What is it????

Can anyone tell me what this thing IS???  I bought it thrifting a while back and it ‘went well with’ a lot of the birdcages I’ve been doing lately.  figured I could use it to display some small nests in the bottom part.  It was green.  I painted it black.

The bottom part is solid wicker.  The middle section is the wire, and where it comes together in the center is a CIRCLE.   (almost looks like one of the small square boxes of kleenex would fit in the bottom, with the tissue coming our through the hole.

Then the top trim is just along the outer edges.  Maybe a glass candle holder of some kind is supposed to sit down in the hole???

Maybe it was a topiary form?  It was green, afterall?

If anyone knows what it REALLY is, I’d love to know!’

What to do with a rusty, crusty old electric light fixture:

Clipped off the wires, cleaned away the cobwebs, brushed off all the loose rust, sprayed it with some clear ma tte varnish to keep the rust from shedding,  glued on a rusty tin candle pan, added a candle and a BOW!

Put it in our space at Stars Antiques in Portland with a grouping of white wood distressed candle holders.

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Old table legs

This was a big HEAVY oak table leg.  I made it into a candle pedestal.

For stability, I added a base (unfinished round plaque with beveled edge purchased at craft supply store)  On something like this it’s easier to paint and distress your parts separately, before putting them together.  I base coated both the leg and the base with black.  Once dry, painted both ‘mustard’; then sanded them lightly to allow some of the black undercoat to show through. 

For attaching the leg to the base, I ‘glued and screwed’ (it’s always a good idea to do both for attaching parts whenever possible)  I prefer tacky glue over wood glue.  I let the glue dry overnight.  Mark ‘center’ on the bottom of my base to drill my pilot hole.  (always drill a pilot hole to prevent cracking ESPECIALLY on old wood!)  The tiniest drill bit works fine for the pilot hole.  Then drill your countersink hole with a 1/4″ bit, about 1/8″ deep.  Then drive in your screw.  The screw should be at least 1/4″ longer than your base to be sure it goes all the way into the leg.

On this one I also added a rusty tin candle pan to the top; which I glued in place with epoxy glue. 

For ‘selling purposes’  I always include a candle with every candle holder.  If you make product for craft shows, or  to sell on consignment or for your own store, I strongly recommend adding a candle.  You’d never see a candle holder displayed in someone’s home without a candle in it, would you?  Having the candle holder ‘ready to use’ with the candle in it is a selling point.  One less thing the customer has to shop for! 

Since I make my own grubby candles, I’ve always got plenty on hand, and if a customer wants ‘this candle holder but with that candle’ it’s not a problem to trade candles.   As a small specialty retail store, the flexibility to do special things like that for the customer are what sets us apart from the mega huge stores.

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