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Large Silhouette Chandelier Decoration, the Grandelier

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As a creative freelancer, I often design themed environments for special events. Large chandeliers are expensive (even as a rental) and are exceedingly complicated to transport or assemble. I developed this solution which creates a nearly six ft. wide , visually-substantial chandelier that weighs less than 13 lbs, and packs flat, and at only half the diameter! I liked the simple lines of chandeliers I'd seen in used in modern designs seen in urban lounges and hotels. This versatile chandelier can even be electrified fairly easily. These are primarily popular in white or black, but can be cut from other routable board products such as PVC plastic sheet or even acrylic.

Here's how to make your own...

I've developed an updated and improved version which is manufactured from PVC plastic sheet and includes battery-operated LED candles. I've called it the Grandelier. It's also now available in two sizes.
Purchase a ready-to-assemble chandelier at Grandelier.com

 
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Step 1:

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The first step is to have a one dimensional silhouette of a chandelier. This was designed in Adobe Illustrator, but you could design or edit the included file in any vector app of your choice. Or you may simply use what I've included as-is.

You will then need to have access to a CNC router. I don't have one of my own, but use a local service, which also supplied the Gatorboard foam board which I've chosen to use for it's cost, relatively good durability and especially how light weight it is.

You will need six sections of half of the chandelier. All halves are identical. To make my chandeliers as large as possible, I was able to get two on a standard 48" x 96" sheet, so I required three sheets total to be cut. 
 
In my builds, I've used 1/4" Gatorboard foam board, and the slots in the design are cut to accomodate that thickness. Each chandelier requires four slotted disks to hold each of the six sections into place. The slots are 1/2 the radius of the disk, with four matching slots on each chandelier section. Though I require only four of these disks per chandelier, I have plenty of spare room on my 4x8 sheet to cut extra, which is always a great idea to have spares! 

Additionally, I have teardrop "crystals" cut and pre-drilled to be strung with loops of monofilament and hung from the two tiers of each chandelier section.
MikeF8 made it!17 days ago

This chandelier is fantastic--plenty of detail with a great style, but not too much that it's hard to make out the silhouette. I ran across this after trying to design my own and it was perfect. I modified the pattern slightly and made 3 chandeliers in all, two small ones (1/2 size) and one large one (42"x62"). All were laser cut out of 1/8" hardboard/masonite. The small ones required 2 48"x96" sheets each and the large one required 3 sheets. The chandeliers are all held together with zip ties around the central shaft, so they can easily be taken apart.

I separated the flames from the chandelier pattern and laser cut them out of acrylic, leaving a small notch so they could fit over a 5mm LED. For the smaller chandeliers, I used orange flicker LEDs, and the flames were all wired to a central battery pack. For the large chandelier flames, I cut them so they would specifically fit over some green LED flicker tea lights with the diffuser removed, and attached the acrylic to the tea light with hot glue. I added a round platform on top of the candles and secured the tea lights with velcro.

I got so many compliments, which I can't begin to pass on. Thanks so much for this design!

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davidandora (author)  MikeF816 days ago

Awesome! Thanks for taking the time to share your results- the best compliment! They look great and I love the green flames! You look like you've got a great workshop :) My commercially available model underwent many modifications before arriving at it's current state and we've just completed engineering a 1/2 scale ultraboard version on the cheap. It's nice to see that you were so successful making your own excellent modifications! I've found modified versions in a Sears, and elsewhere, which is fun see, but never anyone who has bothered to report back. Thank you! You should get a lot of mileage out of them! People are so often surprised to learn that upon closer inspection that they aren't the "genuine" thing! Here's a photo of a couple of our black "Grandelier's" that we used in an installation this past weekend here in Chicago, suspended on a lightweight steel cable. I wouldn't try that with any other chandelier! Thanks again!

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SheilaShaikh2 months ago

Omg, that is awesome! can you please start selling these!?

davidandora (author)  SheilaShaikh2 months ago
Thank you- and I do!
www.grandelier.com
viajante2 years ago
That's an original idea
davidandora (author)  viajante2 years ago
Thanks! It was, however inspired by others that I've seen that were much smaller or with less "branches"
bagnitsch2 years ago
Sweet
davidandora (author)  bagnitsch2 years ago
Thanks!
davidandora (author) 2 years ago
I found his chandelier. What a pretty and delicate structure! http://www.craftstylish.com/item/26379/extreme-paper-the-long-dark-road-to-a-bright-idea
canucksgirl2 years ago
Very pretty. It totally reminds me of the paper chandelier that Jeffery Rudell made in 2008 that was on display at Tiffany & Co. over Christmas that year in New York. He even suggest the same materials. Were you inspired by his earlier design?
davidandora (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
Thanks! I'll need to see what I can find online now. I don't know of the one you mention. I had seen small silhouette chandeliers before, but only ever four-sided. My inspiration came from several places I recall, but mostly out of a need for a very large, affordable and portable chandelier for themed environment installs.
that is amazing!!!!!! i love that i want one
foobear2 years ago
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davidandora (author)  foobear2 years ago
such flattery!
EllieRose2 years ago
This looks really cool!!
davidandora (author)  EllieRose2 years ago
Thanks!
Organize742 years ago
The surface really catches the colored lights in the room. This design is brilliant! The rooms used for events have such high ceilings that something like this would fit very well and add a lot of interest to the room. Thanks for sharing.
davidandora (author)  Organize742 years ago
Thanks! These white chandeliers are cut from a foam board product called Gatorboard, which is glows brightly under UV light, so they tend to really "pop", which is a nice happy accident.
porklips2 years ago
Wow how easy and fantastic. Will definatly try in a smaller scale for my mini house!
davidandora (author)  porklips2 years ago
So easy! I'm sure it would look great!
This is great. Well done!
davidandora (author)  jessandstavro2 years ago
Thanks! I appreciate the compliment :)