Work by Hand: Green Tea Lights

Planning on decorating your breakfast nook with a sense of character?  How about a tea set that illuminates?

Alice Chandler Velker and her husband, Glen Velker, are handcrafting chandeliers from tea cups and saucers.  They scour antique stores and estate sales for serving sets, occasionally buying new for pieces like the harder-to-find teapots.

Alice Chanler Velker and Glen Velker
Booth at Red Door Antiquities
The Velkers incorporate vintage textiles into lampshades and offer a table lamp version of the tea-inspired light.  After raising five daughters, Alice decided to turn her artistic talents to designing the lights.  Glen does the assembly and wiring.

You can find these lights  at  

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