Creative Reuse: From Old Glass to New Pendant Lights

Creative Reuse: From Old Glass to New Pendant Lights

Kate Legere
Oct 31, 2013

For those of you who are fans of mason jar lights, consider branching out and adding a light bulb to a variety of other pretty vintage glass designs. See below for some creative ideas, from glass candy bowls to decanters. You can purchase one of the designs below, or get inspired to make your own.

1. One of Jay Watson's newest lines, Just Desserts, is a cluster of ceiling pendants made from traditional glass dessert bowls sourced from flea markets and second-hand shops. Each light features a LED that has been incorporated into a turned wooden and aluminum fixture and then bonded to the base of the pressed glass dishes. Starts at £63.

2. Old vintage telegraph insulators were originally manufactured in the 1800s to protect telegraph lines and secure them to poles, and then later used for telephone and power lines. Today, you can find them online and at garage sales in a variety of colors and sizes. They can be used for a variety of home decor ideas, including light fixtures.

3 + 4. BootsNGus upcycles a variety of vintage home and kitchenware items and turns them into new light fixtures. Pictured here are a vintage Pyrex "Horizon Blue" mixing bowl ($90) and a 1950's flamingo pink Pyrex cake pan ($65).

5. British designer Lee Broom created a line of upscale lighting fixtures from old decanters sourced from flea markets. Because the design was so popular, Lee Broom had to design a new collection with his own cuts because vintage decanters became hard to find. You can find the new collection and more inspiration here.

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