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Some time ago I won an instructables contest and received all kinds of solar powered gadgets. Wonderful! Among those things were three solar powered camping lights. A fun design, like a bulb with the middle part missing. I put them outside in the garden and at night they shine with a bright white light for several hours. So? Why mess with a success story?
Well, for camping and hiking the plastic shape seems fun and fine, but for permanent use in the garden its a bit eh..., cheap?
And as I'm using the lights for atmosphere, and not for reading I did not mind making them a little less bright.

A dear friend of mine brought me a bag full of empty ostrich eggs from South Africa. "You will find use for them". And so I did.
Follow me along a few simple steps to create a mesmerizing sight in your garden at day ánd nighttime when automatically the eggs light up without any effort, batteries or electric cables.

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Step 1: Tools

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Tools I used:
mini multi purpose drill ( Dremel)
with accessories: grinding wheel,grinding cilinder, 3 mm drill.

some wire
small nylon ring

Step 2: Light adjustment

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Really, it's only a light adjustment.
Remove the socket like part of the light. It destroys the "bulb" effect, but somehow I like the design better without. No "would be" smart gadget, but a straightforward object to use. Put the hook directly on the metal handle.

Step 3: Egg hatching

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Draw a circle the same size as the light. I used the inner circle of a masking tape roll. With the grinding wheel cut off. I did one with a metal hacksaw and that worked too ( only slower). Don't be alarmed by the smell. Like scorching hair; "yough".

If present remove as much from the inner skin of the egg, a thin white membrane. See if the light fits and adjust the hole with the other grinding tool.

legamin1 year ago

A. I need cool friends like yours who bring gifts of stuff like ostrich eggs (my wife might finally snap). B. You've utterly outdone yourself in creativity here! Now I just have to find a materials source without having to buy or wrestle eggs away from..a 100 kilo bird! And C. Can you even imagine what it would be like squeezing one of those things out every couple of weeks...if you were an ostrich, I mean?

Akademiker1 year ago

Great idea. I like it a lot!

These look so cool!