Look!: Oyster Shells Lamp

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For us, no trip to Savannah, Ga., is complete without a stop at The Paris Market on West Broughton. We are especially impressed by their lighting selection, which includes some gorgeous glass chandeliers. On a recent visit, however, it was the more organic chandelier shown above that caught our eye. We like the idea of recycling oyster shells that would otherwise just be tossed out. But we were shocked by the price.

The lamp retails for $1,800. Which got us thinking: We could probably hit up our local oyster bars for some leftover shells, clean them up, drill holes in them, and craft one of these ourselves. The Paris Market’s version is designed for candlelight, but we would make ours an electric fixture by attaching the shells to a pendant lamp shade. (We happen to have an old shade lying around that we could strip of its current fabric.) For a more polished look, we might spraypaint the shells with some glossy white paint.

Hmmm … Perhaps this would make a good January Jumpstart project?