I saw this post about creating a “chandelier” a few weeks ago and have been thinking about doing something similar ever since then. I absolutely love glittery, glam chandeliers, but there was no way to ever fit one in my current apartment. My lighting is basically a track with three lights, so I thought I would try doing something with the center light, because its directly over my “living room” area. I didn’t take any before pictures, but you can see part of the track here.
Here are my supplies. Two different sizes of clear beads, beading thread, and a pair of scissors. It cost me $3 for the bag of bigger beads and I had everything else already. But even if you had to buy every single thing, you could do this project for $5-6.
I just knotted the thread, slid on a small bead, a big one, and then repeated at roughly equal intervals for the length of the thread. Usually I measure things out, but I did this kind of haphazardly and it worked out wonderfully, so I don’t think any planning is necessary for this. I did 17 strands, each with 6 sets of beads. It takes a while, but its easy to do while you’re watching tv or something.
Then I just tied the strands around the light and cut off all the loose ends. You can still see all the knots if you look closely, but who would do that?
I love the way it looks finished. It shines beautifully when the lights are on, and it gives my seating area a really warm, cozy feeling. What do you think?