Faux Crystal Chandelier

Last year, when my daughter was redoing my granddaughter’s room to make it look more “ grown up” now that she is a teenager, we were discussing all of the different fads. One of the things that was very popular was to replace the existing lighting with a chandelier.

The problem is, the ceilings are way too low in their house. Then I remembered something that I had seen on the internet a while back. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it again, so I don’t have a link to share with you, but some clever person made a faux crystal chandelier to cover an outdated dome light.

Since there is a small dome light in E’s bedroom, I shared this idea with her and she loved it!

Basically, you take an old lamp shade and some clear plastic cutlery and you end up with a fabulous crystal chandelier.

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To make this I used:

* An old lampshade (one that has the top and bottom wire connected works better but since I didn’t have one, I had to connect the two with fish line)
* 2 boxes of plastic cutlery
* Lots of jump rings
* Thin wire
* Pliers
* Dremmel

I have been wanting to share this with you for a while now but it is a very difficult project to explain.

OK, I will give it my best shot!

The first thing you need to do is to strip the lampshade down to the wire frame. Then you will need to remove the portion of the frame that held it to the lamp. If you have the right kind of shade, when you get down to the frame, the top and bottom rings will be connected, all you would have to do is turn the frame upside down with the larger ring fitting up next to the light fixture and the smaller ring hanging down.

Here is an example of a frame that has the top and bottoms connected.

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Where as, this frame has no pieces going down the side. So, when you take the shade material off, you are left with two separate pieces.

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In a perfect world, you would have a lampshade, with the sides connected, that when turned upside down, the large ring would just fit, perfectly, over the globe of your dome light!

But, for this project, I had neither! When I stripped the shade down to the frame, I had two separate pieces. And, when I held the large ring up to the light, it was way to large for the small dome. So, the Captain cut the ring down to fit perfectly and I was able to glue it together, after I added all of the pieces, with E6000.

OK, now the next step is to take your pliers, with the sharp section that is used to cut wire.

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And cut off the utensil portion leaving just the stem. This is a good project for a rainy day!

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Once you have all of your stems cut, get out the Dremmel and drill a hole for the jump rings.

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For the small inner circle, I attached a jump ring to a stem and slid it on the circle until it was full.

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For the larger, outer ring, I wanted it to be long enough to hide the top of the inner circle, so I attached two stems together with a jump ring and then slid them onto the circle with another jump ring until that circle was full.

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I glued both rings closed with tape and E6000.
Then I added some thin wire to the large ring. This wire will go under the globe of the light fixture and that is what holds it in place, over the dome light.

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If I had had the right kind of shade, this project would be complete. But, since I didn’t, I had to figure out a way to connect the bottom ring inside the larger ring.
I decided that fish line would be the best option. It is hard to see in this picture, but it worked perfectly.

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Here is the finished product.

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I wrapped it up, and mailed it to my daughter.

When she hung it up, she also hung a purple blown glass ornament in the center.

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You would never know that this was made with plastic forks, knives and spoons!

My granddaughter just loves it!

Linking up to:

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3 Comments

  1. mrsben

     /  February 25, 2013

    Very creative and so happy that your Granddaughter loves it. Personally I feel you did an excellent job as the finished project is impressive and your instructions are very easy to follow. Thanks for sharing. ☺ -Brenda-

    P.S: I have seen similar done to make a faux Capiz shell chandelier using just waxed paper and it is amazing how pretty they are as well. Myself I have an unfinished lighting project in the making, using old chandelier parts as I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for in a Transitional Style ‘Drum Pendant Chandelier’ that I require for a spare bedroom. In case you are interested, I included ‘how to’ instructions in my comment on Houzz.com. under the title of: Reinvent It – Salvage a Birdcage for an Electric Chandelier.

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  2. mrsben

     /  February 25, 2013

    Oops, that should have read: for an ELECTIC Chandelier.

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  3. What a great idea! I LOVE making stuff from plastic silverware. This looks right up my ally of DIY. I would love to also invite you to join Totally Tuesday and link up your blog for my first ever link party: http://www.madcapfrenzy.blogspot.com/2013/02/totally-tuesday-1-link-party-time.html

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