Pocket Size Bio Sphere

Introduction: Pocket Size Bio Sphere

I had just built my bedroom shop and wanted to make something.  So I found a lightbulb (blown) and started my first project.  I drew what I wanted it to look like so I would know what materials I would need. 

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Materials

1 globe style clear light bulb
 for cutting off base of bulb

Step 2: The Bulb

First I had to remove the base.  Then the filament.  Gently remove the rough edges.

Step 3: The Base

I used a spare piece of wood.   Measured to fit the bulb and chiseled a bowl for the bulb to sit in.

Step 4: The Cork

I couldn't find a cork to fit the opening so I improvised.  I took an eraser and cut a piece off and shaped it to fit the hole. 

Step 5:

I stole some dirt from my mom's "weeds", um, houseplants. I used an eye dropper to add water to clean the sides of the bulb, then used it to remove any excess water.

Step 6:

Back to mom's 'weeds' and pick a couple of plants.  One is a klanchoe (sp?) and the other is a spider plant.  I had to use a skewer to get the plants into the bulb.  I added a few stones to finish the look.

Step 7:

There it is, my Pocket BioSphere.  Thanks for looking.

Furniture Contest

Participated in the
Furniture Contest

Pocket Sized Contest

Participated in the
Pocket Sized Contest

Holiday Gifts Contest

Participated in the
Holiday Gifts Contest

Be the First to Share

    Recommendations

    • Magnets Challenge

      Magnets Challenge
    • Warm and Fuzzy Challenge

      Warm and Fuzzy Challenge
    • Wearables Contest

      Wearables Contest

    5 Discussions

    0
    Mr.OB
    Mr.OB

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Yea, I was a little skeptical when I saw that you were using a light bulb. They tend to be quite fragile. I'd recommend using something like a perfume bottle or something made of thicker, less disposable, higher quality glass.

    I really like this idea! I think I will make one soon. Only thing I would say is that it would be nicer to have some clearer pictures. These are a little fuzzy! Good job besides that! :D

    0
    audreyobscura

    This project is really cool, is there anyway that you could change your intro image to be a bit clearer? Thanks!
    Audrey

    0
    Jacob the maker of sawdust
    Jacob the maker of sawdust

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Oh the tragedy, as I was re taking the pics my sphere broke when it got bumped. My mom is going shopping this Friday and will buy me another bulb to try again. I will post a new pic when done.