Insulator Fun

texasfernJune 8, 2008

I was poking around in Garden Junk forum and was inspired to post this by Calamaty J. Her post "Garden Bling".

I love insulators. I made lots of these tea light holders and sold most of them but I do have this one left.

What are ya'll doin with them?

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Calamity_J

Insulators can be pricey when you are a collector of them, but I just buy mine at thrift stores!

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    Bookmark   June 8, 2008 at 7:46PM
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tehuti

I have some I dug out of a mound in the desert where they burned a lot of telegraph pole years ago. I even dug up some old wood mounting pegs with the screw cuts on one end. Now let's see where did I put those darn things?

Robert

    Bookmark   June 8, 2008 at 8:00PM
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primgal36

I just have mine on an old cupboard. I think they're pretty neat.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2008 at 8:27PM
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chickencollecter

Mine are packed away in a couple of boxes.....somewhere.

I really like your tea light holder, Fernie.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2008 at 12:50AM
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craftylady-2006

Now this is the prettiest insulator tealight holder I've seen yet. I really love the wire design on it. I've just got mine in the old bedsprings for a base.

Sal

    Bookmark   June 9, 2008 at 6:49PM
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shysue

A tealight holder is a very pretty way to use the insulators. I like yours very much. What kind of wire did you use?

    Bookmark   June 10, 2008 at 8:43AM
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concretenprimroses

Fern I like your holder. Calamity yours looks like a chandelier. nice work both of you. I have some insulators somewhere...
Kathy

    Bookmark   June 10, 2008 at 12:12PM
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texasfern

Thanks everyone. I'm still hoping for some more ideas though.
Shysue, I used galvanized wire for these.
I have done some with silver and copper, but it gets alittle pricey.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2008 at 3:10PM
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kudzukween

I set some on top of my old dusk to dawn lights. It looks great,especially the blue glass ones. They were a perfect fit.
...well, I couldn't find the photo I took of it, but it's just the Malibu lights that I took the clear plastic cover off and replaced with the glass insulators. If I don't find it later, I'll take another.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2008 at 8:43AM
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lydia1959

I've seen them put on metal stakes (so that the insulator is close to the ground) and used to protect flower beds from hoses. Looks really nice!

Here is a link that might be useful: I'd like to have this collection!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2008 at 9:15AM
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texasfern

Oh Kudzu, I need pictures. What a great idea.
Lydia, that is a wonderful idea. I need that too as I run my hose into everything!
I have a box of the darn things somewhere, I need to find them now.
Thanks

    Bookmark   June 12, 2008 at 11:07AM
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kathyjb

Hi, I'm Kathy from Texas. I have a few insulators. In fact I just bought 2 more from ebay. I love the ones that have wings on them. Reminds me of angels. I gotta get me some of those. I want to somehow make pathway lights out of them using pvc pipes. I haven't found anything yet on what to use for the light part. I guess maybe some outdoor christmas lights? I just don't know if they will be strong enough to cast any light.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2008 at 12:25PM
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renie

bought some at a rummage sale years ago, I painted them to look like snowmen. Little ribbon around their "necks". works for me.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2008 at 9:22AM
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njtomboy

here's mine!

I got the idea from the junk market girls.. Su & Ki

    Bookmark   June 25, 2008 at 10:24PM
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butterbeanbaby

I have mine sitting on the tops of my fence posts. I just drill a bolt into the top of the post and stick them on. None have ever fallen off, and I like the look.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2008 at 6:13PM
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sherril_2008

I just stopped over from the garden junk forum! This looks like another great place to hang out and learn!

Here are my insulators. I call this my toadstool garden. Just painted some wooden stakes green, pounded them into the ground and screwed the insulators onto them.

I took the pictures in the early spring with the snow still around them and thought it was quite pretty.

Sherril

    Bookmark   July 2, 2008 at 1:23AM
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texasfern

What a great idea!
Thanks. I love those ceramic brown ones.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2008 at 11:41AM
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