Sunday, November 6, 2011

Chandelier Tutorial

I wanted to show you how I make my little chandeliers. So here is a simple tutorial. You can take these little chandeliers as far as you want with details. This is just how they all start out.
First, I cut 5 pieces of wire for the arms. You can use the number you like. These are from 22 gauge wire. You can use thicker wire if you want a different look. 22 works well if you want to string seed beads to make a crystal chandelier.
These are about 5 inches long. The length will depend on how big you need the chandeliers to be.
 I curled all 5 wires around a paint bottle.
I made a tighter curl at the end with pliers.
This is a long bead. This step is not necessary, but it does make things easier. I use battery operated lights that come in a complete kit with instructions. I get them from Mainly Minis. There are several different kits. http://www.dollhouseminiatures.net/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&zenid=272252cd06dadd99f2baa76840e72993&keyword=led+lights available.

The string of the light fits in the bead. And the bead helps when you glue the wires.
I use hot glue for this step to instantly glue things together. I then go back and put an industrial super glue on every hot glued point for extra strength.
I painted the whole thing white for a shabby chic look.
For the candle/bulb part I use these jewelry making findings that you can buy at the craft store. The candle parts are beads.
Here's a picture of the light kit and the candles are glued onto the arms. The bigger jewelry circle is the medallion that you can use on the ceiling.
You can use flowers to embellish. I've also used bows in the past. To make the bulb part on top of the candle I put a drop of hot glue and hold the candle upside down while it dries. Then I touch the tip of the bulb with the hot glue gun nozzle to create a tip. 

That's it!






32 comments:

  1. This is fantastic! And you're a doll for sharing this with everyone! Thank you so very much, Caroline! :-) I love the lavender "sugared" flowers you put on this one--it looks incredible!

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  2. Do you really want me to go on and on and on about how absolutely freakin cute this is!!! LOL
    OMG, Caroline! Thank you so much for showing how you make them. It does look easy enough, even for me. I don't have all the components to make one but I must remember to keep my eyes open. It's something I most definitely want to try. I LOVE the sugared violets on this one!!! =)

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  3. Hallo,
    schön zu sehen. Lade deine Ideen ein und setze sie einfach um. Anregungen findet man oft in den unerwartesten Momenten.
    Very nice to see how you invite your ideas and work them out.
    Liebe Grüße
    Silvie

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  4. Thank you, Caroline! This is a very nice gift - that tutorial! But not enough photos - the house is almost ready?? Even the tree is already there!

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  5. On my list of jobs is make chandeliers, I had no Idea how to do this till today. Thank you very much I can cross something else off my list now xx

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  6. Me encanta¡¡¡ como todo lo que haces.
    Poner luz a una lampara es mi asignatura pendiente, aunque viendo tus trabajo quizás me anime, gracias por compartir tan bonito trabajo, eres dulce y generosa.
    Un beso grande.
    Susi

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  7. Caroline, muchísimas gracias por explicarlo tan claramente. Siempre me han encantado tus lámparas, bueno, todo lo que haces. Quizás me decida a hacer una así para la próxima casa.
    Un besote.

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  8. Chandeliers have been on my list to do for a long time, I've even bought all the components but never known where or how to start! Thank you so much for this, I feel really inspired now, yours are just so cute! Gill x

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  9. A Very interesting tutorial. Thnks for sharing.
    Bye Faby

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  10. Awesome! I love you chandeliers. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial.

    Hugs,
    Victoria

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  11. Your chabdeliers are beautiful. Thank you so mnuch for sharing!
    Mona

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. Your chandelier is beautiful.
    Hugs Maria

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  13. Muchas gracias por ese fantastico tutorial.
    Pero sera imposible que yo consiga esas maravillosas lamaparas que tu creas.
    besitos ascension

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  14. Thank you for the wonderful tips on making a chandelier! Your latest project is coming out fantastic!!

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  15. Caroline, you are such a sweet angel for giving us this tutorial. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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  16. El resultado es asombroso! Gracias por compartir
    Un abrazo

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  17. Thank you so much for the tutorial and pictures. I have been dying to ask how you do the chandeliers.

    I need to make them for a dollhouse and had no idea how to do it.
    This is actually going to be fun now...

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  18. Watch out the Fairies don't abduct you whilst you're sleeping... you would be their Designer for life!

    Fabulous work!!

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  19. Thank you for your sweet comment Caroline, and yes I did have great fun painting all those bricks.
    I'm glad to here your big toe is no longer hurting. I love you chandeliers. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial, you are always so generous sharing your know how with us.

    Hugs Mieke xxx

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  21. Thanks Caroline, a great tutorial. On my blog there is a post dated 15 April 2010 which has a link in it to Evan Designs, the manufacturer of your LED kit. I haven't purchased from them myself (yet) but everyone who has says their service is fantastic. They've even replaced a bulb, free of charge, that someone broke (can't remember who now) during installation.

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  22. I'm going to HAVE to make one of these! x

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  23. beautiful! I admire your work and your taste! All you do is really lovely! Thanks for the tutorial, but I think it's hard!
    Hugs

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  24. just stopping by to say hey

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  25. Thank you for a great tutorial! Hannah

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  26. This tutorial is great! You are so kind to share your tips. I'm looking forward to trying this out!!!! :)

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  27. I think I'm eventually going to have to make my own lighting. It's sooo expensive and I've been working in half scale. Which is not only expensive but difficult to find. Thanks for the tutorial. I will attempt a VERY tiny chandelier. Lol

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  28. Oh this is awesome. Must try it. Never dared to tackle a chandelier before but this is doable I think .

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  29. I love this chandelier! Awesome job. Thanks for sharing.

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  30. I love this chandelier! Awesome job. Thanks for sharing.
    Milca

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  31. I can make that I think, great tutorial Caroline thank you

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