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How To Make Faux Capiz From Wax Paper

Hi friends!

I don't know about you, but I really love to multi-task.  Over the past few weeks, I've received a few inquiries from readers requesting more information about making the faux capiz strands from wax paper for the chandelier project...and since I have another project up my sleeve that involves this same wax paper process (more deets on that project next weekend), I decided to make a little video to demonstrate the wax-paper-strand-creating-process.

Hopefully those videos help to answer some of the questions you have about the process, but feel free to contact me with any additional questions.

...and now for some official business...

Yesterday I outlined my new blogging strategy, and I mentioned that each month I would be introducing a new theme for Theme Thursdays.

Well...since it's the first of October, I'd like to announce the theme for this month....drum roll please...

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...Have I added enough suspense yet?...

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You guessed it, Halloween!!! 

That means each Thursday I will be posting ideas that are inspired by the spookiest holiday around. We'll talk about crafts, decorating, carving pumpkins, and the like.  Join me this Thursday to get things started!

Well, I've got some sewing to do...


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Reader Comments (9)

Hi these are very helpful tutorials answered a lot of questions the only one that remains is how many boxes of wax paper did you end up using for the chandelier.

October 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersarah

Hey Sarah,

Glad to hear they were helpful. I used two boxes of wax paper, but I had a lot of extra strands. I'd still recommend getting two boxes though, just in case you need it. You can always use the wax paper in the kitchen if you have extra!

xo, Kelli

October 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterAHPCH

Great tutorial! I love watching videos and seeing the project in action!

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie from Sew Woodsy

Thanks, Katie! Glad it was helpful.

xo, Kelli

October 6, 2011 | Registered CommenterAHPCH

This project is genius! I've always loved those chandeliers but figured it would be many years before I was able to get one. Not anymore! Thanks for sharing :)

March 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I love this but I have tried ironing the was paper sheets together and they don't bond. Do you know what that might be?

April 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterD

Hey D,

Is it just a few spots here and there that aren't bonding together? If so, that's normal. You'll find that some pockets just won't stick, but for the most part you should see the wax paper bonding together. I just peeled off any layers that didn't stick before I attached a piece to the strand.

How many layers are you ironing? I found that the heat of my iron worked best on three layers. 4 layers was pushing it, but I was able to get some that worked out when I used the method I show in the video.

It might also be the brand of wax paper. I'm not sure what brand you're using, but I had good luck with Reynolds. In general,the wax paper won't feel like it's glued together, but it should feel bonded enough so the sheets stick together. You might try ironing two sheets together, then adding/ironing the third layer on top, to see if that helps. It might just be the heat from the iron is not going all the way through your wax paper.

I hope that helps a little, Let me know if you're still running into issues with it. Thanks for checking in!

xo, Kelli

April 18, 2012 | Registered CommenterAHPCH

Hello again Kelli,

Thanks for your reply, 4 wax paper rolls later and my stubborn sheets still refuse to stick. I think it could possibly be the brands of wax paper I'm using (the latest one was Waxwrap), unfortunately I live in England and we don't get your wonderful wax rich Reynolds paper here :( I've tried ironing the paper in all different combinations, shiny side to matt side, matt side to matt side ect. I had 'some' luck passing the wax paper through a laminator (shiny side to shiny side) but because the matt side won't stick I couldn't attach a 3rd layer.

I think my only options left are a trip to America to buy some Reynolds wax paper (but I think buying the real chandelier would be cheaper) or finding a new way to create faux capiz, I might try glueing the sheets next, wish me luck.

Thank you for all your help.


P.S. your blog is amazing!

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterD

Hey D,

Sorry for the delayed response, and sorry to hear that the wax paper isn't working out. I could ship you some Reynolds if you wanted to cover the shipping fees. It's certainly cheaper than a plane ticket! Ha!

I really want it to work out for you, so let me know what I can do to help!

xo, Kelli

May 9, 2012 | Registered CommenterAHPCH

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