Thank you Katie (Bower Power) and Sherry (Young House Love) for motivating me to finally chronicle my experience with faux capiz. And yes, I do mean chronicle because this is not just a short story, it's a chronicle.
The Pinterest Challenge is simply an idea created by the ladies above to motivate Pinteresters to actually "do" the things they "pin." For example, last winter I did a few projects with ornaments, I started making monogrammed onesies, I helped update my mom's Georgia house with fabric art, and this summer I painted a duvet.
For a long time now, I've been wanting to try my hand at DIY-ing a Capiz style light fixture. Like this one (the real deal) from West Elm, which runs about $130....a little out of my price point.
So, here's what you need:
Wax Paper (3-4 rolls) and Parchment Paper (1 roll)
The first thing you need to do is iron a few layers of wax paper together. I chose to do make mine 3 layers. You'll need the parchment paper to protect the iron and ironing board from the wax. So, it's basically a wax paper sandwich with parchment paper on both ends (like the bread).
I also found that folding over the wax paper into strips to get more punching done at once was a little harder to punch but was no more or less reliable in making perfect circles.
Many of the circles got stuck on one side of the circle cutter, leaving a snaggled edge. I don't know if that side of the cutter just wasn't sharp enough or what...but, like I said, I used them anyway. After a few hours of punching and a few hand cramps later, I had a zip-lock baggie full of a million fake capiz shells.
Pause for a month or two and then I resumed my project. I don't know why this project took so long...usually I'm a do-er and a finisher, I do not like leaving things half-done. Anyway, I broke out the old sewing machine and just started sewing the capiz shells together. I just sewed them into big long strips of millions of circles.
When I was done, I cut them into strips of 8 circles each.
Fast forward a few days when I resumed by using this old bread basket I found at thrift store for $1.
I just hot glued strips of circles all over this bad boy.
I started at the bottom and moved toward the top, going around and around in circles.
From what I could tell, it turned out awesomely (is that a word? it is now!).
a can of worms hidden somewhere???
Hanging it was the can of worms.
In fact, this is how my newly created capiz sat for a few months after I had given up trying to hang it.
I used the existing screw thinking if I somehow attached the bread basket to the screw I could just screw it back in to the old fixture. That way I wouldn't have to mess with the electrical by getting a new base.
So I got out my handy dandy fishing wire and zig-zagged it all around until the bread basket was secure and centered on the screw.
When I went to hang it, I wanted to make sure it was low enough that the wax and hot glue wouldn't be too close to the bulbs and in doing so, the bulbs would all be exposed. This was not what I had in mind....
The overall effect was great, but unfinished....booo.
Back to the drawing board. I decided to get out the old and trusty 1950's light fixture. Since that seemed to cover the bulbs so well before, maybe I could re-use it.
....an awesome capiz light!
Here it is up close and lit-up....
And here it is in the day light. As you can see, no bulbs exposed...yay!
Quick side note, I wasn't home to witness this, but apparently a few days after it went up, our beloved four legged friend, Cooper, finally noticed it and got very scared of it. Nate said he all of the sudden looked up at it and had a barking fit until Nate could calm him down and convince him it was just a light. I'm guessing that before the calming, there was probably a little bit of egging him on:).
All in all, it was a successful project, and I'm so glad it's done. It would not have been half as hard to use an old lamp shade or a fixture that would obviously fit back up. It's not a project I'll be tackling again anytime soon, nor do I see it becoming a hobby of mine to sell on Etsy, but it is definitely a project anyone can tackle, as long as you have the time:).