Anyhoo, here's two of my prizes I came home with today!
KRYP ceiling spotlight:
And on a side (but related) note, I realized that I had neglected to post any photos highlighting my custom cabinet knobs in my kitchen!! These are made from 35mm "Shooter" size Fiesta glass marbles, along with some bronze-plated steel cap nuts from McMaster Carr, and matching-sized machine screws, also by McMaster Carr. Had to post this as I was trying to describe these for my friend Julia yesterday, and it occurred to me that I'd never shared a picture of them before now!!
If you're interested in creating your own custom cabinet knobs, you can use anything from marbles to rocks to Swarovski crystals - just something that's large enough to grip hold of and make into a one-of-a-kind cabinet knob!!
Here's the basic directions, if you so desire:
- obtain cap nuts, machine screws, cabinet knob materials of choice (marbles, rocks, whatever), and some two-part epoxy glue such as this formula by Permatex. If you're using an opaque material for the knob face, don't worry about the glue color. If, like me, you choose a clear glass for the knobs, be sure to get a glue that is "non-yellowing". Do yourself a big favor and purchase a couple of blocks of floral foam at the same time... more on this in step 5.
- Prepare the knob face materials. In my case, this involved some quality time with an electric bench grinder. Always remember safety first and wear the appropriate gear (gloves, impact-resistant goggles, etc...) to protect yourself!
- Grind off a small flat spot on one area of each of the marbles. *Note* If you're using the large shooter marbles, be sure to buy about twice as many as you plan to use so you can sacrifice a few during the grinding process. I found out the hard way that it's easier to grind off a spot on the marble where there's not a "seam" in the glass... look at a marble and you'll see what I mean! Glass marbles and other hard substances (rocks, metal, etc...) will heat up quickly with the friction created by grinding, so I definitely recommend a pair of fitted leather gloves to protect from burns!! Also, with this heat being generated, there is the very real risk of the marbles exploding. That's right, EXPLODING. And yes, it's just about as scary as it sounds!!! This is why I always wear safety glasses or goggles, along with a long-sleeved shirt and leather gloves when I'm working on projects like this!!!
- If you're using wood, plastic, or another semi-porous substance, you might be OK to just rough-up a spot using a piece of 100 grit sandpaper, or even a Dremel-type tool with a grinder attachment.
- Stick the cap nuts, disc-top facing up, into the floral foam (told ya this would be handy!!). Make sure that they're spaced far enough apart to account for the knob faces, plus some wiggle room to fit your fingertips as you're working on this project!
- Apply the epoxy glue to the face of the cap nuts, one at a time, then immediately set the knob face material and center it as desired. Do not over-apply the glue or it will drip down into the well of the cap nut, which will in-turn prevent you from inserting the machine screws later on!!
- Allow the glue to dry according to the manufacturer's directions. Don't rush this process with heat, fans, or other temperature manipulations as this may compromise the strength of the bond!!
- After drying and curing, remove the knobs from the foam blocks and complete assembly by inserting a machine screw through the back of the cabinet door, then into the back of the cap nut.
- Voila!! You've just made your very own custom cabinet knobs at a fraction of the price of designer-type hardware!!!!