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Topic: fence wire + lightbulbs = awesome (now with "how to hollow out lightbulbs")  (Read 63608 times)
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« Reply #90 on: April 17, 2006 03:15:34 PM »

can someone explain how you do the first part?  how do you get that center silver bit out?  what "ends" are you supposed to bend up?
If you have a razor blade, or a thin craft knife, you can slip it between the siver circle and the "purple glass", once you get the blade in, just work your way around until you have got a lip bent up that you can pull off with some needle nose pliers. The metal circle is pretty thin metal so it bends easy. Once you have the pliers, pull up on the circle until it pops off. There may be a tiny piece of wire sticking out of the purple glass once the silver circle is off...that's okay. Stick the end of your needlenose pliers into the purple glass where the silver circle is missing and move them around so the purple glass breaks into pieces small enough to get out with the pliers, the wire should come with it.

hope that answers your question. I wish I had a video!

thanks, I get it now!  I was missing the whole pry it up with a blade part.
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« Reply #91 on: April 25, 2006 06:45:31 AM »

I tired this last night. Upon visiting my local Wal-Mart I found really cute candelabra bulbs that had some irridesence to them.  They also aren't smooth like regular bulbs.  Another thing I liked was that they already had a small hole on the metal part of them, I just took a tiny nail and made the hole a little larger to put my wire thru.  I used a heavy gauge wire that I also bought at WM and made a scroll design inbetween each bulb then "wrapped" the wire vertically (kind of a loose s shape) up each bulb.  I think it came out really nicely.  I'll post a pic if I'm able to.  Thanks for the idea!
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« Reply #92 on: May 07, 2006 09:42:12 PM »

THIS IS AWESOME!!! I love it but I'm too chicken to hollow out a lightbulb for myself. I'm sure I'll end up in the er!!!
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« Reply #93 on: May 12, 2006 05:41:33 PM »

Here are my pics, sorry they are a little large-

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« Reply #94 on: November 12, 2006 07:42:32 PM »

My fiancee and I under took a project to do a bunch of these for Christmas.

It has since been discovered that if you thread a screw into the dark piece of insulating glass at the tip of the light bulb it breaks up instantly. So you don't need to use the candle and water method.

Just wanted to add this, not sure if anyone else has found this method.

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« Reply #95 on: December 21, 2006 11:17:49 PM »



crap pictures, i'm afraid, but i finally tried this and i got all kinds of excited...on the third one, when i finally got the middle part out and could do something with it!  frustrating at the start and i, too, was worried i would somehow inadvertently blind myself, but i love the potential i see for unique, inexpensive gifts!  i could def. see myself making more of these!
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« Reply #96 on: December 22, 2006 04:01:46 AM »

Very pretty annette! Thanks for posting pictures Smiley
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« Reply #97 on: January 03, 2007 07:56:49 PM »

Killer - I can't wait to try making something.  I've always saved lightbulbs for no apparent reason... because I saw potential I guess.  Now I have a way to make something happen!!! Awesome awesome!
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« Reply #99 on: November 11, 2007 05:04:19 AM »

penguismile   how  on earth did you get them to stand up like that?
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