Deer antler chandeliers are a very popular item, especially for hunters and wildlife
enthusiasts. Many people prefer to have antlers from deer that they have killed
used for the chandelier and this is a way for them to use the antlers in a
unique, decorative, and useful way, as apposed to just mounting them on their
wall. Certain taxidermy places will use the antlers however it will be rather
expensive but it all depends on the taxidermist and if they have experience
doing the service.
A more practical way is to just go out and buy a chandelier
from a unique furnishing center. At these places the
price will usually depend on the size but is usually in the range of $350-$450.
Stores that carry these chandeliers are Dicks, Cabelas, and L.L.Bean.
you are more likely to get a better deal at a unique furnishing store where
they have a larger variety of products and usually at a cheaper price, around
$300-$400. The best way to find a good deal for these chandeliers are online
especially sites like e-bay and Amazon. Online you will be able to find the
largest selection of chandeliers at a more reasonable price and you can
literally find any size, shape and other types of antler chandeliers not just deer. They have elk, moose, caribou, and the cheapest alternatives are faux chandeliers. These are made to look like deer antlers but are actually made
from a synthetic material. These can look exactly like the authentic Antlers
but at a significantly cheaper price usually around $160-$300 depending on the
size of the chandelier.
Finally for the true outdoors man you can make the deer antler
chandelier yourself with relative ease. Purchase a chandelier wiring kit at a
local hardware store it should cost around twenty dollars. And then use antlers
you already have found, or antlers that you have purchased. Make sure they are
all relatively the same size so the chandelier will look consistent but if you
are going for a unique look then use them however you seem fit. You need to
begin by cleaning out the antlers with oil soap and drill a hole in the tip of
the antler that you want to hold the light bulb. Coat the antlers in polyurethane multiple times to strengthen them so you can keep them for years.
Connect all of the antlers together at their bases. Drill holes and run wire
through the holes to connect all of the antlers together so they will stay how
you want them to look. Run the wiring through the holes and into the ceiling.
Then you can fill the holes with clay or finishing paint. Finally connect the
light bulbs and attach the antler
chandelier to the ceiling with a chain. If you don't
have any prior experience in lighting work you might need an electrician's help
or perhaps consult a more thorough instructional on how to install lighting