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I am a columnist at Science 2.0 and in my column, The Square Root of Not, I demonstrate how to build an alcohol burner for a home chemistry set. In my article, I mention that "second-hand stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army, and local mom & pop shops are treasure troves of things to hack or repurpose." I would like to mention too that close-out stores like Dollar General are also fertile ground for modding. I found a USB lamp with a fan at a close-out store in Albuquerque for under $5.00 USD and decided to make it a magnifying lamp.

Parts needed for the Magnifying lamp:

USB lamp with fan
lighted magnifying glass
3 rubber bands

Step 1: Remove the magnifying glass from the lighted magnifier.

Picture of Remove the magnifying glass from the lighted magnifier.
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Use a small flat blade screwdriver to remove the magnifying glass retaining ring. It's really easy to pry the plastic ring off the magnifier.