Butterfly in a Shattered Glass Bulb

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Introduction: Butterfly in a Shattered Glass Bulb

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Hello Instructable team and my dear viewers...today I'm going to showcase my recent project... which I was making for this glass contest.. but unfortunately, this didn't get well...Sometimes everything doesn't go as we plan... I first thought to not share this project ..as my glass got shattered at the very last step and...but I am sharing to let you guys know some tips and ideas about this project...

I planned to make this project to be simpler but very attractive looking..For that purpose, I made my own crystal set from scratch...and Used an old light bulb ... everything was going perfect but the glass shattered as last and my total hard work gone waste...

So without wasting any more time lets get started...

Step 1: Things We Need for This Project

The things we need for this project are

  • An old filament light bulb(Try not to break it at last)
  • Resin(Epoxy resin or Polyurethane resin )
  • Templates ( Links are provided below)
  • Rotary Tool
  • Tungsten carbide burrs
  • Glass paint
  • safety equipment
  • Sandpaper (80, 100, 220, 300, 400 grit)
  • Craft clay (Mouldit)
  • Acrylic Colours
  • Thin plastic sheet

Link to the template - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1MGLxDyyDn80i54hTeyRfB3nvmNB7RLSw?usp=sharing

Step 2: Start From a Bulb

Take an old filament bulb... I took a 60-watt bulb as its a good size for these projects...

then carefully start removing the end black glass by striking it with a screwdriver or other metal object...while doing this you firstly should ensure your safety and all precautions as glass is a very dangerous item to work with...

Now holding the bulb in one hand and striking its black glass part with a metal object.. you will be able to remove as much material as possible at the first attempt... then carefully remove all the remaining black glass or seal with a small metal screwdriver and a nose plier...

After the black glass is removed this is time for removing the inner filaments and other glass parts ...for this work you have to carefully pry off the inner glass tube with a small screwdriver and break the glass seal... you can also use a rotary tool with a tungsten burr with lots of patients...

As now the bulb seal is broken, clear the inside and dispose of the glass pieces with propper precautions.... and wash the bulb inside and outside thoroughly...

Step 3: Make Resin Castings

After the bulb is washed and drying, its a good time to mix some epoxy resin or polyurethane resin (by weight of volume...as instructed)..

I mixed resin with a 2:1 ratio as my resin needed... I first mixed the resin in a small disposable plastic cup and then transfer some resin in smaller cups... But you may make a big layer of resin if you have a big cup or a flat bowl...

Now while mixing the resin you may get many bubbles... to remove them the best option is a vacuum chamber but as most of us don't have that, I have another idea for that... most of our resins are reactive with heat ..so placing the mixed but liquid resin (with the cup) in a bowl full of hot water will help to reduce the bubbles as they will float on the top surface and then can be easily popped with a small blowtorch or a heat gun...

After the resin is ready for curing, let it cure as much time it needs...

Step 4: Make the Crystals

After the resin hardens, its time to make our crystals... You can skip this step by simply ordering some crystals online but I decided to make my own crystals...Now to start off you have to cut the resin slab into small pieces of the crystal size...

Now take a rotary tool with an 80 grit sandpaper disk attached on a spindle and start making the crystals... the crystals are organic items so we don't have to think or get worried about the shape of the crystals we are making... Just keep a trace of the shape...

Start by grinding off the sides and progress with the whole body... use necessary reference photos from the internet if needed...

I'm giving some example images above...

Step 5: Cast the Base

Now, this is the time to case the crystal base for the bulb...Arrange the pre-made crystals in a circular pattern so that it can fit around the bulb...

I took a pre-casted resin block and placed the crystals on that as shown in the pictures and fixed them with hot glue ... this will hold the pieces for some time until the new resin layer is drying...

Now use a plastic sheet strip and make a barrier around the base and seal that with hot glue...

After these done ..simply add some more resin in the base to fix the crystals on the lower base...

and let the base set for at least 12 hours...

Step 6: Finish the Base

After the resin is cured properly..remove the plastic barrier and remove all the hot glue used before...

Then carve out the extra resin with a rotary tool and tungsten burrs...

After that use the same method used for making the crystals and make similar pattern on the base... you can change the design if you want...

You can now colour the base or leave it as it is...or just polish it to make transparent...

Step 7: Make Internal Resin Pieces

The internal pieces in the bulb are very easy to make...

I just made some more crystals and along with a resin stick.. I carved the stick with rotary tool and made that as a stand for the butterfly...

you can simply do these with minimal effort...

Step 8: Start Making the Butterfly

For making the Butterfly, print the template I uploaded on an A4 paper.

and then start making the butterfly on a clear sheet of plastic...

I recently made one of these on one of my projects... You can check that also for more information

- https://www.instructables.com/id/Rainbow-Butterfli...

for the Butterfly, you will need-

Epoxy clay

Clear plastic sheet

Glass paint

Thin wire

Paint

Some random items

Step 9: Make the Body

For making the body of the butterfly, just bend and for the basic shape of the legs out of thin wire..

then shape some modeling clay or mouldit in the shape of a butterfly body...

with that being done attach the legs with the body and two antennas on the head ... let the body harden for 1 hour...

Then color the body with some acrylic paints and let that dry...

Step 10: Make the Wings

Start making the wings out of a clear plastic sheet...

print the template... paste it on the plastic with glue...cut the shape...

Use black glass paint with some outlining markers to draw the outlines and line on the wings...

give the wings a little curvature...

Let the outline dry well..

paint the wing wings with your preferred glass paint...

let the paint dry...

the wings are ready...

Step 11: Let Everything Set

Now in this step ..let everything set and dry for at least 2 hours before assembling...

This is a very important step for the build as this will ensure that all the parts are well...

Step 12: Start Assembling

Start the assembling by adding a padding layer on the crystal base and letting the glass sit on the base....this will ensure that the glass will have a soft and grippy base...

Then stick the resin stick inside the bulb with glue...

After the stick is fixed in the bulb, add the rest of the crystals In the glass bulb very carefully...

ensure that the inner pieces are well fixed...

Step 13: Place the Butterfly

After the stick is fixed in the bull.. This is the time to attach the butterfly body on the stick with glue...

the body should be fitted in a place from where the wings are easy to fix...

Step 14: Attach the Wings

Attach the wings one by one on the butterfly body with some superglue... firstly attach one wing and let that dry for a while then add the other...

These processes should be done inside the bulb as the assembled butterfly cannot be able to put inside later...

Step 15: The Rest of the Steps

After the butterfly is assembled in the bulb seal the bulb end with another piece of pre-made crystal ...

and color the base and the needed places as your taste...

Also, the metal piece of the bulb can be polished in this step...

Step 16: What Happened to My Project ?

While making the project my glass was already got broken ...I was fixing something in the glass while the metal cap come off from the glass with a glass piece broken...

and after the assembling was done...I was cleaning the bulb from inside with a tissue and a tweezer... and my bulb got shattered into pieces...

My hard work of 10 days ...got wasted within few seconds... and as these bulbs are rare these days I couldn't start the bulb part again...also as I already had assembled the pieces in the bulb and they are already fixed .. I can't use them again for attaching in a new bulb...

My project got damaged and I had nothing to do.. But I'm sharing this Instructables because this will let you gues understand the fact that

" material things can be easily be taken away in seconds ..but the most matters to me the relation between a creator and the viewers ....this is the most precious gift for a creator..."

Step 17: It's Done...

If you can do the project without breaking the glass then you will get a very good looking showpiece for your showcase...

I'm adding a another project picture which I made last year..which will prove that I can make these kinds of projects ..it was just a mishap...which can happen with anyone...

For more details and a full video tutorial you may also go to my youtube channel where I will upload the whole process from start to end with more details...(as soon as I can finish the editing...)

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    4 Comments

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    madhumita.gs
    madhumita.gs

    11 months ago

    Well done... I liked the idea 😊😊😊

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    Infinity Workshop
    Infinity Workshop

    Reply 11 months ago

    😊😊😊

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    AnandM54
    AnandM54

    11 months ago

    Brilliant idea... Wow!!

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    Infinity Workshop
    Infinity Workshop

    Reply 11 months ago

    Thank you so much 😊