I got this awesome book called Home from the Hardware Store for Christmas. It's all about repurposing hardware and plumbing parts, and it's super cool. Like Brooklyn hipsterish cool, with lots of references to French flea markets.
I was especially attracted to what the authors describe as "machine-age candlesticks," made from plumbing parts. John and Gus waited outside the plumbing supply store (no way was John subjecting himself to this), while I bravely tucked my craft book under my arm and headed inside, muttering "hex bushing" under my breath.
|these are hex bushings.|
The project could not be easier, but it also couldn't be more expensive. I'm reminded of the other cool thing about using salvaged and reclaimed items: they are generally cheap (except when I get carried away at an auction for the coolest. croquet set. ever.). The whole shebang was so expensive, I didn't buy the unions, which came in at a whopping $18/per. Hopefully this spring I'll hit the tag sale of a retired plumber with lots of hex bushings and unions to get rid of.
The sudden disappearance of the unions allowed me to add my own twist/new obsession:
and check out that awesome tag sale scale!