Bent Copper Tubing Lamp Sculpture DIY (after Anna Fasshauer)

Over the years, we’ve written about all sorts of practical things made out of copper pipe and tubing from room dividers, to table to pot rack to overtly sculptural faucets and bathroom plumbing. The copper pipe lighting we’ve posted has been simple, with one or two bends NOT the wonderfully freeform tangles of artist Anna Fasshauer‘s light sculptures. WANT! The formula: a heavy base of like molded concrete, copper tube and lamp fittings.

As usual, figuring out how to make one involves close look at Fasshauer’s lamps, and then research via Google. We found a great 2-minute video that gave us the gist of bending copper pipe. It would take some practice. And we see that Fasshauer’s copper tube has a number of connection points where she joined bent runs. We know we can learn how to cut and join copper pipe with a propane torch.  This great Instructable gives detailed instructions, tools and materials s for making a simple bent copper tube lamp. The Lindsey Adelman lamp DIY we published a couple of years ago also yields helpful info.

Anna Fasshauer via grieder-contemporary.com

Anna Fasshauer via grieder-contemporary.com

As for the base, we taught ourselves how to pour simple forms of concrete. We’d be on the lookout for just the right styrofoam form for our base.

Anna Fasshauer via diko-reisen.de

Anna Fasshauer via diko-reisen.de

Fasshauer has created less labor-intensive lamps as well, like this tree branch lodged in a weighted  vessel with a single hanging socket, and the smaller light on the left that also seems supremely makeshift.

Anna Fasshauer via galerie-hoehne.de

Anna Fasshauer via galerie-hoehne.de

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