How To: Make a DIY Lucite Disc Chandelier

Apartment Therapy reader Jill Keto wrote in to share her high-end chandelier DIY designer imposters project: I recently recycled and revamped a $3.99 thrift shop chandelier into one that looks like a 1960's Vistosi or Mazzega blown glass chandelier. But instead of blown glass, I use lucite...

I think your readers will love this because they are into midcentury high end looks, but it's really challenging to find the disc chandeliers retail, (and they are outrageously expensive). Anyone can make their own disc chandelier on the cheap as a DIY project!

Jill Keto's instructions for the project:

  • One horribly dated late 80’s chandelier frame from Goodwill, Craigslist, curbside, or dumpster. Make sure it is cylindrical in shape and has hooks going all the way around.
  • 4″ diameter x 1/8″ thick lucite/aka plexiglass/aka plastic/aka acrylic glass discs, which can be found here. Buy, at a minimum, 2 discs for every hook on your chandelier frame. If you want to really fill it in, you should double that number and hang the rest off of the frame with invisible fishing line.
  • Nail polish. The cheap, drugstore variety. SinfulColors is available for $1.99 per bottle, and the colors are luminous and have incredible depth. (Side note: nail enamel is one of the highest quality paints that exists, which makes it perfect for any DIY project where you need a permanent, glossy paint job on a smallish surface area). Auto paint is also awesome, but stick to slightly sparkly nail polish for this project. Have fun with the colors you choose. There are no limits.
  • 20g stainless steel jump rings, about 1/2″ in diamter which you can buy or make yourself by wrapping wire around a tube of lip gloss (or anything else 1/2″ in diameter and cylindrical) into a coil, and cut the coil into individual circles (jump rings) with wire cutters.

Check out more recession friendly solutions over at Jill's site, Practical Chic.

(Image: sent in by Jill Keto of Practical Chic)

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