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.
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.
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:
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.