We love to make something new out of something old. So we were thrilled when Josh’s mom gave us a gift of a cookie platter she had made out of old candlesticks and discarded china.

Actually she gave us an entire collection!
Actually she gave us an entire collection!

You can find glass candlesticks  of nearly every shape in size in almost any dollar store.  Antique and junk shops are where odds and ends pieces of china go to spend their last days, often in the bargain bin. Save them!  Save them all!! One of our clever friends saw our collection of  serving trays and decided to start scrounging around her community for materials. Now she has a thriving business at the local farmer’s market selling her beautiful  trays for as much as $50. That’s quite a return on her $5 worth of “raw” materials.

We’re still waiting for our commission, but she’s not budging.

Here’s how you can make your own:

We find that the more unusual the plate and the candlesticks, the better the objet turns out.

Here's our favorite.  Notice how Jackie matched the shape of the candlesticks to the scalloped design on the platter.
Here’s our favorite. Notice how Jackie matched the shape of the candlesticks to the scalloped design on the platter.

 

For our design we were inspired by Greek Revival architecture.

 

The tools
The tools

You may want to roughen the surfaces of the glass and porcelain with some fine sandpaper, then clean the pieces with soap and water.

If you are not sure of your ability to find the right position in which to affix the candlesticks, you may want to create a template first or measure and mark the spots on the platter before applying the glue.
If you are not sure of your ability to find the right position in which to affix the candlesticks, you may want to create a template first or measure and mark the spots on the platter before applying the glue.

Depending on the shape of the platter and the “stability” of the candlesticks, allow the platter to dry either standing up or flipped over onto its top. And then voila…

A serving dish that will make anything on it the true center of attention.
A serving dish that will make anything on it the true center of attention.
by Josh and Brent

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Peggy Perry

Thank you for giving me a reason to buy more plates and candle sticks, These are so cool.

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Bill

Two of my favorite things–dishes and candlesticks…together a good thing. Thanks for another good thing. Bill

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Andrew

Your favourite is also mine! I love the shape of the platter and the flourishes on the candlesticks. I'm visualizing a heaping pile of steamed asparagus with a big dollop of melting butter. You?

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Dr. Brent

Hi, Andrew

That would be beautiful. It also gave me the idea to start looking for an asparagus tray (they exist in some old china patterns!) and making one of these out of it. That would be very cool

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Elaine

Hi, Dr. Brent and Josh. They are all so beautiful and each one unique. Thank you for sharing!

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Pru

Absolutely fantastic! What a clever idea. I will be on the lookout for candlesticks and a platter plate in the near future – it will be lovely for Christmas.

Thank you.

Pru

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