Make a Candelabra

I love candelabras, love them that is until I see the price! A nice candelabra can cost as much as R2000 - but you can make your own for about R500. Here's how to make a candelabra from bits and pieces.






You should be able to find everything you need to make a candelabra at secondhand stores and auction sales. Look for old lamps with decorative bases, light fittings and chandeliers that can be taken apart. Another source of supply is to visit salvage yards and be on the lookout for old legs and feet for furniture.





The entire assembly is made up of different pieces from lamps, chandeliers and assorted bits from here and there, all mounted on a threaded rod from top to bottom. Between the base and top is a strip of PVC pipe that is help in place with epoxy glue to the top of the base and the bottom of the chandelier parts.. Make sure that you put a large piece at the bottom to keep the candelabra sturdy.





Once assembled and bolts attached to the top and bottom of the threaded rod, the candelabra was sprayed with two coats of Rust-Oleum 2X matt black. Protect surrounding areas with a dropcloth or newspaper. Be sure to spray from all angles and directions to fill gaps and details. Finish off by draping lots of black beads around the chandelier section for impact and drama.