How to make a colour-dipped beaded chandelier

We have done many lights on the blog that by now, we don’t know where to put them anymore! This one that Margaux did for our book a few years ago has always been a favourite though. The Beaded Chandelier-trend, inspired by the Mud Chandelier, is still going strong and this beauty is suitable for both a formal and informal setting. Play around with the colours to suit your interior, and remember to enjoy the process! g x

This post was originally written by Margaux Tait and published in October 2015.

How to make a colour-dipped beaded chandelier

I simply love re-purposing items in a clever and unexpected way! This chandelier is a perfect example of how you can put an old, outdated lamp shade to good use. All it needed was a little magic with colour dipped fabric and marbles – yes, marbles!

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It’s one of the featured projects from our book, so go on and get your copy packed with 75 DIY projects! There are some more awesome colour dipping projects in there!

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Firstly I have used strips of inexpensive fabric lining and rolled marbles up in them secured by a knot. This knotting technique makes beautiful strings of fabric covered beads to decorate the structure of the chandelier.

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With the structure done it was now onto giving it some colour. I did the colour dipping by diluting Chalk Paint with water. I used Henrietta mixed with Provence to create an ombre effect that has a contemporary feel. Shop your chalk paint online here!

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To finish off the chandelier, I did colour dipping on strings of paper clips. I used Antoinette for the top pink part and Duck Egg Blue for the bottom. Then I created an elongated tail of paper clips at the bottom dipped in Paris Grey, finishing off the piece beautifully.

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This is the perfect show stopper for my home and was lots of fun to do!

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Happy styling,

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Swish around with a Contemporary Fringe Chandelier

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!

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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
  • Scissors
  • Level
  • Metal saw (preferably electric, like this one!)

STEP 1:

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.

STEP 2:

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.

STEP 3:

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.

STEP 4:

 

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?

Happy Homemaking!