The Bicycle Chandelier

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A few days ago my energy-saver bulb hanging from my room ceiling (made in China) burst as I was fixing it. It struck me then to finish up another of my ideas from long before – to use recycle and make something out of my collection of used bicycle parts collected from my own bikes and nearby bicycle shops.

 

As the first prototype, I decided to keep things simple for a proof of concept (as well as stress test the ceiling mount in holding the weight). I needed a proper jig or hanger to work with, but laziness led to to use my ladder in experimenting with the mounting and shape. As I hang the old rusty chains, I am pleasantly surprised that it only adds up to 2.5kg.

 

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Here are the components:

Circular Outer Frame: the rim of my rear wheel, which was hit by a careless driver, becoming warped and unusable for riding.
Chain Ring: this came from my very first mountain bike, which was heavily abused through my riding trips and warped as a result.
The second design is currently underway with a friend in the design industry.

Hanging down from the ladder in my make-shift workshop.
Hanging down from the ladder in my make-shift workshop.
I had intended to use brighter light bulbs, but for convenience’s sake, I used these pre-made ball lights bought from Thailand during a music-fest-photography trip with Take Two local music band. The bassist has the same light in his dorm. I bought one just for fun and never thought it would come in handy.
I had intended to use brighter light bulbs, but for convenience’s sake, I used these pre-made ball lights bought from Thailand during a music-fest-photography trip with Take Two local music band. The bassist has the same light in his dorm. I bought one just for fun and never thought it would come in handy.

 

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It is not as bright in reality and might need some improvement for that. The effect is kinda cool though, and it would be interesting to explore using the shapes of cogwheels and chains in creating shadows.
It is not as bright in reality and might need some improvement for that. The effect is kinda cool though, and it would be interesting to explore using the shapes of cogwheels and chains in creating shadows.

 

Hope you like this project. Please also check out the bicycle chain clock
bicycle chain clock

and my photography facebook page and don’t forget to leave your feedback, suggestions and comments!

Special thanks to Xiangyun for editing. Check out her baking and photography at http://tweedlebakes.com/

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