DIY Success Story: A Handmade and Handwired Cluster Chandelier

DIY Success Story: A Handmade and Handwired Cluster Chandelier

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Taryn Williford
Feb 6, 2013

Lots of people get inspired by the photos they spot on blogs and in magazines, but not everyone actually follows through. Take the story of this project as a push to get up and get it done. Creating this DIY chandelier from scratch took a little money and a whole lot of planning, lumbering and wiring, but the homeowners ended up with a piece that is completely original and insanely gorgeous.

Amanda and Corey wanted to re-create the look of a cluster chandelier they first spotted on Design*Sponge, and we think they nailed it. Hanging down above their dining room table, this cluster of bare bulbs looks rustic and industrial all at once.

But their effortlessly random chandelier was anything but. Mapping out a layout for 80 light bulbs, all hanging at different lengths, some wired and others not, was a puzzle of epic proportions. But after some trial and error, they placed 72 "dummy" bulbs and 8 working ones into the happenstance array that gives the piece its rustic vibe. The wires and strings hang in five different lengths, varying from 2 to 3 feet.

Interesting in making one of your own? Check out a super-detailed recap of the project and How To at Love and Renovations. The whole project took a lot of time and planning, but came in at around $250.

(Images: Love and Renovations)

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