Make Christine Leech’s bead chandelier for opulence without the bling
Our creative take on the beaded lampshade trend – hello pom poms
HOW TO MAKE A WOODEN CHANDELIER
■ Wooden or metal hoop, 25cm (97/ 8") diameter
■ 25 1cm ( /8") diameter
3 wooden beads
■ 65 1.5cm ( /8") diameter
5 wooden beads
■ 40 2cm (¾") diameter wooden beads
■ 20 2.5cm (1") diameter wooden beads
■ Six 3cm (1¼") diameter wooden beads
■ Paintbox Cotton DK, 100% cotton, 125m/ 137yd per 50g, one ball in Ballet Pink (453)
■ Twilleys Goldfingering, 80% viscose, 20% polyester, 100m/109yd per 25g, one ball in Gold (02)
■ Small piece of card
■ Acrylic gouache paint (we used Turner Acryl Gouache in Yellow Green, Pastel Lilac, Phthalo Green, Rose, White, Deep Pink and Mustard)
■ Gold spray paint
■ Flat headed paint brush, 1cm ( /8") wide 3
■ Wooden skewers
■ 5cm (2") pom pom maker
■ Yarn needle
■ Clothes peg
■ Tape measure Combine the bead lampshade trend with a Polish pajaki chandelier aesthetic and you’ve got statement décor to lift any room. The best thing about this project is the multicraft aspect – you’ll be painting beads, making tassels and dip dyeing with bleach.
To cover the hoop, wind a long
double thickness length of pink yarn onto a clothes peg. Tie the cut ends of the yarn onto the hoop.
Wrap the yarn over the hoop to form a loop, take the clothes peg and yarn under the hoop and through the loop and pull tight to knot around the hoop. Repeat all around the hoop, pushing the knots together as you go.
Paint six 3cm (1¼") beads, nine
2.5cm (1") beads, 11 2cm (¾") beads, 15 1.5cm ( /8") beads and
seven 1cm ( /8") ones. Using the
paint brush, the main image as a guide and a wooden skewer to hold and rotate the bead, coat each bead with a base colour. Once dry, decorate in different colours. Create graphic shapes by dabbing the tip of the brush onto the bead – this creates a dashed effect – or a quick swipe of the brush to give a stroke effect. For dots, use the handle end of the brush. For gold beads, coat in spray paint following the manufacturer’s instructions in a well-ventilated area. Leave to dry.
To make a tassel, wind the pink
yarn around the card 40 times. Cut a 140cm (551/ 8") length of yarn and slip it through the bundle of yarn on one side. Make sure you have even amounts of yarn on each side and secure with a double knot. Remove the bundle from the card and reshape so the knot is at the top. 1.5cm ( /8") down from the
knot, wind a length of the gold yarn tightly around the bundle 10 times. Wind adjacent to, rather than on top of, each wrap to create a wide strip. Secure with a knot and trim any excess. Cut the bottom of the tassel to release the strands of yarn and trim neatly. Repeat three times to make four tassels.
To create the ombré effect on
the bottom of the tassels, dip the
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