Published on May 14th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Steel Me – pendant luminaire

Materials: 2 BLANDA BLANK (36cm), 2 BASISK

My friend Rebecca needed 2 pendant luminaires for her brand new supermodern kitchen. I decided to try to make my first Ikea hack! So I bought

2 big BLANDA BLANK steel salad bowls
2 BASISK simple pendant element

Utensils: a drill

1. I made many holes in the steel bowl, to have the “sea (gulls)” effect on the walls of the room

2. I made one bigger hole on top, for the junction of the socket and wire

3. I used a 60W incandescent with reflector bulb, to have the light first bouncing on the mirror inner surface of the steel bowl and then reflected down to the table. (The sea(gulls) are only visible using this bulb!)

BASISK comes already with a very nice silver/transparent electrical cable.

~ Nevena, Oslo

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Jules Yap

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12 Responses to Steel Me – pendant luminaire

  1. jynni says:

    Those look great! I am wanting to do a similar thing. But how does the wire and ceiling plate fit through the hole you drilled… does the ceiling plate unscrew? I don’t have an Ikea nearby, and don’t want to order the lights unless I know it will work!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great idea and you´ve doneit so neatly that it looks prefessional. I bet you coul sell these for a lot of money !

  3. Anonymous says:

    Supercool and simple hack! I’ve made tqo of them and they’re hanging above my dining table.

  4. nokic says:

    Congratulations Nevena! Liked it very much.

  5. Jo says:

    @Jeremy, you need a hole saw. You can get a fitting for the tip of your drill, pop it in and you’ll be swing holes in no time. Make sure you get a drill bit appropriate for metal, not wood.

  6. Sudha says:

    thanks for the tip and the method to drill

  7. nevena says:

    Thank you guys!

    About the holes:
    I made all the holes with a normal drill, using the appropriate steel drill.
    I googled “how to drill steel” and I found out that you should set the drill not on the “hammer” option but the continuous mode. Also using some oil where you are drilling will prevent the area from becoming too hot and the little steel particles will get stuck and not fly too much around (it will smell a bit like mcd fries if you use sunflower oil as i did!)

    small holes: 3mm diameter drill, big hole on top 10mm diameter drill for stainless steel

    and the reflector incadescent bulb is a must if you want to get the pattern on the walls and ceiling!

  8. Lili says:

    Wow. That is pretty!

    Relatable Style

  9. Sudha says:

    would love to know how the top hole and the other ones were made…i have thgt of making an arco look alike for so long now…very inspiring

  10. artsy ant says:

    very cool idea! they look fantastic! i wouldn’t be surprised if next year they’ve got this design in their catalogue!
    we also “doctored” our lamps from ikea. i love that the items there are cheap enough just in case something goes wrong.

  11. Rough Nest says:

    Awesome lighting! The orange vase/flower is cute too.

  12. Jérémy says:

    I want to do this for months , but do not know how to make a hole on the bottom :/

    Great job

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