Making lights out of jugs, baskets and buckets is really fun. It's sort of that philosophy of:
"re-think, re-use, re-cycle"
I saw these old bottled water jugs in their original wood crates and knew they would work perfectly as an interesting lamp base.
Each bottle was different but both had great detail and a blueish green color to the glass.
I love the diamond pattern of pressed glass with the bottler's logo, Arrowhead and Bustanchury
The old crates were sturdy and only needed a good scrubbing to clean them up before I had them rewired. This one has some great old green paint.
I have a small grouping of vintage seltzer bottles on that table too.
Probably about the same age (50's ?)
which is why the glass seems so similar.
Recently I have collected some of this old Mexican tourist pottery. It looks great filled with oranges and lemons from the orchard
No, I'm not collecting birds nests...... but this was abandoned with one perfect little cracked blue egg.
It was so interesting and simple that I couldn't throw it out!
Below is another lamp made from an old basket wrapped jug. I used a rawhide shade on this one and the color of the light diffused by this type of shade is really nice.
Below is one of many ice cream bucket lamps I've had made. You can still find them on Ebay or at flea markets with original paint.
The shades are covered in left over grass cloth wall paper.
These are some decorative jugs with really interesting wicker wrapping. I got them from a local designers warehouse sale. They were great just as a decorative item but now wired as lamps they are useful too. The shades I had made from some vintage hemp fabric, run horizontally.
The shades for these little buckets are really fun. I usually try to think of how the fabric will be best run on the particular shade shape that I choose. I like the fact that these have very little in the way of detail.I am working on a really unique ceiling fixture too and will be sure to share it with you when its all finished.
Have a wonderful weekend!!!!!