Thursday, October 11, 2012

Insu-Laters, Baby

Hi there! Did you miss me? Sorry I'm posting later today, but I've had you on my mind. I couldn't wait to show y'all what you can do with these great glass insulators. These are as utilitarian as they come. Glass insulators were used for years on telephone poles to keep the wire connections dry from the outdoor elements. Water conducts electricity, and that's not good!

Glass insulators come in all kinds of colors. Different colors do not have any meaning or purpose. They simply made insulators at the end of the day with whatever glass color they had been using earlier in the day. I love that! Something so utilitarian, that it wasn't even given a dedicated color, has now become something that people seek out to find and save.

You might also find ceramic ones. I prefer the glass, but that's just me. If you like the ceramic ones, then love them for all you're worth. Unfortunately, the ceramic ones won't be much use for what I'm showing you today, though.

So today your supplies are: glass insulators and electric flicker tea light candles.
Glass Insulators

 Y'all, glass insulators as a whole are not rare. Certain colors are hard to find. However, if you aren't looking for a specific color, you should be able to find these very easily anywhere vintage and antique items are sold.

Battery Operated Tea Light Candles
I found my tea light candles at Sam's Club. They have a great set around Christmas time for a very good price, and it even includes extra batteries. But you can get yours anywhere. CVS, Walmart, Publix. Any.where. I saw a set of 3 at Walmart today for 99 cents.


Okay, now here's the hard ridiculously easy part. Turn on the light and put it under the insulator. That's it. You're done. You don't have to have any special talent for this project. Anyone can do it.
Instant Ambiance


I love using these outside on a patio table. The flickering lights make everything sparkle. They're also great on a fireplace mantle. You don't have to worry about having to blow the candle out.


Here's another idea that is just as simple and easy to pull off:

The insulators fit perfectly into the openings of a vintage Coca-Cola crate. Instant vases for flowers from your yard!

What I love about both of these projects is that neither is permanent. You can use them for candlelight one day, and then for vases the next.

Be sure to come back tomorrow. I'll be giving a sneak peak of what I'll be selling at the fair on Saturday. (Tiny Hint: I will have these insulators with candles available there.) Let me know what you think of the insulators.
XOXO,
Abby

3 comments:

  1. I just realized that there is a traffic cone in the background of one of the pictures! LMBO. That's not surprising when the beau, Ken, is in law enforcement.

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  2. Glass insulators are still fulfilling their original purpose in our state. Many can be seen on the power lines in rural areas.

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  3. So now I can say, "I know a guy that can get me these reeeeeeal cheap?" :D

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