What do I do with it now?……

I love broken odds and ends.  Weird? hmmmm yeah it is to quite a few people.  I just have a really hard time discarding run down, broken, or distressed items.  Our kids now call and ask if I would like an item before they toss it out.  Let me tell you, it used to drive my Mom crazy!  Well, things haven’t changed, Mom, I still collect broken treasures.

Not too long ago, Steven and I were in Home Depot walking around.  We both love to peruse the clearance sections.   There has been some super buys for us.  Steven has worked his magic on many a broken, pieces missing, just wanting a home item.  This trip was no different.  On the shelve was a chandelier, all of its glass shades were broken.  The poor thing called out to me to take it home.  So, I did.

I casted new shades using a coffee cup mold.  I drew circles on the bisque and drilled out holes evenly around the pencil marks and a hole in the bottom of the cup for the light fixture.  After they were glazed and fired, I added the new shades to the chandelier and Steven hung it over our bar table.


The crystal glaze matched the fall colors of our living room area.  The best part is when it is lit up at night.

chandelierlitupYou really get to see the light coming through all the circles.  That old adage is so true, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.  Steven and I will treasure this chandelier for years to come……. Cyn


About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website designbycyn.com was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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