Last week I showed you the beaded chandelier I made for our guest bedroom and promised a tutorial. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I used the brilliant tutorial here as a starting point, and then added a few changes of my own. Here's the skinny on how to make your own beaded chandelier:
Gather your materials: LOTS of beaded necklaces, cut into long strands (the Mardi Gras kind)
Metal hanging garden basket
A spool of thin-gauge wire
Wire clothes hanger
Pendant light kit (cord & socket)
Metal chain to hang the fixture
Light fixture mounting bracket, bolt & loop
Light fixture ceiling cap
Start with a hanging garden basket. Go ahead and paint it to blend with your beads (or the finished color of your chandelier if you plan to paint your beads). I used a ladder to suspend the chandelier while I worked on it.
Top it off. Because I wanted to wire this fixture, the metal hook on the basket wasn't going to cut it. I needed to be able to add a pedant light cord and a chain somehow. I ended up wiring a light fixture ceiling bracket to a ring made from a bent clothes hanger. The loop on top screws onto a hollow bolt that screws into the bracket, which later allowed me to attach a chain.
Add a little structure. I wired on a ring (again, made from a bent hanger) about half way between the top of the chandelier and the lower ring for a little more shape. This allowed the beaded strands to swag a little without the metal chains showing.
Start beading! After figuring out that my beaded strands were just a tad longer than I needed to go from the top to the bottom of the fixture with a little swag in the middle, I started attaching them around the top ring by looping wire around the top bead of each strand and the metal ring.
|My chandelier looked a little crooked at this point, but straightened up once we attached the chain and hung it.|
Trim away the excess. If your strands are a little longer than you need, just cut off the extra after attaching at the bottom of the fixture.
Add a chain and ceiling cap.
Paint it up. Give the whole thing a coat or two of paint if you want. I decided to do this because I found that it made the wires and chains blend in better with the beads. I used this to spray the fixture a custom color.
here, or if you're more concerned with aesthetics, you could use one of these awesome big bulbs like I did.