Intro: 5 Things You Can Make From Light Bulbs
If you have old light bulbs lying around, perhaps you can make something cool out of them.
There are many things that you can make.
In this Instructable, we will have a look at 5 of those things.
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Step 1: Hollow Out Your Bulbs
Please wear gloves and goggles!
The glass can fly any direction
I did not wear gloves all the time as I have done it many times before.
Use a utility knife to separate the contact from the black glass.
Most of times you can take it off only with the knife, but sometimes you might need to use pliers.
Step 2: Hollow Out Your Bulbs
Insert a small flat-head screwdriver in the center and twist it until the black glass breaks.
Step 3: Hollow Out Your Bulbs
Use pliers to break off the tube
Step 4: Hollow Out Your Bulbs
Use a small flat-head screwdriver to break the stem.
You should be able to break it by twisting the screwdriver in different places while applying the pressure.
One you have made a hole in the stem, switch to a bigger screwdriver.
Step 5: Hollow Out Your Bulbs
To make the hole bigger, apply downward pressure to the glass with a screwdriver.
Wash your bulb before the use.
Step 6: Paper Clip Dispenser
Light bulbs make great paper clip dispensers.
The weight of the paperclips will hold the light bulb.
When the paper clip is needed, just shake the light bulb
Step 7: Light Bulb Vase
Use a cookies cutter to place your light bulb vase
Step 8: Solar Light Bulb
For the Solar light bulb, use a bulb that is not hollowed, but has bottom opened.
Take off the top from a solar garden light.
Step 9: Solar Light Bulb
Glue a string to the light and the bulb on top of the LED.
Now hang the bulb outside. It will charge during the day and light up during the night.
It will look like the actual light bulb is glowing.
Step 10: Light Bulb Oil Lamp
Glue or attach a washer on top of the hole.
I used a high temperature resistant sealant.
It suppose to resist temperatures up to 1000°C (1832°F)
There are also high temperature glues available.
Check your local hardware store.
Step 11: Light Bulb Oil Lamp
Metal cookie cutter is a great choice to hold the bulb.
Fill the bulb with the fuel (I used paraffin based fuel)
Insert the wick and let it absorb the fuel before lighting it up.
Never leave the Oil Lamp unattended
Step 12: Light Bulb Corkscrew
Remove the worm from another corkscrew and insert a small screw at the bottom (for the Instamorph to stick better)
Step 13: Light Bulb Corkscrew
Fill the bulb with Instamorph and stick it in the oven.
You will want to use some kind of bowl to hold the bulb.
Once Instamorph has melted, take out the bulb and top it up with more Instamorph.
Stick it back in the oven and repeat the procedure until the bulb is full.
Step 14: Light Bulb Corkscrew
Insert the worm and hold it until Instamorph cools down.
When the bulb is cold enough to hold it in your hand, cool it down under cold running water.
Don't do it with the hot bulb or the glass might break.
Step 15: Light Bulb Corkscrew
When Instamorph has cooled down, break the glass.
Enjoy your light bulb corkscrew.