When I was designing my new office, I knew I wanted to make a wooden bead chandelier as the focal point.
I had a chandelier in mind — the Arterior Maurice Chandelier — that was between $1,600 – $2,000 to buy. I ended up making my own beaded chandelier for about $250 and it’s bigger too — 32 inches in diameter by 3.5 feet in height.
Here’s how I did it:
You can buy unfinished beads in bulk. I bought mine here –
And since I was trying to replicate the Maurice Chandelier, I knew I wanted to keep the beads unfinished, for a kind of Restoration Hardware-ish kind of feel.
Here’s what you need to make this chandelier:
- You need a light fixture – mine is from Overstock.com
- 16-gauge wire (you can buy it at your hardware store in the picture-hanging area)
- 1,000 oval or round 1-inch beads
- 100 half-round 1-inch beads
- 1 large 4-inch round ball
- Spray paint
- 36 inches of gold chain
- round headpin
- hot glue and glue gun
Here’s What To Do:
- Spray Paint the fixture. I used Rustoleum’s Metallic Gold Paint
- I found a big metal ring at the hardware store and hung it in-between the three cross-pieces at the top of the fixture with wire.
- Then bead the top part of the light fixture. I cut 18 pieces of wire 30 inches in length. And then threaded 28 beads per strand. I wrapped the top of each strand around the metal ring at the top and then wrapped the bottom around the round metal circle of the light fixture. I wrapped one per light and then another in between each light — for a total of 18 strands.
- Then I hot glued the half-round wood beads onto the outside of the round metal light fixture. I used about 100 half-round beads for this.
- Once the top was done, I took a piece of metal plumbing fixture that was round and punched 18 holes in it — all the way around. And then spray painted it. I punched holes in it with a Crop-o-dile tool.
- I then cut another 18 pieces of wire and beaded 20 beads on each strand. I wrapped each strand around the same places on the round light fixture as the other strands and then threaded it through the hole in the round plumbing fixture at the bottom of the light fixture and wrapped it around and cut off the excess.
- After cutting off the excess wire, I sprayed some of the gold paint into a cup and used a small paint brush to touch up the wires so they were the same gold as the rest of the light fixture.
- The last thing I did was I hung a chain in the middle of the light fixture, through the metal ring at the bottom and attached the large ball to the end with a round headpin and some e9000.
When I hung the light fixture in my office, I discovered that it was WAY too long for the room. It ended up being almost 5 feet in length. And as a result you could hit your head on the big ball at the bottom. I had to find a way to make the chandelier shorter.
This is what I did: I took two piece of the 16-gauge wire and cut two 24-inch lengths. Then I pushed the round metal circle up to swag the beaded wires. One it was swagged up, I took the two wires and attached them to the holes in the round plumbing fixture and then threaded it though the chain about 8 inches below the round metal plumbing fixture, making an x with the wires. This holds the swag beaded wire and makes the whole light fixture much shorter.
I really really love the way this chandelier is the focal point of the room. And I also love that it cost me a fraction of the original chandelier!!
Have you ever made a DIY light fixture?
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Here are a couple other light fixtures I’ve made:
Have a Creative Day!!