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Title: The Awesome Star Chandelier
Post by: Mistress Jennie on April 02, 2015 08:31:51 AM
I recently participated in the Be Awesome (Redux) Swap and had the good fortune to partner with the lovely alteredmommy.  I really wanted to get out of my comfort zone and try something completely different for me.  alteredmommy told me to go crazy with whatever my new idea was, which was both freeing and terrifying, as I'm usually quite a planner.  I like sketching out my idea, writing lists, ordering supplies, and knowing exactly what I'll be doing.  This project really didn't work out that way.  While I did do some research into other mobiles and chandeliers, it was much more of an organic process than I'm used to. 



It all started with the base.  I went poking around Goodwill after dinner one night, looking for an old pie tin or kitchen strainer.  I had little luck in the kitchen section, and was on my way out, when I bumped into a pile of baskets.  The wire star basket was just sitting there, full of lots of places to attach jump rings and bead pins.  It was basically begging to be taken home and transformed. 



I removed the handle, which was no small project as it was soldered on there.  I eventually had to heat the area with my wood burning tool until the solder was soft, then pry them off with pliers.  Then I began to dig through my hoard stash of supplies, looking for anything I could add.  I pulled out a mix of beads, charms, stones, buttons, jewelry findings, copper stampings, and old keys. 

Star Charms


Once I had most of the stuff collected, I started looking for some crystals to add.  I had already checked Goodwill for old lamps or chandeliers, but no luck.  So I took to eBay, and bumped into an amazing set of 5 huge star shaped crystals.  Five points on the star + five crystals = perfect. 

Star Crystals


The same seller also had a set of 5 turquoise teardrop crystals listed for sale so I picked those up too, and let them influence the color scheme of the chandelier.  All the other beads went away, and I kept out the clear, amber and turquoise ones.  The star crystals were attached with large bronze bails, and hung from turquoise stone hearts for added strength and protection for alteredmommy's home.



The strands of bling were created with jewelry findings like eyepins, bails, clasp rings, and jump rings in various sizes, all pulled from my stash.  The shorter loops were beads strung onto jewelry wire and attached with crimp beads.



Some of the beads even came from other Craftsters, like pinkleo, in the form of birthday gifts and Bead Soup Swap packages.  The copper stampings were found at a theatre I used to work for, and were supposed to be turned into jewelry for a production, but the design changed and they were forgotten about for years.



And here it is, hanging in its new home in the great white North; the still snowy Canada.  (While it is 72 degrees and sunny here in TN today.  :P)


Title: Re: The RAAR grr ugggh Star Chandelier
Post by: rackycoo on April 02, 2015 08:40:40 AM
It's fantastic! I love the colors and the beads you chose. What a great one of a kind accent piece.


Title: Re: The RAAR grr ugggh Star Chandelier
Post by: lindyv321 on April 02, 2015 08:41:59 AM
It turned out beautifully!


Title: Re: The RAAR grr ugggh Star Chandelier
Post by: Mistress Jennie on April 02, 2015 09:01:58 AM
Thanks ladies!


Title: Re: The RAAR grr ugggh Star Chandelier
Post by: kittykill on April 02, 2015 11:40:42 AM
I need this!


Title: Re: The RAAR grr ugggh Star Chandelier
Post by: alteredmommy on April 02, 2015 11:53:35 AM
I can't wait till the sun comes back, your gorgeous chandelier is gonna be so sparkly pretty!  It is hanging in the room where I paint and lounge about sketching and reading, totally what I needed in the window ;D


Title: Re: The Awesome Star Chandelier
Post by: Mistress Jennie on April 02, 2015 12:34:13 PM
Yay!  I'm glad it found a place in your creative space.  :D


Title: Re: The Awesome Star Chandelier
Post by: AugustBell on April 02, 2015 12:37:47 PM
Incredible, Jennie!


Title: Re: The Awesome Star Chandelier
Post by: Camillion on April 02, 2015 01:43:34 PM
This turned out really well! :D I love the color palette you chose too. All the elements are very complimentary to each other, and it's always a satisfying experience when you get out of your comfort zone for a project that turns out so well!


Title: Re: The Awesome Star Chandelier
Post by: SonjaBoo on April 03, 2015 11:36:46 AM
That is really beautiful!


Title: Re: The Awesome Star Chandelier
Post by: Mistress Jennie on April 03, 2015 01:09:18 PM
Thank you friends!


Title: Re: The Awesome Star Chandelier
Post by: sheepBlue on April 04, 2015 12:42:18 PM
I love this!  :D


Title: Re: The Awesome Star Chandelier
Post by: Magpirate on April 05, 2015 08:27:06 PM
Wow, Jennie, that is gorgeous!  I love the color scheme and the variety of shapes and styles of charms.  You have such a flair for making disparate elements work together.  Great job!


Title: Re: The Awesome Star Chandelier
Post by: pottermouth on April 07, 2015 12:56:57 PM
So very, very awesome! You always make beautiful things.


Title: Re: The Awesome Star Chandelier
Post by: Mistress Jennie on April 07, 2015 01:28:25 PM
Thank you friends!!!


Title: Re: The Awesome Star Chandelier
Post by: Quantumphysica on April 17, 2015 05:50:34 AM
Whaah! This is lovely! Everything works together so well, what a wonderful project!


Title: Re: The Awesome Star Chandelier
Post by: JoyfulClover on May 05, 2015 06:53:53 AM
The shape is just fantastic - what an awesome find!  I love the new life you gave it, and really love to hear where all the pieces/parts come from.  Excellent-tito!

J.


Title: Re: The Awesome Star Chandelier
Post by: TandyB on May 16, 2015 07:46:26 AM
You've inspired me to think outside of the box.  I would never have thought of making a chandelier.  Very nice work!


Title: Re: The Awesome Star Chandelier
Post by: Mistress Jennie on May 17, 2015 01:12:33 PM
Thanks Tandy.  :)  Go create something amazing!


Title: Re: The Awesome Star Chandelier
Post by: LaceyParson on October 17, 2015 06:18:36 AM
Need it!


Title: Re: The Awesome Star Chandelier
Post by: DecorNation on April 15, 2016 05:52:51 PM
I can only imagine the hard work that you must have had to put into making this one. It looks so good. Genuinely good.  :o


Title: Re: The Awesome Star Chandelier
Post by: monkeyee on April 17, 2016 07:57:20 PM
It's really suitable for me and I like it very much. The design and the color looks great !


Title: Re: The Awesome Star Chandelier
Post by: audio on April 17, 2016 09:27:50 PM
This is absolutely beautiful!!


Title: Re: The Awesome Star Chandelier
Post by: Mistress Jennie on April 18, 2016 12:39:14 PM
Thank you guys!