In the meantime, I decided to put my rusty stovepipe to use in a much EASIER way by allowing it to appear as a tall, industrial support for a candle. The height makes it perfect for a floor-type candle holder. I took an old wooden, flat-based fruit bowl and flipped it upside down to create a substantial base for the stovepipe. I have a lot of black accents in this room so it tied in perfectly. I then stacked empty soup cans to create the inner platform on which the candle will sit. (Note: A base is not required. It looked equally cool with the pipe "emerging" directly from the floor!)
You could use full soup cans too as they would probably provide a sturdier structure. The stovepipe acts as a decorative sleeve which slides over and masks the cans. I wanted the candle to appear as though it was floating within the black void of the stovepipe so I made sure the stacked cans were recessed enough to be unnoticed. This meant messing around with with different soup can heights to come up with the correct height. I used a flatter tuna can at the bottom to achieve the height required. (that smaller, black, circular thing is a 'rubber grippy' so the cans would not slide off center of each other)
Oh and if you don't have a candle that is substantial enough in height, stack two.
The candle used here is actually two pillars connected via a bit of melted wax between them.
So, if you like the industrial or rustic look and enjoy easy projects, snag a piece of scrap stovepipe.
You never know what types of cool decor may be born from old, rusty cylinders of metal.
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