Thursday, February 26, 2015

How to Make a Chicken Wire Crystal Chandelier



At the beginning of 2015, I along with other craft bloggers attended a Blogger Networking Event at the Craft and Hobby Association Show in January.
Bloggers received a sample of new products from participating sponsors of that party.
Everyone who participated created fantastic projects!
These are the newest, hottest  items to hit the craft industry.

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  I made this Chicken Wire Crystal Chandelier.
On the website, I was limited to one photo for my submission. Here are a few  extra to better explain my tutorial.
Enjoy!
  Materials List
  • MD Chicken Wire
  • MD metal working gloves
  • MD Brass Metal Sheet Roll
  • Prima Swarovski Crystals
  • Sizzix branch die
  • Sizzix Flower die
  • Sizzix Embossing Folder
  • Die cutting machine
  • Red and green alcohol pens
  • 25 Heart shaped crystals
  • Gold floral wire
  • e-6000 glue
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Scissors
  • Gold spray paint
Instructions
-Working carefully with the gloves on, roll out the chicken wire and cut a 12" X 12" piece with the jewelry pliers.
-Shape chicken wire into a cylinder shape.
-Carefully interlock wire ends together with your gloved fingers and pliers. 
-Pinch the top of the cylinder closed and push down until the cylinder measures 6".
* The reason I pushed the top down, was to give the metal branches a 'shelf' to hang onto. *
-Spray completely with gold paint and let dry.
-Cut and emboss 4 flowers from the brass sheet.
 
 
-Cut 4 branches from the brass sheet.
-Use the edge of your scissors or a bone folder to make indents into the leaves.


*I used the blank space of the die for a cushioned surface when adding the indents to the leaves.*
 
 
-Color the leaves and flowers with alcohol pens.
-Attach crystals with e-6000.
 
* If you make a mistake with the coloring, a little rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover works great to remove unwanted color!*
-Use colored floral wire to attach branches to top of the cylinder.
-Glue the flowers to the branches.
 *The hearts came on a strand with the large jump rings. I simply bent the jump rings with the pliers into a "S" shape to hand on the chicken wire.*
-Hang hearts, prism side out, in the chicken wire holes.
-Attach a wire hook and hang in a sunny spot, indoors or out in the garden for all to enjoy!

Contest Update*
Congratulations to the following Winners!

1st Place: Cathy  Parlitsis, Distress Ink Watercolor DIY Greeting Card
2nd Place: Betsy Burnett, Restyled Red Shelf Home Decor Craft
3rd Place: Linda  Peterson, Succulent Garden DIY Wall Decor

See more Fave Craft inspiration here!
 

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