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Friday, February 3, 2012

Upcycled candlesticks

Hi guys! These are the latest additions to my Etsy handmade shop. I made these upcycled candleholders from almost all vintage materials.
Vintage brass lamp parts and chandelier prisms (still swinging here..I have absolutely zero patience!)
This was an old stair rail or porch post. I gave it some new shabby white paint and gold trim.
The base was also an old lamp base..I loved its verdigris patina!
This one used to be a table leg. The base was a clear vintage glass lamp base that I added a faux mercury glass finish to (mirror spray paint and a bit of distressing).
I save..collect...okay..HOARDE old hardware bits for the "perfect project" This brass keyhole plate just seemed perfect here. The tacks are old upholstery tacks I removed from another old piece and saved for reuse. They look so much better than glaringly new ones!
Close up of the mercury glass paint. I love using old lamps for their "pieces parts"!
I verdigris-ed this brass piece myself with a salt and vinegar mixture. It worked great. You need to remove any shellac/varnish first. The internet recommended acetone but my daughters had run off with my fingernail polish remover and I was impatient as always so I just sanded it. The bottom piece of these drops are actually acrylic. I like glass better but I had these on hand and they look great. Glass ones this size would have raised my price/investment substantially.The smaller top buttons are vintage /antique glass ones off a chandelier.
Number 3... another wooden table leg..same style vintage glass lamp base as the last.
Cool old metal hardware rosette..
Pieces off a vintage tin ceiling fixture that I pierced for crystals and vintage glass and acrylic drops.
This one has an awesomely rusted top. (Can you tell I am a Junk Queen? LOL) Standard pillar candles fit in there perfectly! I have more of these partially made that I will share when they are finished. I love using vintage bits and am always on the prowl for pieces to add to my "stash". They really do inspire me. I just get them all out and "play" until it looks right! Hope you have a great weekend! Til next time! Julia

3 comments:

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love them, I have some of the prism holders off an old chandelier. Great ideas!

Carol

Amithigirl said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, all of them:):) My husband is the hoader in the family and he will probably love all of the hardware you hoard:)

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for your visit!!

I love all of these!! So unique!!

Hugs,
Debbie