It’s funny how past trends pop up like unexpected guests, sometimes welcome and at other times not so welcome. Fringing is one such past treasure, and mind you, a very, very welcome one. At times we feel a bit surprised at how happy we are to see fringing again because, despite the free hippy vibe that borne the style, 60s fringing was a bit drab and depressing. But, no more! Interior fringing has had a makeover and became the It Girl of many contemporary homes (Yay!).
So, dive deep into fringing and come out a swishing Rock Star with our Swishing Fringe Chandelier!
You will need:
- Large Lampshade Frame
- Small Wire Basket
- 1.5m Twine
- 3m of 150mm Fringing *
- Light Cable
- Light Bulb
*The circumferences of the lampshade frame together with the top and bottom of the wire bin will determine how much fringing you’ll need. Opt for too much fringing than too little.
Tools for the job:
- Glue Gun & Glue stick
- Metal saw (preferably electric, like this one!)
Remove one end of the lampshade with a saw equipped with a metal blade. Then remove the top and bottom of the wire bin.
These spheres will form the frame for your cascading fringe chandelier.
Flatten sharp edges with pliers or use a metal file to smooth smaller sharp bits.
Measure and knot three sections of 100mm twine from the largest hoop (the lampshade frame) to the middle hoop (the largest part of the wire bin). Repeat the process for the middle hoop towards the smallest hoop.
Pro Tip: Attach the largest hoop to the electrical cord and then knot the other hoops. This will make it easier to ensure the second and third hoops are level.
Once you’re happy with the frame, warm up the glue gun for the next step.
Add the fringing by starting on the lowest hoop. The glue cools downs quickly, so it’s best to work in sections. Apply the glue to a third of the hoop then attach the fringing before moving on to the next segment. Take care not to touch the hot glue when pressing the fringing the frame.
Repeat the process for the middle and top hoop.
Neatly finish the ends by applying hot glue and folding the fringe over on itself.
Once the electrical cord is installed, attach the chandelier and bulb. Switch on the light, bump the chandelier and watch the swishing in action! Now you know how it feels to be a designer – fun, isn’t it?