So in this Instructable I'll be explaining the very simple steps behind making a bug/insect/otherworldly creature by recycling a light bulb.

I guess most people will have a dead and broken light bulb lying around, and this project can use any shape of light bulb....in fact, the shape will no doubt give you inspiration for the type of creature you want to create.

Read on to find out more...

Step 1: Gather Supplies

Very little is needed for this project, depending on how adventurous you go with it.

You'll need:

- A light bulb

- Wire; I used 1.5mm black aluminium craft wire that is cheap and easy to shape

- Wire cutters

- Round nosed pliers; I used my set of jewellery pliers

- A plan; you can of course follow my plan, or you can make a design completely of your own, but it's important to have the design in mind before you start!

Congratulations for winning the glass contest!! *:D
<p>Thank youuu!</p>
I love this &amp; was thinking about spraying it with glow in the dark paint.
<p>When I saw this it made me think what a great idea it would be to mount two solar panels that look like wings and you would have a glow bug!</p>
<p>Cool idea!</p>
<p>wow so creative loved it </p>
<p>Thank you! I'm into jewelry, but you've broken this down to look entirely doable. This may solve my beads in tubes, but because the tubes are funky plastic, I throw away. I try to recycle and your instructions fit the bill! One may perhaps call them Blooming Lumen.</p>
<p>i'd like to fill up the bulb with glitter, beads, ... is there a safe way to open a bulb and to use it as a container, for a sparklier bug's belly?</p>
I have opened some. Usually there's glass under the metal. So you need to drill or sand hole through the glass. I have used dremel with cut off wheel to cut metal layer of, then removed the glass with diamond tip. Easy task if you have dremel. Of course you can try to crack glass with pliers too, but sometimes whole bulb cracks. But it can be done without dremel too. Gently press threaded part with pliers from every side so that glass under it brakes, then cut the metal with hacksaw. Works sometimes. Of course there might be better options too.
Thank you. I don't have dremel. I like the idea of cracking the glass with pliers, under the metal.
<p>Try drilling threw the end of the bulb (screw in end) the hole can then be glued or re- soldered</p>
Thanks. :)<br>
<p>Thanks everyone! I've thought about adding lights before but haven't got around to it...it would look pretty awesome I think :)</p>
<p>Wow...cool! I made something similar 6 or 7 years ago. I like your method better since you didn't have to use glue!</p>
<p>Aww those are cool!</p>
Funny idea. I think im going to make one with wings and place a led inside it. Then its like a firefly. :) Thanks!
<p>Really neat!</p>
<p>cool. It needs to blink on and off like a lightning bug too:)</p>
Nice and simple! Great idea! +1 vote from me!! :D
<p>Great project! I may have to make one with LEDs </p>
<p>Such a cute idea, and so easy too. Nice work! </p>
<p>how sturdy is it? I always worry that the wire will not hold up well. If it bends too easily, will the whole thing just sag over time?</p>
<p>I've had a few of these bugs on my windowsill for months and they havn't sagged. I wouldn't go thinner than 1.5mm aluminium wire for any supporting parts, and if you're worried just add more legs or make them more vertical :)</p>
<p>Thanks. That is good to know.</p>
<p>Fun project. I have a bunch of old antique Edison bulbs that I am going to try making something out of.</p>
<p>I have made a few bugs with Edison light bulbs too :) I'll have to try and find the photos...</p>

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