Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hanging lamp fixture (non-electrified)

Treble fish hook
Pliers, wire cutters
Metal tone nail polish (optional) or Pilot Gold or Silver pen (optional)
Jump ring
Loctite Super Glue Gel Control [I prefer this but you could use Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate (second choice) or Aleene’s Tacky Glue]
These are size 2/0 extra strong. They came in a package of 5 for about $4.00 at Canadian Tire. They are 1 7/16” tall and 1” between each barb.

First, remove the barbs. You may be able to do this with a good pair of wire cutters. I held the hook with one pair of pliers and used another to snap the barb off. Wear eye protection when doing this. Another good idea is to put the hook and pliers/wire cutters inside a paper bag while you make your cut. That way the piece you cut off stays inside the bag and doesn't go flying about the room.

If you wish, you can now paint the hook to match your d├ęcor. Acrylic paint will not work for this. A metallic nail polish works best or you can use a Pilot Gold or Silver pen.

Add beads of your choice for the lights.
The tulip shaped beads came from a necklace I found at a garage sale.
This hook was painted with a gold Pilot pen. These irregularly shaped crystal look beads were from Dollarama.
These plastic beads are from a shoe box of beads I got at a garage sale for $1.00.

I wanted the look of white globes here but didn’t have white beads. A couple coats of white nail polish took care of that. A quarter under the outside edge of the green bead held it level for gluing.
Attach the fixture to a chain with a jump ring. This chain is part of an old necklace.
This chain would work also. It’s from my bits and pieces of jewellery stash.
Tip: I put the bead on a bamboo skewer while I put the nail polish on it. The bead hole was larger than the skewer so it wouldn’t stay in place. I pushed the end of a round toothpick between the bead and the skewer to hold the bead steady.

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