9.27.2010

weekend DIY

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weekend project
We have had many weekend projects lately, but this one was really fun and easy. I had seen some mason jar lights when we were in Portland, and I was inspired to make my own for my studio. I was going to use wide mouth quart jars so they would fit larger lights, but I couldn't find them, they were sold out. I decided to go to my favorite thrift store, where I had seen lots and lots of vintage jars. We went, and I found these really unique vintage blue glass jars. I have never seen any jars with a shape like this, and trust me, I've seen a lot of jars. We also found some really amazing clear vintage jars, but the shape of the blue ones really struck me. And for 2.50 apiece it was practically a crime how inexpensive they were.

We then had to find bulbs that would be skinny enough to fit. I found some bulbs meant for display cases, and they were the perfect shape. We used the light bases from ikea that were up before, which have an attachment to rest shades. Tyler cut a hole in a lid with a screwdriver and a hammer, and we slipped those over and then just screwed the jars in. It was really so simple.

I love the light, it really works great, and isn't really blue, as I thought it might be. The vintage glass with its bubbles and imperfections create beautiful light streaks on my new white walls.

*update: I was searching online, and these jars seem to be made before 1910. wow. I might have to go back and pick up that one other jar that I didn't get.


24 comments:

  1. those look terrific! and hey, i know that print! :)

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  2. These are so great!! Putting them on the list for things to try when we get back to nz!

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  3. These are awesome! I love them! trip.trip.trip.....

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  4. you + tyler or so great. great find. and great use of the mason jars! xoxo

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  5. Those are beyond great! Love them. You are amazing.

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  6. Those look terrific! I love them!

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  7. These are so sweet. I love the green glass.

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  8. i absolutely love this idea! i've just added it to my ever-expanding project list.

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  9. Really great find, those blue ball jars are usually very pricey! I love the project too, thanks for sharing.

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  10. Ooh! I've got serious workspace envy. Also thrift envy, lets just call it general envy!

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  11. where did you get the bulbs....I think they add intrest to the lights. BUT I don't remember ever seeing any bulbs like that around here.
    THANKS
    debraclaytor@yahoo.com

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  12. the bulbs are phillips display lights, I actually found them at our local grocery store.

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  13. I was wondering that too -- do they get too hot since they're not open at the bottom? Most jar lights I've seen, you have to cut the bottom off with a glass cutter.

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  14. Do they get too hot?

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  15. I was also wondering if the glass jars get hot... do you have a hole in the glass anywhere? Also I can't find the colored jars anywhere in my town, so I want to tint them myself. I'm afraid the tint won't work well with a glass jar that gets too hot. I suppose I could use a low watt, but then again I want the lights to light up my breakfast bar!!

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  16. Did you put new lids on the jars? I was looking at the ball blue jars online, and they all have very old zinc lids..I'm a little nervous to try and cut a hole in them. Love this idea though!

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  17. Thanks for the great idea, me and my friends just made 4 of these lamps! I was also wondering if the jars don't get too hot. We made little holes in the lid in the hope they won't blow up :)

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