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This pair of do-it-yourself hanging pendant
compact fluorescent fixtures was made from
large soup cans and parts from the hardware
store. The parts in blue packages are
Two 50 .oz aluminum food cans
1 package of steel nipples (lamp parts)
1 package of hex nuts (lamp parts)
2 Porcelain Fixture Sockets (lamp parts)
1 package of closed-end splice connnectors
Three 12' extension cords
2 GE brand "Daylight" 6500k CFL bulbs
1 can of Black enamel spraypaint
There are a variety of products that come in
these 50 - 52 oz size cans. These cans in
particular were originally filled with tomato soup.
First things first, rinse the empty cans, remove
the paper labels then remove the sticky label
My personal experience is with a product called
Goo Gone. This is one of those products you
buy a small bottle of that lasts for years since it
takes a tiny amount to get the job done.
The step drill bit has multiple sections of
increasing diameter so as you drill down farther,
you create a larger hole.
I found a 13/32 or 7/16 inch diameter hole
works well for this project. The can on the left
has some sawdust because I placed a section
of 2x4 lumber inside to support the can while
drilling. I since discovered the extra support
wasn't really necessary.
To keep the inside of the can shiny and paint
free, stuff a small piece of paper towel in the
holes. If you do this from the inside of the cans,
the paper towel won't be in your way when
Wipe any oil from fingerprints and layout some
newspaper in a well ventilated area for spray
Depending on the type of spraypaint you use,
the cans may be ready to handle in 10 to 15
minutes or a few hours.
Fast drying enamal spray paint may cost a few
more dollars, but may be worth the
For best coverage, it's a good idea to let the
first coat dry, then inspect the cans for any
missed spots then apply a second coat of
spraypaint as needed.
do-it-yourself aquarium and semi-aquatic background designs beyond the traditional
Disclaimer: Exercising reasonable safety precautions
when performing the steps described in this article
are the responsibility of the individuals building the
background. Dramaticaquascapes.com is not
responsible for personal injury or property damage as
a result of following steps outlined in this article.