Project Make-My-Bedroom-Nicer is in full swing now and over last weekend I made my biggest project so far:
I’ve wanted a chandelier since I was a little kid ^_^ The bedroom is taking a kind of romantic silver/gold/black damask theme to it so I figured that this would be the perfect accompaniment.
What you need:
When we first moved in here I bought this clothes airer thing and it’s legs broke almost right away >_< I didn’t keep the receipt though so I was stuck with the damn thing. So I thought long and hard about what I could do with it and the only thing I thought of was chandelier! Let’s get to work ^_^
From the top you can see it has 8 arms and is the perfect shape for a project like this.
First thing to do is to remove all the pegs and plastic chains.
Next it’s time to paint it. I decided to aim for silver and black and I wanted the main colour to be silver. I didn’t have any paint spare so I used some nail polish the lovely BGDino sent me 😀
It took 2 coats to get it looking silvery which amounted to around 1/4 of the bottle. Totally worth it 😀
Make sure to let it dry completely between coats no matter what kind of paint you’re using. You might want to undercoat it for a perfect finish but I figure that it’s very high up so it’s not going to have much wear and tear and also no one is going to see it closely XD
Don’t forget the bottom too!
Now lay out the jewels you have. I used large clear ones and smaller pink ones as well as a couple of little star beads.
The large clear ones were old Christmas decorations I got on sale from Borders and already had fishing line threaded through to hang them with.
The pink ones I bought from a closing down bead shop so I threaded them with matching blue/silver cotton to hang them.
Each ring will have the same jewels hanging at the same lengths so make sure to cut the threads evenly.
Each arm has 4 threads of jewels hanging at different lengths. This is the order of jewels I used for each arm:
Hang the jewels from the hooks and you should start to see everything taking shape!
At this point I hung mine up from a clothes rack so I could work on it more easily. To hold it up I just hooked some of the chain through the top and looped it around the rack.
At this point I thought it needed something to make it more impressive.
So time for damask!
Cut out sections of damask which at tall like this, they are going to take the place of candles ^_^
Fold in half…
And cut out the insides!
Glue each of the “candles” to the ends of the arm parts.
To make a center piece I cut out 4 of these little butterfly shapes from the paper and glued them so there was damask on both sides of two pieces.
Then cut half the way down the top middle on one of them and half way up the bottom of the other and slot together!
From the top it should look like a cross like this:
Glue in some chain or matching ribbon in the middle for the whole thing to hang from.
This is how it looks hanging so far:
Now add in the center piece on a thread from the middle with a big jewel from the bottom.
Add drapes of chain to the first hanging points…
And drapes of yarn knotted at each loop around the outside…
Snip off any loose ends of the threads…
Hang that sucker up because you are done!
Now it’s probably not fit to hang in my imaginary multimillion dollar Swiss chalet but it sure cheers up my current bedroom ^_^
Once I can get some more supplies I’m planning to add more jewels and more dangly chains so it looks absolutely awesome. This is still a pretty good start though I think ^_^
Hard to photograph clear jewels and get in the epic sparkle of the silver but so pretty in person!
And so there you have it!
I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial as much as I enjoy watching the jewels spin around at night ^_^