Saturday, March 28, 2015

Entry Light

I could have just bought all my lights and made this a lot easier but I want to make as much of the house and furniture as I can because part of building this from scratch is learning how to make just about everything for it. So, I decided to make the entry light from scratch... this is where my jewelry and charm making skills come in. But, even though it took me most of the day to get it done, I like the way it turned out.

The frame was cut out of thick card, scored and painted gold. I glued the edge together, made a square top and bottom and a little card tube for the top to hold the light socket. I poked holes in the top and bottom pieces with a pin for the wire. 

I cut little plexiglas pieces for the sides of the fixture and glued them in. I painted everything with liquid leaf classic gold, which actually looks antique when painted on cardboard. Then I ran the wire up through the top, added glass beads and curled it with the pliers. All my light bulbs in this house screw into sockets. To change the light bulb on this fixture, I just need to undo the top wires and pull the fixture off to get to the bulb. 

I made the top fitting that goes against the ceiling out of polymer clay circles and poked holes through them for the wire before baking them. Then I attached the chain and adjusted the length. I will just glue it to the ceiling to hold it in place when I run my wires. That's ONE light fixture down - - - five more to go!

I made a pattern for this little light fixture. You can find the pattern here or click on the pattern button at the top of the page.


  1. Hi Theresa! I want to tell you that your hall lantern is lovely and that you have done a great job constructing it for your French House! I love this house and it is going to be a lot of fun watching, as you construct and furnish it! :))


    1. Thank you Elizabeth. I do feel like everything I've learned has gone into this one house. I get to use so many different skills and materials. I am loving working on it too!