Tissue Papered Chandelier Drop Pendants/Christmas Ornaments

by Tamara Robertson.
(Sarnia, Ontario, Canada)

Tissue Papered Chandelier Drop Pendants/Christmas Ornaments by Tamara Robertson  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Tissue Paper Covered Chandelier Drop Pendants/Christmas Ornaments

During the month of January I worked on a project that I was inspired to do during Christmas, but being the busier season that it is, I didn’t have time to do it then.

What inspired me was … tissue paper! The pretty, delicate pieces of wrapping that get used to cover treasures, but then get thrown away as soon as they become wrinkled.

“Hmmm” I thought, “there’s got to be something I can do with this. It seems so wasteful.

I’ve always loved tissue paper. Once, a Dollar Store near me was closing and had a clearance sale, and I bought every colour they had I think! πŸ™‚

I decided that what I wanted to try covering were some of the chandelier crystals that I have in my stash, obtained by finding a chandelier on the side of the road. I’ve made necklaces with some of them, but I still had a lot of them left.

My first thought was to make them into Christmas ornaments, and my inspiration for colour were the vintage Christmas lights that I’m in love with. When I owned a house several years ago, we decorated our outside with these lights, that I would find in thrift stores. I like the colours much better than the LED lights that came out after.

Tissue Papered Chandelier Drop Pendants/Christmas Ornaments by Tamara Robertson  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Vintage Multi-Coloured Christmas Lights – My Inspiration

I used to look at the lights and search out all the individual colours – pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, white. I was so delighted this year when I visited a thrift store and found a basket of pine cones with these lights in them! I took it home, fixed it up, and was able to enjoy my pretty coloured lights all season. I’ve included a picture of my lights so you can see my inspiration.

I also realized that this project was a good opportunity to use bits of vintage jewellery and embellished lace that I had in my stash.

I cut pieces of tissue paper into random sizes and shapes, and used Mod Podge to cover my glass drops. When they’re held up to the light, they are a bit translucent, and you can see the lines from the paper, which I wanted.

Then I embellished them. As I did them, I realized that they definitely could be used as necklace pendants as well. Some of them look quite Christmassy, others could be worn as pendants year round.

I had some cool shaped Christmas tree hooks, and I decided to put them on them for now, because I think I would like to keep them as a set for myself. When I look at them, I know where each little embellishment came from. They’re bits of my jewellery-making history and journey. But they can at any time be changed up with a chain.

Tissue Papered Chandelier Drop Pendants/Christmas Ornaments by Tamara Robertson  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Christmas to Valentine’s Day Red Lace Necklace

The red lace one looked like a Valentine’s Day pendant to me, so I put it on a vintage chain. It would also look great during the Christmas season too. The tissue paper it is made with is the one I used for the background – white with silver sparkles.

So this is my Christmas-Valentine’s-Day-Pendant-Ornament post! πŸ˜€

I’m curious if you think they look more like jewellery or Christmas ornaments, or which ones you would definitely see as pendants. Any favourites?

Tamara Robertson
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  • Beautiful colors, Tamara! A lovely way to preserve these elements, and I’m always interested to see the ways you use these chandelier crystals. πŸ™‚ I love your projects that span more than one holiday – like your “Green Heart Earrings – Valentines to St. Patrick’s Day and Beyond” a few years ago. πŸ™‚

  • Tamara Robertson says:

    Thank you so much, Rena! I’m so surprised that you remember my green leather heart earrings, and that they also spanned more than one season! πŸ™‚ . I still have some chandelier crystals left, so we’ll have to see what else I can do with them at some point.

  • Rita Muller says:

    Beautiful collection Tamara! My favorite is the pendant. I love the cut up lace and am looking to try it too. But I have a hard time cutting up that lovely lace. I have to get over that. Second on my list are the crosses. I would love these as pendants. You have inspired my vintage treasure searching again. Thanks for sharing.

  • Tamara Robertson says:

    Thank you so much for your kind responses, Rita! I know what you mean about cutting lace, but I usually use lace that is on something that I can’t really use in another way, so at least it is out there being able to be enjoyed by me, or others. It is so lovely to work with, I find!

    Thanks for entering the fun and telling me your favourites! πŸ™‚ I love the crosses too. Any of these may very well end up as pendants.

  • Judith says:

    Tamara. What a unique way to use those crystals. Thank you for the idea.

  • Moogie says:

    I see we have several β€œloves” in common! Color, tissue paper, & crystals! I have a few old chandelier crystals with scratches that would be great to salvage using this technique.
    As for wearing themβ€”they could all be pendants in the right season! I love the vivid blue with the cross. Thanks for sharing this artsy idea.

  • Tamara Robertson says:

    Thank you, Judith! πŸ™‚

    Hi Moogie … yes, it does seem that we have some loves in common! This would definitely be a good technique to use for scratched chandelier crystals! And I agree, they could all be pendants.

    It’s just about time for these to see the light of day again!

    Hi, Rena! Thank you for sharing this post again! πŸ™‚

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