Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Feather Pendant: Over-priced and Easy (Most Likely) to DIY

I'm sorry, but why on earth would someone pay $2,295.00 for this light fixture? I haven't tried it, but I bet I could make the shade for less than $100.

The base is only chicken wire.

And cording was attached on the top.

My supplies list would look like this:
  • Old, ugly, bare chandelier
  • Spray paint
  • Washer-top lamp ring
  • Plain bottom lamp ring
  • Chicken wire
  • Feather boas
  • Small rope cording
  • Large rope cording
  • Fine gauge wire (for assembly)
  • Hot glue and gun

As I said, I haven't done it, and I just barely found this light fixture here, but I imagine that assembly would go like this:
  1. Clean and spray paint old, ugly chandelier. Let dry.
  2. Cut chicken wire to fit around the lamp rings, and produce the desired height. (Washer-top ring is the top.)
  3. Build frame by wiring chicken wire to lamp rings.
  4. Attach feather boas to frame with wire.
  5. Hot glue rope cording around the top edge.
  6. Fit washer-top ring around your freshly painted chandelier.
  7. Install in ceiling.
So, really, why oh why would anyone pay $23k when they could make it for a fraction of that cost? Does anyone have any thought on improvements/problems with my DIY plan?


Shannon said...

I guess there are those people who have way more money than time...

Heather said...

And I can understand if they value using real instead of faux materials, but faux is good enough for me! :D