Upcycled Glass Chandelier into DIY Candlesticks - easy and elegant!
Glass prisms can be very expensive. I was looking for some bobeches to add to some DIY wooden candlesticks. Then, I remembered the glass chandelier I had in my stash. So, all I had to do was use the upcycled glass chandelier parts for my new DIY candlesticks!
Look at all of those precious baubles on the glass chandelier. However, first I need to take all of those pieces apart.
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Dismantle Glass Chandelier
Carefully, I removed all of the parts that would later help me make my fancy DIY candlesticks.
Clean Glass pieces
To clean the glass, pendalogue pieces, chains and bobeches I started off with Dawn dish soap and alcohol solution. I used warm water, and soaked the pieces.
The glass is pretty, but I'm not a fan of of the vintage wire pieces. It's amazing how much was harvested from this one glass chandelier. There were five arms, five small bobeches, two columns, tons of small glass bead chains, and a lot of the larger glass prism pendalogues. I'll easily have enough glass pieces for my DIY candlesticks, plus a lot of baubles for other random projects!
Don't have a glass chandelier? You can find prisms on Amazon!
Because I'm allergic to Dawn, I wore gloves. After round one of washing the glass pieces, there was still a lot of nicotine on the pieces. Seriously, can you believe it?
Spray On TSP Substitute
Using the spray on TSP substitute made my job a lot easier. I let it soak on the pieces for awhile, then rinsed and dried all the glass chandelier pieces again.
Buff and Dry Glass Chandelier Pieces
Do you use flour sack towels? I bought some to make decorative towels, and had a bunch left over. The towel dried and shined the crystals!
So many fun glass pieces! Plenty enough for some DIY candlesticks and more!
Wooden Spindle DIY Candlesticks
Looking in my stash of spindles, I found these three pieces that matched. I've had them for years, and used half of them for my DIY kitchen island.
I felt they would be perfect for my DIY candlesticks with the glass bobeches. I cut off the base, trying to make them varying heights.
Paint & Distress
Isn't this blue beautiful? I used this Wedgewood Blue on a hook shelf. I love these small brushes, you can find them in my Amazon store.
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Did you see my Best Craft & DIY Tips? One of the tips shared from Kathy @ Petticoat Junktion is about an easy distressing technique using a layering block. I don't have a layering block, so I used a scrap piece of wood I cut off of the spindle candlestick base. It's really simple, I just painted some white paint on it and rubbed it on the edges of the spindle. It gives the look of white peeking through the blue. So EASY!
See? Doesn't it look like the white is peeking through?
Blue Candlesticks with Glass Bobeches
The upcycled glass chandelier pieces work perfectly for my new DIY candlesticks! Only one of the bobeches were intact, I had to reattach the glass crystals on the other two.
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.