Please Follow along to see how I made the Pottery Barn Inspired Chandelier.
Metal Floral Hanging Basket
1100 12mm Wood Beads
8 Ft. Lamp Cord Set
Ceiling Canopy Kit
1 6" Steel Nipple
Diameter Loop Kit
1 1/8" Couplings
Brushed Nickel Chain
1" Flat Aluminum Stock (Only if you purchase craft Rings)
Cross Bar (If using a Wire Hanger)
Bead Wire Spool
Galvanized Steel Hanger Strap (3/4"X10' Coil)
Wire Hanger Or Two different Size Craft Rings(I purchased two craft rings at The local Bead Warehouse)
Paint everything that is going to be your chandelier structure the color of your beads so it will disappear in the background.
After everything is dry, take your smaller Craft ring, Diameter Loop Kit (you will need one loop and one steel Nipple that comes with the kit), and 2 Hex Nuts And paint them. While those are drying take your 1" Flat Aluminum Stock and Cut it down to the size of your Small craft ring. Drill two very small holes on each end to wire it to your craft ring. You will also drill a hole in the center of the stock piece for your Steel nipples (make sure your center hole is the size of your Steel nipples) Once drilled paint it. Once everything is dry Assemble to match the picture.
Once your top is assembled take your wire basket that you painted earlier and Some bead wire and wire the three chains to your small craft ring. You will then take your bigger craft ring that you have painted earlier and slip over your small ring till it falls secure. I let my hang 4 and half chain links above. Wire this ring into place using your bead wire. Hanging the structure on a latter helps while you build your light and string your beads. Below are pictures for reference to this step.
Here is where it can get a bit tricky if you don't know much about wiring. Thank goodness for "The Man" He got to utilize his Avionic skills with assembling the Light structure.
Light Structure Step:
Your going to need your 6" Steel Nipples, 1/8" coupling, 8 ft lamp cord, and the Keyless socket. Taking your Keyless socket and the lamp cord take the end that is already striped and wire the socket. For wiring a keyless socket refer to this information Here. (Put a light bulb in and plug it in to make sure you wired it right before you cut and strip the plug end.) Once working take your plug end and cut the cord. pull the cut end through your 6" steel nipples and screw it through the sockets hole. You can also use hex nuts for extra security. Take your 1/8" coupling and screw it halfway on at the top of your Steel Nipples. String the remainder of the cord through your steel nipples that is secured to your small craft ring and connect the two steel nipples by adjoining them with the coupling. Once your light fixture is in place you will need to secure the socket in the center. I took my bead wire and wrapped around the nipples and then secured it to the chain. I did it to each chain. Please see the pictures above for a reference as well.
I tied my string to the bottom first and then made a cut with the estimated guess in length. The bottom took 15 of the 16mm beads per strand and the top took 31-32 of the 12mm beads per strand. I strung halfway up to make sure I had enough the the beads first, this also gives you the option to go down one more size to make it more cascading. Once your done string the bottom and top beads take your Galvanized coil and create a ring around the top section of your basket. Bind the two ends together with string or your bead wire. Then bind it to the basket. See picture below for reference.
It should Look like this at this point! ---------------------------------->
Take the remaining Galvanized coil and measure out enough for the top of the fixture and the midsection of the fixture. Then taking your Hemp twine and some hot glue wrap it around the coil hot gluing every so often. Once done I hot glued the coils to the fixture. I also hot glued where the two ends met and took some extra twine to wrap around my connection area to make it look like it was one whole ring.
connect your chain to your loop on the fixture. Once connected intertwine your cord through the chain. (Make sure you check your length on your chain so you know how many links you need before you intertwine.) Once done take your ceiling canopy kit and follow the instructions on how to install it with your new beaded chandelier!
There you have it! Simple enough eh?!- I thought so. ;)
I really hope you all enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did making it. It currently is hanging in our dining room and I absolutely love it! There are so many ways you can use this tutorial and decorating your trim around the fixture as well! I hope to see some pictures from you all with your success stories.
Oh and before I forget. I always recommend clear light bulbs! They give the best light in your house and don't give off a yellow or blue glow! I also use Halogen light bulbs as well.
Until next time... Keep creating, living, and obsessing.