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.
Step 1: Tools
Tools I used:
mini multi purpose drill ( Dremel)
with accessories: grinding wheel,grinding cilinder, 3 mm drill.
small nylon ring
Step 2: Light adjustment
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
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.