Gallery: A twinkling nest of treasures

Photos by Nicky Rehbock, Sean Daniel and Richard Panaino. Compiled by Mary Alexander

The creative force behind the White House chandeliers is Magpie Arts Collective, which specialises in lighting apparel, home décor and jewellery crafted from, among other things, recycled glass bottles, yoghurt containers, plastic, dog food cans, mosaic, bits of mirror, toys, charms and copper wire. Read the full story

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Sean Daniel and Richard Panaino are two of the bright sparks driving the Magpie Arts Collective.
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The Paternoster Bam Bam Screen – an installation piece created from dog food cans.
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The Magpie Tea Pot Chandelier
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Magpie Princess Chandelier – installed in the White House in Washington DC.
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The Barrydale Magpie Christmas Tree – December 2007
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Magpie chandeliers incorporate glass beads, pastic bottle tops and recycled trinkets.
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The designer light bulb covers are made from knitted copper wire, beads and silk flowers.
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A funky light fitting irreverently called “the chicken bum”.
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Blomme, Afrikaans for flowers, are made from plastic bottle tops and discarded wine containers.
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The light bulb covers are made by Magpie’s income-generation project in Barrydale.
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Magpie’s chandeliers sell from anything between a few hundred and a few thousand rands.
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Chandelier detail showing recycled bottle tops and other plastic trinkets.
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