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Transformations are great!!!

In this case a simple recycled brick can become a light or a river rock can become a candle holder!!!

Lots of possibilities from found materials...
 
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Step 1: You will need..

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Tool wise you will need a diamond cutter. I used a 10 inch wet saw with a continuous blade since it was only a brick.

Cutting concrete or stone you will need a segmented blade.

RotoZip tools have a dry diamond blade which could work for your material.

A hammer drill with the correct bit will be needed for the lamp column.

Step 2: Core the brick...


Coring the stone or brick in  will create a chimney for the heat if using candle or a light path if using a bulb. Drill almost to the base using a depth gauge if possible. I recommend using a smaller than desired size bit first then following with the desired size afterward. The drilling will be faster and less likely to crack.

Step 3: Cut the brick.


Cut the brick in equal segments allowing for a thick base. I cut 5 segments off of the top and left the rest intact.


Step 4: Cut the spacers

cut spacer sections from a second piece of material. In this case a second brick. The pieces are to be used to let the light through the material. I recommend at least 1/4 of an inch thick...

One brick segment will yield at least 6 spacer segments.

A 1/2 inch hole will be drilled in the lower brick base if this an electrical lamp...

Step 5: Test the light.

Insert and test the electrical connections to the light.

Step 6: Fix the brick.

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The cut brick now needs to be reassembled withe spacers that were cut in the previous step.

I used 5 minute epoxy for attachment. Place a spacer using epoxy between  of the one inch segments until all 5 are attached...

There will be one set of spacers on the last segment that will not be physically attached to the next set...

Step 7: Stack and enjoy.

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The light will work as intended. Be it a candle or electrical... Brick or granite...

Bricks and stones will light the homes of all that that choose to re-purpose them...
howlinPM2 years ago
Very nice! Now I just need to find some bricks... Although, living just outside Detroit, that shouldn't be hard :-(

Also, when you've inserted the electric light into the base section I would recommend a squirt of some kid of sealant around the lamp where the lamp's body meets the brick...

...or where the rubber meets the road...

... or where the bullet meets the bone... (bonus points if you name the artist & song. No Google allowed :-D )
noonemce3 years ago
nice idea
I can't believe that you made the good ole house brick this attractive.

Well played sir!
zieak4 years ago
Very nice transformation!
Random_Canadian (author)  zieak4 years ago
Thanks!!!
wow, awesome !!! I wished I had a diamond cutter !!!
It's simple and special at the same time: my favorites :-)
Random_Canadian (author)  ShirCraftalot4 years ago
Thanks. You can typically find used cutters on kijiji. I paid only $250 for this one and it was brand new!
fallental4 years ago
Freaking awesome! Nice job, 5 stars!
Random_Canadian (author)  fallental4 years ago
Thanks, that is exactly what I was aiming for.
raith20064 years ago
if you were to take one of those crystal making kits and use it on the inside of a hollow stone before doing this it would look really cool i think.
Random_Canadian (author)  raith20064 years ago
It sounds like you are trying to make a geode... Try it, I would like to know it it works...
MrOctober674 years ago
I like the rock the best thats really cool.

What dis you use to make the round discs on the river rock?
Random_Canadian (author)  MrOctober674 years ago
I used a dry diamond coring bit made by Bosch. The rock takes a long time to core. The brick takes seconds...
kelseymh4 years ago
That is an awesomely "simple" project! Stone/brick cutting saws can be rented from most big-box home improvement stores, so you don't even have to invest in one. Very nicely documented.