Picture of DIY Oyule Lamp
The Oyule lamp is an oil lamp made of light bulbs from the artist Sergio Silva, who sells them for $650.
I agree that it does look nice, but the materials only cost about $10:
Paraffin oil
A wick
Two burned out light bulbs
A piece of wood
Black gloss paint
Twelve neodymium magnets
(8 small cylindrical magnets, two large cylindrical magnets, two spherical magnets)

My version of this lamp is slightly cheaper than the original though, the differences are listed on the pictures.

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Step 1: Hollowing The Bulbs

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For this lamp to look nice the small black piece of glass on the base of the bulb must remain intact, which means the entire base must be removed. (as opposed to breaking the glass off)

First remove the small piece of metal on the glass part of the base, it will help to desolder it from the wire inside.
(the small piece of metal is one of the electrical contacts, the other is the part that's threaded like a screw)

With an X-Acto knife or box cutter carefully pry the base away from the glass, it is attached by some sort of adhesive, but nothing else. Some are attached better than others, and are more difficult to separate. 

Next, using a screwdriver carefully break the glass holding the filament.
Clean up the sharp edges as best you can.

Step 2: Wicks

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Go to a local craft store and buy a wick, make sure that the wick does not have a wire center and is made for an oil lamp. Depending on the width of the wick you may have to double it like I did. (If the wick is too thin it will not soak up the oil fast enough for a continuous burn.)

You may discover that the hole in the base is not large enough for the correct diameter wick, if so you will need to file the hole to make it larger.
(Attempting to drill it would most likely end with a broken base)
Himers4 months ago

This looks really nice!!!! Great job!!!

Magnelectrostatic (author)  Himers4 months ago

I'm having a hard time to understand the parts with the attachment of the magnets. Any chance that you could provide a videoclip? That would certainly help a lot.

I've also had difficulties to unscrew the base from the bulb as the adhesive is very strong. I succeeded in one case where I used pliers.

Removing the base can be difficult; if it worked once with the pliers though, keep using them! Other than that, anything that you can slide in between the metal and the glass can be used to poke, scrape, and break away the adhesive.
For the magnets, I won't be able to upload a video, but two magnets were glued to the inside of the bulb (inside the neck), and two were glued to the inside of the metal screw part. They were arranged so the pairs of magnets would attract, and hold the screw piece onto the glass.
abenoit68 months ago
I'm a bit confused what i should be breaking with the screwdriver -- i was able to separate the metal base from the bulb, but the filament was still intact on the inside of the bulb; i punctured that with the screwdriver, but had to break the tube going back in to the bulb in order to get the filament out; which in turn broke the bulb...
Any help would be appreciated! I've got plenty of bulbs! ;)
Magnelectrostatic (author)  abenoit67 months ago
That tube is the right part to break! If you look at step 3 or step 5 you can see what it should look like after clearing that part out. Try holding the bulb with something soft, then put a screwdriver in the tube and tap the glass until the tube breaks, and hopefully the rest doesn't!
Best of luck!
Wolfbane22110 months ago
Wow! This is really cool, recycled projects are the best!
what oil did you use? can i just empty a lighter of its fuel and put it in the lightbulb?

No; you do not want to do that. You would use lamp oil.

mmorgan261 year ago
I really like this idea, and I will probably use this for my photography challenge (I'm a student), but the problem is the oil. I can't seem to find it anywhere, is there another type of oil I can use instead? I need ASAP response :(
Wow you could make a bunch and selthem on ebay for like $100 each (its better than $300something and it is still a lot of money.)
twood112 years ago
I love this! and am making it for one of my friends. I had the hardest time finding a piece of wood for the base without having to pay for a full board at Lowes. So! I found a perfect and finished wood base at hobby lobby for $1.50! Quite excited. Thank you for the post!
Magnelectrostatic (author)  twood112 years ago
I'm glad you like it!
abstracted3 years ago
dont trust the magnets with a 180lb dog bouncing around...heres my versions
rbessa3 years ago
Nice one :)

Made a diferent version of it since i don't really like the idea of having a thin lighbulb full of alcohol supported only by magnets.

I used the wick support and cap of an actual lab oil lamp, which for my surprise fit very snugly :)
dont use alcohol...use parrafin oil...non-flamable.
R.A.T.M rbessa3 years ago
i see wer coming from but iv droped one and it will not start a fire
rbessa R.A.T.M3 years ago
My problem is not the fire, it's the glass shards, since i like to walk around my house barefoot.
R.A.T.M rbessa3 years ago
oh i see i made thess an i used 100% clear epoxy
rbessa R.A.T.M3 years ago
Also a nice idea :)
Brilliant work! Keep up the bright ideas!
Why thank you sir, I am delighted to have such fans as you.
Why not have the whole base metal to make the bulbs position completely custom?
I like that idea, I never thought of that. It would have some problems though, for instance getting a huge piece of metal. Also, the magnets in the bulbs would need to be stronger, and spherical magnets wouldn't work because they would roll and allow the bulbs to spill.
Biggsy4 years ago
This is a beautiful lamp design. Perhaps not something I would have in my house due to having two very bouncy doggies. But nice work, even if it is a repoduction of another peice of work. What would you say (apart from the price) makes your I'ble different from that of Sergio Silva?

Good job on a nice functionable I'ble :)
Magnelectrostatic (author)  Biggsy4 years ago
Thank you, and to answer you question:
I feel that Silva's lamp has sort of a "$650 artpiece" look to it, kind of like it would only match the decor of some penthouse in new york, and I feel that mine has more of a recycled homemade sort of look. (if that makes any sense)
and then there are also the physical differences listed in the first two pictures.
ikssk4 years ago
Great job.
Usually to separate the glass from the metal I would heat the metal part up with a blow torch, than just twist it with pliers and it comes off. Hope this info helps.
Magnelectrostatic (author)  ikssk4 years ago
Thank you! It helps so much! Using the box cutter method is not only difficult but also bends and dents the base just enough to be noticeable.