Lightning decor always plays a very important role shaping the personality of a room, specially when it comes to chandeliers. They are the first thing in general to caught your eye, not specially because they are beautiful, but because they are throwing light right from the middle of the room.
You can create easily many different fixtures for your ceiling lights and then have it as a chandelier. Today you will learn here how to craft a geometric chandelier with very simple materials. The result is a quite modern and minimalist and in many case you do not even have to care about the lights and wiring as you can just attach the fixture around the lamp.
Ceiling: DIY Geometric Chandelier
We are going to create here a fixture with a geometric shape. They are easy to craft because they concern straight lines and like a puzzle, they are easy to stick together. You can create as many shapes as you wish, so we will just teach you how the procedure to assemble the pieces together is done.
The easy and cheap mode to do this is using simply cocktail straws. Sticking them together you can create as many designs you wish easily, as well as the straws are easy to handle and cost very few, so you can create several different fixtures. There is also an alternative version when it comes to materials which we will guide you through as well, even though they cost more.
- Wide cocktail straws
- Crafting wire
- Felt sheet
- Super glue
- The geometric fixture works like this: you will link the straws to one each other with the help of the crafting wire, which is rigid, even though moldable, so you can define symmetry to the shape you are designing with the wire, while it works as well to keep the straws together. To get started, you have to define the shape you want to do craft, let’s get it simple and work with a cube example here
- The cube comprises 12 edges, so we will need 12 straws, all with the same size. Do you want to be a bit more creative, try a rectangle perhaps? Just have to attach two straws to make the longer edges of the rectangles.
- Unravel some wire to cover the length of one straw, then bend it to make the perpendicular edge, stick a second straw, and keep doing the process until you complete a face of the cube. When you are finished, you can apply one single drop of the super glue to every coupling edges, sticking the wire to the inner bottom of the straws. This avoids that the wire “bounces” inside the straw and compromise the symmetry of the shape.
- Repeat the process until you complete all faces: wire into straw, perpendicular bending, another straw, glue.
- When your cube is finished, you will notice the coupling edges are not looking really neat. You do not want to see the wire, it breaks the spell! So take the felt tissue and let’s create elbow coupling covers. Remember the tetris games and cut some pieces resembling T or L shapes. They just have to work as elbow covers and hide the wire, so you can get creative here.
- Once the finish of the chandelier is ready, you have to figure out how to mount it around the lamp. There are many ways you can do it, for example, designing an “X” with for more straws and gluing their edges to the lamp fixture. This will make it more difficult for you to change chandeliers in the future, so you can create a square harness with the felt for this “X”, and glue the felt harness edges to one each other while around the fixture, this way you just have to cut the felt square later and repair it with more glue if you wish to mount it somewhere.
- If you want to avoid this extra work, you can as well purchase a cross bar for the fixture and glue the edges of the bar to the top straws of the chandelier.
There is another set of materials you can use to make the geometric chandelier. Instead of straws, you can buy brass pipes. In any lamp parts store you will find sets of pipes. They are as well easy to assemble, but they cost considerably more, even though are really far from a fortune.
You will need as well to purchase the brass coupling elbows, which make the molding of the shape even easier than using wires. On the other hand, there is a lot of screwing pipes to pipes work to do, the result though are as fine as possible.
You can rebel too and create abstract shapes. Go full asymmetry and create exotic shapes.
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