Hobbies and Passions in the Mid Atlantic forum: This is just adorable, and easy, and you're recycling

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Jan 21, 2011 6:11 PM CST
Hanging plant vases made from old incandescent lightbulbs. So cute.


A little bit different one made with wires.


Salt and pepper shakers made from lightbulbs and plastic bottle caps.


Or an itty bitty greenhouse
Jan 31, 2011 6:17 AM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
I love the idea of making rooting vases from them... easy to do with the cut-off disc on my Dremel, I bet. We don't have any incandescent bulbs around here anymore, though, except in the chandelier, and I think they would be too small. Might have to ask around.

The vases would be even niftier if you could find some old colored lightbulbs... could paint them too, I'm sure, just swirl paint around inside like people do to make those painted christmas ornament bulbs.
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Jan 31, 2011 11:20 AM CST
Dremel is a great idea! Just be careful. I'd prop the bulb on a folded old towel, perhaps with a rolled up towel under the neck to make it steadier and wear gloves. A dab of masking tape on the bulb might make it easier to grip, too. I'd also very gently rub the cut edge with fairly fine grit sandpaper to knock down any sharpness.

I like the sparkle of the clear with water but there are some translucent glass paints in the crafts section that would be pretty and keep that sparkle factor.

I still have the old incandescent bulbs here. I saved them when I switched over to cfls just in case. I have a couple of the larger 3-way bulbs and I think they'd make nice vases. I'm sure someone would be glad to save bulbs for you if they're still using incandescents. Or you can buy a box of four or six I think at Walmart for about 88 cents. I guess that sort of defeats the recycling purpose, though. LOL

BTW, I'm gradually switching over to full spectrum and daylight cfls. They don't have that sick yellow light of the regular or even soft white cfls. It's a lot easier on my feeble eyes. I'm finding the middle of the color spectrum - around 4100k - seems to be the most natural for general lighting but the full spectrum, which is bluer, is better for reading and other close work. Most of the 4100k ones are labeled cool white, if you can find them.

They look really weird at first but I'm getting a lot less eye strain.
Jan 31, 2011 11:47 AM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
Our old kitchen fixture disintegrated last night, so we went out and replaced it with a T-8 fixture (old one took T-12 fluorescents). We got 5000K bulbs ("natural daylight" or some such), and we like the color of them. The new light is brighter, too, because with T-8's you get more lumens for less wattage. Looks OK, not fashionable by any means, but fine!

Good point about sharp edges when you cut off the base of the bulb... I'd probably go after it with the polishing bit of the dremel. And yes, it's good to find a way to securely hold anything you're working on with a rotary tool... towel is a good suggestion; hard to put a light bulb in a vise! LOL
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Feb 1, 2011 1:52 PM CST
My old house had a bank of fluorescent lights. I hated them. Now they have electronic ballasts with no flickering but these things flickered all the time. I ripped them out and replaced them with a regular fixture.

It depends on the bulb but some of the really high kelvin bulbs are too blue to me. I got some of the GE daylight cfls and they seem kind of greenish, although they are an improvement over the horse pee yellow of the regular or soft white cfls.

BTW, if you need a really, really nice lamp for a great price, I got this one at Walmart. It has a nice, even, white bulb (4100k) and is cheaper in the store - only $15.98. Available in black or white and they have a brushed steel one for a couple of dollars more. It's nicely weighted and adjustable. Only thing I don't like is it's only 16 inches tall but so far that's been just about right for reading. I've seen this same exact lamp on other sites for $50.


Here's another one I was looking at at Target yesterday. I didn't buy it but it's 24 inches tall, adjustable and is really pretty. You have to buy your own bulb, I think.

http://www.target.com/Pharmacy-Desk-Lamp-Antique-Bronze/dp/B... Also available in brushed pewter.

I saw this one too and thought it was very pretty.
Apr 2, 2011 9:38 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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Cool projects there hart
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Apr 3, 2011 12:10 PM CST
Aren't they cute?
Apr 3, 2011 8:31 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
So creative!
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon

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