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« on: January 09, 2014 09:34:08 AM »

Greetings!
I wanted to share with you a project that I made back at the beginning of last year, mostly because it's making me think of warmer things.



This is a night light solar lamp that I put together for the daughter of a swap partner. (She likes butterflies). I wasn't sure exactly how this would come together when I first thought of the idea, I knew I was going to use the glass paint a friend had lent me, and some kind of solar light. So I scouted around, and found a set of lights at Lowes for about $8, the kind you stab into the ground at a campsite or something.

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I had the original idea of pulling the solar panel out of the light, and putting it in a mason jar with a ring lid (and it was just the right size), but I quickly learned that these lights weren't meant to be pulled all apart. So instead I went to Goodwill and found a vase that was about the right size.

I just used the top part of the lights, and I put a ring of hot-glue on the underside to help it sit on the vase without slipping. (You can also see the kind of light I used).



I then covered the vase with butterflies and a caterpillar out of the glass paint I had. It was simple stuff probably for kids crafts, but it worked rather well. I had to be careful how it dried though, so I didn't get long runny marks.



I thought it looked just okay, until after dark when I turned it on for the first time. Boy was I excited! The effect was just like stained glass!



I strongly encourage you to try it! I saw some instructions on how to do this with stained glass jars and even how to make your own glass paint.

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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2014 10:48:26 AM »

Wowwww that is so cool looking! Nice job!
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2014 10:51:40 AM »

That is stunning! I'd very much like to try it myself. Isn't it cool when something in your plans doesn't work out so you are forced to think even more outside the box and it ends up being even better??! I love this light.
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2014 11:55:56 AM »

Excellent idea and very pretty to boot. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2014 05:47:32 PM »

What a great idea!  It would be cool to find the ones that dangle off the hook you stab into the ground, and make them into hanging lights.  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2014 11:59:51 AM »

Brilliant! This is a great idea and I often see one of those solar lights at the thrift stores, I'll buy the next one I see for sure. We love spending time outside although our yard hasn't been landscaped much yet because we haven't been here that long. It's this kind of project that will make our yard more fun to be outside in the warm evenings. Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2014 04:46:37 PM »

This is just too gorgeous! What a great idea you ran with!
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2014 08:58:53 AM »

that is cool - so need to do this.
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