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Project

Crystal Garland

Introduction

Linked together with rings of wire, a strand of delicate prisms and pendants makes a dazzling lampshade fringe or a dressy mantelpiece garland, bending the ambient light to give shimmer and shine to an entire room.

 

Materials

  • Chandelier crystals in various shapes
  • 18-gauge nickel or silver wire
  • 1/2-inch wooden dowel
  • Wire cutters
  • Gold or silver metallic ribbon trim (for lampshade)
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Brads or hooks
  • Needle-nose pliers

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Whether you use old crystals or new, many shapes with predrilled holes for linking or hanging are available. Clockwise from top left: balls, prisms, teardrops, pendants, and cubes.

  2. Step 2

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    For "jump" rings that link crystals, wind wire around a dowel, pushing loops against one another to keep them uniform. When you have made enough loops, remove wire from dowel; using wire cutters, snip each coil in the center.

  3. Step 3

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    To start garland, slide open end of a jump ring through hole on one end of crystal; attach the next crystal with a jump ring; and repeat until you reach desired length. Prisms and pendants can be used at the end of a chain or can hang freely at evenly spaced intervals with jump rings. Tighten the ring ends with needle-nose pliers.

  4. Step 4

    To attach to a lampshade: With an upholstery needle, make a small hole in the fabric at base of rib. Thread a small piece of wire through hole, then through first jump ring of garland. Tighten with pliers. Repeat at next rib, allotting same number of crystals for each pair of ribs. Cover holes with metallic ribbon secured to bottom edge of shade with hot glue.

  5. Step 5

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    For a mantel garland, hang jump rings on small removable hooks or small brads tacked into wood.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2001

Reviews (5)

  • rock63roll64 8 Jul, 2010

    I DID THIS ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO ON A VINTAGE GLASS LAMP I. I USED ALL KINDS OF BEADS JUST WHATEVER I HAD, EVEN OLD EARRING BEADS AND SUCH. IT TURNED OUT EVEN MORE VINTAGE AND SOOO BEAUTIFUL. I MADE THIS FOR MY TEENAGE GRANDDAUGHTER AND SHE LOVED IT!!

  • lampshadelady 26 Jun, 2009

    Great Idea! I have lots of stray crystals here at my lampshade shop. Thanks,
    judy lake, www.lakeslampshades.com

  • JudyPatoodie 25 Jun, 2009

    I love this idea. What a wonderful way to achieve a one-of-a-kind piece. I can also see them on the edge of a shelf in a jewel-like powder room. Thanks Martha.

  • seajewels 6 Jan, 2009

    You could do this with an old bridesmaid dress. Use the fabric for the shade and the beading for the bottom. Thanks for the idea Martha!

  • lilyoake 21 Jul, 2008

    Great idea!! I absolutely LOVE decorating with glass lamps and chandeliers dripping with crystals. (check out crystal chandeliers at www.greatchandeliers.com)(I got mine for $88 each) (they also sell the crystals). And you can find crystal or glass candlesticks fairly cheap at thrift shops or stores like TJ Maxx or Marshalls. A great way to add sparkle to a decor. Nothing is more magical in the winter then a room lit by sparkling crystal.