Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Tale of Two Pretties

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness..."
--opening line from A Tale of Two Cities (if you didn't recognize it)

I'll let you decide about the best vs. worst and wisdom vs. foolishness.  But I'm not gonna lie, I'm pretty pleased with this little project.  Here's my story.

I have a set of crystal candlesticks.  I've used them here and there in my decorating, but not really all that much.  Turns out, taper candles aren't really my thing.  The candlesticks have been in the goodwill pile for a while now, but I haven't been able to actually part with them yet.  In addition, I had this beautiful Duchess bone china plate that my grandma had given me many years ago.  It's always been the "odd man out" on my china shelf that's filled with teacups and saucers.  It was decorative, of course -- but I never remembered to pull it off the shelf and actually use it.

A few days ago, I had a brainstorm -- and I came up with a plan.  My plan was simple, and my supplies were few:
  • the candlestick
  • the plate
  • E-6000 adhesive (found at Walmart)
  • some kind of marker

The steps were also few:
  1. Turn over plate, and center overturned candlestick.
  2. Mark around the candlestick so you know exactly where you want your glue to go.
  3. Look over your candlestick to see where it actually comes in contact with the plate, and lay your glue accordingly inside your drawn line {You should know that I was working in my kitchen, and had my range-hood fan on.  This is stinky glue!  Ventilate, people!}
  4. leave upside-down to dry {the glue directions say: For maximum-strength bond, allow 24-72 hours for dry time}.

Some tips:
  • I noticed that my candlestick tended to "float" in the glue and would shift a little.  I kept checking back on it and re-positioning as it dried.  Finally, I could tell that the glue had dried enough that it wouldn't move.  If I hadn't made a mark for the candlestick placement, I probably wouldn't have noticed this movement (and it would've dried "off-center!"
  • For the most part, it was dry in a few hours, but I'll keep it out of the way and unused for at least 72 hours since I'm working with breakable pieces.
  • Ventilate, ventilate, ventilate.
  • I didn't worry about the marker lines.  There's age-old price sticker glue that has been baked on by the years under there too.  [Keepin' it real!]

I love it's beautiful silhouette.  And I'm tickled to be able to put two items that weren't being used together for a new purpose.

That's my story.  A tale of two pretties!

So, what's your vote?  Best?  Worst?  Wise?  Foolish?  Let me know.  I can take it.

p.s.  Yes, you TOTALLY have time to make one of these before Easter.  Also, if you're inspired to try a project like this, I would love to hear about your outcome!

~ The End ~

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  1. Hi, Sally! I'm so happy you visited my blog & left a comment! I look forward to following your blog.

    I really like the cake stand you created, very pretty!


  2. Hi Sally, love the cake stand. I have wanted to make some myself, thanks for the inspiration. Thanks for visiting my blog. Looking forward to your posts, your new follower,

    Margaret from Moving Forward

    1. Thanks for stopping by Margaret! Following you too!

  3. Love, Love, Love this. I have been thinking about doing something like this, but was not sure what kind of glue to use! Thanks for sharing this.

    I found your site from the Pin It Tuesday link party! I have pinned it!

    I would love it if you would share this and any other crafts, DIY projects, recipes and your Etsy shop at my In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. I know everyone would love to see this!

    I am now following you and look forward to seeing what else you create!
    Cynthia at Feeding Big.com


    1. Thanks for visiting Cynthia! My sister says super glue also works great! -- and no fumes.

  4. Very nice! I really like it! Thanks for linking up with Pin It Tuesday! I hope you'll add our lovely button to your post? And this is really a great idea. I will pin it!

  5. What a great way to utilize a couple of extras around the house. :)

    1. Right! I love the look of the final product much more than I ever loved the two individual pieces! Thanks for visiting.

  6. Super cute! I've made a few stands like that as well and I love them. It's such a great way to get the look you want! Thanks for linking up at Project Inspire{d}!

  7. What a great idea! And it looks pretty too.

  8. Love it. I bought some dishes and small dessert dishes to use in place of the candle stick. Just haven't made them yet. Gorgeous. Thank you for the tutoral.

    We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.

    1. Truly, there are all kinds of options, aren't there?
      Have a blessed Easter weekend, Sue!

  9. I have seen this idea on pinterest many times but you made a classic. A throw back to days gone by. Love it.
    Thanks for sharing with us at "In and out of the Kitchen"


Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I read each and every one, and truly enjoy "conversations" with you! ~Sally

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