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Picture of A Bright Idea With Origami Stars
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This was a gift I made for my lady.  I hope you all enjoy it as much as she did/does!
I've linked to other Instructables to avoid explaining certain things that other authors on this site have done so well.
I hope they inspire you like they've inspired me.

Hardware:
-A ruler
-Scissors
-A pencil
-A Dremel tool with a cutting wheel and a sanding drum
-Pliers
-Hot glue gun
-French curves
-A glue stick

Software:
-A sheet of yellow 8.5"x11" copy paper
-Two 60w light bulbs (or more depending on how many you break)
-Scrap yellow fabric
-Scrap cardboard
-Scrap booking paper or other artsy paper.
-Sticky felt

-Cut a 3"x 11" strip of paper off the long side of your paper and set it aside.  This will leave you with a 5.5"x11" sheet.

-Turn your paper into as many 3/8" X 5.5"strips as you can, these will become your stars

-dr15 will show you how to make the stars in her instructable.  You will not need an entire sheet of stars for this project but you should still fold the lot of them.  The leftovers make great gifts.

-From the 3"x11" leftover strip, make 8 strips that are 3/8" x 3".  From them you will fold a tight paper chain in a loop.  The chain construction is similar to jwystup's starburst chain instructable, the difference is, I only did the folds in picture's 4 and 5 of her second step then linked them together.

-Take one 60w light bulb and carefully remove the threaded metal section.  Cut the metal at the top with a sturdy razor blade then pry it off with needle nose pliers. ( it's aluminum and peels nicely).

-Using a Dremel tool with a cutting wheel, CAREFULLY cut the glass below where the threaded metal section would be on a whole bulb.  Take your time and work SLOWLY, IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT.  The existing jagged edge will be hidden anyway.  (l went through 5 bulbs before l got a satisfactory result, these things are ridiculously fragile)

-You are going to need enough glass at the base to hot glue it into a separate threaded base while still allowing you enough room to remove the guts of the bulb, and fill the globe with stars and your paper ring.  Use your best judgement.

-Take a second bulb and break it in a towel with your favorite blunt object.  You need the metal base to be intact and as pristine as possible.

-Use the needle nose pliers to remove any glass remaining in the metal section then use your Dremel tool with a sanding bit to remove the adhesive insulation.  Again, it does not have to be perfect, but remove as much as possible.  You will be filling this space with hot melt glue soon anyway.
 
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Smalfrii1 year ago
This reminds me of that pixar short "La Luna" ( http://youtu.be/JNdE57Wne9g )It would be interesting if the stars could glow... It would definitely make a cute night light. Heck, you don't even need to fill it up completely, it would be cool with one or two little glowing stars... Now I have to go do it! :P
Pat_Maroney (author)  Smalfrii4 months ago

You could fold the stars out of vellum or tracing paper so they'd be translucent and color them with a yellow marker with good ink. Then wire up an LED in the middle of the bulb so the whole thing would glow. You couldn't plug it into the wall but I think it would look better in a handmade stand. I recently saw glass "lightbulb" jars at my local craft store recently, those would make such a project much easier to do.

Pat_Maroney (author) 1 year ago
Thanks jedi and emily! The finished product was worth the frustration of so many broken bulbs. Blag }:(
I do guarantee that whoever reicieves this as a gift will take the utmost caution to keep it from breaking. I asked to borrow it back once and was sternly warned that "nothing better happen to it." Flattering pressure is really something very unique, but certainly worth the effort of creation : D
jediwhiz32 years ago
That's cool!
Pat_Maroney (author) 2 years ago
Featured! Thanks, thanks, thanks!
it deserves to be, it's an awesome project