Glass Insulator/Bed Spring Candle Holder

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I’ve seen these candle holders before, but my bed springs have never been ones I thought I could use. That wire is almost impossible to cut through. At least that is what I thought. This past weekend I was out with my husband and we spotted one of these candle holders. I mentioned why we couldn’t do it and he let me know how wrong I was.

This project definitely passes the “Tim Allen Grunt” test. You know…that test that implies your husband will help make it, or will enjoy the finished project because it is a manly-man craft. As close as we are getting to Father’s Day, I think this is a winner.

1-DSCN6181These are the springs and the glass insulators I started with. See the tiny top portion. The insulator won’t fit in there so cutting a bit off is required. In steps The Man with his appropriate power tool…an air compressor angle grinder. Actually, it doesn’t have to be a grinder powered by an air compressor, but that is the kind we have.

My husband has gotten metal particles in his eyes more than once. Even with safety glasses. Live and learn. He now uses full eye goggles with edges that seal to the face. Because of metal flakes flying through the air, I didn’t take pics of the cutting process. I just didn’t want to get close enough for a pic.

He cut down the spring about an inch or so from the top. The cut wire end was then manipulated with pliers…done by a visiting (male) friend). See? This project is a male magnet! He widened and tucked the cut wire end under the next row of wires. It held firm. No glue, welding or wire required.

3-DSCN6187The glass insulator was then set inside the top opening. We pushed the insulator down enough to catch the wire of the bed spring in a groove in the glass. This will keep the insulator from falling out.

2-DSCN6182I only had one of the bed springs shown on the right. This bed spring wasn’t as much fun for The Man. It didn’t require any power tools. The insulator was simply set inside.

Enjoy!

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I love glitter!

Do you remember glitter art projects when you were a kid? My recollections are that glitter projects were always done at school, and back then there was only red, green, gold or silver glitter to choose from. I, of course, had to use them all.

It wasn’t until I became a mom that I realized the wisdom of a glitter-free home. ;) I felt the same way about play dough after trying to scrape the gooey or dry, crusty stuff out of carpet fibers. :(

But now (yippee!!) my boys are well past that stage and I can play work to my heart’s content. It was definitely worth the wait. There is now a rainbow of colors to choose from, there is a choice of textures, and the projects are much more sophisticated. Yep, that’s my story. It’s momma’s turn!

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I found a clear glass candle holder at the dollar store. Seriously, they have the best stuff to transform. You could also recycle one of those short, squatty olive jars.

I cut out little hearts on my Cricut Expression and stuck them to the candle holder. CHEAP TIP ALERT: Sign companies will sell scraps of sticky-backed vinyl for pennies. They usually have lots of colors to choose from (if you care what color it is) and it’s much cheaper than the sticky-backed vinyl you’re “supposed” to buy for your personal die-cutting machines.

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I covered the candle holder with decoupage medium.

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Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, out came the pink glitter.

Then I peeled off the hearts while the medium was still wet. Psst. You won’t be able to see the hearts on the outside of the holder, so locate them on the inside. Use a straight pin to pry up the edges. If the heart windows are kinda messy use a cotton swab and rubbing alcohol to clean your windows.

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I outlined each heart window with clear, dimensional glitter paint. It looks white when wet, but dries clear and…well,…glittery.

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Finishing touches included a ribbon tied around the neck and a tea light candle placed inside.

Enjoy!

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