A crystal chandelier adds glamour, sparkle and sophistication to any room of the house. The addition of crystals to an ordinary chandelier can change it from boring to elegant. Some chandeliers already have pre-made holes for adding crystals. Others will need the addition of bobeches. A bobeche is a glass bowl with holes or wires to hang crystals. Bobeches fit over the base of each light bulb. You can also drape chains of crystals between the arms of the chandelier and decorate the shades for an ultra glamorous look.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Crystal chain
- Craft wire
- Wire cutters
- Chandelier shades
- Glue gun
Determine how many crystals you will need for the chandelier. Count the arms of the chandelier. You will want a glass or acrylic bobeche for each arm, from which six crystals will hang. Decide if you want additional crystals to adorn other areas of the chandelier.
Estimate how much crystal chain you will need for the chandelier. Crystal chains come in a variety of lengths, up to 40 inches long. Drape yarn or a cloth measuring tape down between each arm to figure out how much to order.
Browse online retailers for crystals. Glass crystals come in different shapes, sizes and colours. Some colours to choose from are blue, red, amber, purple, green and black. Select clear glass or a colour which coordinates with the finish of the chandelier and with the decor of the room.
Remove the light bulbs from the chandelier. Fit a bobeche over the light socket on each arm. Replace the light bulbs. Add the crystals to each of the six holes or loops on the bobeche. If you want additional crystals on the chandelier, hang them from wire attached to each arm. Places to attach more crystals would be the base and middle of each arm.
Cut wire pieces to fit around each arm of the chandelier. If the wire is a different colour than the chandelier, paint it with spray paint to match. Drape the crystal chains between each arm and fasten with the wires. Stand back to make sure the chains hang evenly all the way around the chandelier. It may take several tries to achieve a uniform appearance.
Decorate fabric chandelier shades with small crystals. With a hot glue gun, glue decorator trim in a coordinating colour around the bottom edge of the shades. Hook crystals through the trim and into the shade. Three to four crystals for each lamp shade will accent the shades beautifully and add more sparkle to the chandelier.
Tips and warnings
- Keep the crystals on your chandelier sparkling by spraying glass cleaner on one clean cotton glove. Gently wipe each crystal with the wet glove and wipe dry with the other glove.
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