Glass insulators were originally created for use with power and telegraph lines, and are used in modern applications to contain heat and energy. Collectors and crafters seek glass insulators because of their unique shapes, but glass insulator hobbyists also strive for uniquely-coloured insulators.
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Glass insulators are shaped like bells so they easily double as small lamp shades. Create a hanging glass insulator light by drilling a hole at the top of the bell shape. Use a small light bulb such as an LED light that fits inside the insulator and attach it to hanging light cord through the drilled holed in the insulator. A single glass insulator light casts a suitable glow over a reading area or a collection of hanging insulator lights adds brightness to the length of a kitchen countertop.
The small openings in glass insulators are befitting to accommodate small plants. Create a loop with heavy gauge wire that is large enough to hold the insulator securely with the open side up. Fasten the ends of the loop into a piece wood and attach hanging hardware to the back of the wood. Fill an insulator with soil and add a small flowering plant. Hang the board to the wall and insert the glass insulator planter.
Glass insulators are candleholders in two ways. One option is to craft a candle from scratch by melting wax pellets, inserting a wick inside the insulator opening and pouring in the wax to let it harden. Most glass insulators have a rounded top so place the insulator in a sturdy base before adding the hot wax. Or, place a premade candle into a glass insulator for a quick candle holder. This glass insulator candle holder is a unique sconce when attached to a piece of wood and hung from a wall.
Toothbrush or Pencil Holder
The long narrow space inside a glass insulator works well for holding long thin objects such as toothbrushes or pencils. Most glass insulators have been used outdoors so wash them thoroughly with warm soapy water. Build a stand for the insulator that will hold it tightly while toothbrushes or pens and pencils are placed in and taken out daily. This glass insulator craft is an eco-friendly option that adds an antique charm to home offices and bathrooms.
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