Thursday, August 9, 2012

Creative Ways To Upcycle Vintage Glass Insulators

Glass telegraph insulators come in a variety of colors
Vintage glass electric insulators are so cool! What were they used for? They were used to separate the electrical wires from the wooden telephone poles, basically insulating the poles from the wires so that the poles didn't burn down. They were commonly made of glass or porcelain. (Read here for lots more info on insulators)

Check out what these creative folks below have made with them...

Check out this fabulous outdoor chandelier made by Vickie at Ranger 911

Vintage glass insulators as post caps, image via Pinterest

Cute insulator coat rack with DIY from Katie at Creatively Living

Insulator mantle art by Afterglow Studio

Insulator Christmas tree

Read more about insulators here!

I hope you enjoyed this look at upcycled vintage glass insulators. What would you do with old insulators? I'd love to hear from you so please leave your comments below!  

I hope you have a great week 
Love, Laura

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  1. what great ideas! I always see tons of these things when I'm out hitting the antique shops.

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! THANK YOU. I love your taste and these ideas. I LOVE your blog. ;) Mary Hogland/The White Barn from OKLAHOMA!!!! ;)

    1. Thanks for visiting Mary! Glad you enjoy the blog!

  3. I love insulators <3<3<3 thx

  4. I want to make the coat rack, have the things to make it, but how do I attach the insulators to the wood?

    1. Click on the link below the photo for the DIY

    2. If you get the posts that screw into the insulator they could be mounted very easily and it would give the coat rack more character.

  5. Christmas tree is awsome!

  6. I love the Christmas tree. What is the metal center and arms made from?

  7. Wow !!!! Someone must have worked for the power company or goes to a lot of flea markets, garage sales, or antique sites. The designs are fantastic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!