Father's Day | Trash to Treasure | Tutorials

Glass Insulator/Bed Spring Candle Holder

May 30, 2013

Glass Insulator/Bed Spring Candle Holder

I’ve seen these candle holders before, but my bed springs have never been ones I thought I could use. That wire is almost impossible to cut through. At least that is what I thought. This past weekend I was out with my husband and we spotted one of these candle holders. I mentioned why we couldn’t do it and he let me know how wrong I was.

This project definitely passes the “Tim Allen Grunt” test. You know…that test that implies your husband will help make it, or will enjoy the finished project because it is a manly-man craft. As close as we are getting to Father’s Day, I think this is a winner.

These are the springs and the glass insulators I started with. See the tiny top portion. The insulator won’t fit in there so cutting a bit off is required. In steps The Man with his appropriate power tool…an air compressor angle grinder.

Actually, it doesn’t have to be a grinder powered by an air compressor, but that is the kind we have.

My husband has gotten metal particles in his eyes more than once. Even with safety glasses. Live and learn. He now uses full eye goggles with edges that seal to the face. Because of metal flakes flying through the air, I didn’t take pics of the cutting process. I just didn’t want to get close enough for a pic.

He cut down the spring about an inch or so from the top. The cut wire end was then manipulated with pliers…done by a visiting (male) friend). See? This project is a male magnet! He widened and tucked the cut wire end under the next row of wires. It held firm. No glue, welding or wire required.

The glass insulator was then set inside the top opening. We pushed the insulator down enough to catch the wire of the bed spring in a groove in the glass. This will keep the insulator from falling out.

I only had one of the bed springs shown on the right. This bed spring wasn’t as much fun for The Man. It didn’t require any power tools. The insulator was simply set inside.




I was featured on Practically Functional

Places I’m partying this week:
Keeping It SimpleSumo's Sweet StuffMakingCreative Corner Hop

PhotobuckethomeworkThe DIY Dreamer
Adorned From AboveWhite Lights on WednesdaysManic MotherFine Craft Guild{Primp}Daisy Cottage Designs
Wow Us Wednesdays

shabby creek cottageCatch a Glimpse ButtonSomewhat SimpleThe 36th AVENUEThe Taylor HousePhotobucketBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucketDesigned DecorDomestic Superherohttp://www.seven-alive.com/
All Things Pretty

The Shabby NestThe Fun In Functional @ Practically Functional - Wednesdays @ 8amBlissful and DomesticHappy Hour ProjectsI'm Lovin' It at TidyMomRooted In ThymeLadies HolidayFidlin' Fridays Link Party

Too Much Time On My HandsFunky Junk's Sat Nite SpecialYour Homebased MomThe Girl Creative

UndertheTableandDreamingDIY Show Off

Lovely Crafty Home

Only registered users can comment.

  1. Haha! Male magnet craft… your writeup was hilarious! Really cool idea too! I want one! 🙂

  2. Oh my gosh I love this idea! I have several of these and I am always trying to figure out how to use them. Nothing I’ve seen before clicked but this sure sis! Now to find some springs 🙂 Visiting from Practically Functional.

  3. Oh how sad. I have a box full of glass insulators of all sizes in my basement, but no bedsprings available, and more importantly no manly men to help me with the project. Pretty sure I would not be able to cut that wire. Glad to see your DH took his eye protection seriously.

    1. Oh, that is sad!!! LOL! Sorry, but I can’t help you find springs or men.
      Seriously though, eye protection is so important when grinding metal. More than one cheap and inexpensive project has gotten expensive with medical bills.

  4. I have one of those insulators, I use mine as a door stop. Shame on me when I could turn it into one of these cute candle holders. Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight. Enjoy the rest of your week, and hope to see you at the party again soon.

Comments are closed.