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Faux Capiz Shell Chandelier

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Titti
Faux Capiz Shell Chandelier

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Make-it-Yourself

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Lighting

Waste Materials

Milk Bottles

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A beautiful chandelier light made from reused milk bottles!For more projects like this please visit the [email protected] Pavilion blog see: http://shoestringpavilion.blogspot.co.uk

Materials & Equipment List

- 1 bell shade (from the thrift store or your stash), stripped of all fabric- Masons line from the hardware store (or other string of your choice)- Many (empty and clean) milk jugs, amount varies depending on how dense and long you want your finished cha

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So here's what you need:- 1 bell shade (from the thrift store or your stash), stripped of all fabric- Mason's line from the hardware store (or other string of your choice)- Many (empty and clean) milk jugs, amount varies depending on how dense and long you want your finished chandelier to be- Tapestry needle
1. Cut up the milk jugs into panels. The plastic is pretty soft and pliable.If your circles are a little bent or textured it'll just make for a more organic looking chandelier. After the jug was disassembled I had 4 sides, the bottom and a half circular strip from the top. Repeat this step as needed :)2. I then used the rim of an empty baby food jar to mark evenly sized circles, squeeze in as many as possible on each panel. 3. I used a small nail to pierce each circle at the top and bottom. I put the circle on a cutting board and hit the nail with a heavy object.4. I turned my stripped bell shade upside down and started stringing the circles on there with the tapestry needle.
The mason's line is three strands which I divided one strand at a time. Attach them to the shade using a lark's head knot, each of the two hanging strands being one strand of circles on the finished chandelier. Fold the extra strand to the side while working on the first strand, stringing one circle onto the strand and pushing it into position, then make a single knot underneath each circle to hold it in place. I used 9 circles per strand. When I got to the second strand I would re-tie the string to the lamp shade about 1/2 to 1 inch away from the lark's head knot and then start stringing circles on. 5. fill both bell shade rings with strands of circles to make a two-tiered chandelier. 6. Now for hanging. Remove the "globe" of the light fixture, place it inside the upside down bell shade and make a suspender-like wire to hold the chandelier onto the fixture, like so.
And then I just replaced the "globe" like I normally would. Done! How's that for a cool chandelier?! Mine measures about 36" from ceiling to the bottom of the strings so it's a pretty big/long chandelier. For $0 since I had all supplies on hand. It took me maybe a month to finish it since I had to wait for my family to drink enough milk to supply me with enough materials to work with :) A friend took pity on me and donated a few of their jugs as well - thanks Janice :)So this is what the light in the kids' room looked like before.Standard, boring and drowning in a sea of white.
And here are the afters! Still drowning in a sea of white (which will change), but at least it makes a statement now.
Finished Faux Capiz Shell Chandelier Light made from reused plastic milk bottles
This one is taken from underneath.
The Finished Faux Capiz Shell Chandelier Light with the light on.
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