Another option - and more or less the one I chose for the light base is using an existing light fixture. One like this for example:
My thoughts behind it are rather economical in nature.
Last year I bought 4 hanging globe lights for $6.50 plus $2.50 in shipping. That's $9.00 for four lights - nothing I make can beat that. So, with the help of my trusted hair-dryer I took them apart..... I now have:
- four white glass globes to be used for something else (make that three because I just broke one...)
- four chains that I can use
- four brass tips from the bottom of the globes
- four flame tip bulbs - already wired with plugs.
And another option is to buy grain of wheat LEDs pre-wired and try to make something out of them.
The pre-wired LEDs have a rather thick protective shrink plastic cover over the connection points which makes them somewhat bulky.
While I had no issue removing the plastic
The only brass tube I found to cover the base of the bulb to make it look like a fitted fixture was 3/16 and did look a bit too .... I don't know what to call it - it just didn't look right.
I tried to ways of using it, but none of them made me really happy...
I used a finish washer and a short piece of brass tube to hold the bulb centered. While this idea certainly has merit - it does need more work to look right.
I also thought about using a long piece of brass tube that would attach to the ceiling adapter, and then attach the dome with chains - still didn't look right:
That's when I decided to use the flame bulb from the globes:
One copper tube and a bead later:
That's what it will look like: