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« on: December 04, 2011 10:13:58 AM »

I've been saving bulbs with this sort of project in mind. I went with little winter scenes. The bottom is made of cork and wrapped with pipe cleaners. They work nicely on top of candle sticks or as bottle toppers.
 


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To answer the question about getting the bottoms off, I do these steps:

- I wrap the bulb in fabric while I work to keep it safe. I also work over a trash can and work slowly.

- Use a pair of sharp scissors to pry the metal strip off the bottom. Pry the edge up and then it sort of rolls off.

- Use wire cutters to snip at the black glass that line the tip. It's really crumbly so do it over a trash can and go SLOW. I kinda snip at it going around a clock. At some point the pieces just fall off. Dump them out.

- I use an ice pick type tool to gently jab and the filament. When you break through you will hear a pop.  (This is the step that's the hardest to do right and if it's going to break, it will be now.)

- Stir the ice pick around and the pieces will separate from the sides. Dump these out, too.

Then you have a clean bulb!

HTH.
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2011 10:19:55 AM »

These are wonderful!! Thanks for posting!
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2011 10:33:09 AM »

Oh! These are marvelous!
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2011 10:44:55 AM »

What a fab idea! Grin
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2011 10:45:26 AM »

NEAT! How do you get the bottoms off the bulbs without slicing your fingers open? I tried once Sad
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2011 10:49:12 AM »

Such a wonderful idea, and you made them beautiful. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2011 03:20:52 PM »

These are super cute Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2011 04:01:35 PM »

Oh my goodness!! What a brilliant idea! These are so sweet. Thank you for sharing.
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2011 04:39:50 PM »

Fantastic! I would also love to know how you took the bottoms off the bulbs too! These are adorable. Grin
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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2011 05:18:06 PM »

There's a link to instructions for dismantling bulbs on her blog Wink. I know, I stalked her good! Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2011 05:49:53 PM »

These are cute!
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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2011 06:04:37 PM »

Love them!
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« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2011 04:43:32 AM »

I love the little scenes you created in such a small space. So wonderful!
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« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2011 06:41:19 AM »

These are SUPER! I hoard blown lightbulbs in my "she-loft" for crafting. I have not yet ventured into the removal of the lightbulb innards b/c a trip to the ER is not something I want for the holidays :O) I am a klutz so I generally stick to playing with the outside of the bulb, haha! You did such a nice job that you have inspired me to look into this. I would like a set of the ones you made.... So freaking sweet!
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« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2011 08:13:00 AM »

Cute and so clever!
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« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2011 12:55:39 PM »

I desperately want to try this!
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« Reply #16 on: December 26, 2011 10:59:22 AM »

I wish I saw these sooner. They are amazing!!!! I am going to try these asap. Pray I don't cut too many fingers!
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« Reply #17 on: December 27, 2011 01:59:49 PM »

Those are so very cool!! I just got a TON of lightbulbs from a friend of mine (she replaced all the fixtures in her house and many used big round bulbs).  I might have to try this with some of those.   
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« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2012 09:17:21 AM »

these are wonderful. I think I am gonna make some, but doing a more steam punk theme. =) thanks for sharing.  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2012 01:49:43 PM »

So cute! I will have to try this with light bulbs I have!
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These are fantastic!  Wink
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