What you will need

  • A wire and rattan lobster pot (ours is from Fish Outta Water)
  • Four 15cm lengths of fishing trace (18kg breaking strain) with built-in hooks
  • Super Weld ‘Twist and Melt’ (41kg breaking strain) nylon-coated, stainless-steel trace wire
  • A few metres of brown, cloth-covered cable
  • Bakelite-style lampholder
  • Light bulb

Decorating Tip

Add rattan (available from Spotlight and Lincraft) for a less open look and try different globes.

Twist and melt

Cut off the swivels from the 15cm fishing trace wires and clip the other end onto the four corners of the starting point of the lobster-pot’s frame. Thread the Twist and Melt wire through each of the trace wire’s loops and twist the tail of the Twist and Melt around itself four times to form a small loop, then hold the tail in position.

Mark the Position

Pass the flame of a lighter or match along the twisted area to melt the nylon just enough to create a permanent bond on the twist. Mark the ceiling at the desired position and use a spring toggle cup hook (for plasterboard) or a regular 6g-size cup hook (if mounting into a beam or rafter) to create a ceiling fixing point.

Cut of the excess

Decide how low you want the light to hang and create another loop in the Twist and Melt trace wire at the right point. Repeat the melting process, as before, and cut off any excess wire with pliers. Test the loops are strong, then suspend from the ceiling hook.

Note

Now’s the time to call in a licensed electrician to do the rest for you.

Fit the bulb

Replace the existing light flex from the ceiling rose with new flex in the desired drop length. Fix the cable to the cup hook by using a small, clear cable tie. Wire in the lampholder. Fit the bulb and feed it into the lobster pot. Turn the power on.

 

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