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The Chandy

by Scott Bodenner I rather like a bare bulb in a plain ceramic socket, but then it also seems a little naked. My sister has a physical aversion to the bare bulb, and I never want her to feel uncomfortable in my house. This project was the solution to the bare bulb in my bathroom.

I drew this design from beaded Victorian bulb jackets, made when electric lights were first entering the market. Light fixtures still used bulbs like candles and just left them exposed. The body of Victorian chandeliers was ornate metal, which I think made for a very confusing contrast. I love the bead jacket solution—so pretty, yet gawky, in a charming way.

You’ll Need:

9 large drop crystals (vintage or new). These can vary in shape. Mine were no longer than 1 1/2".

About 40 small crystals, mixed width of 1/2" and 3/4", each with two holes in them

1/4" jump rings, 4-5 dozen Needle-nose pliers

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