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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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!
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.