Step 3: Making the Bead "Chandelier" Pieces

1.  Measure the depth of the ball jar.  The wide mouth 3 cup jar is about 7" deep when closed.  This measurement is important when you decide how long to make your bead strings for the chandelier.  I make 3 different sizes to make a chandelier shape...the shortest strings will be between 3" and 4".  You will make 8 of these.  The medium string will be between 4.5" and 5".  You will make 6 of this size.  The longest bead strings will measure between 5.5" and 6.5 ".  You will make 4 of these.  When you glue them down later to the lid the longest strands will go closest to the l.e.d. light in a tight circle around it. The medium strands will then go around the long ones and the shortest strands will go around the medium ones.  When you turn the lid over it will make a miniature chandelier.

2. Using the glue gun and fishing line make a double strand longer than the desired length, with a ball of glue holding the two strands together.  I cut one long piece and join the ends forming a loop.  I make a strand about 24 " long when looped it gives you two strands at 12"...easier to work with while beading.  You will only bead the desired length for the strands you are making.  Drop a dollop of hot glue onto your work surface and push the ends of the strand into the hot glue.  Wiggle and then hold in place until it is cool enough to hold the strands.  I make enough drops and lines for all of one length and make that batch.  Once I finish that length I make more drops and strands.  See pictures below of this step.

3.  Load the strings with beads of choice.  I use seed beads, glass beads, swavorski beads and assorted charms.  The possibilities are endless.  I've found using the needle nose pliers to hold the bead and load it onto the string works the easiest. Again see pictures below of this step.
<p>Awesome project!!! I have several solar lights with broken stakes just beggin me to make them &quot;pretty&quot;...thank you!</p>
This something i'd like to make and put inside too lol. so pretty. Awesome IDEA!
They look gorgeous, cool idea!
Oh, how pretty! That's a great idea.
Thanks! I just love how they look at night in my garden.

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