As a creative freelancer, I often design themed environments for special events and nightclubs. I've often been in search for a giant chandelier to use, but I was never able to find one that was really large, reasonably lightweight or uncomplicated to transport or assemble. I liked the simple lines of chandeliers I'd seen in used in modern designs like in urban lounges and hotels. I came up with this solution which creates a nearly six ft. wide , visually-substantial chandelier that weighs less than 15 lbs, and packs flat, and at only half the diameter! This versatile chandelier can even be electrified fairly easily. I've made these in white and black and red, but they could also be cut from other routable foam board products or even foamed PVC board or even acrylic.
Here's how to make your own...
I've developed an updated and improved version which manufactured from PVC plastic sheet and includes battery-operated LED candles.
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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.