Intro: Glow in the Dark House Numbers
House numbers are sometimes hard to see at night, but this project ensures that the pizza will never be delayed again. Plus, it looks really eerie. I cut numbers out of thin plywood and made a hanger for them out of wire. I wanted to be able to bring the numbers into the house for a quick charge.
I had these items on hand:
glow paint (Glow Inc., V10 water base)
spray paint, flat white & flat black
Step 1: Patterning
I found a font that was close to what I wanted, then used a pencil and an ink pen to "fix" a few
things. The bowling ball. Is awesome. Thank you muse. (pic1)
Step 2: Transfer the Pattern
I had some 1/4" plywood leftover from something. (pic2) Since I haven't had any carbon paper in
the house since 1977, I used the wax transfer method to get my pattern from paper onto wood.
Rub the back of the pattern with crayon, (pic3) put the pattern on the wood and trace over your
lines with a pencil. You have to press pretty hard. (pic4) The crayon transfers to the wood. Then I
went over that with pen. (pic5)
Step 3: Jigsaw
Next I cut the numbers out using my jigsaw. I read the manual and familiarized myself with usage
and all proper safety procedures and cautions, as recommended by the manufacturer. You do the
same. Be safe. Wear safety glasses. (pic6)
Step 4: Wire Tunnels
I have no idea what these are called, but they're essentially a channel for the hanger wire to go
thru. I made these out of the same 1/4" plywood as the numbers. (pic7) The tunnels get glued onto
the backs of the numbers. (pic8) After they dried, I made sure the wire would slide thru easily.
Step 5: Base Paint
I sprayed the backs of the numbers flat black. (pic10) Then I painted the fronts flat white. (pic11) I
love the way flat paints dry so quickly. The white paint is the recommended base coat for the glow
paint, but it will work on any base, and glow just fine.
Step 6: Glow Paint
Alrighty then, the glow paint. (pic12) I got mine from Glow Inc.. (pic13) The stuff I got is water base,
and it has the consistency of glue with sand (the glow particles) in it. The tricky part is to get the
particles to spread out evenly. It's kinda persnickity. You must work under the close supervision
of a black light, which activates the tiny particles almost instantly, and makes it easier to see where
you're spreading them. After one coat, (pic14) it was obvious that this is not a one coat finish. Two
coats.(pic15) Three. Four. Five. After six particle spreading sessions, I called it good. I didn't get
total 100% coverage, but the effect is good overall. When dry, the finish could be described as "not
smooth", (pic16) due to the nature of the stuff. Yes, but it's freaky cool. I couldn't be more pleased
with the results. It charges under white light, but the quickest way to charge it is with a black light,
then hang it outside and wait for the pizza!