Vintage tea tin pendant lights

June 25th, 2009 in member junk     
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Photo: a grouping of my tea tin lights

After finding a ton of EXTREMELY inexpensive prisms at the local hardware store I decided to upcycle some of the many, many (many, many, MANY) tea tins I had stashed all over the house.  The tins are always so pretty I have to buy them, but there are only so many things you can store in tins.  Finally I had another useful purpose for them and it is beautiful too! 

It is extremely easy to do, just buy a low-wattage lamp kit, drill a hole the appropriate size in the bottom of the tin, wire it, attach pendants & voila!  I was fortunate the prism pendants that I purchased were made with very strong magnets, so I didn't have to drill holes for the sparklies.  It is fairly easy to do as the metal is relatively thin.  Make sure that you are using a bit made specifically for metal, it makes it a lot easier.

I am also working on a table lamp that utilizes the lid of the tin as its base.  This I will do with the tins whose graphics don't work well with being turned upside down.  Tins with more abstract designs work best for the pendant light project.

Pattern or design used: My own design - vintage tea ton pendant lights
posted in: member junk, vintage, lamp, chandelier, pendant, swag, prism, easy, tin, Light, tea

Comments (9)

Junk_Sophisticate writes: Wow! Such a beautifully creative lighting fixture! Nice going.
Candy Posted: 10:02 am on June 29th
pmorse writes: Those are too cool! I have never seen prisms with magnets attached. Do you know who makes those? I've made several silk flower arrangements from old tins. I drill a single hole in the lid, stick a wire through it, curl the end so it'll stay in place, then stick the opposite end into the arrangement. That way the lid always stays with the tin! Posted: 2:26 pm on June 27th
shabbychick writes: This is awesome! Love how you repurposed the old tins - very cool style - and colors you've put together! And, of course, I love the added bling!

Thanks for sharing.

Kathy Posted: 3:13 pm on June 25th
suewhitney writes: Hi All,

This weeks member feature comes from Meretricious Creation. I think is pendant lights are absolutely lovely! Would love to have one hanging in my closet/dressing room. Fabulous idea...great execution!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 1:54 pm on June 25th
fellowjunker writes: What a fabulous idea for vintage tins.........your lamp creations are gorgeous!! Great work.
xojanis Posted: 1:17 pm on June 25th
byabpryor writes: TOO CUTE! Posted: 9:42 am on June 25th
vicmac44 writes: Oh I love these!! I love old tins, what a neat way to display them! I love the idea of hanging the prisms.. I have been trying to think of a way to put small string lights on my deck. I might have to be a copy-cat.. lol thank you for sharing..

Posted: 6:30 am on June 25th
alicemom writes: Great re-purpose. They really are cool.
smiles, alice Posted: 6:43 pm on June 24th
grannijo writes: Cool creation!..looking forward to seeing the table...sharon Posted: 5:42 pm on June 24th
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