You will need:
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(8) 1/2” copper elbows – these come in a bag of 10 for $3.50
(5) 3/4” x 1/2” copper couplings – $2.30 each = $11.50
(3) 1/2” copper pressure tees – $1.20 each = $3.60
(1) 10’ x 1/2” copper pipe – $10
JB Weld Kwik Weld
Copper parts total: $28
Step 1: Cut your copper pipe pieces
You will need to use your pipe cutter to cut seven 6” pieces, two 5” pieces, and six 2.5” pieces. I like to mark my cut line with sharpie and then lay the cutter on a flat surface and rotate the pipe through.
Step 2: Build the candelabra’s base
Gather your cut pieces (all pieces EXCEPT three of the 6” pieces and the two 5” pieces), your elbows and tees to form the base of the candelabra.
That picture shows a dry-fitting of the pieces – four 6” pieces, six 2.5” pieces, eight elbows, and three tees. Make sure everything looks good, and then mix up some of your two-part epoxy (JB Weld). Use a popsicle stick or the end of a plastic utensil to apply the epoxy to the fittings. The epoxy dries fairly quickly, so mix up small batches.
Step 3: Build the arms of the candelabra
Use your epoxy to attach the coupling pieces to the top of the four 6” pieces and two 5” pieces you set aside earlier.
Step 4: Attach the candelabra arms to the base
Again, use epoxy to attach the arms to the base of the candelabra. I used the three 6” arms on the back side, and the two 5” arms on the front (see picture). If necessary, use a box to prop the arm upright in a level position while the epoxy dries.
All finished! I didn’t seal my copper pipe with any kind of a protective coating, because I love the patina the copper achieves over time. If you want to keep it shiny and new, you can polish it up with extra-fine steel wool and then seal with a clear coating!
P.S. My “table runner” is a roll of embossed paintable wallpaper – I decided that I needed a white background for my little photo shoot and I ended up I falling in love with the texture paired with the copper and the rest of my dining room elements!
This copper candelabra was such a fun addition to my dining room! I love the way it echoes the burl table’s tones, the mirrors above the mantel, and it plays so nicely with my new diy marbled credenza…
Copper is also perfect for fall, so if you’ve been wanting to add some copper to your décor, it would look lovely on your Thanksgiving table or mantel!
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