Saturday, January 1, 2011

Chandelier Crystals add some BLING....

Happy New Year!

Let's get the New Year started
with my latest project that adds a bit of
BLING...


A few years back I was at a drapery client's house.  As I walked through her garage I saw a very large brass chandelier laying in the middle of the floor.  I asked if she was installing a new lighting fixture and she remarked that her mother had given her the light fixture, but it was to large for her foyer area. 
She then quickly asked if I would be interested in it. 
 FREE of CHARGE. 

 All I had to do was move it. 
 I couldn't get the word YES out of my mouth quick enough!

  I didn't realize how heavy it was and how much work it would be to take down the fixture we already had hanging from the ceiling in our two story foyer. 

Here's what it looks like once the installation was complete.



The chandelier did not have the black shades.
  I found all 12 of them at one Marshalls.

Can you believe that luck?

I was doing the Happy Dance that day!

I also made a  fabric sleeve for the chain out
of some left over silk drapery fabric I had.



I loved the way the light looked
 EXCEPT...
I had always wanted crystals on a light fixture.

What's a Girl to Do?

I headed right over to the Internet and Googled
"Crystals for Chandeliers"

and HERE is what I came up with...



 3.75" Crystals with Magnets attached. 

Only TWO Problems...

1.  Each  crystal is $12.50 and I need 20 of them.
That would be $240.00!

2.  The chandelier is brass and oops...
 brass does not work with magnets.

Back to the internet.....

BINGO!



I found this wonderful site called "Cristaler". 
You can see all the wonderful things they have HERE.
These are the exact cystals I ordered.
Did you notice the price?
$1.39 Each

That's right, it only cost me $27.80 plus shipping.


They quality is amazing. 
 I was a bit worried that they would be plastic for that price.

NOPE,  all glass and the cut is wondeful.



They have a wonderful prism color.
How did I attach them?

I used a very fine gauge of brass colored wired
and wired them to the chandelier. 
 Since the light fixture is two stories up, you can't even tell. 

I also added more crystals to my bedroom ceiling fan,
which you can see HERE
 I matched the color wire to that fixture and you can't even tell that I wired them on.


I couldn't be happier!
The light reflects off the crystals a  they just sparkle.



These inexpensive crystals 
added lots of BLING


I'll be linking up to the following sites....

18 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That looks so pretty, Sherry! I will have to check out that site. I was lucky enough to receive some crystals from a chandelier in a swap and for Christmas I just put them on my dining room chandelier in a way that they sat on the "cup" portion of each light area. I may see about wiring them on though.

Sharlotte said...

Wow! What sparkle! I love the crystals added to the chandelier! What an amazing find. Good for you! Isn't it amazing what people don't want anymore....and even more amazing how you feel when you've given something a new home! It's all beautiful!

Chrystie said...

Wow, nice job on the chandelier! Great idea to add the pretties! :) Thanks for coming to visit me & the nice compliment! :) I am now following you! Glad to have found you too! I enjoyed looking at your Christmas decor too! Wow you were busy decorating! So fun!

slommler said...

Simply fabulous Sherry!!! The fixture is perfect and the added bling is divine!! I love it!
What a great score to begin the NY's with!! Congrats!!
Happy New Year and God bless sweetie
Hugs
SueAnn

sissie said...

Hi Sherry!
Talk about being in the right place at the right time! What a great chandelier and adding the crystals makes it look very exquisite.

Love it.

hugs
Sissie

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my goodness. They look fabulous. I love the look. Now how clever are you. Hugs, Marty

Traci said...

I was SOOO excited when I saw this post! I've been wanting to do the same thing to my chandelier in the dining room. Everywhere I look the crystals are really expensive. Thanks for the info!

Marilyn said...

Love the crystals! Hope you had a tall, sturdy ladder. ♥♫

Gail said...

Sherry, I love it, what a wonderful find and for free, so you got the whole thing for the price of the shades and crystals, can not beat that and it is fab. I am going to go check out that site, a girl can not have enough crystals, can she?
Gail

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Love this. I have always hoped to find some great crystals like this. What a lucky gal:o)

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Love this. I have always hoped to find some great crystals like this. What a lucky gal:o)

The Pilot's Wife said...

Wonderful! I always wanted a Chandelier with crystals on it in a walk in closet! I don't even have a walk in clost!!

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Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

So pretty and blingy. You did a nice job.

Donnie said...

You did a fabulous job. My mother had a chandelier with all kinds of crystals and our yearly family chore was to wash them. Someone said you could use the cloth that comes with your eyeglasses and they come out really sparkly.

Gloria Westerman said...

Just beautiful.....you did an awesome job......I'm going to have to check that blog....thank you so much for sharing.....

Christian Spino said...

It’s great that you found yourself a free chandelier and a good bargain for the crystal! I also like the shades you got. That chandelier would be a perfect conversation piece. Imagine the when people walk into your home, and you can see them mesmerized with the chandelier.



Christian Spino

John Alex said...

Decide how long you want your crystal dangles to be. Cut the fishing line to this length plus 3 inches. Cut as many lengths as crystal dangles you want to hang from the chandelier.Crystal Chandeliers

Erika Johnson said...

Wonderful blog, I always wanted a luxurious crystals Chandelier Lamps with crystals.

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