Here’s another project I saw on Pinterest and wanted to reproduce. The main thing to note is that the original project used Melamine (hard plastic) plates instead of glass, ceramic/porcelain. These plates are from Target, but it doesn’t look like they have them on their website for order anymore. I chose to use a teacup I found at a thrift shop for mine, which is much more costly and difficult. If you can get some melamine plates, bowls or cups, definitely do that, it’ll save you a lot of time and frustration.
We decided to try a practice run drilling through the teacup and saucers with a glass bit. It was a very good thing too, because the whole bottom of the cup broke. We decided to try a masonry bit, which was working, but slowly. What worked best for us was a burr attachment on a Dremel tool. It gives you the control to break through the cup, but not shatter it.
You’ll need to go gently and it’ll take a few minutes, but once you pop through you can just work the hole open little by little to the size you need (in this case 1/8 inch).
We decided to go with lamp parts rather than carriage bolts, but both are acceptable. The lamp parts will cost you a little more, but I like the extra decorative aspect of them. You could also run a light into the bottom of the cup and make it a garden light.
Here’s the lamp parts you need for one bird feeder:
8 inches 1/8th inch threaded pipe $4.99
1/8 inch Lock-Up cap (bottom flower thing) $3.99
3- washers that fit $0.75
2- 1/8 inch hex nuts- $0.40
1/4 inch Screw Collar Loop (top hanger thing)$6.99
If you can find one that is 1/8 inch, you’ve got all your supplies. If all you could find was 1/4 inch, also get a 1/4inch to 1/8 inch reducer ($2.79).
After you’ve drilled the cup, thread on a nut, washer and the lock up cap onto the bottom so that the cup doesn’t wiggle around.
Do the same for the top, adding a nut, washer, your driller saucer, the reducer (if necessary), another washer and the screw collar loop. Adjust the height as you like it and tighten everything up just so that it doesn’t jiggle around. Too tight and it could crack.
Wha-la! The finished product. This is actually my step mom’s birthday present, but don’t tell her!