Monday, June 21, 2010

Great Deal, But Now What?

On Saturday I went to set up at the Liberty House for the Liberty Flea Market, but since I was the only one stupid enough to show up when there was a 65% chance of more storms, it was cancelled. So - I went to a church garage sale. I found this entire box of test tubes - all different shapes and sizes - for 25 cents. 25 Cents for the whole box! That is such a freaking good deal!!!
Now what do I do with them?
Seriously.
What do I do with them?

23 comments:

LynnW said...

Rachel, what a great deal!

You could fill each bottle with your favorite popourri(or kitchen herbs), cork it and add a pretty ribbon.
Wouldn't that make a cute gift?

Two Dog Pond said...

Ooohhh - fill them with weed and put a ribbon on it. I'll end up in jail!

Two Dog Pond said...

Just kidding - that's a great idea Lynn

Kitty said...

save them for halloween and serve drinks/shots in them?

Bon said...

Remember those cute bud vases we bought somewhere a long time ago for too much $$ that were basically test tubes in a wire base?

Here's another bud vase idea http://curbly.com/chrisjob/posts/2442-how-to-make-test-tube-vases#jump

If you have corks that fit in the tops, you can store beads, findings, etc. in them.

Anonymous said...

I've always been strangely envious of those new Volkswagen Bugs that have the optional little vase that clips onto their dashboard somehow. If you could make something that hangs from your rear view mirror with a flower~? Or maybe with a wire hook that goes into the vent and stays that way?
There is no flippin' way I'd ever be lucky enough to buy a Bug... I've got too much artsy junk!
~Heatherj

Linda Cain said...

I've had a whole box of those cool things for several years! Yeah, what to do with them that would be really outstanding?

Love your work!

Linda

T Lee said...

fill them to differnet levels with colored sand or something and make a wind chime.

T Lee said...

re-create supermans crystal motherboard from the superman 2 movie? bahahaha

silver.work said...
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silver.work said...

Let's try this again - check out this shop for test tube goodness:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/uncorked

Natalie said...

sorry if you get this twice...
I also thought about a wind chime...wrapped up funky with some wire...with flowers...or some of your fun, funky, metal creations to look like flowers tucked in the tubes...maybe some fun bees or butterflies dangling below to make it chime?? also like the bud vase idea...would be great to hang in a kitchen window!

Jill said...

I've seen these as mentioned above filled with vintage buttons and/or findings, corked and tags added etc. Then fill a crock or some other neat vessel with them. That was an awesome deal!

shabbycottagegirl said...

Some sort of wall shelf with the tubes inserted into drilled holes to make a cute shelf/vase combo thing? I'm sure whatever you do will be fantastic!

Two Dog Pond said...

These are all really good suggestions. Now my head is spinning....
No one mentioned making 'test tube babies'....

LynnW said...

Haaahhh! I thought that too, Rachel.
Nowadays, 'herb' takes on a whole different meaning!

Vikki said...

Okay, I hate to RAIN on the windchime idea, but wouldn't they break? I mean, like right away? Especially here in Nebraska and with the winds we've had...
Just sayin'

T Lee said...

I thought about the test tube babies, too.

i also thought about the wind chimes breaking. maybe more of an indoor wind chime or hanging mobile type thing...or chandelier??

Jills idea seems most conducive to non-breakage.

Jody Blue said...

I have some and store my seed beads in them and other mis-matched loose beads.

Anonymous said...

Take soldering lead and coil it up to make a base then wrap it artsy up the side of the test tub. Then around the top finishing with a cool coil in the front with a crystal dangling maybe. Or even better yet... with one of your neat framed pendant dangling. Presto you have a really cute bud vase for a little or nothing cost wise.
:-)

T Lee said...

create a wire base to hold them. Fill them with colored liquid and cork them and put them in the base you made and make it a light catcher.

Kitty said...

Rach...

These are all amazing ideas, HOWEVER, you are the queen of art and innovation (who else on this planet has stained glass windows in their chicken coop?!). I can't wait to see what YOU do with them.

We will all be expecting pictures :-)

Kit

Two Dog Pond said...

YIKES! The pressure is on. It might have to wait until after the 4th of July - I only have 6 holiday pendants ready!!!
MEanwhile - I'm off to Columbus to pick up my new chicks - some will lay green eggs.