Sunday, April 15, 2012

Lamps....They're Not Just for Lighting Anymore

How often do you go out junking and come home with exactly what you set out to find?  I made a quick mid week trip to our local thrift shop/junk yard (more like a dump), in hopes of finding something I could use for a new necklace display.  I needed something tall enough for long necklaces and heavy enough to withstand an occasional gust of wind.

I spotted this cast iron candidate sitting in a box surrounded by dirty plastic flowers; it deserved a better life.  It was heavy, plenty tall enough, and only $3.

The top screw thingy was not going to come off, so I had to figure out a way to work around it.

I drilled a 3/4" diameter, 1/4" deep hole in the dowel (left over from another project) with a paddle bit.  Then I drilled a smaller hole all the way through to accommodate the long screw.  I would have used a bolt, but didn't have one that was long enough and I wasn't in the mood for a trip to the hardware store.

Perfect fit.  The screw fits down about 2" inside the lamp.  I added some glue just to hold everything tight.

I wrapped the dowel with some burlap type ribbon from Wal Mart, glued two mother of pearl buttons to each end, and topped it off with a glass drawer knob and button.

Every jewelry holder needs some jewelry....
A trio of gold and silver bracelets fresh off my work table.

Vintage shoe clip base topped with silver and rhinestone earrings.
Wrist watch case with rhinestones.
Antiqued filigrees with silver and mother of pearl buttons.

Old hardware, watch faces, keys, and a bit of bling.

The number 21 is from one of those old calendars where you turn the dial and the
 numbers flip over. 

Bits and pieces of salvaged jewelry, mother of pearl crosses, vintage glass button, and beads.


These will all be coming with me to Mes Amis Antique Show in Roseville next weekend.
I'm getting excited, but still so much more to do.



51 comments:

  1. This is AMAZING!!! Thank you so much...I love it and I have a lamp that will be perfect for this transformation!!

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  2. That lamp is beyond perfect! What a clever transformation. Love all the detailed touches like the buttons on the ends and the glass knob topper. and as always, the jewels are wonderfulissimo!

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  3. I LOVE this idea.Yes I am indeed going to pin this!
    Anne

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  4. great idea~i love white enamel anything:):)

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  5. Wonderful re-purposing!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!
    ♥'s
    Sherry

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  6. Awesome find! I love what you did to it!

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  7. Betsy, you rocked it once again. Fab repurposing job.

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  8. Love it - You did good !
    Looks like you have been busy and with great results. I wish you much success at the upcoming show - Sell it all !! :-D

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  9. Betsy, that is great. I am pinning you!
    Lezlee

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  10. Wonderful idea. Looks really good with all your jewelry.

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  11. Very, very clever idea. I really like this one. Love your baubles! Lisa

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  12. Fabulous! I would have snatched up that lamp base in a heartbeat, too!! Perfection!

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  13. Betsy, this jewelry holder concoction of yours is wonderful! And perfect inspiration for me, since I'm doing a little show at a winery at the end of the month and need to display some some stuff I've made. Usually I just use flat velvet boards, but have been wanting a vertical thingee to raise stuff up. Great idea to start with a lamp base. Love all your cleverness!

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  14. What a great find and perfect jewelry stand!!!

    C U next Saturday!!!

    xoxo

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  15. Excellent revision! This lamp is better as a jewelry display than it was even as a lamp. :)
    -Revi

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  16. OMG!! You never cease to amaze me with your repurposing of things. Once again brilliant!! And your jewelry - girl - I LOVE it.

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  17. WOW! You are so incredible at repurposing....love what you did. It's fabulous. And your jewelry is, as always, beautiful. I've been haranguing over what to put on one of my watch face charms and now that I see your bird on one I think I have my answer. Hope you don't mind.....they say it's a compliment when people emulate you! Funny, I just found a metal stand at a thrift store that I knew I could use for jewelry display but it can't hold a candle to yours! I was so excited when I found it because, like you, I need something that can hold long necklaces so it has to be tall enough. That's not always easy to find. Keep inspiring!

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  18. You are so creative!! I sure didn't see a necklace holder! I love it. I know what you mean about making due when your not in the mood to run to the store

    Carol

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  19. Oh Betsy, I love a project like this. It is so much like me - I didn't feel like going to the hardware store...... Bravo!!!

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  20. Betsy, it really is just perfect for your display...way to think outside the box!

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  21. Betsy you have out done yourself that is perfect. Looks gorgeous!

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  22. Perfect...what a clever and wonderful display! Always LOVE your jewelry too :) Laurel

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  23. I love this! Your jewelry is stunning and that stand sets it off perfectly! Love your creative eye :) I need to make me one of these.

    Have a lovely week!
    Deborah

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  24. Love this transformation and it is perfect for your amazing jewelry! hugs, Linda

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  25. What a beautiful and clever idea! I'm drooling over the stand and your baubles!

    jeanine

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  26. WOW....what an awesome creation! It's perfect to display your "salvaged treasures." Good luck at the show!!!

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  27. Wow! Betsy! That's just awesome and perfect! Just like the jewelry it's holding. :) Wish I had just an inkling of your creative brain! Have a great time selling all your beautiful things!

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  28. You never cease to amaze me. :-) I can picture this display being used for all kinds of things; I just need to find a cast iron lamp. How hard can that be? Thanks for another inspiring project!

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  29. All I am going to say is that I am sooooooooooooo copying this idea!!! LOL! I have a show next weekend and was thinking about building a holder out of pipes, but this is way better!

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  30. Hello Betsy,
    I'm here from Villa Barnes where I found your comment to Rosemary's post.
    You have got a most lovely place here and your repurposed lamp is sooooooooo brilliant. Bravo!!
    I'm now going to go through your older posts to get to know you better.
    rita

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  31. Well...you clever girl, you! This idea is just brilliant! I can see you getting requests to make more of these for your customers! :) Your vintage treasures jewelry is gorgeous, too!

    xoxo laurie

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  32. What a great idea! You need to sell those in mass because I think any woman who owns jewelry- will want one!

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  33. Wow! Each piece in each picture was a priceless beauty. I love the transformed lamp and those necklaces are uniquely elegant. I enjoyed looking at each picture Betsy!

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  34. so fun and creative!! good for you!
    and your jewlery is gorgeous!

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  35. This is STUNNING!! I just found a way to organize my earrings and have been searching for an idea for organizing my necklaces and bracelets -- this is perfect! Now I just need to find the sturdy lamp base - pinning!

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  36. Betsy - WOW!!! This is an amazing and creative idea!!! Love it! xo

    -pamela ;)

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  37. What a great idea...I like the idea of using old watches as backgrounds in making some "cool" necklaces... I have so many and never know what to do with them. :) Very unique jewelry..

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  38. WOW WOW! Clever and Beautiful!
    Great way to display your lovely
    jewelry! Also a new way to look at nice old lamps that don't work!

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  39. What a great use for an old lamp. Just goes to show beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Your jewelery is beyond beautiful and so unique. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. Inspirational! I've got shoppin' to do!

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  41. Clever and wonderful Betsy. I love it and more genius than the one I made last week. I needed something for my necklaces for the shop booth and ended using an old intricate frame that I had made into a menu chalkboard for the wedding party. I covered the chalkboard with batting and burlap and used t-pins to hang the necklaces. It will work. :) I wore your necklace to the dr's. office yesterday and had lots of oohs and aahs and "where did you get thats?" Hope you are having a fabulous week. xo

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  42. Congratulations on your feature at Knick of Time... This is absolutely wonderful! Very creative, tastefully done and beautifully photographed! Great Job!
    Blessings!
    Geneva

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  43. Love the great use of the lamp! Your jewellery is also beautiful and must be incredibly fun for you to put together. Great photos!

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  44. This is so wonderful! I featured it at The Storage Geek with full credit and link back of course. Thanks or sharing. You have a gorgeous blog!

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  45. this is goreous! both the redone lamp and the jewelry. i love it!!

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  46. Now that is truly creative! That lamp base was perfect for that type of project. You've given me one more item to look for in my thrift shop wanderings.

    Give me a visit some time at thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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  47. Amazing what a little ingenuity can do! Great upcycling on your part!

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  48. How in the world did I miss this post! you are a genius and your jewelry..you are amazing!

    Carol

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