Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Beaded Chandelier Tutorial



Hey Everyone!
  
Please Follow along to see how I made the Pottery Barn Inspired Chandelier.


The List
Metal Floral Hanging Basket
500 16mm Wood Beads
1100 12mm Wood Beads
8 Ft. Lamp Cord Set
Ceiling Canopy Kit
Hex Nuts
1 6" Steel Nipple
Diameter Loop Kit
Keyless Socket
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)
White String
Hemp Twine
Wire Hanger Or Two different Size Craft Rings(I purchased two craft rings at The local Bead Warehouse)

Step One:
Paint everything that is going to be your chandelier structure the color of your beads so it will disappear in the background.

Step Two:
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.  

Step Three:
 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.



Step Five:
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! ---------------------------------->
Step Six:
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.


Hanging Step:
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.

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69 comments:

  1. I LOVE this chandelier!! When I saw this in the contest I jumped to vote for it! Amazing job!!

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    1. Thank you so much! It was fun to make! Hope you check back for the Mod Podge round! And thank you for the vote! ;)

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  2. This was one of my favorite entries! Great job!!

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    1. Awe! Thanks Beth! My husband and I loved your Bed skirt! It's pretty genius! And oh. so. cute! Can't wait to see what we all come up with this week!

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  3. Super cute -- I'd love for you to come par-tay with us at Live Laugh Rowe :)

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    1. Thank you. I will head on over there right now! :)

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  4. Beautiful! I have never seen anyone DIY one of these and do such an amazing job. Love your blog, now following :) Tanya

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  5. This is so clever! I just saw it on pinterest and clicked over. Your tutorial is fabulous :) Nice job!

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  6. PS I just shared on my FB & twitter page :)

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    1. Awe! Thanks Jessica! I love your Blog btw! I'm a huge fan of your Design Skills! ;)

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  7. This is simply amazing - found you at Classy Clutter, and I just love it.
    I've read through the whole tutorial and it's given me some ideas, so thank you so much !

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    1. Oh thanks so much! Hope you come up with something Fabulous! :)

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  8. Wow!! That's so pretty (and impressive!!). I've pinned and will be sharing on FB tonight! Thanks so much for linking up at 52mantels.com!!

    PS. Newest follower here. Beautiful blog you've got!!

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    1. Oh thanks so much for all the kind words! And thank you for the share! I love your blog too! I've been following for awhile and I've had so much inspiration for decorating my mantel all thanks to you! ;)

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  9. This is a fantastic tutorial! I'd love it if you'd stop by my linky party and share, you'll definately win a feature! hope to see you there!

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  10. This is GORGEOUS!!!
    What an amazing job !

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  11. Love love love, and I even have one of those hanging baskets ready and waiting, though gotta find some beads, hmmm! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to have you!

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  12. Sarah this is amazing! Hats off to you! Just stumbled upon your blog and I was wondering if you're interested in guest posting at my blog Stardust. I host a guest blogger every Friday, so shoot me an email if it's a yes, to schedule a date! I know my readers would love you too!
    Love, Olga

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  13. I'm featuring this tomorrow on my blog! Thanks for linking up to Classy Clutter!

    Mallory @ Classy Clutter

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  14. This looks FABulous. More than a year ago I saw a turquoise chandelier like this in a magazine and saved the photo. When my family finds a more permanent place to live, I'd really love to use your tutorial to create this myself. Thanks so much for the tutorial. Found you via Live, Laugh, Rowe.

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  15. Absolutely fantastic!!!

    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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  16. so so beautiful!!!!
    xxxx Alessandra

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  17. Fab job. Really the best execution of this style light I've seen yet. Very even. I love the rope around the edge too.

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  18. this is super cool!!!!!! Great job!!!!!!!I love it!

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  19. Love the really simple DIY instructions. Pinned this of course. You know...for when I have time to get to all the cool projects I see on the web (smile).

    Bernadette
    www.b3hd.blogspot.com

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  20. That's beautiful! Any idea what the total cost ended up being? I would love to make one of these myself :)

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    1. Thank you! It only took around a hundred. I used wood beads which tend to run high, but it's nothing compared to the $500 pottery barn one or the $1,300 designer one. :)

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  21. Hi there!
    I love this project and I would love to feature it on my blog. Would you come and link it up to my party?

    I hope to see you there!
    http://www.the36thavenue.com/2012/06/sticker-and-party-time-61.html

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    1. Oh thank you so much and I will head on over there to link it up. :)

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  22. Please ship this to me! I love it, oh my goodness!

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  23. In one word amazing!! Pining it!

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  24. Yours is the best looking DIY beaded lamp I've seen (believe me-I've searched the net). I think it's the wood beads. Most people use plastic beads which looks tacky in my opinion. Great job!!!!

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  25. So beautiful!!! I would love to attempt this - my husband has some mad electrical skills - but without him...I don't think I would. Could use someone with really good eyesight for the stringing the beads part too!!

    Great project! Truly inspirational!

    Linda

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  26. Hi! Awesome job! Where did you buy the beads?

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    1. Thank you! I bought them at a local bead wharehouse. They also sell online. Its called Shipwreck beads. You can find them here...

      http://www.shipwreckbeads.com/

      But because I was in a time crunch I bought them there. I however would of bought them online at http://www.americanwoodcrafterssupply.com/wooden-products/beads.htm#Beads Because they were cheaper. But I only had a few days in the contest to complete my project so I was on a time crunch. :)

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  27. Adorable!! When we move into our new house I want to make this in my daughters room. Do you think wrapping with ribbon instead of twine would work?

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    1. Thank You! Yes ribbon will look great. I would make sure its wrapped twice so the hot glue won't peak through. You know when you use glue with ribbon it tends to darken the color of the ribbon. If you wrap it twice it should work just fine. :) I can't wait to see it!

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  28. I'm new to your blog (which i love love love, i might add!) and I am thinking of trying my hand at making this but have a few questions. Where did you find the beads? Did you order them online? Also, how much did this baby cost?

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    1. Thank you! I bought them at a local bead wharehouse. They also sell online. Its called Shipwreck beads. You can find them here...

      http://www.shipwreckbeads.com/

      But because I was in a time crunch I bought them there. I however would of bought them online at http://www.americanwoodcrafterssupply.com/wooden-products/beads.htm#Beads Because they were cheaper. But I only had a few days in the contest to complete my project so I was on a time crunch. :)

      Because I went with wood beads which usually run high, the total cost was around 120$ with most of it my bead budget. If I had more time when I made the project I would of ordered my beads online and Unfinished it would of saved me 50$. The beads I got were already finished white wood beads so the price was a lot higher for them.

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  29. Gorgeous! I love it. I am going to do it for my dinning room.
    Am I right, you made 33-34 strands for each the bottom and the top? Did you use only 16mm beads for the bottom and the 12mm ones only for the top? Thank you!

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    1. Thanks so much! I used the 16 mm beads for the bottom and 12 mm beads for the top. The bottom has 33 strands with each strand of 15 beads. The top has 39 strands with each strand has 31-32 beads per strand. I got my basket at Walmart so your beads might vary depending on the basket your using. :) Hope that helps.

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    2. I am having a little trouble finding the right size beads. I checked both of the websites you mentioned and I couldn't find the 12 & 16 mm white beads. Could you please help me out?!

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    3. Yes! It seems that the beads I got from shipWreck are out of stock. I would call and ask when they will be getting some in. But I think if you could order online from american wood crafts it would be cheaper and you can spray paint the beads yourself which is what I would of done it I had more time to complete the project. Here is the page to order them online.
      http://www.americanwoodcrafterssupply.com/wooden-products/beads.htm#Beads

      You want the round beads, so scroll down to find round beads. the beads you want for 12mm are BD-400. The beads for 16mm are BD-500. Hope this helps please let me know if you have anymore questions! :) You can always contact me through our contact page which goes to our email. :)

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    4. Sarah, which size is the wire basket? Also, could you, pretty please, take more pictures of the light part? I am having difficulties to understand how it goes inside and you still have the hanging ring... thank you so much.
      Thank you for sharing your great and inspiring project. I am trying to make one with turquoise glass beads and black wiring. i hope having enough patience to finish. I am at the gathering my material stage, but I have the beads!
      Sonia

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  30. Hi there. Thanks for sharing. I tried following your directions but the supplies you listed are not clear. At the hardware stor when I ask for an item like diameter loop kit they want to know the sizebut you didn't list it. Like the hex nut size as well. Thanks again! Debora

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    1. For the Hex Nuts you need the standard size for lamps. 1/8" Here is a link to what I bought. http://www.lowes.com/pd_47808-1811-910L_0__?Ntt=Portfolio+hex+nuts&productId=3659650&rpp=16

      For the Diameter loop kit I bought you need a 1" Which is standard size. This is what I bought.
      http://www.lowes.com/pd_45589-1811-896L_0__?productId=3659626&Ntt=Portfolio+diameter+loops&pl=1&currentURL=&facetInfo=

      I'm not sure what hardware store you went to but hopefully this can help you out. All Lamp supplies was standard size. Hope that helps. :)

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  31. So lovely!!!!

    I just pinned it. Thanks for linking up!!

    xoxoxo

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    1. Oh thank you so much! It means a lot coming from you! I just love everything you create! ;)

      Sarah-

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  32. hi ..tha ois a very nice idea....i will try to do it....thnaks
    simona

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  33. Hello, I featured this post in my blog post http://thisblackbirdsnest.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/tuesdays-top-10-1-01-2013.html
    I hope it's alright, if it's not, please tell me and I'll remove it.
    Have a good day!

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  34. Could you please tell us where you got your beads or suggest anywhere online to buy them from? Thank you. Peri :)
    Could you please email: john_sacha@cnn.net.au

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  35. Amazing. I'm going to need you to win the contest, ok?
    Now following!

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    1. Haha! Well thank you so much! I really hope I make it in. There are so many amazing other projects that are being submitted. Thank you for following.

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  36. Looks beautiful! Clicked over from the Crafting with the Stars contest to pin this.

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party every Wednesday.

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  37. Hello there!

    :D I featured your tutorial on my blog so you might receive some traffic here:
    http://www.misanthropycreation.com/2013/05/13-adorable-diy-tutorials-roundup.html

    Please join my blog hop here:
    http://www.misanthropycreation.com/2013/04/my-first-blog-hop.html

    xo Michelle

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  38. Gorgeous! Absolutely I love it! Really want to do this for my bedroom. I just wonder if you know the measurements of the hanging basket? :)

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  39. This is GREAT! I love it. I have one question... what is the metal brass stick in the middle?

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  40. LOVE!! I am thinking about this for my dining room table, I am just curious though.. does it put off a lot of light?

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    1. Thank you. If your looking for a bright light this is not going to be for you. Because the beads are wood it blocks some of the light. You can modify by using clear beads and/or a double light socket. :)

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  41. I love your tutorial, I featured it on my blog in a roundup on DIY home decoration.
    I hope it's okay with you. (:
    http://thisblackbirdsnest.blogspot.nl/2013/11/home-decoration-diy-roundup-2-style.html

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  42. This is gorgeous!!! Great job & tutorial...

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