A step by step how to transform a basic chandelier into an impressive crystal centrepiece.
• chandelier base
• grey spray primer
• silver spray paint (or the colour of your choice)
• metal rings
• thin wire
• drill with metal drill bits
• long-nosed pliers
What to do:
1 Make a rough sketch of your base and plan how you will decorate it. Decide where the crystals will go, which ones will hang in clusters, how long the strings will be, how many of each type of crystal you will need, and so on. Now drill holes to hook the metal rings through (optional) from which the crystals will hang. Drill holes right around the four flower forms as well as underneath the forms where the strings will hang.
2 Ensure the base is clean and dust-free. Follow the bases' manufacturer’s instructions, spray on the grey primer. Leave to dry overnight then spray on the colour of your choice. Leave to dry thoroughly.
3 Attach the metal rings to the crystals and make the clusters and strings as you planned. Lay them out so you can see if you have enough of everything.
4 Work from the centre of the base outwards and first hang the individual crystals and then the clusters.
5 Attach the three long strings to each other before you hang them: cut a short section of wire, bend it in half and hang a cluster of crystals on it (if you prefer) before you also attach the ends of two of the strings to it. Bend the two legs of the wire crosswise over each other and then back again. Repeat until all three strings are attached to each other.
6 Insert the wires from below up through the holes in the base of the flower forms and bend the two points open so the wires don’t slide out again. Your crystal chandelier is now complete.
All images: Expressions by Jess
For a more visual how to, check out this video: