I'm so excited about these! These are actual glass light fixtures, the standard ones that we've all had gracing our homes at one time or another. Aren't they pretty? They let out a good amount of light, too. I was worried that they would be too dark, but with a standard compact fluorescent in there it's perfect for a hallway or porch light. Like I said, Ralph took a lot of pictures during the hardest part, which was the grouting...
The idea stuck, and floated from project list to project list, and a few attempts were made. They were fails, we couldn't figure out a good glue... until fast forward another few years when we were sealing the inside of a glass aquarium with window caulking and -boom- 2 and 2 were finally slammed together, and the project could at last be completed.
Sure enough, silicone caulking worked like a dream! The marble light came to life and radiated in our kitchen for almost two years, we all loved it. I thought it was a done deal, it looked great, and then the last idea hit - grout! Would it hold? Would it work? Would it make it too dark? Figuring we owed it to the project to try, Ralph and I made three prototypes and got to grouting. Success. It held, It worked, and it wasn't dark at all.
And it was messy! If you're going to try this, do it outdoors. I once tried grouting with black grout indoors and it was horrible, I can't even relive that story! Heed my warning. So since I don't have pictures up to this point, essentially what I did was use silicone caulking from any hardware store, to glue flat marbles onto glass light fixtures. The marbles need to be clear, the opaque ones don't let any light through. Don't worry, the caulking dries clear. Actually, be sure to double check and get the kind that dries clear, there are SO many types.
Here are a couple night shots of them in then kitchen. Yes, that's a lime green wall! We have a very bright & colorful Santa Cruz kitchen... Wait a minute! The magic of archiving brings us this post, which shows the kitchen colors. Man, what messy pictures! Sorry...hehe
I love it!