I recently saw some amazing turquoise slab and brass finials online for a whopping $55 per finial. I decided to make my own and I’m pretty sure I used the exact same materials as the $55 ones!
I happen to know that most of the “turquoise” used in jewelry today is manufactured very cheaply, but I think it still looks vibrant and organic nonetheless (and is super durable). And when I say it’s cheap, it really is. I scored these seven “slabs” on eBay for $8.99 with free shipping. (Side note: I previously had a necklace made with this stuff and it looks killer!) The brass finial parts are also from eBay for $3.36 a piece. You can also get ones without the prongs here.
The prongs are very bendy, so you can nestle the slab into the prongs so they bend to support it. I first did that without glue, then removed the slabs, used this glue on the insides of the prongs and set the slabs in to dry. Viola! New finials for under $5 a piece.
I love the touch of turquoise and gold on the top of the lamp. It’s like lamp jewelry! Alison over at My Happy Place did something similar with quartz here. I might try those next.
P.S. On my “To Do” list is painting the base of these owl lamps bronze/gold so they look less cutesy/kiddie. I got them super cheap from Target a while back because I couldn’t resist the whimsical owl motif.