DIY chandelierFebruary 13, 2011
Chandelier is an opportunity to decorate your home and give it a highlight. Self-made lamps are different from the products presented in stores, primarily because of their originality, therefore, having made an original chandelier, you can be sure that this will be an exclusive thing. Creative approach and skillful hands allow you to create not only practical, but also beautiful chandeliers that are able to emphasize the style of a particular room. For example, in this article we will focus on making an unusual chandelier in the form of a bunch of grapes. This product will look great in the living room, in the bedroom and even in the kitchen.
For the manufacture of "grape" chandeliers, first of all, you need to find the ceiling of white frosted glass in the form of balls. Several such plafonds subsequently form a bunch of grapes. In this example, 6 lampshades are used. You can find such plafonds in the lighting store by buying several identical sconces or lamps. These lamps must be disassembled into parts, separating the ceiling from the base.
Another important piece of our crafts is grape leaves.There may be several options for making them, but it is best to cut aluminum figurative grape leaves from pipe insulation. First you need to draw a template of grape leaves on thick paper and cut it along the contour. Then the outline of the sheet is transferred to a sheet of aluminum and cut with metal scissors. Cutting a sheet along the contour of problems should not cause, but the formation of volumetric veins is a more labor-intensive process. You can make the veins with a piece of steel wire and a hammer, squeezing out the contours of the veins in the sheets. Another detail of the chandelier is the grape mustache, which gives the chandelier a complete resemblance to a real bunch of grapes. They are made from a round billet of the same aluminum sheet, cut in a spiral from the edge to the center of the circle with a gradual decrease in the length of the antenna.
All metal elements can be painted with special green paint (you can use automotive spray paint of the desired color). Workpieces are fastened to the base of wooden bars and a sheet of plywood or a piece of plexiglass. The box is used to hide electrical wires.Each round cover is fixed on a separate cord of sufficient strength. A hole is made in the box into which the cord of each “grape” is passed and tied with a large knot (its diameter must be larger than the diameter of the hole). The wires in the chandelier are connected according to the scheme, individually selected for each specific case. If it is necessary that the whole structure lights up at the same time, then all the "grapes" are connected in parallel. You can also connect separately two balls for bright light, and four balls with low-power lamps for more subdued lighting.