Mosaics Saved an Antique Globe
I KNOW this is too long a story, but.....
In a recent junkin' trip, I spied a lamp at a garage sale I just had to have. Seller said the lamp was 100 yrs. old. Obviously, from the spray painted base, I was skeptical of it's age, but liked it so I paid the $5.00. Seller warned me the globe was the original globe - 100 yrs. old and very fragile, and to be careful. Sooooo I wrapped the globe in my friend Becky's quilt in the back seat of her truck. Our next stop was where I bought another yard sale find - $125. for an almost new sofa and two chairs. I sat down to wait for Becky to finish her shopping, and didn't notice when she went to the truck to get the quilt to wrap one of her items. You guess it, I heard the globe shatter on the ground - broke into about 10 pieces. Painstakingly a week later I began to try to glue the very thin pieces back together, knowing I'd never find a suitable globe, especially to fit the decorative rim around the top. Almost gave up, but perservered! In the meantime I cut the bottom off a red vase that fit tetteringly on the lamp base, and glued red half marbles on so the light bulb wouldn't show - pictures in my link. Then ordered from Spectrum Home Furnishings - link follows - red pendants and beads for the lamp. Globe dry, I began to mosaic it w/orange glass - diamond-shaped pieces. Very pleased w/my work, I ordered amber chandelier pieces from Spectrum and viola my salvaged lamp is wonderful. What to do w/all the red chandelier parts - why of course - gaudy up another flea mkt. find - candelier. Yes, I plan to take down the Christmas decorations down today. Sorry for the long post.
Mosaiced globe and other pics