How about a quick and easy brass chandelier makeover?
No need to get picky and overly careful with the redo – it’s going in a tack room after all! (That’s my style of crafting, or for the chicken coop, where no one really cares how it holds up!)
We already know what happens when I’m on house arrest due to injuries. (Remember the Bling Boots.) Happens often to me, with various unexpected body parts getting very painful.
This time, both elbow joints refused to do any barn work heavier than picking up a cup of tea. Really, you’re pretty useless in the barn then, right?… Glue gun time! Or something! Anything but sitting around please.
Perfect time to make a Dressage On A Dime styled tack room chandelier.
The chandelier started out very sad-looking, definitely long past its prime. No original “Before” picture.
Imagine something like this, below, only much more worn, and with its trunk made of cracked wood instead of brass.
1 Nip off old electric candle holders and strip off cords.
2 Spray paint. No priming, that’s too fussy. 7 sessions with 1 day drying time in between, turning the little octopus a bit each time. Much quicker if you don’t do this during Monsoon season when everything stays damp.
3 Hang “crystals” the way you like them. Create something to hang them with by wrapping wire. Ignore irregularities, no perfection needed.
4. Wrap silver Christmas beads through the hanging chain.
5 The “candle holder” cups will be guaranteed to have something sticking up in them so the candles won’t sit flat. If you’re lucky, pinch them off with a tool. In my case, I had to rig them by wrapping a ring of aluminum foil to create a sort of base.
6 Glue on recycled tea light holders to hold battery votive candles with a timer.
Isn’t she pretty? Hang up, and watch the thing get covered in spider webs before spring!
Because every tack room deserves a little sparkle!