Hello! Look what I have been making!
These 'icicles' are light as a feather, and look awesome on a chandelier. Or strung on a garland across a mantel...or hung in a tree...
True story...the day before yesterday, I was helping my husband with a cable pull, in which 1400 feet of electrical cable needed to be fed through 350 feet of underground conduit.
How is that done, you ask? With a winch, a lot of swearing and a bucket of bright blue KY jelly to lube all the wires so they will go through the pipe.
You guessed it...my job was gooping on the jelly. Blechhhh.
Anywho, there was a break in the action when the winch broke. EXTRA special swearing was coming through the walkie talkie, but I was ignoring it. Not my department! I was on goop detail, and my union NAAJG (National Association of American Jelly Goopers) forbids any winch repairs.
Bored, I glanced around at the work site. And found...these! Scraps of thick aluminum wire, which is what's inside the electrical cable.
Yep, my hand was blue. My hand is still blue. Sigh.
So there were tons of these little wire scraps everywhere. Suddenly, I got an idea.
I grabbed a screwdriver and twisted a wire scrap around and around. The aluminum looks hefty, but is so easy to bend you can do it with your fingers.
I curved the top to form a hanger.
Wahlah, a tinsel icicle! (I decided that's a thing.)
I made several dozen, all shapes and sizes.
Then it was back to blue goop detail.
I bet these would look terrific in a pared-down-modern room, or with steampunk-themed holiday decor. I rescued a whole lot more of the unwanted wire, and will be icicling like mad!
I think they will be going up all over my house - not just for Christmas, they feel nondenominational and wintry. An interesting note: my husband, who usually rolls his eyes at my repurposed stuff, really liked the chandelier with its industrial icicles. Maybe it's a guycraft!
Hope you liked my construction site story. (Anyone know how to get the blue off my hands?)