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April 23, 2012

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diy | industrial candleholder

I recently drove down to Philly to visit my friend Dave who’s studying Architecture at Philadelphia University.  When I stepped into his studio, I was immediately inspired by all the abstract ideas come to life through drawings and miniature models.  I knew I had to get my hands dirty working with metals, building things, and pouring cement (cement DIY coming later this week).  
This candleholder DIY uses very simple supplies found in every local hardware store: 
– 1/2 in. copper piping (I bought 10′)
– galvanized floor flange  (1/2 in.)
– galvanized steel pipe nipple (1/2 in. x 2 in.)
– masking tape
– hand saw
– candle 
The steps are very easy.  Using the masking tape, first mark off where you want to saw your copper pipe – I cut mine at 9 inches.  Then, get to work with the saw.  Use lots of elbow grease…this is the only somewhat difficult part.  If you have a man around, put him to work.   
Eventually, you will saw through the entire pipe.  Don’t worry, copper is very soft (relatively) and those little pieces aren’t sharp and won’t splinter!
Next, assemble your candle sticks.  Turn the floor flange upside down, and screw in the steel pipe nipple.  Then place your copper pipe (I didn’t even secure it, but you could glue it in place) and candle. I had to wrap masking tape around the base of my candle to make it snug inside the copper pipe.  
Enjoy your new candle sticks! 

I adore the raw, industrial simplicity of these candleholders.  They are such a contrast to the ornate and vintage I’m typically drawn to.  It was so rewarding to start with an idea to work with new materials, and have the outcome turn out just as I had envisioned.  I’m going to use these for my next gathering with friends!  Yes, I am obsessed with candles.

Happy Monday!

till tomorrow,
Rebecca

  1. Anna @ IHOD says:

    You amaze me. This is fantastico. Thanks for sharing your creativity!
    Anna

  2. Naomi says:

    This is an awesome idea, Rebecca! You're so creative.

  3. lori says:

    Very cool. This was a very unique idea. I also have some plumbing work if you have some spare time. 😉

  4. la la Lovely says:

    Love these, seriously!
    xo . trina

  5. Love everything that puts together industrial and DIY!

  6. Alexandra says:

    These really are lovely!!! I adore rose gold (copper) hardware, and always buy it in different shapes at my local hardware store! Will probably try this next…

    xxx,
    Alexandra

  7. Page Gerrick says:

    You're so crafty! These are great, and it's really surprising how well an industrial accent can fit into a more classic style decor!

  8. Shoko says:

    So cool! What a great idea!

  9. Sarah Roads says:

    Love these! Just got a cabin project I think I will use them for!

  10. I love this idea! I can't wait to try it out!

  11. Victoria says:

    I love this idea. We've actually had a couple breakins in our hood lately of people trying to steal copper piping. It's becoming a thing:) Great project!

  12. Pink Ronnie says:

    I love it. Nice work, Rebecca!
    Ronnie xo

  13. rebekah j. says:

    i think this is my favorite project you've ever done. it's GENIUS. can't wait to try making my own!

  14. K says:

    This is really, really neat! I was just wishing the other day I could incorporate some copper into my space, and lamenting that everything cost a fortune! Rebecca, to the rescue!!

  15. WOW! Its cool… I like it

  16. Fantastic! The copper looks so fresh and unique!

  17. These are ROCKING! I had never seen these! I guess that's what Pinterest is good for, bringing me back! Man, I need to make some of these ASAP!

  18. […] this weekend, and I’m thrilled with the result. I love the simplicity of the design and the utility of plumbing supplies.  To make your own pair of antler candleholders, gather these supplies: – 2 copper bushings […]

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