Faux Capiz Shell Pendant

Beautiful capiz shell pendants add romance, interest and natural beauty to any room. With this DIY tutorial, you can make a capiz pendant to any size using basic household supplies.
Shell Pendant Light

Shell Pendant Light

By: Ana White
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Materials Needed:

  • pendant light kit Tip: Choose a pendant light kit with a lampshade included.
  • fabric lampshade with fittings matching pendant light kit
  • 24" tie wire
  • 25' 20-lbs test fishing line
  • roll wax paper
  • glitter Mod Podge
  • disposable sponge paintbrush
  • tin foil
  • baking sheet
  • hole punch
  • 2" circle cutter or scissors
  • wire cutters

Mod Podge Wax Paper

For a 16-inch long pendant, with two rows of faux shells, tear off six 24-inch sections of wax paper. Crease center of wax paper by folding in half. Unfold and paint half of inside of wax paper with glitter Mod Podge. Fold closed, pressing firmly to remove air pockets. Tip: Any creases or folds will create natural imperfections, making shells appear more organic. Paint top of folded wax paper with glitter Mod Podge, set aside and allow to dry. Repeat for remaining wax paper sections. When top is dry, flip wax paper over and paint back side with glitter Mod Podge. Let dry completely.

Cut Then Bake Shells

With wax paper completely dry, cut 2-inch circles out of wax paper. Tip: Use 2-inch circle cutter to save time and create perfect circles. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line baking sheet with tin foil. Arrange shells on foil and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Shells will firm up when cooled. Tip: Natural discoloration from baking will create more organic looking shells.

Making Shell Pendant Light Step 3

Making Shell Pendant Light Step 3

String Shells

Punch holes in the tops and bottom of shells, 1/8-inch from top and 1/8-inch from bottom. String eight shells on eight strings, knotting bottoms. String six shells on 16 strings, knotting bottoms.

Making Shell Pendant Light Step 4

Making Shell Pendant Light Step 4

Disassemble Lampshade

Disassemble lampshade by removing cording and fabric from shade. Pull three straight wires out of lampshade neck (the smallest circle). Cut the straight wires from the medium circle with wire cutters.

Making Shell Pendant Light Step 5

Making Shell Pendant Light Step 5

Rebuild Lampshade

Center three circles. Lay cut straight wires under circles, pushing straight ends back into lampshade neck. Bend outer ends around outer frame. Use tie wire to secure circles to straight wires.

Step 6 Ana Faux Capiz Shell Pendant

Step 6 Ana Faux Capiz Shell Pendant

Add Shells and Assemble Pendant

Tie shells to lampshade, evenly spacing longer shells on the medium ring and shorter shells on the outer ring. Slip lampshade neck over pendant socket and secure tightly. Install pendant as directed by manufacturer.

Shell Pendant

Shell Pendant

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