Next up was to get the light parts so that it would be functional. I picked up this old 80's dream for a steal, $5 to be exact. I have since seen about a million of these around various thrift stores. I also found out that the small hoop from my lamp shade fit almost exactly inside of one of the transition pieces on top, so I pulled that off and the actual chandelier part from the inside. I took them outside and turned them from brass, to copper with a little bit of the same spray paint that I used on the beads. I didn't get a before picture prior to taking it all apart picture, but here is what is left of it.
Now jump back the the strands of beaded. Once I was done stringing beads on a bunch of strands of ribbon I simply sewed the end of the ribbon to the smaller hoop at the top. I took the time to make sure I had them evenly distributed between the 3 strands of yarn so that my finished project would be pretty even. That was a complete waste of time, but more on that later. Once I had all the ribbons attached I mixed up some Gorilla Glue epoxy and glued the hoop inside of a cap that was part of the original chandelier that I purchased.
Let that sit for a while to harden up, then put the chandelier part inside. Using a clamp and our railing in the living room I was able to have it hanging for the rest of the assembly. This is where things became tricky. I had a terrible time keeping the lower hoop level. The strands of ribbon would slide around to one side and even when I was able to spread them out evenly it never stayed. Kinda like this.
Then I decided that maybe I should have the tails pointing upward instead so that it would look nicer.
Now all I needed was to attach this to the bottom of the chandelier. I made another quick trip to Home Depot (why is Josh Temple never there?) to pick up to largish washers. I sprayed them with the copper paint and used the epoxy glue to sandwich them around the sewn together ribbon tails. Once it had dried I used an exacto knife and cut the ribbon out of the middle. It ended up like this.
Then I just unscrewed the little fancy nut off the bottom of the chandelier, this is where all the wiring is housed, swapped out the nipple for a longer one (you know, to accommodate all the fabric and 2 washers). Then I just slid the washers over the nipple and screwed the fancy nut thing back on and voila! Donezo.
Here it is again! I think it looks pretty fantastic. I may be partially biased, but who cares. And here is a quick shot of it during the day.
So, whatcha think? Do you love lighting as much as I do? Would you ever try to DIY your own fancy light? Have you already? If so, let's see what you got!
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