Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Feeling sparkly

For some reason, I started feeling very wintry and sparkly this afternoon. It has nothing to do with the weather, which was incredibly pleasant here. Usually I feel this way when there is a light dusting of snow and big flakes in the air, bundled up in a scarf and wishing for gingerbread. Maybe it was Martha did it, with her crafty ideas and wealth of wreaths and ribbons and glittery candles. Anyway, I happened to have come across a wealth of copper in the form of a discarded electrical cable, so, with a desire for candles and craftiness, I set to work.

It was simple to strip off the outer layer of protection. The inner layers are a bit more difficult. Lucky for me, not feeling up to too much effort at the moment, one strand of copper was not covered. I decided to leave the others be.

My plan was to create a candle-ier; a twisted copper hanging candleholder. Here is how I went about it...

I folded the copper length in two, and looping the middle around a door handle, pulled the ends tight and twisted them together all the way down.

I then spiraled the twist, with the loop at the top for hanging.

For a while I have had a pile of cute little tart tins in my pantry. I am sure they would be lovely for tarts, but tarts are rather fussy and it occurred to me that the pans would also make very sweet candletrays, affixed to my copper base.

So they were pulled out and, with the help of the handy glue gun (note: I used a cute little itsy-bitsy glue gun. Don't follow my example), fastened at intervals along the copper.

The spiral was bent, stairstep style, along the way in order to hold the trays flat.

Ta-da! A pretty glittery candle-ier!

I think I will tweak it a bit to hang better - the trays could use some leveling and the entire piece needs to lowering. But it has a nice warm, holiday-ish glow. Now I just need some gingerbread! Or maybe some patience.

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At November 14, 2007 at 8:03 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's fabulous! (I am adding your tag questions to my post from last night ... sorry I forgot to do it yesterday as promised!).

At November 14, 2007 at 12:23 PM , Blogger Sherry said...

Whoa!!! Where on earth did this idea spring from?! Your brain of course but talk about using your imagination! I am sooo impressed. It's gorgeous!!

At November 18, 2007 at 7:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

clever idea! Will you use it for the holidays?

At November 22, 2007 at 12:59 AM , Blogger Amanda May said...

Thank you for the compliments - I am quite pleased with how festive it looks.

I will be using it for the holidays, except I do have to hang it lower, because right now when sitting at the table below, all that is visible is the bottom. Not so interesting!


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