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Wax paper makes for a nice faux capiz shell chandelier. @Brenna Berger (paper & ink) has a good tutorial!
Making one of these for my bedroom this weekend. Such a wonderful solution when you're renting and can't take the UGLY lighting down. There's DIY step-by-step instructions on this website where she used hot glue instead of sewing the circles together to avoid the unflattering lines: justinetaylor.tum...
paper roses DIY :: xLaurieClarkex-- though these are paper it is still an excellent tutorial on using a quick 6-petal cutter method for roses - a set of 6 sizes is usually less than $10, you just cut the notches into the center with a cutting wheel :-)