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Did you know chandeliers occur in nature? Thanks to the Fibonacci sequence you can easily find dead twigs and tumbleweeds with graduated tiers resembling a chandelier. With a little love and some tweaking you can easily have a sexy centerpiece to grace your dining room. Layer on some string LEDs and you've got a low energy light source as well!
 
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Step 1: Tumbleweed Shopping

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The best places I've found to go tumbleweed shopping are desolate fields such as the dairy land near my folks' house pictured below.

Step 2: Score!

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The perfect dead plant has been found! The deader the better and this one looks like some sort of hybrid between a tumbleweed and tree branch. It was pretty light and hollow feeling, so I'm guessing it was a bush at one point.

I gathered a few different kinds to have the best selection. Most tumbleweeds have leafy remnants and spiky protrubances that could require more cleanup work, so I suggest finding the smoothest one possible with the least bugs living in it.

Step 3: Cleanup

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Now it's time to tidy up your tumbleweed! I sprayed it down with a compressed air hose to get all the dust and bugs off. If you don't have a compressed air generator, you can buy cans of compressed air at an office supply store. Or you can skip this step if you don't care about dust and dirt.

Next I snap off any unruly branches that jeopardize the overall shape. The bottom has an extra long stem so I took a little hand saw and cut it down.
marydecorator6 months ago

I know what I'm gonna be looking for the next time I take my dog for a walk! ;)

kirnex3 years ago
That's great. Question, though: had you considered wiring from the base of the branch down, and hanging the branch upside down? That would have looked great too!
Very inspiring. I will be attempting this in the near future :)
I'm revisiting your Instructable-have you hard wired the chandelier into the socket in the ceiling? If not, how do you turn it off and on?
Asmodeous4 years ago
Nice work!
PillsHere4 years ago
nice job, well done :D
dadaa4 years ago
you can also paint it in white and make it stand in a vase with lights on.
Hey! Most importantly.  Your chandelier is fabulous!
Just thinking...I wonder if there might be brown tape that you could wrap the green wires in so that it blended with the wood?
 In crafty stores that sell country type things, they sell brown wired string lights.  I just bought some recently!
Wow!  I live in a small town; the nearest craft store is an hour away, but I haven't seen them.  Do you think I might find them at a larger store in a city?
scmtngirl5 years ago
Very cool idea. I like it a lot!
Meggz5 years ago
I have a lot of kool stuff I have made like this! I used mistletoe to make lamps & lights + table centrepieces & briar forest style hangers for crystals and coloured glass decorations. Even a tabletop Christmas tree for myself & for family. Thanks for your instructable. It is awesome!!
imakeit5 years ago
Super fun creation, excellent work and post ;)
JBizzle5 years ago
oh wow! you are so cool. If i had a huge house with a very tall ceiling (like maybe perhaps near stairs) i'd do this on a larger scale with a crape myrtle! they're beautiful trees.
Lovely
very nice :)
bowmaster5 years ago
FIRST!!! This idea is awesome.