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Raindrop Chandelier

June 9, 2011

This project has literally been more than a year in the making.  But when I finished part 1 15 months ago I really thought I was done.  Turns out that I wasn’t.  I decided sometime in March that I needed to add a few more things to it.  And it took me three more months to get around to finishing it.

raindrop chandelier

This my friends is a raindrop chandelier, or a paper rainstorm or something.  I got the idea to make this from a pile of leftover scraps from an art journal page I made last spring.

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You can see the awesome pile of leftover raindrops up in the corner, right?  I guess I kind of went overboard on cutting them out.  Anyway, they sat in a pile for a long time until I got the idea to sew them together and tie them onto a ring.  And it hung up above my desk like that for a year.  And then a few months ago I got the idea to add a larger ring of rain and a smaller one and turn it into a much beefier, rainier chandelier.

closeup of drops

I used some chrome spraypaint one one side of my papers to add a little shimmer, and to cover up whatever was on the backside.  Some of my paper scraps were double sided, and if the flip side didn’t fit into my color scheme I sprayed them chrome.  After I sprayed all my paper I started cutting out raindrops.  I think I spent one evening watching a movie and cut out about 300, maybe 400 raindrops ranging in size from .5 inches tall to about 1.5 inches.  It didn’t take as long as you might think.  I was surprised at how quickly my little pile of raindrops became a large pile of raindrops.

chandelier

But the hardest and most time consuming part of the whole project was not the cutting out of a gillion tiny little raindrops.  Assembling the three rings for the chandelier base was MUCH more frustrating.  I bought thee sizes of rings at the craft store and then spray painted them chrome, they were originally gold.  And then  I think I tried about 8 different ways before I figured out how to hook them together and keep all three flat and level and evenly spaced between each other.  It was totally annoying. And it’s probably a good thing I already had all my raindrops cut and sewed together into raindrop chains.   Because if I had started with the ring base I probably would have given up on this project and thrown the whole thing in the trash long before any raindrops saw the light of day.  But now I have it figured out and next time I won’t be nearly so frustrated.  (I have another chandelier project in mind and when I get that one made I’ll take pictures and share my many trials and errors, and the long last successful route.)

blowing in the breeze

But I love the end result.  And I love that I still had clouds pinned to my fake dining room curtain from a baby shower a few weeks ago. (This is the same thrifted sheet turned curtain backdrop I used for Creamie’s birthday party.)  The clouds were the perfect backdrop for my little paper rainstorm.  Here in Utah we had a ridiculously rainy spring.  And while most people think that rainy days (or snowy days for that matter) are “bad” weather, I think they are absolutely beautiful.  And those are the kinds of days that I want to stay inside and bake bread and make something.  I love those “bad” weather days!

hanging up

This little rainstorm is currently hanging up in the corner above my desk.  And everytime a little bit of breeze comes through, or the heater turns on and moves the air around a bit, or I open the door it starts to spin and twirl and shimmer.  It is absolutely beautiful.  Much prettier than I ever could have imagined.  Besides, now I can tell people that I have a dancing rainstorm over my desk.  And how awesome is that? Not bad from a reject pile of blue paper scraps, and a little spray paint.  Not bad at all.

22 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2011 10:40 pm

    So pretty! I am so jealous of your ability to make rooms beautiful. I have no creativity in decorating. At all. Sad. Want to go on a vacation and come decorate my house?

    P.S. I made these really cute mobiles for my SIL’s when all four of us were pregnant at the same time. I figured I’d make one for me, too–not so, after I figured out just how hard it was to get the dang ring thing to balance on the threads. SO incredibly frustrating. I can only imagine what it was like with 3. Seriously, I’m amazed. And it’s beautiful.

  2. June 9, 2011 10:55 pm

    Amazing! You are amazing!

  3. Linsey permalink
    June 9, 2011 11:00 pm

    I am in love. Even though I don’t love snow nearly as much as you, I LOVE the rain more than anything. this is so beautiful and encompasses the feel that rain gives. stunning. you are stunning.

  4. June 10, 2011 6:37 am

    Okay, the chandelier is adorable, but the room!! Is there a workspace tour somewhere that I should know about??

  5. Susan permalink
    June 10, 2011 7:40 am

    Another fabulous creation . . . I just love reading about your crafting adventures . . .

  6. June 10, 2011 8:00 am

    I absolutely love it! Way too cute :)

  7. Peg permalink
    June 10, 2011 8:14 am

    What a beautiful project! Love it — thanks for sharing. And I especially love the color on the walls … can you … will you share what it is?

  8. June 10, 2011 8:18 am

    Hmmm…beefy. ;)

    xox

  9. June 10, 2011 8:48 am

    So pretty! I LOVE it!

  10. June 10, 2011 9:07 am

    Very clever use of leftover paper!!! Clarice

  11. June 10, 2011 9:08 am

    Breathtaking! What a fabulous idea; I am very impressed (and a little jealous). Just beautiful.

  12. June 10, 2011 10:50 am

    So cute and fun! You never cease to amaze me. :)

  13. kirsten elkins permalink
    June 10, 2011 11:23 am

    it turned out gorgeous! congrats! nothing better than finishing a project!

  14. sara permalink
    June 10, 2011 1:31 pm

    love this! you’re a tease, though! Are you going to tell us how you did it? a tutorial in the making, perhaps? :)

    hope you’re all well!

  15. June 10, 2011 1:44 pm

    very cute and clever! :) I like the sparkles to.

  16. June 10, 2011 3:08 pm

    I love it. Cool beans! Its cool that you can look at something(s) and see the potential. You know thats a gift, don’t you? :) ~ Paig

  17. Lynda B permalink
    June 11, 2011 2:07 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your work space, its amazingly fab and looks lovely and I want it soooooo much!

  18. June 11, 2011 7:50 am

    Wow!! Thats some dilligence you have there! But it looks great though! I REALLY like your art journal page..is where a place you have where we can sneak a peak of more pages?

  19. June 13, 2011 8:34 am

    Absolutely love this! What a great idea!

  20. June 13, 2011 10:04 am

    I absolutely love this. And I feel the need to try my own hand at this. Thank you for inspiring me!

  21. June 17, 2011 9:05 pm

    OMG’sh – Thank you! I have a huge pile of these “rain drops” and had no clue what to do with them. Once they’re unpacked – I am so making one! *SPARKLY* :D

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