21 Tea light holders (I'm using IKEA Sommarmys)
Plywood (I used 18mm thickness, because that's what I had lying around)
Chain link 3 meters.
6 screws with a large head.
6 pieces of felt for use under chair legs.
Router (or jigsaw if you don't have one)
Drill press or hand drill
Circle cutting bit
Sander or sanding paper
If you have access to a laser cutter, that could be used instead of the router, drill press and circle cutting bit.
My plan is to take the chandelier with me when we're going camping and hang it in a bell tent. As it packs nice and flat it should be relatively easy to transport.
Step 1: Buy Tea Light Holders
After buying the tea light holders, arrange the holders for the largest ring in a circle that looks good to you and measure the diameter. You'll need this measurement for the next step. For my chandelier 60cm will be about right.
Also measure the base of the tea light holders, as you'll be cutting holes to match this size. For mine 50mm.
Step 2: Cut the Outer Ring Circumfence
First measure where you want the center of your circle. Draw a centre line across the whole circle to be, this will make the next steps easier. Drill a centre hole and cut the outline. The diameter should be what you measured for your tea light arrangement. I'm using 60cm.
Step 3: Mark Where the Tea Lights Go
As my router bit is 10 mm wide I'm marking 90 and 190 mm from the edge. This should give me two 90 mm rings and 10 mm of dust between them.
After marking the rings the spacing of the tea lights can be marked. This is easier to do while the rings aren't cut yet. On the outer ring there'll be 12 lights, so 360 degrees / 12 lights = one light every 30 degrees. On the inner ring I'll put 9, so one every 40 degrees (360/9=40).
I didn't have a protractor, so I printed one from http://www.ossmann.com/protractor/ and cut it out.
As you can see on the last picture I almost forgot to mark the middle of the rings with my compass. Don't forget this bit, as you need that line to determine where to drill.
Step 4: Cut the Rings
Step 5: Drill the Tea Light Holes
Unfortunately the cutting bit burned the wood a bit. Since the tea lights will hide this it can be our little secret. ;)
Step 6: Sand the Edges
Step 7: Round the Edges
Step 8: Sand the Flat Sides
Step 9: Applying Finish
Take care with the paper or rag. Oily paper or rags can self combust, so soak the paper in water before throwing it away. And if you're using rags, don't bunch them up. Spread them out before letting them dry.
Step 10: Attaching the Chain
Wait for dark and test them. :)