Saturday, June 12, 2010
Bling For Your Chandeliers
Here is an easy way to dress up your chandeliers. I make magnetic crystal drops and embellished starfish to hang on my chandeliers and sconces. They are an easy way to dress up a plain chandelier. The magnetic embellished starfish make great gifts. For my friend Kristy's baby shower we made the starfish for all her guest with a "Thank You" ribbon tied to it as a parting gift. The pictures don't do the starfish justice. At Halloween I hang embellished miniature skeletons on my chandeliers. I can't dig them out of the Halloween boxes right now. I will post pictures of them when we get closer to fall. . The possibilities are endless
Here are some of the starfish.
I bought the magnets and the jewelry tool in the jewelry making section at Michael's(Sorry the label is cut off the magnet boxes. They wouldn't fit in my jewelry making storage container.) The magnets come in silver and gold. I bought the crystals at a lighting store. They have many styles and sizes to choose from. The small round crystals are purchased buy the yard. When you buy the crystals specify whether you want silver or gold wire. When doing a whole chandelier, count how many arms your chandelier has and determine how many drops you want. I add 1-3 round drops to the larger pear shape crystals. Make sure before you buy your materials that your chandelier and all its parts you want to hang drops from are a magnetic metal. Magnets will not work on brass. I have two silver painted brass chandeliers hanging next to my bed and I had to drill holes for the hanging crystal drops. It's easier to drill before you paint so you don't scratch your new paint job.
Add the round crystals to the pear shaped ones and add a magnet to the end. You will need the jewelry tool to make the loops for the magnet and attaching the crystals together. I tried needle nose pliers before I bought the jewelry tool. The tool works much better, it was worth the $10 investment. I drill small holes in one arm of the starfish to attach the magnets and crystals to. I will show you how to embellish the starfish in another post. They are fairly easy, but I have learned a few tips that are helpful.