I remember reading somewhere that mercury glass was once known as the poor man’s silver. But nowadays, that poor man’s silver is very expensive. And while I have a few pieces of silver and a couple of mercury glass ornaments, I felt I needed more to make an inpactful display. So I went on a search to find (read: make) more pieces of both silver and mercury glass and this is what my display looks like now….can you spot the impostors?
The real deal
Impostor silver plate and stand
Real silver on the left
Hand made impostor
Real on the left…impostor on the right
…but looking regal after a spray paint intervention.
Here’s my display at night
I love how the candles shimmer and the light is
reflected on the silver…it’s so warm and inviting.
Ok, so you can obviously spot the real from the impostors by scrutnizing the pictures, but with a little ingenuity you can create a beautiful table or mantel place landscape with a poor man’s budget.
I was not initially planning on doing a tutorial, but have put together a quick improvised one on how I made the candle holders.
I had bought all of my materials – except for the spray paint – from the dollar store and I’m sure you could yield even better results if you splurged a little more on the ornaments. But as I will be making several candle holders, I didn’t want to spend too much.
What you will need:
Shatter proof (ie. plastic) bulbs in two different sizes
A glass, wooden base
Glue gun or any strong adhesive glue
Sturdy wire (coat hanger wire works well) is optional
Metallic silver spray paint
Lid or small disc to place candle on
Remove hooks from bulbs (save these for another project, coming soon!).
It is now time to design your candle holder by deciding the configuration
or sequence of the bulbs that you would like. (ie. the one I made had the
following sequence: big bulb, followed by two small ones)
You cannot see it here, but I had marked the centre of the bulbs and carefully
drilled a hole the size of lip of the bulb (the lip being the section from where
the hook was removed). Drill all of the bulbs except the one that will sit on the top.
You will need to make a large cut out on the top of the last bulb
as this is where you will place the platform to hold the candle.
TIP: Heat a knife or exacto knife prior to cutting; it will slice through the plastic like butter.
I used a little ceramic plate from Bella’s tea set (sorry Bellie, I’ll replace
it, I promise!). Prior to this, I spray painted it with metallic silver.
You could also use a lid if you wish to hold a smaller candle as pictured above.
Glue the bulb to your platform. This one is a glass candle holder
from the dollar store which I had spray painted metallic silver.
It’s time to assemble the rest of your candle holder.
Insert the lip of your bulb (the lip being the section from where you removed
the hook) into the drilled hole as pictured above. You will then need to glue
these together for extra support. You may also elect to thread a sturdy wire
through each of the bulbs. Continue inserting and gluing until you have your
desired pattern and when done… stand back and admire your craftiness!!
As mentioned before, this was an improv tutorial so I’m sorry if the pictures
do not depict clear instructions (but I think you get the idea).
One more look……..
Once again, thank you for visiting the Craftberry Bush.
ps. I know it goes without saying, but please never leave candles unattended!!!!