But after so many years of adding baubles to the dining room light, the room looked empty without it. And really, its not that much work to do if I pay attention to what goes where. In the past, I have added, stepped back, observed, removed, rearranged, added, and on and on.
That had to end. This time, I planned out the steps and didn't add the balls randomly and have to redo as I went along.
Specialty balls like bells or bell shaped ornaments went into a pile together too.
Then, gather a pile of paper clips or ornament hooks. Yes, it would probably be prettier if all my hooks matched, but honestly, you don't notice the paper clips unless you are standing on the table like I am with the camera. And paper clips are nice to use, because you can open them up, so that they are twice as long, to get some good dangle length.
Of course, if you have patience and don't mind snipping and tying, fishing wire would be invisible and you can cut it in any length.
I started with the tiny balls at the very top. I chose to leave my amberish crystals up, but changing them to clear might have been good too.
The center of the light fixture had a cup, or bowl that I filled with smaller balls.
I started at the top of the chandelier, working my way around the five arms, with a similar shape, size, and color ball on each arm.
At the base of the light, I hung five speciality ornaments in a ring, then from the very center, a really large ball. I opened up the paper clip to wrap it around the tip of the chandy, since there was no where to put a hook through. And I wanted the large ball dead center.
See what I mean about the paper clips not really showing? I'm sure that fishing line would be ideal design wise, but I'm all for short cuts and this was much quicker.
This is last year's completed light. I used a garland of beaded wire and hung them all over it as well as the crystals and arms of the chandelier. These hang down from ball to ball, linked with open paper clips.
That is a look that I really love, but that beaded wire was a nightmare, it tangled on everything. I ended up taking the ornies off after the holidays and leaving the beading up for months, calling it "winter decor" instead of dealing with untangling it.
Here is the light a few years ago, with multi-colored vintage balls. You can see that in some places I have used up to 3 or 4 paper clips to hang some of them. I was going for a very random look, and was happy with it, but its funny how much longer this takes than to actually count out matching sized ones in groups of five like I did it this season.
My goal was to keep it quick to put up and to take down. I'd say it took me about an hour this time. Any time I can get something pretty done and save time doing it is much appreciated here at the holidays!