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Chandelier making 101

To continue on a similar theme from yesterday’s post, I thought I would show you a chandelier which I made a while back.  It was an old, rusty chandelier which my sister bought at a shop in Kalk Bay.  I sanded it, spray painted it and added the beads and it now sits in prime position in my bedroom 🙂

Some suggestions if you’re making your own chandelier:

  • I used sheen spray paint: it’s easier to get into all the little corners compared to using a paintbrush, and the sheen is a nice finish to use (it’s basically in the middle of matt and gloss)
  • Get a friend to help you with the beading at first if you’ve never done it before-I was a complete novice, but if you have it explained to you, and you have the right equipment, you should be fine.
  • I put two strings of beads in between each of the three arms, and the two strings were at different lengths.  I used bigger beads to make it bolder and break up the strings a bit, but you could get totally creative here and put all sorts of different beads!
  • We used a glue gun to glue the wires along the metal chandelier so that they are hidden.
  • I’ve put the light on a dimmer switch-that way you can get loads of different effects depending on the mood and time of day.

 

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2012 in Bedroom, DIY

 

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