Introduction: Tea Light Lamps (an Easy Last-Second Gift)
Make a last-second gift, with long drink glasses (possibly used ones), tracing paper (or inkjet transparencies) and tee lights. It's really easy!
You can change of design whenever wanted, or revert the glasses to their initial function.
How are the candles placed and lit? read on...
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Step 1: Needed Stuff
- Tracing paper, or inkjet transparency sheets
- Narrow and tall glasses (thick enough to contain a tea light), as straight as possible
- Tea lights
- Steel wire (1.2mm thick), or brass or copper wire (2.5mm thick)
- Clear adhesive tape
- Cutting mat
- Utility knife
- Pencil, cissors, ruler
- Laser printer (for tracing paper) or inkjet printer (for inkjet transparencies), and computer
Step 2: Make Candle Holder
Bend the wire as shown to hold the candle safely.
Optionally, add a bead at the top end, and stick it carefully with epoxy, reliability counts here!
Step 3: Measure Glass, Design and Print Tracing Paper Sheets
In your favorite drawing software (e.g. OpenOffice Draw), create a trapeze of measured sizes to mark the borders, and import a picture of your choice. Size it to fit into the trapeze.
Personally, since I only had tracing paper on hand, and after some trials, I choose some black/white Japaneses patterns:
- tracing paper prints best with a laser printer (with inkjet, it will form a roll when still wet).
- The contrast is maximum, with lots of black areas (which will give a more intimate atmosphere);
- tracing paper is a great diffuser on white areas.
Step 4: Cut and Place Sheet
- Cut the bottom side, and one vertical side
- Stick tape on the inner side as shown (see image notes)
- Wrap the glass and stick the paper to the tape. The paper is sticked to itself, not to the glass. Align the paper to the bottom end of the glass
- Cut off excess paper on the top end of the glass
- Remove the glass, cut off excess paper, put back the glass into the paper
- (UPDATE 2009-12-27) When becoming warm, the tape might come off by itself. Apply one or two small drops of glue to fix it.
Step 5: Done!
Never leave unattended
Thanks for reading. If you like this instructable, make some and post your best ones!
- The Japanese patterns are from the books "The Designer's Guide To Japanese Patterns" (vol 1) ISBN 0-500-27526-2 and "The Designer's Guide To Samurai Patterns" ISBN 0-500-27594-7, by Jeanne Allen.
- This instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-TRON-Style-Lamp-The-MADYLIGHT/ inspired me, but with the wish for something very much quicker to make.