Branch Light Prototype Progress

I have been slowly working on a sculptural light fixture for over our kitchen island, and thought I would share the progress. 

The first prototype above was done in steel and brass and I was very happy with the results. However, it weighed far too much since the plan was to cantilever it from a wood base. So I reconstructed all of the brass parts that you see with aluminum instead to lightweight it. 

Above is the reconstructed version after a coat of gloss black. The branch is about 4 feet long so it cantilevers quite a bit. I'm really happy with how it turned out. You can also see the wood base. I'm going to trim a little off of the wood vertical down rod, but I purposely wanted it to be long. The branch attaches with a brass swivel. All that is left is to disassemble it, wire all the components and put it back together, do some touch up painting and then hardwire the fixture.

Posted on March 17, 2014 .