Dumpster to Diving Dolphin ~Antique Chandelier~ Rescued & Re-Imagined

by Suzette
5 Materials
3 Hours
This antique swag chandelier wasn't actually in a dumpster, but was in a pile of leftovers from an estate sale, scheduled to go in one!
I took the whole thing apart to see what was usable. Only 2 of the 5 arms were not broken. There was 2 glass bobeche's and the rest was a puzzle. I took it apart down to the lamp pipe. After re connecting the 2 salvaged arms, I started rebuilding from there.
I had this large brass Dolphin I found at a thrift store months ago and drilled a hole just big enough to feed the lamp pipe through and secured him with the finial.
I attached 3 of decorative pieces to even out the piece. This lamp didn't have any prisms, but I had a stash of mixed antique prisms and had just enough to give it a touch of glam! I used the original lamp socket covers.
The last thing I added was a touch dimmer. It has 3 settings to make the lighting perfect for your room. There were several trial & errors with this, but was well worth the time and patients. Preserving history and our precious Mother Earth, one piece at a time ~ Thanks for lookin' :)
I purchased the vintage Capiz shell shades on Ebay (New old stock), to finish off the piece.
Suggested materials:
  • Discarded antique chandelier   (Junk Pile)
  • Large brass Dolphin   (Thrift Store)
  • 2 Capiz Shell lamp shades   (Ebay)
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