THE CRYSTAL OCTOPUS - jen's chandelier

Most who read my blog and follow my adventures
already know I love working with wood but I also enjoy working with other vintage finds.
The other thing I am very proud of is the ability to take a friend's needs
and desires and create it for them.

A very good client and now close friend has been seeking just the right chandelier.
It had to be large in diameter yet shallow in height for her lower ceilings.
The right one was just not available no matter where we looked.

So I told her to leave it with me and I'll see what I can do.
That is where the monster octopus road side chandelier came in.
This thing had so many arms and was in such disarray I could never quite count how many
arms there actually was. Finally when I started to take it apart I got the count of 21.
I have worked with lamps, chandeliers, and general light fixtures for many years and understand
they really are just bits and pieces of a jigsaw puzzle but together in a pleasing form.
You can mix and match all sorts of parts together.

I started with the center of the octopus which had 6 arms and began adding
decorative bits top and bottom. It's trial and error what will look good so
I continued rebuilding my jigsaw puzzle over and over till I found the pleasing shape I wanted.

Once she was built and painted came the many long hours of adding wonderful sparkling crystals.
I drilled holes for hanging hooks and hand tied beads in just the right places.
I only manage to do about 2-3 chandeliers in a year because
they take countless hours to fiddle with.

I would not show my friend the final look through emailed photos because I wanted to see
her reaction in person and getting a pictures of a chandelier that
actually looks as good as it does in person is difficult.

She said "I'm so jealous, ... but it's mine and I can't wait to get it home"

It really is a masterpiece and so beautiful in person. I hope I have taken the right photos to
share with you so you can see for yourself.

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  1. I see these all the time at garage sales. I only looked at them as something I could spray black and use with flicker lights for Halloween. You have changed my outlook.


  2. Love how this turned out :)

  3. That turned out beautifully- I love it- xo Diana

  4. Jen is a lucky girl. I am always amazed at what you are able to do with your hands and creativity. Sigh.......

  5. Your chandelier turned out just wonderful! I have one sitting in my garage waiting for me to finish up. I need to rewire it so I can give it a long chain. I love working with old light fixtures. I have been on the hunt for another one to redo for my daughter's room.

  6. First of all I'm always in AWE of your talent. Secondly when you drilled the holes in the arms were you not concerned about hitting the electrical wires? I have updated a of these myself but I never have drilled into the arms..

  7. What a fantastic idea. I love how it turned out.

  8. What a beauty you created!! I'm just in awe of your creative talent!! This may be a stupid question, but did you just rewire & add chain so that it can be plugged into outlet instead of ceiling wiring (if that makes sense!)? I'm wanting one sooo bad but I would also have to have a more shallow one. Thanks so much!! Blessings!

  9. Love it! You are one talented girl!