Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Capiz Shell Chandelier or Wind Chime

Way back around Christmas time I had been seeing some chandeliers made of wax paper circles in the likeness of capiz shells around various blogs.  I loved the look and wondered what it would be like to make a real capiz shell chandelier.  Then while browsing around a local decor store I found a capiz shell wind chime that was broken.  They ended up giving it to me at half off (score!) so I took it home with plans of remaking it.


Piano Wire

I started out by making two new circles with piano wire (putting two circles together to make it double thickness), wrapping it with a very fine gauge wire, then wrapping it entirely with brown floral tape. 


Then I cut four equal lengths of jewelry chain, wrapped it around the wire circle and used a thick gauge jump ring to secure it. 


I cut four more lengths and gathered them at the top with a metal ring for hanging.  I cut off the strings of capiz shells and, hanging it from the light in our dining room, started tying them on the new frame. 


After much cutting and tying this is the result...






The chandelier is now for sale in my "Cat on a Limb Accessoriz" Etsy shop. (See my sidebar) I had some leftover capiz shells that I will be listing for sale as well.

Have any of you done any capiz shell or wax paper "shell" projects?

I'm linking up to all the awesome link parties on my Blog Link Parties page.


  1. Fantastic job!!! It's beeeeeaaauty-fuuuul!

  2. Great job. I have seen these in stores and they cost alot. Thanks for sharing. New follower via Tip Me tuesday.

  3. Wow! So pretty! You did a fantastic job! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Gorgeous! I may have to copy this. :)

  5. wow this is such a cute and cool idea! Thanks for sharing!

  6. this looks awesome! I love the look of capiz shells

  7. Looks awesome! I want to search for a broken capiz wind chime now!


  8. That is AWESOME! Very clever! I could sure use something like that to put over that bare bulb in my laundry room :-)
    Stopping by from Crafty Soiree!

  9. This is too amazing I had to share it on my blog today. http://holy-craft.blogspot.com/2011/03/things-i-love-this-week.html

    Stop on by and see!

  10. Really cute. I love how it comes together on the bottom, great job!

  11. I just love these! I want one over my bathtub! :)

  12. this is superb. as nice as any of the high end decorator versions i have seen. Saw your link at Tatertots and Jello and had to stop by! Well done.

  13. This is GORGEOUS. Thanks for sharing!!

    PS: Today is the last day to enter my first ever giveaway on my blog, and I'd love if you'd stop by and enter! Check it out: http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-first-giveaway-and-introducing-your.html

  14. looks awesome! i still want to make mine! (http://fun.kyti.me)

  15. Outrageous. I have always wanted one.

  16. This turned out amazing! I was just looking online the other day at a craft store that had capiz shells. I was debating buying a bunch of shells and making my own. great job! Hope you will swing by my Meet-up Monday party tomorrow at The House Creative

  17. this is so pretty!


  18. This turned out so cool! Thanks for linking up Flaunt it Friday :)

  19. I love this idea! I found your blog at the DIY Showoff. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back: http://stillwaterstory.blogspot.com/

    Again, you did a fantastic job!! :-) The chandelier is gorgeous and I want to make one of these beauties for our master bath now!

  20. Ok really, SO cute! something to add to my DIY list :) THanks for the greta idea!

  21. looks lovely!

    I am hosting a giveaway from hair candy for girls.$15 store credit that lets you select flower clips, ziper clips, pettiskirts, bottle cap necklaces and more from the store.

    Check it out

  22. It's so pretty! Great find and love the 'rescue'! :) Thanks so much for linking to the DIY Project Parade!

    Have a wonderful week!


  23. Oh, my goodness! I have something very similar in my family room that I did like this. Mine wasn't so labor intensive, but I slipped a capiz shell wind chime over a spray painted ugly pendant light. Yours is so pretty, too!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  24. Looks beautiful! Thanks for linking up to the catwalk! I'm featuring this today.

  25. This would be perfect for a chandelier I have that totally fell apart. (Apparently, it really wasn't meant for outdoors.) Thanks for sharing!

  26. Beautiful!!! I love the way it turned out!!

  27. Hi, Catherine! I really love this capiz shell chandelier not only because it is so lovely but also because it reminds me of my birth country where capiz shells are seen everywhere... from jewelries, lampshades, table top, window panels... your chandelier turned out really gorgeous! I am featuring tthis today! be sure to grab a featured button. thanks for linking up and I hope to see you again this week! have a nice weekend! ^^)

  28. imagino que tenha dado muito trabalho,mas valeu a pena, ficou lindo. Parabéns
    me segui lá no meu blog.

  29. Um, awesome. I have a busted up capiz shell chandelier that I have been meaning to fix up for over two years now. This is truly inspiring. The Hard Way


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