Have you been eying Serena & Lily’s Malibu Chandelier for your home? It is such a natural, simple colored piece. It is the different textures that really give it a great shabby chic, beachy type feel. At almost $900 it is a pretty serious lighting investment. But you can make it at home for 1/5 of that price, with premium materials, in whatever size and configuration you need. Here’s the full tutorial:
Building the Frame
First you will need all the materials to build the frame of the chandelier. For a full parts list and where to buy each one check out my Beaded Chandelier – The Planning post from last year.
3 or 4″ lamp ring for bottom.
12″ lamp ring for top
1/8″ IP threaded rod
Lamp Wire and Copper Wire
2 or 3-lite cluster socket
Wood Veneer Edging
Choosing the Beads
Fire Mountain Gems has these wonderful natural veined beads that look just like those on Serena & Lily’ Malibu Chandelier. I choose the 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, and 12mm natural magnesite beads. To get an idea of how many you’ll need, here’s how many beads for each band, and the total amount of strands you need to purchase for a chandelier 12″ in diameter and about 10″ tall.
(11) 6mm beads each strand – buy 11 units
(9) 8mm beads – buy 12 units
(7) 10mm beads – buy 12 units
(5) 12mm beads – buy 10 units
Fire Mountain Gems also has the blue shade of magnesite. I think it would make a gorgeous beach chandelier also.
Building Your Chandelier
Once you have the beads and your structure built, you can start tying on the strands, one by one, around and around until you have the desired amount of strands. You can follow along with this Beaded Chandelier tutorial for the details of each step.
Tip – Instead of adding beads to each strand after it is tied on the chandy, go ahead and start beading the necessary beads on a spooled piece of mono-filament. For instance I would bead the (11)6mm beads, then (9)8mm beads, then (7)10mm beads, then (5)12mm beads, and then start all over again on the same strand. Once you have several of these strung together, you start tying them on the chandelier from that spool. This way you can get comfy for them majority of the beading. Hope that makes sense!
Adding Your Hemp Banding
For this project I used Oak Veneer Edging as the band of the chandelier. I didn’t paint it or anything before adding it to the chandelier, the light natural wood color blends great with the hemp wrapping.
I use E6000 and clothes pins to attach the band to the top chandelier ring, just like in my other tutorial.
Once that dries you can remove the clothes pins and start wrapping the band with hemp. I used a big mess of hemp cording, and passed it through the beads, around and around until the entire band was covered.
Then I just tied off the end back to an original secure loop from where I started wrapping, apply a little E6000 to secure the knot, and cut off any extra.
Next you’ll want to wrap the bottom band also. Tie a small knot on the bottom ring, and start wrapping. Until you get the first few rounds done, you’ll want to hold your first knot in place so it doesn’t just spin around the bottom band as you pull.
Then continue wrapping the entire band, again tying a small knot to secure the other end.
Making the Tassel
I am by no means a tassel expert, but here is how I made my simple hemp tassel for the bottom of the chandy.
Then I used the E6000 to glue the tassel into the open threaded rod on the bottom of my chandelier.
Wrapping the Canopy and Down Rod
To make a down rod I used a 6″ long 1/8″ IP threaded rod attached to the top of the chandelier by a coupler. That threaded rod went through my chandelier canopy to hang.
First I wrapped the canopy. My canopy needed to have screw covers that also act as nuts exposed for install, so I took care not to wrap where those needed to go.
Then I wrapped the down rod, and continues wrapping all the exposed all-thread all through the structure of my chandelier. Make sure you leave enough of the rod exposed to fit though the canopy and into the coupler.
Finished Malibu Knock-Off Chandelier
And now enjoy your custom built with you hands to your custom size Natural Bliss Chandelier!