This stunning DIY piece is a great way to get a second use out of your old glass lightbulbs. It's inexpensive, easy to make, and can be used as a centerpiece, an office decoration, or whatever else you can imagine.
Step 1: Materials
This project was inspired by a project given in beginners digital art and photoshop classes where you have to draw a fish in an unexpected place. (the iridescent scales require a lot of consideration to light angles.)
You will need:
An old lightbulb, (not LED)
White polymer clay
Polymer clay color of choice
Translucent polymer clay (optional)
fishing line or transparent jewelry cord
Hot glue or solder
sand, pebbles, or uncolored kitty litter
Colored Cord (Like Jewelry Hemp Cord)
Wire (16 gauge or similar)
Water or epoxy resin (optional)
Step 2: Open the Bulb and Clean It
WARNING: wear safety goggles and gloves during this procedure. You will be breaking glass, so make sure you're careful.
Using your pliers, pry off the soldered silver circle on the end of the bulb. When you have, chip away the black glass with the tip of your pliers or a screwdriver.This will be sharp, so be careful. When you're done, chip away the glass tube that goes down into the bulb, being careful not to crack the bulb itself. you might hear a popping sound as the inert gas inside escapes. Shake out the glass into the trash.
The insides of lightbulbs are coated in a chemical to 'frost' them, but it will rinse out of the bulb easily.
Step 3: Sculpt Fish Body
Mix half white and half translucent clay into a teardrop shape.
Step 4: Add Color
Mix your colored clay with some translucent clay and roll it into a paper thin sheet. "Tear" off little jagged pieces and smooth them onto the fish.
Step 5: Add Eyes and Fins
Roll four oval fins from the white/translucent mix and roll a v-shaped tail. Attach them as shown above and smooth the connections with your
X-acto knife. when you're done, push your eyepin into the clay fish as shown.
Step 6: Rocks and Stringing.
Tie your fishing line to your eyepin and put your fish into the bulb. add about 1/2 to 3/4 an inch of pebbles or sand.
Step 7: Put a Ring on It.
Make a loop out of your wire and either solder or glue it to the lightbulb. Attach the other end of the fishing line to the loop.
Step 8: Display
Tie a piece of cord to the ring and hang wherever you want it. You can fill the bulb with water or epoxy resin, but I preferred the look with the bulb dry.
Participated in the
Glass Challenge 2017