Monday, December 21, 2015

Glittered Carboy Lamp Tutorial

This is the buffet in my dining room- see those awesome lamps? I made those!!! 

Want to make some of your own? Here's what you'll need:
*2 glass carboys or wide bottom jugs of your choice. I picked mine up on Amazon pretty cheaply as I couldn't find exactly what I wanted in any local 2nd hand shop. 
*2 lighting kits to make your own lamp (Walmart, Home Depot, Amazon, and Lowes all carry them)
*2 rubber caps for the bottom of chair legs. You may use corks in place of these but regardless- test for to make sure they are the right size.
*A 1/4" glass drilling bit. The hole just has to be large enough to pass the bare wire through. 

Optional- paint and a brush or sponge to apply. 



First- drill your hole near the bottom back of the Carboy. I wore safety glasses and followed the directions that came with my bit. It was super simple. Then pass the bare wire from your lamp kit through the hole to make sure it fits. 


Next I cleaned the carboys and painted. I removed the wire and set the jugs upside down in large plastic yogurt containers of dried beans for weight. This kept them from toppling over and worked really well. My original grand plan was to do an awesome glitter ombré from the bottom and fading it to nothing near the halfway point. Spoiler alert- that looked like crap once dry. The glitter part looked amazing and the color of glitter was spot on! But the clear glue that holds the glitter down made the glass look wavy. Not a fan... So here's that mess up. Keep reading, I fixed it. 


To fix it, I put painters tape just above the top of my failed ombré. Then I taped plastic bags over the clear part that wasn't going to be glittered. The goal this time was to cover the bottom parts of the jugs in a heavy duty spray adhesive and douse them with glitter. I had only bought one small bottle of the paint and it was now half gone. However, I did have a ton of silver glitter in the arts and crafts closet. 


Here's the adhesive I used. This stuff is STICKY! Cover anything within a 4' radius in washable or throwawayable material. I was extremely glad I thought ahead enough to cover the tops in plastic. It was necessary. 

So spray.....

... And then sprinkle. Easy peasy.

Repeat until you get all the way around. Then I took my sponge and sponged on the rest of that cool glitter paint which gave them a cool antique-y look and took down the disco ball feel a bit. The jar with the white bag is after the paint, the blue bagged jar is before the antique-y paint.

These are my rubber chair feet protectors. I found the piece that needed to be shoved in them and drilled a hole slightly smaller than that. 
Here's how they went together. 
The stopper sits snugly in the jar without slipping through. 
The wiring part I'll leave to the instructions in your kit. I'm sure they vary a bit and I don't want to be responsible for someone's electrical fire. My lamps have been going for a year and I adore them.

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