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Cray Pot Pendants

Mandurah was originally a fishing town and it’s still a favourite past time for many locals.  Personally, I’d prefer to watch paint dry and grass grow than wait for a fish to attach itself to my rod.  However, it is fun to go “crabbing” with friends once a year, followed by chilli crabs on the BBQ.  And, I have been known to enjoy being knocked over by small waves while plucking abalone off the rocks.  For many years my husband and friends regularly dove for crayfish in the ocean.  Recent shark tales may change that, but it remains that Mandurah is a fishing destination.

Mr. Mitchell obviously has a great mind.

Mr. Mitchell obviously has a great mind.

I’m not one for dolphin-shaped water features or crab-mosaic splash backs, but a cray pot pendant?  Now we are talking.  I was keeping this idea as a surprise, but this week I noticed that someone else had the same idea!  I delved a little deeper and it turns out cray pot pendants are everywhere.

Picture Sources:  1.  Pinterest (original source not known) 2.  Homelife 3 & 4. Coastal Vintage.

So far this is my plan:

1.  Include provision for pendants on the lighting plan.  Check.

2.  Buy some cheap lights with appropriate cord length and have them installed by the builder’s electrician during construction.  (Getting to the light “sockety” things later, won’t be easy.)

3.  Remove cheap shades and add the cray pots and supporting wires/line/chain at my leisure.

Not much detail there, I know.  I have figured out that there are plenty of places that will sell you the necessary bits and pieces (eg. Ikea and Beacon Lighting in Australian, West Elm in North America).  I have 3 potential locations in mind for my cray pot pendants, all in areas with double-height, 5.4 metre ceilings.  I think I will need at least 1.8 metres of cord.  And now, what I don’t know:

  • Cray pots weigh 1-2kg.  Is that normal for a pendant?  Do you think the cray pot needs to have its own support, rather than hang from the cord?
  • One of the pendants will be in the alfresco area, in other words – it’s outside but has a roof above.  I’m worried about rust.  Has anyone put in pendant lights designed specifically to withstand coastal conditions?
  • The largest cray pots available, in the style I like, are 60cm wide, but only 30 cm high.  Maybe too small for our large spaces?

Have you made your own pendant lights?  Any tips for someone who is ever-so-slightly challenged by electrical concepts.

I’ve collected a few DIY pendant light stories in my Pinterest DIY folder.  If you are feeling creative, have a click around in there for links to instructions to make pendants such as these:

One of "50 Coolest DIY Pendant Lights" found at Decoist.

One of “50 Coolest DIY Pendant Lights” found at Decoist.

Woven rope pendant - DIY by Design Sponge.

Woven rope pendant – DIY by Design Sponge.

Most importantly, do you have any old cane or wood cray pots rotting away behind your shed?  I’m a willing buyer.

When all else fails, I have found a few cray pot fakes!  Good looking fakes, mind you, but not useful for actually catching crayfish.

Picture sources:  1.  Darcy Clark   2. Zaffero   3. Freedom.

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17 thoughts on “Cray Pot Pendants

  1. Lovely. Put them outside and in. I’d get some advice from your sparky on weights of lights, no doubt there will be standards. I’d go for option 2, and get some extra length on the cords (even an extra metre or two), you can always hook up extra length later (could look nice) or trim the cord once you find your pots. Keep in mind the shadows the pots will cast, could leave quite severe shadows on the wall which could be gorgeous or annoying. Get a dimmer on those lights so you can adjust to your mood. Love the idea – do it!! xx

  2. What a great idea. I wish I was half as creative. I shudder to think what my DIY lampshade would look like! You might be able to find craypots on Gumtree.
    I love the look of the Portsea home with all the wood and stone.
    I am still working on putting photos up of our place – thought I could do it in pinterest but not having any luck.

  3. trixee says:

    I lurve chilli crabs! I saw that pendant in Freedom the other day and thought it looked ok. Some chandeliers can get pretty heavy so I imagine 1-2kg would be fine, but it would depend on the strength of the rope holding it up I would imagine.

  4. I love the first photo, it looks so rustic…..I think it will look amazing. I think it is totally doable. I have all the faith in you :). We are going to have to use chain on our pendants/chandeliers because of the height? Not sure what your ceiling height vs weight is? And the comment with Sparky made me laugh out loud! Love it!

    Safe travels!!

  5. Brilliant idea, as usual 🙂 I can’t offer any helpful advice but I think whatever you end up doing will look amazing in those double height spaces of yours. Enjoy your trip!

  6. Great idea – I’m assuming the spaces will be grand enough to ‘house’ them! In relation to outdoor lights our electrician told us that anything other than galvanised stainless steel designed for coastal locations would quickly rust/break… Not sure if its similar where you’ll be but assume its saltwater?

      • No money left so we’ve asked the electrician to source some typical up/downlighters which can withstand the coastal weather! I have asked for a couple of spots to light the ruin but unsure what he is able to get – apparently all galvanised steel isn’t the same and it needs to be marked appropriate for the coast – most cheaper lights apparently don’t do the job! I can’t wait to sit back and relax once ours is finished (soon) and enjoy yours 😉

  7. Great idea! We got really long plain pendant lights with fabric covered cord (details, but looks so much better than plastic) from West Elm, Restoration Hardware sells them too. I think the electrical cables for lights are ok with the different voltage in USA to AU but better double check before purchasing! Or you can get the plastic cord pendant kits from the hardware store for super cheap.

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