How to make a rope wrapped chandelier candelabra
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Cheap thrift store chandelier
I love buying inexpensive chandeliers at the ReStore! This is going to make the perfect rope wrapped chandelier.
Snip wiring to gut chandelier
I bought it to turn into a candelabra. In order to do that, it has to be gutted. I snipped the wiring in order to remove the parts.
The wires need to be removed from the other end. There is no way to pull them out from this end.
I have all of the cups removed, now it’s time to get into the guts of the thing. Be sure to save all the pieces/hardware as you remove them!
Any and all lamps have many threaded parts. They all unscrew. More wire snipping going on. Depending on your chandelier, you may or may not reassemble it the same way you dismantle it. Taking pictures will aid in figuring it all out when you're ready to put it all back together.
Look at that MESS! that is why I said you can’t pull the wires through from the other end.
Re-use parts for the original chandelier
After removing all those wires, I replace the socket part back onto the thread. You can see where I have already started bending it back and forth to break it. I've yet to find any regular washers and nuts that fit these threads.
See? It snaps right off. This allows me to reuse this part.
Using the original nut to hold the candle cup in place.
Paint rope wrapped chandelier with primer
I painted the entire piece with 2 light coats of primer. I find that several light coats work a lot better than being heavy with the paint. Light coats of spray paint dry very quickly--be sure to follow manufacturer's directions for dry time and re-coat times.
After the primer dried, I painted it with glossy black spray paint, but apparently I didn’t take any pictures. I sent this picture to a friend, who mentioned that I might want to wrap it with jute/twine/rope.
How to wrap a chandelier project with rope
Great idea! You can see that I wrapped one of the candle cups with jute. I wasn’t loving it. The amount of rope I had to buy was a lot. So I decided instead of just using the rope for hanging the light, I should use it for wrapping too. I used hot glue – gluing only rope to rope, trying not to glue it to the metal parts.
The finished project, a rope wrapped chandelier!
Rope Wrapped Chandelier Hanging Outdoors
Hanging on a porch