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« 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. 

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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. 

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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.  Tongue)
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« Reply #1 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.
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2015 08:41:59 AM »

It turned out beautifully!
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2015 09:01:58 AM »

Thanks ladies!
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2015 11:40:42 AM »

I need this!
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« Reply #5 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 Grin
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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2015 12:34:13 PM »

Yay!  I'm glad it found a place in your creative space.  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2015 12:37:47 PM »

Incredible, Jennie!
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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2015 01:43:34 PM »

This turned out really well! Cheesy 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!
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« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2015 11:36:46 AM »

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