Mosaic Candle Holder

Turn a thrift store find into a masterpiece.

I love shopping at thrift stores, flea markets and antique stores. You never know what you might find. But what I love more, is to fix up my treasures and give them a new life. Today's project is a pair of candle holders.

I love working with stained glass. I actually began using stained glass for mosaics first and then I began to learn the techniques of stained glass and soldering, but mosaics are really my passion. When I saw these candle holders, I knew they would make a great mosaic project.

Candle Holder Make-Over Project - See the Transformation

As you can see from the photo above, the candle holders were perfectly serviceable, just a little boring. I decided to use different colors and textures of stained glass cut into strips. The stained glass was purchased from an antique shop. I got a huge box of glass pieces for $40.00, which is a bargain considering that most of the glass was from the 1960s and 1970s.

Candle Holder Make-Over Project

Before I began, I washed the glass thoroughly with soapy water and wiped it down with rubbing alcohol to make sure there were no oils or streaks on the glass. Using a disposable paint brush like the ones children use for water colors, I spread Weldbond glue on each piece of glass and placed it on the glass panels. This glue is ideal for gluing glass to glass as it dries fairly quickly and it also dries clear.

Candle Holder Make-Over Project

I decided not to grout the glass so that more light could shine through. If you decide to do the same, make sure the glass edges are ground down to reduce the sharp edges. Instead of using stained glass, you could also use glass globs or purchase stained glass shapes from a catalog or the Internet that already have smooth edges.

Cost of this project: $3.00 for the candle holders and about $2.00 worth of stained glass. If you had to buy the stained glass from the craft store, expect to pay about $12.00 per 12" square if it's not on sale.

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