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Sparkly Crackled Glass Home & Garden Lights Will Captivate You

Updated on February 14, 2015

My Attraction to Cracked Glass Came in Handy When My Car Was Vandalized

I find a special charm in cracked glass lights, both for inside the home and as garden and patio lights. I've selected some of my favorites for you to consider for your own home, lights that illustrate the point of my title.

I'll tell you the little tale about why I took these photographs. As a visual artist I am always on the lookout for sights that pique my interest and this glass is one of those things. My story is about my very old car.

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It felt secure to park my old yellow Volvo in the locked parking garage under my building. And it truly was secure for three years. Then came the proverbial knock on the door

Early one Sunday morning the manager rapped at my door to tell me that my car had been vandalized, along with several other vehicles parked along the same side of the garage. It was shocking to think that paying for secure parking was no guarantee of security.

I traipsed on down the six flights of stairs to see for myself. My parking area was full of car owners and curious neighbors. A string of us had right rear passenger windows smashed to smithereens.

Inside the car I was dismayed to find shards of broken glass peppering my fabric seats and the carpet. Since I carried garden gloves in my car trunk, in case I needed to do some messy thing under the hood or with the tires.

I was about to put them on when I made the quick decision to run back upstairs for my camera. I was intrigued by the effect of the lights on the tiny sharp pieces of glass.

Each Glance At My Bowl of Glass Shards Makes Me Think of Cracked Glass Lamps - Sparkly Lights Are Lovely and Solar Too

STI Smart Solar Inc. STI3067MRM12SET Crackled Glass Orb Solar Stake Assortment
STI Smart Solar Inc. STI3067MRM12SET Crackled Glass Orb Solar Stake Assortment

What could be better for garden glow than a sparkly crackled glass lamp set for the back patio.

They are lit up by the sunlight stored inside and I think you can't beat that.

For me - I would arrange the lamps in groups of single colors, and another group of mixed color bulbs. Say, 2 green lights and one blue light in one group. 3 pink in a group; a blue with two clear, and another group with one of each color.

 

The Shattered Glittering Glass Before It All Crumbled

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Photograph © 2013 Leslie Sinclair - NO USE PERMITTED - All Rights Reserved

The Color Changing Feature Glitters - your outdoors will shimmer and sparkle

Moonrays 91251 Color Changing Solar LED Glass Ball Light Fixtures (Pack of 3)
Moonrays 91251 Color Changing Solar LED Glass Ball Light Fixtures (Pack of 3)

First, I like the name of this set. It can go through a full range of seven colors, to add an ever changing sparkle to your outdoor scene.

Lights last for long enough to welcome the guests, throughout the festivity, and long after they leave for home.

I prefer mixing it up so the light display has as much variety as the flower garden, placing one tiny light in a cluster of medium ones, next to a large gazing ball.

 

I Turned The $200 Loss Into a Decorative Element

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You can see that not only the cracked glass in the car window attracted my interest, but also pouring it into various containers, and then the photographs themselves are fun to play with. And that is how I came to view the cocktail glass full of pieces as an upside down chandelier.

Shards Remind Me Of A Chandelier of Crackled Glass

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This was the first time I had seen and handled broken car window glass. Once I saw the aesthetic value of the pieces I actually enjoyed taking pictures of them.

I have kept them in a thin ceramic bowl I made twenty years ago, every since the vandal struck, and decided to explore them in different settings, so I placed the photos here.

Here's The Handmade Ceramic Bowl of Shards

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Contemporary Crackle Lamps With Smart Character

Urban Designs Sunfire Orange Mosaic Cracked Glass 25" Table Lamp - Set of 2
Urban Designs Sunfire Orange Mosaic Cracked Glass 25" Table Lamp - Set of 2

A warm glow is enhanced by the gorgeous orange crackle mosaic. Having interesting functional pieces in my home invites the visitor's eyes to rest and contemplate for a bit.

 

Vehicle Vandalism is Pretty Common

Has your car been vandalized?

Yes, at least once someone has willfully damaged my car!

Yes, at least once someone has willfully damaged my car!

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    • Michelllle 3 years ago

      Yep. My window was broken too.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      y3eah.. someone broke the window and took my ipod. i was careless

    • EzLoanLookUp LM 3 years ago

      Nothing serious, but its been keyed...boo

    • EdwardPhelan LM 3 years ago

      I went to Thorpe park and came back to a smashed window. The security couldn't tell me who did it as they didn't have a camera on it. Had to drive home with the window down along the M25. Nice!

    • Mary Stephenson 3 years ago from California

      Broken front window on truck and a broken back window on car. Both done with a recycled brick at different times. We figure it was a neighbor kid. He has since moved away. The car took 2 weeks to find a replacement window. We had planned to take off on a trip the next day but had to cancel.

    • lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: I think it's kind of like going shopping without it costing anything.

    • darciefrench lm 3 years ago

      Yes, we've had a window smashed out too - love what you did with the mess :)

    • lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @GrammieOlivia: Whoa there! That's enough damage to one vehicle's owner for a lifetime. I forgot to add about the first vandalism event to the old yellow Volvo. In one night a vandal sliced the tires of 26 cars in my then (outside) parking lot, including my tires. Most of the car owners were disabled seniors. The vandal then proceeded to break several of my car's lights and light covers, but since they were plastic I didn't save the material.

    • GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      I have had headlights smashed, rear wipers ripped off, my fog lamps taken off my truck while parked in a church parking lot on a Sunday Morning and a window smashed. It's not fun! Even though I like you crackled glass ideas.

    Oh no, my car is always safely stashed away.

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      • Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

        Fortunately I don't have a car, but ca vandalism is unheard of here in Japan...

      • girlfriendfactory 3 years ago

        Yes, kept locked in the garage and if not, parked within sight, locked, alarm on.

      • missmary1960 3 years ago

        Luckily ~ No!

      CLEAR CRACKLE 24-INCH GLASS TABLE LAMP/BLACK SATIN SHADE
      CLEAR CRACKLE 24-INCH GLASS TABLE LAMP/BLACK SATIN SHADE

      Quality and style becomes your home or office with these lovely shaped glass lamps in a pair. The gentle crackling softens the feel of the sleek black shades for an elegant contrast.

       

      Earn Some Points With These Quizzes

      6 Clear/Crackle Glass Silver Base Hurricane Tea Light Candle Holders 12" - 14"
      6 Clear/Crackle Glass Silver Base Hurricane Tea Light Candle Holders 12" - 14"

      Here's crackled glass taken to a new height. I think it's a fun statement in a modern room.

      My choice is to fill these with led candles and let the light twinkle all year long.

       

      Another Version of a Sparkly Glass Lamp

      WAC Lighting MP-LED499-CR/CH Madison Early Electric Collection 1-Light LED MonoPoint Pendant with Clear Crackled Art Glass Shade and Chrome Finished Cord
      WAC Lighting MP-LED499-CR/CH Madison Early Electric Collection 1-Light LED MonoPoint Pendant with Clear Crackled Art Glass Shade and Chrome Finished Cord

      This lamp appeals to my appreciation to the clean look of contemporary style. And it combines the sleek design with the softness of cracked glass. So much a favorite for me.

      Uses only twenty percent of the electricity of our old incandescent bulbs. That means it lasts so long you'll go for years without changing bulbs.

       

      Shards On Floor Don't Glitter so Much

      Shards on Floor
      Shards on Floor

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      Remember That All These Photographs Are Copyrighted

      Photographs © 2013 Leslie Sinclair - NO USE PERMITTED - All Rights Reserved

      What Do You Think About This Event and What I Did With The Glass? - How do you use broken things?

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          GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

          I did something similar, but when my grandkids saw the sparkly glass they thought they could play with it, like a puzzle. It did not happen.

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          ColettaTeske 3 years ago

          I use broken dishes in the bottoms of flower pots for drainage.

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          mina009 3 years ago

          Very creative idea!

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          Blonde Blythe 3 years ago

          At least something good came out of a bad event--this lens! :)

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          lesliesinclair 3 years ago

          @Blonde Blythe: That's a sweet comment. Thanks, it was fun to make, and I always enjoy taking more photographs of the glass.

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          Itaya Lightbourne 3 years ago from Topeka, KS

          Very pretty and creative 'lemonade' you made out of these 'lemons'. :)

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          missmary1960 3 years ago

          Loved the idea! I'm not that creative :(

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          EzLoanLookUp LM 3 years ago

          Way to turn a negative into a positive. Good Lens

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          very cool! should have thought of that, I just threw mine away

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          lesliesinclair 3 years ago

          @GrammieOlivia: Smart grammie! This would be the first thing I would put away if I were expecting children over.

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          lesliesinclair 3 years ago

          @ColettaTeske: Thanks for the idea. The only thing I've used in the past is broken terra cotta pots.

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          lesliesinclair 3 years ago

          @Blonde Blythe: Well that's a thoughtful thing to say.

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          lesliesinclair 3 years ago

          @ItayaLightbourne: I do need to immerse the bits into soapy water about once a year, and then drain them through a paper towel lined colander. A large wire strainer would work too.

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          lesliesinclair 3 years ago

          @missmary1960: Thanks. It's fun to share ideas.

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          lesliesinclair 3 years ago

          @EzLoanLookUp LM: I figure that when I eventually tire of the piece I'll incorporate them in some permanent way into an artwork that doesn't need cleaning - maybe something under a plexi box.

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          lesliesinclair 3 years ago

          @anonymous: Let's hope there's never a next time for this.

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          How beautiful and talk about making the best out of a bad situation!

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          Mommy 3 years ago from The Fabulous Midwest

          Beautiful pics of the glass shards! I liked this lens because I've never read anything quite like it.

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          lesliesinclair 3 years ago

          @ThisisMissyMiss: Thanks, there. It was simply a spur of the moment thing. Glad you like it too.

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          girlfriendfactory 3 years ago

          I think this is likely one of the most creative things I've seen done with broken glass! I probably wouldn't have thought of it and thrown it out. Glad you didn't waste it!

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          lesliesinclair 3 years ago

          @girlfriendfactory: I feel lucky to have let the attraction have its way.

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          lesliesinclair 3 years ago

          @ThisisMissyMiss: That comment tickles me - thanks.

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          Michelllle 3 years ago

          I usually recycle broken things, but these are beautiful.

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          Melissa Miotke 3 years ago from Arizona

          This is such a good idea to turn a negative into a positive!

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          thebookhill 3 years ago

          I hate vandalism. I prefer people who are more able to create! Great lens!

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          lesliesinclair 3 years ago

          @thebookhill: Sometimes you just have to make some long lasting momento out of a mishap. It helps to turn the image into a positive.

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          Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

          A very crafty and positive project; turning something unpleasant into something beautiful.

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          lesliesinclair 3 years ago

          @Heidi Vincent: Somehow, it does bring me pleasure to see it sitting on my plant shelves.

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