Both items I scored - hinge springs and tractor axle nuts, or so I am told - lent themselves rather naturally to candlesticks. All they needed was a good bath and a spray of polyeurethane. The hardest part of this repurpose was finding 1" diameter candlesticks. Thank god for god - these are actually church candles.
axle nuts from a Ford
(apparently you can tell from the blue paint)
church candles, no priest in sight
awesome Northampton box as a backdrop!
hinge springs, opines my husband
criss cross applesauce,
as my son would say