Hang these lanterns from hooks lining a path or to border a patio. The beaded hanging lantern is fashioned from wire mesh; transparent and silver beads sparkle with reflected candlelight.
- 1 roll of 1-inch poultry netting, 20 gauge
- 1 roll of 16-gauge galvanized steel wire
- 1 roll of 22-gauge galvanized steel wire
- 1 roll of solder wire
- 5mm silver mini-bell beads
- 6mm jump rings
- Two 9mm jump rings
- 12-inch of bead chain
- 6 bead-chain loop connectors
- One 24mm split ring
- Wire cutters
- Wire shears
- 2 pairs of needle-nose pliers
- Round-nose pliers
- Work gloves (to handle wire)
- Disposable gloves (for fine work with wire)
- 4 oz. jelly jar and tea light candle
1. Make the cylinder. Wearing work gloves, carefully unroll the poultry netting. Using wire shears, cut a 16 x 20-inch rectangle. Form one 20-inch side from the top edge of the netting. Shape the wire netting into a cylinder and twist the wire ends together.
2. Reinforce the opening. Using wire cutters, cut a 21-inch length of 16-gauge galvanized steel wire and wrap it around the top of the cylinder. Bend interlocking loops at each end to join the wire ends together. Cut a 32-inch length of the 22-gauge galvanized steel wire and wrap it around the 16-gauge wire.
3. Bend the body netting. Using round-nose pliers, bend and twist the horizontal wires of each netted hexagon. Starting at the top of the cylinder, work downward in rows to twist all the horizontal wires.
4. Bend the neck netting. Using round-nose pliers, bend the wrapped 16-gauge wire at the top of the cylinder, skipping every other hexagon.
5. Form the neck. Count down three to four rows from the top edge of the netting and, wearing work gloves (if desired), pinch the vertical wires closer together. The netting will begin to pull inward. Keep the neck large enough to accommodate a jelly jar.
6. Form the body. To form the bottom of the lantern, squeeze the vertical wires closer together to form the shape, squeezing the bottom of the cylinder into a cone-shape point.
7. Wrap the neck. While holding the roll, wrap solder wire around the neck of the lantern six times. Cut the solder and bend the ends inward to hide them.
8. Wrap the point. Beginning at the tip, hold the solder wire and roll and wrap the wire around the cone-shape point. Neatly wrap the wire around the entire point, cut the ends, and bend the ends inward to hide them.
9. Make the hangers. Cut three 5-1/2-inch lengths of solder wire. Using needle-nose pliers, coil one end of each length. Evenly spacing each length around the top edge of the lantern, wrap the center of each solder wire around the wrapped 16-gauge wire. Coil each of the remaining solder wire ends.
10. Hang the jelly jar. Cut two 15-inch lengths of 22-gauge galvanized steel wire. Wrap the center of each wire around the lip of the jelly jar, leaving equal lengths on each side. Twist the wire together to secure the jar. Lower the jelly jar into the lantern, and thread the wire ends through the lantern in the positions desired. To hang the jelly jar, twist the wire ends around the poultry netting.
11. Attach the beads. Using two needle-nose pliers and 6mm jump rings, attach silver beads to the center of each bent hexagon.
12. Add the chain. Cut three 4-inch lengths from the bead chain. Snap a bead chain loop connector to each end of the chain lengths. Loop one end of each of the three chains over the coiled end of each of the three solder wire hangers. Thread the opposite bead chain loop connectors through two 9mm jump rings. Attach the jump rings to a 24mm split ring.
Continued on page 2: Triangular Lantern