May 30, 2012

Making A Faux Italian Chandelier With Porcelain Flowers

Have you seen those Italian chandeliers with porcelain flowers?  I thought HUMMMM....I wonder if I could make one?


I always keep my eyes open for nick nacks with BROKEN flowers (I don't want anyone to think I am chipping away at good pieces).  I picked this one up for $1.00, some flowers where chipped, but there was still good flowers left


HERE is the very first post I ever did showing how to chip these flowers off


Now, I took a thrift store light and sprayed it with Heirloom white paint by Rust-Oleum.  Then did a light sanding


I used E-6000 glue to put the roses on, then wrapped painters tape around the rose and let the glue dry for 24 hours


AH!  Success.... it worked!  They are on nice and tight!


I covered the white light shafts with paper I got by copying fabric, the tutorial for copying fabric is HERE.  I used double sided tape to adhere the paper


I couldn't resist hanging some pink crystals.  HERE is my inexpensive source for crystals


Geez, I really had trouble photographing this chandelier, I tried inside, outside, bright sun, cloudy......I gave up!  No awards for photography here!


But, you get the idea!


This could also be done with polymer clay roses


The Tutorial on making clay roses is HERE


I am going to put this in my booth at Orange Tree and I think I will charge $85-$95.  If it doesn't sell right away, that's OK, I think it will be pretty hanging around

Let me know if you are interested in how I made the shades


Happy Creating!

Carol


57 comments:

Nancy's Notes said...

Carol, Italian chandeliers with porcelain flowers, how wonderful! Those clay roses are to die for! That chandelier is beautiful too, love the crystals! What a great post! I'll check out the tutorial too!

sissie said...

Hi Carol,
Now you've got me wanting to start looking for those roses. I see them all the time but didn't have your vision! I love, love your chandelier and I don't think it will last long. Someone is gonna want to take that baby home.

hugs
Sissie

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

You really are something else, do you know that? Wow, what a cool idea and an amazing job and for a fraction of the price of those Italian jobbies! Love it Carol!

Rona Gregory said...

Oh my you've done it again! I just don't know how you come up with all these things lol! It's beautiful!

Createology said...

Once again your magic romantic touch has created a beautiful chandy with just the right ambiance. Glorious dear...

NanaDiana said...

AAAAAmazing- You did a wonderful job on that, Carol. I absolutely LOVE it. You are one smart chick! xo Diana

Tracy said...

Wow! You really know how to pretty something up in a big way!

Debbiedoo's said...

Beautiful Carol. It reminds me of capodimonte..which is so expensive. You did a fantastic job!

Gina said...

Gorgeous! Yes, I agree with Debbie, it looks like capodimonte. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity!

Rebecca said...

Girl...what CAN'T YOU DO? Oh my gosh! Love it.

I'm going to TRY and make some of your flowers for my shop. I tried to make one and it came out like CRAP! I'm so bummed. Wrong fabric and wrong gal doing the WORK!

LOVE THE LAMP!

xoRebecca

Dawn's Craft Place said...

You always share the best ideas, this is amazing!
Girl you are so talented and I only wish we lived closer, I would be stalking your house...lol

marda said...

Carol you are most definitely a creative genius.. this is just beautiful. I can't imagine it will stay in your shop very long.
Thanks for another interesting and informative post.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

You have so many great ideas--and the best tutorials ever! I would love a tutorial on the shades. They make the chandelier! SO PRETTY!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It doesn't matter, Carol, we can still tell how pretty it is! I'd love to know how you did the shades, too. You really dressed up a plain Jane light fixture.

Cosy Life by Elly said...

It's very very nice! Thanks for the tutorial...dear greatings, Elly

Rhissanna said...

How wonderful! I love this! You always make the most fabulous, sweet and pretty stuff. And yes, please, lampshade tutorial.

Connie said...

This is beautiful! Is this going into your shop or remaining in your cute house? It will sell quickly if it goes to the shop.
Hugs,
Connie, IN/FL

Connie said...

This is beautiful! Is this going into your shop or remaining in your cute house? It will sell quickly if it goes to the shop.
Hugs,
Connie, IN/FL

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Carol,

Oh wow! You will have no trouble selling that baby! I love it!!!

Dee

LuLu Kellogg said...

Dearest Carol~
I can't tell you what it meant to me when you left those kind words on my Blog. You are such an angel. I really appreciate you so much.

This chandie is beautiful! Thank you also for the tutorial on the roses. I am going to try to make these in black for a Halloween project I have going on.

Sending Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

It's All Connected said...

Thanks for the great ideas! Pinning this. ~ Maureen

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

Beautiful as usual! Yes, you have me looking for those roses in every Thrift Store now too. Not sure what I'll do with them but I'm looking!
~betty

Cathy said...

Oh my goodness! How absolutely clever and beautiful! I just read your tutorial on how to remove the roses. It sure has the wheels turning! Thank you for the great inspiration--as always! :)

Cathy ♥

SavannahGranny said...

I sure am glad you don't live in Savannah....NOT! I am going to be looking for those little porcelain roses everywhere I go.
You are about the smartest, most creative lady I know. It is a pleasure to visit you.
Blessings, Ginger

Lori @ applegrovetreasures said...

This came out beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing how you created it, esp the chipping off of the flowers...could be used for other items. Great tutorial! :)

lynn said...

just so gorgeous, carol! you amaze me with your wonderful projects! thanks for the link to the crystals and the tut on the roses:)

buzuni said...

This is great!! Do you have a rich imagination!!

rosieinspirations said...

You continue to amaze me with your wonderful projects and great tutorials Carol! Thanks!

pipigirl said...

i have to say, you are AMAZING lady. is there nothing you cannot do????lol. anyway, yes of course a shade tutorial. you cant leave us "hanging" here. thanks for all of your wonderful ideas and especially for sharing them with us. you certainly help those of us who just cant afford to buy things of this nature outright, and for the satisfaction of diy and hoping it turns out half as beautiful as yours. again, i thank you..... sus

Susan Erb said...

This is so beautiful! I have a whole little drawer of chipped off flowers and now I have a great idea for them :) I would love to hear how you did the shades!

Sue

RJ said...

Stunning! Good price, IMO!!

Cindy The Victorian Journey said...

So shabby chic.. Carol, this is such a great idea. Let's talk about those shades with the lace. Now I love that. The whole darn thing is to cute.

Cindy

Maki said...

Well Carol, you've done it again!!!
Wow, that is BEAUTIFUL!!! I can hardly wait to see how you did the shades!
Love, love, love it!
hugs, maki

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Stunning! And thanks for the information and links on your other tutorials AND the link to your 'crystal' source -- their prices are amazing!

A Paris Flea said...

Oohlala! That one won't "hang" around long. Just gorgeous and a great job!!! Thanks for the tip on covering the light shafts ~ very illuminating. And that would be one more YES on the shade tutorial.

Mickie

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Hi Carol, Just wanted to let you know I bought some of the transfers from you online shop. I did an adorable little wooden box and I blogged about it and referred back to The Polka Dot Closet. Love your blog, you give me so many ideas. Thanks so much. Hugs, Karie

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

Just adorable!! Another project to try! So cute!

CathyD said...

Yes Please share how you made the shades. The chandelier is so adorable! I actually have two chandeliers all painted white and just waiting for the finishing touches. I'm so glad I saw your post before I did any more with them. I plan on keeping one of mine and donating the other back to the Habitat for Humanity Restore that I bought it from. Hopefully it will inspire someone else to buy an old one and re-do it themselves. Thanks again Carol.

Bellenza Wedding Bistro said...

How resourceful of you to think of using flowers from old, chipped items! Can see these being used as lovely wedding accent pieces, too!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Carol,
Once again, stunning beyond belief!!

Hugs,
Deb

Debbie said...

It's amazing looking. Having seen your booth, I agree that it will just make it even cuter while it waits for a sale. Of course, I don't think that will be long.

I've done your method of fabric copying. It was the first ambitious endeavor I tried from blog land. Love it.

Raising my hand and asking for a post on the shades.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol. Always amazing! I love your Italian Chandy and don't think it will last long in your shoppe.
Thank you for your kind words in our difficult time. It means more then you can know.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Laurel Stephens said...

You are a genius, and the info you share is priceless. Thank you!!

Sandy Michelle said...

My Grand Mother has an Italian one and it has cherubs too. Yours turned out just like the real thing! Have a great weekend!

Sandy
sandy-sandyscreations

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Every time I see those inexpensive porcelain roses I think of you. I keep thinking I should buy them but I am being over run with "things I might need in the future" now in my work space. Your chandelier looks fabulous and I know it will sell quickly. Making a note: cover candle covers like Carol did! xo

Elaine said...

What a clever lady you are.. Beautiful chandlier and roses

June said...

Carol you are so clever! I think I will never be able to pass up another chipped or broken piece of china with a flower on it again!!!

Nancy said...

Beautiful!! I don't think it will last long there at Orange Tree~ Yes I would Love to learn how you made the shades. I have 2 great finds from today, I am going to photograph the befores to you and tell you my thoughts with them, I'll look forward to hearing yours!! Will do this tomorrow if feeling good. Some days are great some are not, but having more good than bad!!

Huggs, Nancy

Something Special said...

Stunning again as always, This is so darn pretty! I would love to have a booth somewhere! You are amazing!

camp and cottage living said...

Carol
I always appreciate your tutorials!
I was telling my husband that I would love to see your shop with all the neat things you've made in it.
I am going to get to Flordia one of these days!!

Grandma Bonnie said...

I love the details. the flowers are just the right touch. Hope you have a great week.

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Now that is too adorable!!

Ivy and Elephants said...

You amaze me! I would have searched forever looking for one, but you, the creative one, made your own! Fabulous!
Thanks for the tutorial.
Hugs,
Patti

hopeandjoyhome said...

Gorgeous Carol! I know what you mean about trying to photo a chandelier..they are trixie! You get part in focus and part fuzzy or it looks all wonky or whatnot. Yes, show the shades! I like to colorcopy my old fabric to use elsewhere..it works with fragile vintage wallpaper too..much less brittle and crumbly!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Carol, this piece is just making my heart skip a beat! Love that you used the pretty flowers you already had so beautifully.

Quick reminder ~ my upcoming annual WEDDING BLOG PARTY is this Friday, June 8th! I do hope you'll be able to join us and link up with anything of your choosing!! I'll be having a little bridal giveaway along with the party, too!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie

C'est moi Claudette said...

You are OVER THE TOP AMAZING Carol. OMG... LOVE LOVE LOVE them all.
You rock.
xoxoxo

Kathy said...

Thank you for showing me this, I love it and I have a lamp kinda like this at the beach and I can't wait to get there and start on it:) come join me at www.sewcraftykathy.blogspot.com