Tuesday, January 22, 2013

{DIY} Faux Capiz Shell Pendant


A couple weeks ago I showed you the crystal globe pendant I hung in Ellie's room.  Since there isn't an overhead light in her room, the pendant is a nice way to give the illusion of a fun light fixture without the expense and hassle of running wires and installing one.

Ada's room is the same, with no overhead light, and I wanted to hang something above her chair too.  I'd been seeing a lot of faux capiz shell chandeliers around and decided that was the way I wanted to go.  As for the look, I liked the layered look of this real capiz chandelier from West Elm:


I also liked the draped top of this beaded chandelier:


I set out to combine the two looks by constructing a frame out of the top of an old lampshade, metal craft rings, and clear hanging wire.


I used four rings total, in descending size order.  It's important to measure the hanging wire carefully and space them equally apart to get the rings to hang level.  To be honest, this step was a little more tedious than I thought it would be.

For the top, I used the smallest size craft ring and hung it about a foot above the largest ring.  I cut a wooden skewer to the diameter of the top ring, hot glued a metal rope to the center, then hot glued the sides of the skewer to the ring.


Once the frame was done, it was time to make those fake little capiz shells.  I tore sheets of wax paper about 15" long, stacked three on top of each other, and used a hot iron to bond them together.  It only takes a few seconds to iron each stack of wax paper.  I used about two boxes worth of wax paper and had around 20 finished sheets.  Then I used a circle punch to punch out the "shells."

Here are the tips I learned along the way.  Hold 4-5 finished sheets together to punch at one time.  Otherwise the punch sticks and rips the paper (plus it goes faster!).  Don't punch too close to the edge or the punch kind of sticks too.  I would punch a row of shells and then use a paper cutter to slice off the bottom and then do another row, and so on.  The paper cutter was much easier and quicker than cutting the punched edges with scissors.

After I had a pile of the fake capiz shells, I threaded my sewing machine with white thread and used the same technique as I did for the circle garland to sew them together.  It takes a little time but with the number of shells I had, sewing was much quicker than laying them all out and hot gluing them together with thread (I've seen it done this way).  I was left with ribbons and ribbons of faux capiz shells.


I hung the frame from a curtain rod and started attaching the shells on the largest ring first.  I cut strips of five shells, put a dab of hot glue on the top shell or second from the top and then folded the top shell over the ring and pressed together with the next one to hang the strip from the ring.



I continued all the way around until the whole ring was covered then continued with the remaining smaller rings, adjusting the length each time to get the look I wanted.

For the top part, I glued a fake shell to the top shell on the largest ring, then held up the string of shells to determine the length, cut it to size, and glued it to the top.  You want to consider spacing here so it looks neat when finished.  I worked in quarters at a time.


When it was all finished I added an anchor and hook to the ceiling in Ada's room and put the new faux capix pendant in place.  


I could easily convert this into an actual light someday if we wind up in a house that has hard wired ceiling lights.  But for now, I love the soft, whimsical interest it adds to Ada's room. 


Full disclosure here, this was not a quick project.  Between making the frame, the fake capiz shells, and putting it all together it took me several days.  But, for me, it was totally worth the effort!


Linking to East Coast Creative, Saavy Southern Style, I Heart Naptime, The Shabby Nest, Liz Marie Blog, Crafty Scrappy Happy, The Winthrop Chronicles, Home Stories A to Z, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

35 comments:

  1. I am always impressed by people who do the painstaking work to create this type of chandelier! Whenever I'm in West Elm, I eye their chandelier and think, "I should make that." They're so pretty - I love it!

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    1. It was both more and less work than I thought it would be. The figuring out was the hardest part...putting it together actually took less time than I thought it would.

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  2. So cute! Great work! From my failed attempt at this last year, I know how much work this is. Time consuming, but so worth the final outcome. Love love love it!

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  3. LOVE that this is made out of wax paper!! So creative!

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  4. This is gorgeous! I'm pinning this one in case I ever have a space I can do it for. I love hanging things from my boys ceilings - Conor has birds and John has nautical flags. It is so whimsical and magical to add pieces like this to their rooms. I bet your daughter loves it.

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  5. I actually thought about combining the exact look before, I just never got around to it. At least I get to see what it would look like! It looks amazing! Thank you for sharing this!

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  6. Very pretty, great job on this!!

    Stopping by from Happy Hour :)

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  7. love your chandelier and i would love to feature it, if that would be ok with you please let me know,
    great job!

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  8. This is one of my favorite projects ever!! Just awesome- well worth the time Jennifer!

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  9. Love this project ! So glad I found your blog.

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  10. It is just gorgeous! Featuring later today.
    OX
    Kristin

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  11. Wow, this is amazing! Good job! I'm a new follower ;)

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  12. Your photographs are OFF THE CHARTS!!!! And the fabric on that chair? Seriously! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring me today!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  13. This is an amazing DIY! Love it...now following along.
    I'm recreating an inspiration room for the budget minded and this tutorial and chandelier are perfect. I'm going to share it at my blog and link back....hopefully that is ok!!!

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  14. This is so cool! I love your daughter's room!

    Jenny
    Www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  15. Did you recover that chair yourself? What fabric is it? I love it!

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  16. You've really done a stunning job with this and it is the perfect touch in your daughter's room. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. I have been wanting to make one of these faux capiz shell chandy's myself. I really like that yours combines two styles. So cute!

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  18. I just found your blog by way of Honey We're Home. I love it! You are so creative! I will be subscribing :).

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  19. So gorgeous! I wonder if I can make it work for a boys room?! I'll have to think about that. Can you share the fabric on the chair? That is so adorable too!

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    1. Seconding the request for the chair fabric ... so beautiful!! Glad I found you from 6thstreet. :-)

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  20. OK, you talked me into it.....do you think parchment paper would work ok? I have 2 rolls, but no wax paper.

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    1. I'm not sure parchment would work - I don't think the layers would stick together. But cut a few sheets, iron them, and see what happens!

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