- 4 years ago
- Wedding: April 2013
We created this chandlier for our reception from a builder’s grade brass/metal chandelier that I purchased on craig’s list for $30. I spray painted it a glossy black. As you can tell by my black dress, our wedding wasn’t traditional. However, I’m sure you could use the same method to make a chandelier in any color you choose. I also purchased crystal chains from an online retailer ( shopwildthings.com ). I was unsure of how to rig the chandelier for temporary power (but I’m sure it can be done). I decided instead to attach the metal lightbulb bases to battery votives (the same ones I was using on the tables). I did this by wrapping the lightbulbs (one at a time) in newspaper and breaking them with a hammer. Then I hot glued the votives to the bases and colored them black (using a shapie). I screwed them into the chandelier lightbulb ports and had the person who was turning on all of the votives, also turn on the chandeleir.
The chandelier wasn’t very heavy and I didn’t have any issues hanging it from the braces in the ceiling.