Etsy is a cornucopia of the recycled, re-purposed, handmade and artisan crafted, so it seems only fitting to add a weekly post focused just on the marvelous items one can find there. Case in point?
These terrific little repurposed glass insulator pendant lights by RizBerry.
Glass insulators have been around since the days of the telegraph, and are still in use today throughout the world. Because glass is such a poor conductor of electricity, as well as fairly cheap material, it was a natural choice to insulate the lines from the poles they were supported by. Many glass insulators, especially older versions, are quite decorative looking, despite their utilitarian function. These particular insulators date from somewhere between the 1920′s and ’50′s.
Although they were made in many different colors, the most commonly found seem to be a greenish blue, or a clear. I love the retro industrial look they have!
RizBerry also makes accent lamps using the insulators, which are quite charming, although I would personally ditch that lampshade for something a bit more interesting.
So what do you think? Hip new trend in re-purposed lighting, or back to grandma’s attic?