I was preparing the atmosphere for the last Thanksgiving in my home and realized I needed two extra bobèche for my table. I went store hopping and suddenly I became disappointed to find out stores don’t carry bobèche anymore and young people working in the stores don’t even know what they are, except one young lad who was curious (a rare quality) and wanted to learn.
He searched online and found many places where to buy these attractive pieces, but most of the time come attached to something else.
A bobèche is a glass collar on a candlestick to catch wax drippings or a glass collar on a chandelier to hold suspended glass prisms. It’s a French word without English translation. First known use of bobèche is around 1855 when noble families employed a load of servants who shined and polished all day.
(Vivacious Bobeches – ETSY)
(The Vintage Arcade – ETSY)
Today, people prefer battery operated candles and chandeliers…..well…. people still like to admire them in historic homes but not in their own home ~ “who needs to clean all the crystals up in the ceiling” ~ most of them would say.
Want to create your own bobèche? Find a vintage plain or colored glass, drill a few holes and attach some crystal drops. I will do that for my garden to use as a bird feeder and a couple for the table to use as a fruit display.
Frankly, I would love to have a chandelier full of crystal bobèche to catch a shimmering light from the bulbs and from the sunlight in the morning creating a multicolored effect. It makes me happy when I see colors.
I can’t do without light games especially during the holiday season, it’s all about allowing a new light in my life, positive energy and new opportunities. Ciao,
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Valentina Cirasola transforms and creates spaces realizing people’s dreams in homes, offices, interiors and exteriors. She infuses your everyday living with a certain luxury without taking away a comfortable living. She offers design consultations on-line through Skype and the traditional in-house consultations, helping people with their design challenge anywhere in the world. She is the author of three books, all-available on