Wednesday, April 6, 2011
We're at it again...using Grandma's old teacups. If you remember, we first put grandma's teacups on display as a bird feeder. I had more cups that needed to be out there! Once I saw this beautiful lamp I knew I needed my own personalized version.
What you'll need:
A variety of teacups and saucers
Bowl for base
Diamond drill bit (I used 1/2")
Lamp Kit (I found mine at WalMart for around $5)
The hardest part was figuring out the configuration. Play around - use different pieces, upside down, matched or not, big and small. Once you know how you want it, take a picture! It will be helpful to reference when putting your lamp together.
Now to drill. Remember, you MUST use water with this drill bit! (or you will be very sad when your drill bit is ruined.) I eyeballed the center of each piece and went for it. I'm sure if you want it perfect you could measure! Drill each piece.
Now for assembly. I started with the bowl at the base and threaded the cord through the holes. Then the next piece. And the next. I put the cord through one piece at a time, and glued as I went. It's helpful if the cups and saucers balance on their own, but if not, hold them together until the glue sets.
Once your lamp base is done, wire the light socket, put a light bulb in and put your lamp shade on.
Enjoy your own creation featuring Grandma's teacups!
For a more detailed tutorial check out Vintage Revivals.