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A while ago I picked up a bunch of glass test tubes that were being thrown out. At the time I didn't have a specific project in mind for them but I figured that I could come up with some way to use them. Then later I came across a design by Etsy user PaniJurek for a chandelier made from test tubes that were filled with colored water. I really liked the way that you can use the test tubes to make any color pattern that you want. So I decided to make my own version of the project.

Safety Note: Any time you are working with used laboratory glassware, you need to know what it was used for and how it was handled. In my case, I got these vials from a water testing lab. The only thing that was in them was tap water samples. I also know for a fact that the vials were sterilized with an autoclave before disposal. So I am confident that these vials are safe to use. But other labs might be working with dangerous chemicals or pathogens. Don't use vials unless you are 100% sure that they are safe to use. When in doubt, play it safe and just get a new set of vials to work with.

Step 1: Watch the Video

Here is a video walkthrough of the project.

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Wow this looks great! Btw, step 13 it is plain not plane
<p>I think this is more of a Mobile, if it doesn't light up. Put some LEDs in there!</p>
<p>Awesome! Voted for u</p>
You should put LEDs inside the caps so it lights up different colors! It looks great!
That is looking great! I think you should seal the tubes to prevent water loss through evaporation.
Sorry Majornav! *grumble* autocorrect...
Awesome! This could easily have been done with screw top plastic test tubes as well if that's what you have available. I second the LED idea from major nab!
Very cool<br><br>Run current down the spiral and put an LED in each tube cap
<p>Nice work. Love the colors :~)</p><p>&quot;it breaks the seal of the test tube and leave the contents exposed to the air. This can lead to water lose through evaporation or contamination from bacteria.&quot;</p><p>If I may add: use the drill the hole method and just use silicone sealant to seal the top to the tube. Nothing will get in.</p>

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Bio: My name is Jason Poel Smith I am a Community Manager here at Instructables. In my free time, I am an Inventor, Maker, Hacker, Tinker ... More »
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