourself, so stay tuned for that. Until then, keep up with all my projects on Instagram @punkrockparti.

If you're interested in a custom chandelier, please contact me by email at ppoppe@cox.net

DIY_Skull Earrings

hi guys! so jewelry made out of skull beads has been everywhere lately which i love. even though these pieces aren't particularly expensive, you can make them for even cheaper and then wear them right away! lets get started:

1_these are the supplies you will need. i used the large jump rings to attach the skull beads to the earring chain because i had some laying around, but i would suggest using wire for your own project. also, i picked up these skull beads from ebay! just search 'skull beads' and check out all of your options. mine are a smaller version, that cost me 2 bucks for 20 beads, with free shipping. definitely a good deal

2_if you choose to use large jump rings instead of wire, straighten out the ring with a pair of pliers

3_slide the wire through the first bead, and bend the wire at a 90 degree angle at the base of the bead to hold it in place using your pliers

4_ slide on your desired length of chain onto the other end of the wire, and then fold to secure using the pliers

finally, hook a matching earring hook around your chain, and secure with pliers. follow the same steps for the other earring, and you're done!

i'm really happy with how these earrings came out, and have been able to wear them a lot already because the neutral white goes with anything. stay tuned in the future for another jewelry project using these beads, and good luck with your own project!