DIY Project: Glass Bead Silver Chargers

 

While talking a walk through my local Tuesday Morning store, I saw several sets of fancy chargers on display. I stopped to look at them, thinking about what elegant tablescapes they would make for holiday parties, especially for Christmas, New Year’s or Valentine’s. I love to use chargers under my white china dinner plates to add color and verve to my tablesettings. In the olden days, chargers were placeholders at the table, used before the plates were served by the servants and then removed. Nowadays, chargers can be removed or stay on the table under the dishes to achieve a certain look.

One particular charger caught my eye–it was a silver charger with three rows of clear glass beads around its rim. I immediately thought that I could easily replicate the look by gluing beads from my own glass bead stash around the rim of my own silver chargers. So I went home and got out my silver chargers and glass beads. I began the simple process of creating my own glass bead silver chargers.Acrylic, metal and wooden chargers can be found in most craft and home decor stores. In the craft stores you can find plainer chargers for about $2 each, and the prices will rise according to the store or the elaborateness of the charger. I used an inexpensive acrylic charger with a slightly raised border on the outside rim. The inexpensive glass beads are also found in craft, home décor, and discount stores, as well as dollar stores.

Two glass beads created two rows around the rim because they fit perfectly. I laid out all the glass beads to make certain that they would all fit, before I began to glue them down. An epoxy or super glue will work well for most glass to metal joints. An epoxy will give you a stronger joint and provides more time to position your pieces precisely.  When gluing glass, make sure the surface is completely clean and dry. Take care to not leave fingerprints as the oil and sweat from your hands will interfere with the bond. This entertaining craft project is very easy to do and is not too time-consuming if you are only making four to six chargers. These embellished chargers should make a sparkling special table to impress your guests, especially when you tell them you made them yourself! You might also choose to make one or two of these chargers to use as platters for appetizers or desserts instead of using them under your dinner plates. Enjoy!

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