November 28, 2012

DIY Vintage Chandelier Crystal Necklace


On my last visit at my favorite vintage and second-hand furniture store in my neighborhood, they had a dish brimming with chandelier crystals. It was as tempting as a bowl full of candy, so I scooped up a handful. This pendant is an easy and elegant way to showcase the vintage crystal. If you don't have any spare chandeliers lying around, I have seen similar shaped glass and acrylic crystals at the craft store.

Tools and materials:
Crystal
Wire clippers
Round nose pliers (exact type not pictured, I was making do with my dad's tools while home for Thanksgiving)
Long gold chain-- I went with about 28 inches.
Beading wire (chain and wire both from Michael's)







First, clip of any old wire from the crystal. Cut a long piece of beading wire (at least 12 inches). (1) Slide wire a few inches through the hole in crystal, and bend up both ends of the wire. (2) Using pliers twist both wires together. (3) Fold short end of wire into loop, and twist excess around first twist. (4) Begin wrapping the long end of the wire around the twists, and down around the crystal. (5) Once you get near the hole in the crystal, clip the wire and bend into a right angle. (6) Tuck bent end of wire into the crystal's hole.

Using the pliers, open up one of the end links on the chain. Add pendant and link on other end of chain to the link and close with the pliers, making a continuous chain.


Happy making!



23 comments:

  1. Conni7:22 AM

    Oh, what a beautiful necklace! ;) I love these vintage chandelier crystals, too. I use to hang them in my windows as mobiles, and when they catch the sunlight they make the most amazing rainbow colors swaying and dancing around the room! This year I bought several rows of the small, round crystals, and I'm planning to hang them on my Christmas tree.. can't wait to see it! :)

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    1. That sounds so pretty Conni! Thank you!

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  2. Oh my, I do actually have a spare chandelier hanging around which i was going to throw out because it has a lot of its crystals missing! I must try this now! :)

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    1. That's perfect! I'd love to see what you make.

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  3. Amazing and so simple! I do love vintage chandelier crystals, and this is just beautiful!
    xx
    Lia
    Smart n Snazzy

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    1. Thanks Lia! I love them too-- so wanted to showcase one!

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  4. This is so simple and elegant.

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  5. Cool and so easy to make ! Beautiful !

    www.universeandyou.com.br

    xoxo from Japan

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    1. I'm glad you like it-- thank you!

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  6. the wire wrapping is such a nice touch, great diy!

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  7. How pretty, I love how you wrapped the top with the wire.
    xx Tanya
    http://aciddreamsandsugarhighs.blogspot.com/
    - ONLINE STORE OPENING SOON

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  8. Very simple and classy.

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  9. allison7:35 PM

    i LOVE this

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  10. i happened to have some leftover crystals from another craft project, so this DIY is a must! hehe.

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  11. Anonymous5:20 PM

    I want to do this! I have bought some crystals with a hole size of 1 mm, what size wire should I choose for this?

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    1. If the hole is 1mm, then I'd go with wire that is 19 gauge or finer (any number higher than 19), like this one: http://amzn.to/17UOBFp
      Hope this helps! : )

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    2. Anonymous7:21 PM

      Thank you, that's very helpful :)

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