You can easily make a set of chandelier candle holders to hang on your patio or over a dining room table. Crystal prisms come in a variety of colours, shape and sizes, so get creative with your candle holder. You can find the wire and tools at your local craft supply store, and online retailers have a good selection of reasonably priced crystal prisms.
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Things you need
- 20-gauge craft wire
- Wire cutters
- Needle-nose and round-nose pliers
- 16-gauge craft wire
- 24-gauge craft wire
- 2 2-inch long crystals
- 44 3-inch crystals
- 6 feet crystal strands
Cut two 13-inch, 10-inch, 7-inch and 4-inch sections of your 20-gauge craft wire. Use the wire cutters to cut the sections. Make circles, twisting the wire together at the ends. Use needle-nose pliers to twist the ends.
Cut four strips of 16-gauge craft wire, 14 inches long. Hold one strip of wire in the centre with your round-nose pliers. Fold the wire in half. Place the round-nose pliers on the tip of each end and fold one time, creating a small hook. Repeat this process with the remaining wire strips.
Cut 26 1-inch sections of 24-gauge craft wire. Join two of the folded strips of 16-gauge craft wire at the fold with a section of 24-gauge craft wire. The wires at the fold should form a plus sign. Repeat this process with the other two 16-gauge wires. Place the smallest circle into each of the wire holders, stopping 1 inch from the crossed wires at the bottom. Secure the circle to the holders with the 24-gauge wire, leaving the twisted ends facing the inside of the holder. Continue to add the wire circles every 2 inches, working towards the top of the candle holder. Attach the largest circle to the top, using the hooks you created in Step 2. Press the wire closed with your needle-nose pliers. You should have a cone-shaped wire frame to hold the chandelier crystals. Repeat this step to create another wire frame candle holder.
Cut eight strips of 20-gauge wire, each one 7 inches long. With your needle-nose pliers, bend each strip 2 inches from the end, creating an "L" shape on each end of the strips. Roll the tips of each "L," creating a hook. Hook the bent wire onto the top circle so it hangs on the inside of your wire cone. Hang the remaining wires, 3 inches apart, around the circle. These crossed wires will be the seat for your candles. Repeat this step to create a seat in your other candle holder.
Hang the 2-inch crystal from the bottom centre of your wire cone where the folded wires meet. Hang four crystals, evenly spaced around the smallest wire, four around the next wire up, six around the second wire from the top and eight around the top wire.
Separate the crystal strands into 1-foot sections. Attach one foot on either side of your top circles to form the hangers for your chandelier candle holders. Cut 12 1-inch strips of 24-gauge wire. Wrap a 1-foot crystal strand around the top circle of each candle holder, attaching it with six wires. The strand will conceal all of the other attached wires.
Tips and warnings
- Add more crystals for a fuller chandelier.
- Do not leave wire cutters where they are accessible to children.
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