Dale Chihuly Chandelier… WOW!!

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Inman Primary has recently completed their version of a “Dale Chihuly Chandelier”. Washington Intermediate is well on their way to also making a chandelier, hoping to complete it before the end of the year.

To construct this piece of artwork, we collected plastic water bottles, soda bottles, and plastic cups. They then colored the bottles with brightly colored permanent markers. This was something that even the youngest of students could do, often making patterns and designs on them. Once these were colored, a spiral was drawn on them and then the kids used regular classroom scissors and cut on the spiral lines. We also drew and cut spirals on the pastic cups.

After the bottles and cups were cut into spirals, Mrs. Euken used a heat gun while the students helped to pull the plastic spirals. This melted the plastic and in the process, made it hard. It transformed into an icicle that looked like glass.

The final step to making our chandelier was to wire the icicles onto a chicken wire frame. The frame was eventually covered with hundereds of these, making it resemble one of Dale Chihuly’s chandeliers.

The finished product turned out absolutly amazing. We hope you will come and see it for yourself in the hallway of our building. Not only did we recycle bottles and cups to help keep our earth green, but we created an awesome piece of art that will add to the beauty of our school for years to come.

If you would like to see one of Dale Chihuly’s chandeliers in person, please consider visiting the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha Nebraska. You will not be disappointed, I’m sure.

9 responses »

  1. mamacormier says:

    This is amazing. How big is this chandelier?

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  3. Tyra says:

    Can you tell more about the base of the chandelier and how you attached the bottles to that base?

    • Yes, we simply took a piece of chicken wire that was approximately 16″ long and folded it around to make a cylinder that was about 8″ in diameter. We wired the ends together. To fasten the bottles to the wire, I used a thin piece of wire that was about 6-8″ . I wrapped the wire around the end of the bottle and then around the chicken wire. I’m so glad you are going to try your hand at this project. It was fun to make and my students loved it. Good luck!

  4. Geri Johnson says:

    STUNNINGLY BRILLIANT!!!! Thank you for sharing this marvelous creation & the construction details! I’ve been making water bottle creations for the last couple of years & every time I see something like this I become enamored all over again! And even more obsessed with creating more more more! :D :D :D

    If you have some spare time you can take a look at the photo albums on my Facebook page to see some of my water bottle creations :D


  5. Kristina says:

    Ive used permanent marker on wood before & had it completely fade away in the sun. How does the marker act on the plastic?


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