How to Make a Chandelier Cover Over the Existing Light

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How to Make a Chandelier Cover Over the Existing Light
Crystal bead. (tear drop image by sheldon gardner from

It's simple to make a chandelier cover to fit over an existing ceiling light fixture. The most complicated aspect of the project is deciding which elements to use for the cover's design. Coin shell beads such as capiz or paua make a distinctive chandelier cover, as do glittering crystal beads. You can even hook strands of paper clips together to create an attention-grabbing chandelier cover.

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Things you need

  • 7-inch-diameter metal craft ring
  • Ladder
  • Pencil
  • Small anchor hooks
  • Measuring tape
  • 28-gauge beading wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Top drilled crystal teardrop beads, 8mm
  • 6-mm crystal centre hole beads
  • Crimp beads
  • Crimping pliers

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  1. 1

    Position the 7-inch-diameter metal craft ring over the existing ceiling light fixture. Center the light fixture inside the craft ring. Trace the inside perimeter of the craft ring onto the ceiling with a light pencil. Remove the ring.

  2. 2

    Position four small anchor hooks around the pencil mark on the ceiling, 90 degrees apart at the north, west, south and east points of a compass. Insert the anchor hooks.

  3. 3

    Cut a length of 28-gauge beading wire one inch longer than the desired length of the chandelier cover.

  4. 4

    Thread a crimp bead followed by an 8-mm top-drilled crystal teardrop bead a half-inch over one end of the wire.

  5. 5

    Fold the wire upwards as it exits the teardrop bead. Insert the loose end through the crimp bead. Slide the crimp bead to the top of the teardrop bead. Press the crimp bead firmly with crimping pliers.

  6. 6

    Fill the wire strand with 6-mm crystal centre hole beads, up to a half-inch from the end opposite the teardrop bead.

  7. 7

    Thread another crimp bead behind the last crystal bead. Fold the wire over the craft ring and insert the end back through the crimp bead. Press the crimp bead tightly with crimping pliers.

  8. 8

    Repeat steps 3 through 7 to fill the craft ring with beaded wire strands according to your design preference. Position the strands close together to make a dense chandelier cover, or separate them up to one inch apart for a sparse cover.

  9. 9

    Hang the craft ring over the four hooks to cover the light fixture.

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