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I know this had been done before, but the one before had bad images. They were all blurry.
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Step 1: Supplies

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Basicly all you need is a screw driver and a 1 - 2 inch long nail and pliers.

Step 2: Take off the brass top off

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take the pliers and CAREFULY remove the brass top with the solder on it

Step 3: Take the Black Glass off

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There is a "semi cone" thingy of black glass that the brass top is attached to

Step 4: Remove the air proof seal

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Take a screwdriver and LIGHTLY tap the glass untill it shattered, then remove the filiment. It is tricky to remove this

Step 5: Remove the white stuff inside

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Take something Grainular like sand or salt or something. I used sprinkles because i didnt have any salt or sand.

Put a paper towel over the top and shake like crazy untill theres no more white stuff

Step 6: Rinse and execute

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Now fill the glass with water and shake so all the fine particles get out and everything is nice and shiny.
Then use it for whatever you want!
blue_unicorn made it!4 months ago
Not as hard as I thought it'd be
msmall23 years ago
This was good, thanks for the help!
honigkuchen4 years ago
"Take off" doesn't exactly describe what I had to do here: I had to hammer really hard.
honigkuchen4 years ago
I don't know if it was for the german lightbulb I used or for whatever but tapping lightly with a screwdriver didn't do anything I had to use a hammer instead.
 Thank you. very good and helpful.
chriskarr6 years ago
And you said your pictures weren't as blurry as his! Liar! (Step 5 picture 2)
H3xx chriskarr6 years ago
its a picture in motion dude, its gonna be blurry.
Nameless376 years ago
I got most of the white stuff out with water but i used salt afterwords to ensure there wasn't any left.
why do the sprinkles/sand/ salt? i just ran it under the sink. worked fine.
Scott_Tx7 years ago
I just hollowed out my first light bulb. I had trouble with the brass end/black glass stuff cause I couldn't get a good grip on it with pliers so I used a bench vice and kept pinching the end and rotating it till it finally got under the brass and I could pull it off with pliers. Then I used a drill and followed down the one wire on the side till the hole was big enough to get needle nosed pliers in and snapped it all out. I used a burn out larger 3 way bulb, it looks neat. Now what do I want to do with it?
Browncoat7 years ago
If the bulb's already clear, do you need to do the sand/sprinkles/etc step?
nm918273 (author)  Browncoat7 years ago
Sgt.Waffles7 years ago
Yeah, my pictures were REEEALLY blurry. /sarcasm
relax. Your picture at http://www.instructables.com/id/Light-Bulb-Shrimp-Aquarium/?ALLSTEPS were by no means blurry, but these are sharper.
Anyways, your project is about shrimp, hollowing a lightbulb is just a side-show!

anyways, both projects are neat
nm918273 (author)  Sgt.Waffles7 years ago