A couple of weeks ago Adam and I made this light fixture for our front porch…
We actually made two that day, the second was left plain (no frosted glass or metal) and was for the entryway. I wanted the two fixtures to be the same, but different. Like fraternal light fixture twins. I was hoping that my second born light would be a little less like a tomboy, and a little more like a chandelier.
If you want a full tutorial on how to make this light, GO HERE. Here’s is the CliffsNotes version…
The first step to making my chandelier was to decide where to drill holes for the beads.
The plan was to add a bunch of dangly crystal strands and make it glamorous and amazing, but instead of looking something like this…
It looked like this…
Weird…. and awkward…and a little like a sea creature. Like a four-sided jellyfish.
New plan – swag the beads to make it look a little more substantial (and a little less like an aquatic invertebrate).
I skipped over the inside holes and just used the corners, swagging the short strands toward the outside and long ones in the center.
It looked better, for sure…good enough to hang this time. I didn’t really like that it looked all tangled and unplanned though, and the different kinds of beads were bothering me. I told myself “Ashley, do NOT be crazy and re-bead that thing again. It’s fine. Go finish one of the many projects in your boy’s room. “
But then I caught Adam giving it a disapproving side-eye and down it came. I’m just trying to be a good wife y’all, that’s all.
So the boys and I got to beading, again.
Funny story – as we were working, Levi (2 years) asked me “Mommy, what are we making?”
“We’re making strands of beads to go in a light fixture.”
“A light fixture?” He asked (except it came out “a wight fisher?”). He paused for a moment and then added “for holding bugs?”
For a split second I was confused by this, then I looked up at the lights in our room. The kid was right…light fixtures in our house are for holding bugs. He’s definitely more observant than I give him credit for.
Here’s the top of the light, I used really thin wire and tied the ends together on the top (it’s all hidden so it doesn’t need to be pretty. Also, it would be a good idea to drill the hole for the bulb the correct size the first time.)
So here is round three of the foyer light adventure. This time I used all the same beads and put the longer strands on the outside.
This one is the best of the three. It’s rustic, yet glamorous. It fits in at our house and still manages to add a little sparkle, which is seriously lacking around here.
That above photo makes it glaringly obvious that I have an abundance of right angles in my house. That photo is a like a kids puzzle in Highlights magazine – How many squares can you find? A lot, is the answer.
So that is my rustic/glam foyer light. I have to admit though, I think it would look best with the all the same beads (like this version) and the strands getting longer in the center (like the second version.) I kinda want to re-do it again, but I refuse to be that crazy.
I will not take it down, I will not take it down…