You can often find these at flea markets, barn sales, auctions, and sometimes even thrift stores. What are they? Well, they’re antique insulators. And you ask, “What in the world is that?” Back in the day, they set atop a telephone/telegraph/electrical pole used to insulate the electrical wires they carry, so that electricity didn’t leak into the pole or the earth. Today, I’m going to create some upcycled antique insulator decor with you. Are you ready?
My friend, Mandy, set these aside for me because she thought they are cool, but also that I would have the creative juices to do something with them. Let’s not disappoint Mandy, k?
In all of my junkin’ years I’ve often seen them used in various ways. Some hang them out with bird food in them, others just rest them on a shelf in an antique display. I’ve always been drawn to the ones used in sort of a mixed media art, so that is my goal today.
First, I begin by digging in my stash boxes of #trashure to see what sparks my creativity. While sifting, I find these 3 remnant pieces of wood that I saved from my headboard bench build seen HERE. I found 3 turned legs at the thrift store to use in my bench and this is what I cut off and saved for later.
Then, I chose to use these rubber furniture feet floor protectors to create a base for my upcycled antique insulator to rest in. Likewise, I use the E6000 glue to attach them to the top.
Next, in order to create cohesiveness, I use a layer of paint to unify my creation and create a base which to work with.
Last, I add a bit of vintage typography to create a timeless appeal. Aren’t these mini advertisements cute?
Here are my upcycled antique insulator candle holders ready to go with my handmade beeswax candles.
I actually wanted to soften them a bit, so I add a bit of ticking fabric as ties around their bases. Doesn’t that look better? Which way do you prefer them?
And…I don’t know if you can smell them from your seat, but those beeswax candles sure emit a heavenly fragrance.
I’m super stoked to share these with you as my goal is always to inspire. Maybe the next time you see an antique insulator you’ll pick it up, turn it around, and find a use for it too. Also, if you’d love to have this set, you can find it available in my online shop. (SOLD)
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