(Disclaimer – my photos SUCK today. Except the top one. That one is really pretty. I don’t know what the hell was wrong with me today but I am going to have to practice taking pictures before next week.)
So a couple weeks ago I ran across this amazing project on Pintrest where you take light bulbs, place them in candlesticks and decorate them with butterflies. What a wonderful idea! Except the butterfly part, our’s is not a delicate household. I enjoyed the idea and I had began to think how I could use that for our household because I have (or in this case had) plenty of gutted light bulbs just sitting around as I tried to think what to do with them. Now our lovely featured picture, which has been posted several times on this blog, was completed several weeks ago but I re-created it to share with you. Not sure I like the newer one as much; it is missing something. I will have to fix that later on down the road. Moving on; how to make your own light bulb hourglass!
So you want to start with an ordinary light bulb. Please practice crafting safely by wearing safety glasses and gloves. Light bulbs are notoriously fragile and you will be breaking glass with this project. You will also want to lay down something to catch all the glass you are about to break. Trust me on this one. The glass you will be breaking apart will be thin, fragile and you do not want this getting everywhere to only step on it later.
The first step is to remove the small metal piece on the light bulb. You can do this with a pair of pliers and it should come off relatively easily. Next, once you remove the metal piece, there will be a small hole that you can fit your needle nose pliers down to break up the purple glass that was supporting the metal piece. Once you have finished with that, your light bulb should look something like this.
Now it is time to CAREFULLY remove the inside pieces of your light bulb. What I do, and you may find a better way to do this, is to take a flat screwdriver and place the light bulb on it while slowly adding pressure. You will want to do this as you hold the light bulb upside down. Do you see now why I recommend gloves? I want to stress the slowly adding pressure and doing it upside down because you do not want to send your screwdriver through the light bulb. Once you crack the section, you can began to break the remaining glass with a pair of pliers. After removing all the glass, you will want to take some salt or rice to place inside the now fully gutted light bulb to remove the powder coating that makes the light-bulb white. I mean, if your light bulb is white after all. I would show you a picture but this is really where my phone began to hate me. Now repeat all of these steps for your second light bulb. After your first one, the second one should seem a lot simpler.
Moving on. Once you have fully removed the powder coating on the inside, you are now ready to add your sand. Now, the gear hourglass that I made weeks ago has clock hands in it. I think it looks pretty freaking cool, however, at the same time these clock hands have had a tendency to block up the holes and hamper the flow of sand. Now you can choose whether of not you which to make a good old fashioned hourglass or you wish to spice it up. The choice is ultimately up to you.
After the sand has been poured in, you are ready to use your hot glue gun to start sealing up the HUGE hole . The goal is to make a small boarder inside of the lip of your light bulb. You will want to do this in slow layers so your hot glue has a chance to harden before you place another layer on it. You will want to continue to layer until you have the hole size to where you want it.
Now it is time to glue your two light bulbs together. Once again I used my hot glue gun. I found, at least in the first one, that the E6000 doesn’t dry fast enough nor give me the strong stability that I was looking for. Not only will you want to glue the two sections together but you will also want to place a layer of glue around the mid-section. Trust me when I say that you will want to wrap the mid-section with something and it will be a pain in the butt to wrap unless you have evened out the thickness.
Now it is time to wrap the mid-section of your hourglass. On the first one, I went with a coarse hemp like thin rope that I would like to use somewhere else in the home. On the second one I used a 18 gauge copper wire that I picked up from Michaels. I added gears to the first one but did not do that with the second one because we are trying not to make it look like a clockworks threw up all over our stuff. I feel the second one is missing something and I am sure that in the end I will find it but right now I will consider it finished.
This project is ridiculously easy. I actually started and finished this project in an entire morning aka like three hours. It only took a couple hours to complete. It can be a little frustrating/messy when you test out your bulbs to make sure that there is an adequate flow going on but other than that, really simple and fun.
Now go out and PUNK IT ALL!
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