Gary Hardman
Gary Hardman
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  • Springboro, OH

80’s Glass Chandelier Reclassed

4 Materials
$10
5 Hours
Easy

So this circa 1980’s chandelier was laying out for the trash. This caused an immediate bat turn and pick up. Free is good. With Christmas on its way I went into my secret treasure room (The garage) and also found a thrift store ceramic nativity.
80 s glass chandelier reclassed
Step one was to remove the internal light fixture and cord. I reached inside and twisted the light fixture to the left until it loosened. It was stubborn after 40 years in the same position. I then cut the cord and pulled it out the top and pulled the light parts out the side door.
80 s glass chandelier reclassed
Step two. I created a plywood six sided base from scrap plywood. Getting the measurements exactly right was the tricky part. I painted this off white on both sides and glued it in with trusty glue gun.
80 s glass chandelier reclassed
Step Three. I positioned and glued the nativity figures on the base, hung a star with wire and ran small battery powered lights through the top. To position the lights you need to do this in the dark.
80 s glass chandelier reclassed
And it looks even better in the dark.
80 s glass chandelier reclassed
This was a fun project that was done for under $10. Keep an eye out on trash day because everyone is replacing their old lights from the 70’s and 80’s. The possibilities are endless of what you can do with imagination and these vintage fixtures.
80 s glass chandelier reclassed
I just finished the second version. It is a Christmas Village under glass and thought I would share this.

Gary Hardman
80 s glass chandelier reclassed
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80 s glass chandelier reclassed
Here is the third example with a working Merry Go Round.

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LED Star Light, YiaMia Cute Star Night Table Lamp Light for Kids' Room...
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