DIY Lighting: Build a Brass Wall Sconce | Erin Francois | Skillshare

Playback Speed

  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x

DIY Lighting: Build a Brass Wall Sconce

teacher avatar Erin Francois, Expert Home DIY'er

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Watch this class and thousands more

Get unlimited access to every class
Taught by industry leaders & working professionals
Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Understanding IPS

    • 3. Materials

    • 4. Assembling the Sconce

    • 5. Wiring the Socket

    • 6. Installing the Sconce in Your Home

  • --
  • Beginner level
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced level
  • All levels

Community Generated

The level is determined by a majority opinion of students who have reviewed this class. The teacher's recommendation is shown until at least 5 student responses are collected.





About This Class

In this quick and easy 10-minute class, expert home DIY'er, Erin Francois, shares how to build on-trend, modern sconce lighting for less than 1/2 the cost of expensive pre-made fixtures. Her step-by-step instructions, detailed source list, and inviting approach make this the perfect class for DIY veterans and novices alike. If you've been wanting to learn the basics of building lighting, now is the time to dive in head first!

Meet Your Teacher

Teacher Profile Image

Erin Francois

Expert Home DIY'er


Erin Fran?ois is a Minneapolis-based Francophile, interior styling nut, and DIY'er to the absolute core. She uses her background in interior design to create handmade modern pieces for the home that work to add originality, beauty and functionality to our everyday. Fran?ois et Moi is a creative online space dedicated to helping others love their homes through DIY.

Explore more at .

See full profile

Class Ratings

Expectations Met?
  • 0%
  • Yes
  • 0%
  • Somewhat
  • 0%
  • Not really
  • 0%
Reviews Archive

In October 2018, we updated our review system to improve the way we collect feedback. Below are the reviews written before that update.

Why Join Skillshare?

Take award-winning Skillshare Original Classes

Each class has short lessons, hands-on projects

Your membership supports Skillshare teachers

Learn From Anywhere

Take classes on the go with the Skillshare app. Stream or download to watch on the plane, the subway, or wherever you learn best.


1. Introduction: Hi guys. I heard friends, lots of friends y home D I y block, dedicated to helping others love their home through modern rest. To lighting is so hot interiors right now. But it's also crazy, expensive. So today I'm gonna show you how you can make your own, perhaps the dust. The truth is, it's really not hard to make. You just need to equip yourself with the right materials. And a basic understanding of lighting assembly in this class will walk there. All of the materials and tools needed to build this guy's as well as where to source them, how to actually build your sconce and where the socket and finally had amounted in your home. So let's get started. 2. Understanding IPS: I want to touch briefly on what I PS means. I think it's one of the more confusing turns toe understand when? When buildings conflating, Um, and it's most definitely something you'll see when you go into order your lamp parts I PS is that historically to be an acronym for internal pipe size, which would have historically, um, referred to the internal diameter of your pipe. Over the years, though, the lighting industry has thinned out the walls of the pipe to basically allow from our wire to fit through. So the internal opening of the pipe actually no longer measures 1/8 of an inch. Um, instead, we kind of go more by what the exterior dimension is, which it'll literally measure 3/8 of an inch for an 1/8 i ps pipe. So that makes things can a confusing right. So basically, all you need to know is that I ps refers to the thickness of the pipe and one E. I. P s is most common when building sconce lighting. So when you go to buy your parts and pieces, just look for the 1/8 i ps and all of the cordoning coordinating practice Well, 3. Materials: There are several parts and pieces that go into assembling this guns, so I've broken them down into three different categories. Lamp parts, nuts and bolts and tools. Let's start by breaking down the lamp parts, so what we're gonna need is a five inch, 90 degree breath armed five inches. Is this dimension? Uh, it's a 90 degree arm with an 1/8 inch I PS opening for the tube and just a little bit of threading on each side. Unfinished brass Modern dome canopy with again in 1/8 inch I PS opening that is not threaded. It slipped through, meaning that who can slip the pipe right through a three inch necklace? Holder said. It will come as unfinished steel finish, and we spray painted our cat black just because we like the look. But again, it will have the 1/8 inch I PS opening on. Gittel basically come together like this toe. Hold the glass dome in place, a six inch a glass dome with a three inch hole opening and no neck. Unfinished steel socket cup. We've spray painted ours black and a standard porcelain socket. The last two materials will need is a fabric covered 12 foot cord with a plug and an Edison lightbulb. This is a 41 120 bolts. Now on to the nuts and bolts that we're going to need in terms of hardware. What we're gonna need is three modern slip brings two of minor golden look like they're different styles. But the main thing is that you just want an I. P. S of 1/8 inch and a slip. Bring really, just has It's a slip through, um, whole, but then it has a nut to tighten it on the side at 21 inch washers again, minor, different styles. But the main thing is that you really just want, Ah, 1/8 inch I PS opening a small hex, none two screws to mounted to the wall along with a universal wall. Mom. And lastly, the tools that will pull it all together. The tools needed are really quite simple. You'll need a Phillips screwdriver, a small one to tighten and loosen your socket. Ah, heck, Screwdriver to tighten and loosen those modern slip rings. And finally, a Cordless drill to mount everything to the wall 4. Assembling the Sconce: So first will assemble the parts and pieces on the end of the sconce that will attach to the wall. So on the five inch long end of the arm, first you're gonna start with the modern slip a ring, no need to tighten it. Then the Canedy a second slip ring, getting to slide it right on. But no need to tighten the one a one inch washer, the Universal Mount, followed by the second washer. And finally the hex. Not what you actually came, Titan. Right on you leave off everything kind of loose for now because you'll want it loose as you mounted to the wall later. So now that we have the back end of our Scotch assembled, we're gonna thread the cord through the arm. So you basically want to just twist the boyars together so that they're kind of a take little unit and then they'll slide through pretty easily and threaded through Okay, so you'll see it coming out. The other end, which is great on Ben, will start assembling the front end so we'll start with the modern slip ring. Slide that baby on the top of the necklace holder. The second piece of the necklace holder and the socket cover next step will be wearing the sockets. Stay tuned 5. Wiring the Socket: Okay, so it's time to wear the socket, so you'll take your small Phillips crude ever. And if you can see in there, there's two screws that need to be losing that. So once you've loosened the screws on the inside of the socket, the top will just pop right up, slide that onto the court and tighten onto the end of the breast arm. So then you'll loosen, Um, the twisted wears and, as you can see here, trying to come in close, there's a black wire and await wear. So the black wear is on the left and the white wear is on the right. It's on the inside of the fabric courting, so just gotta look really close for to differentiate the two on the top of the socket. Here you'll see a gold screw and a silver screw. The black ware is going to wrap around the sort of skinny part underneath the head of the screw and the of the gold screw, and the white wear will wrap around the silver. Alright, so I've already got the black wear wrapped around the gold screw up. So what I've done here and in to do the silver one. What it has done is kind of created a little bit of an ark with the wear, and it's a little trick. You just gotta play with it. But just all you basically want to do is wrap it around the skinny part of this group, and you just really want to make contact there with the screw and the wears. Once they're in there, then you take your screwdriver taking it up. So once they're socket is all wired up, we'll pull the according deck through through the breasts, arms and line up the kind of scruples on the top of the socket to the scribbles on the bottom, and then we'll screw him back in time. Once the socket is all taking back up, put the light, Baldin, screw it in. And it's a good idea to plug your Wisconsin just to make sure that it works. Okay? 6. Installing the Sconce in Your Home: our it to know that this guy's is all assembled. They're going to take your hex wrench to tighten up the slip ring right here, right in front of the mounting hardware, just to keep it all in place. Then, Marco, the location of the sconce. Here I'm mounting at 63 inches above the floor and centered in between my two doors. Next, use your cholesterol to preach, then attach this guns to the world by scoring in this cruise, slide canopy back on the wall and tighten the slipper. Place the underside of the necklace holder inside the glass globe and pull into the globe completely. Then just let it hang and rest. Necklace holder camp on top, then tighten the slip oring above the necklace holder less but not least plugging in. And why should light up? And that's a wrap. That's all there is to building your own brass to lighting. If you have any questions, make sure to post him and I will try to get back to you as soon as I can. Don't forget to check out the attachment with the list of sources on where to find everything, and when you're finished take a photo of it and posted to the gallery so we can all cheer on each other's work. I really hope you enjoy the class, so thank you again.