3 years ago
sophiamor
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DIY: Tiny Terrarium in a Light Bulb
What you'll need: Needle-nose pliers Scissors Long tweezers or chopsticks Flathead screwdriver Glasses or goggles @McDoogle suggests adding in some cute plastic animals for some real fun! We will be removing the inside parts of the lightbulb. This step involves breaking glass, so wear glasses or goggles to protect your eyes. I recommend doing this over a box to contain any flying pieces of broken glass. First, remove the metal tip from the bottom of the bulb. Using needle-nose pliers, carefully nudge the sides of the metal tip from the black glass part. Then, when enough of the sides are raised to get a good grip on them, hold one of the sides with your pliers and yank out the metal tip. You will feel a couple little wires snap when you do this. Next remove the black glass. Hold one side of the glass with the pliers and firmly twist up to snap the glass. Repeat around the other sides and pull out any remaining bits of black glass. This glass is pretty thick and will take some force to break it; so be careful and hold onto the bulb firmly. Using the flathead screwdriver as a sort of lever, snap the interior tube from the side. It will make a totally satisfying little sound as the argon escapes. Then twist the screwdriver around to smash the containing tube. It takes some force to do this; be careful, but also don’t be afraid of the bulb itself breaking. It probably won’t. Hold tight to the bulb while you do this. Pull out any remaining wires with the pliers. If there are any last bits of glass around the interior edge, break these off with the screwdriver. And now you have an empty light bulb! Next, put adhesive silicone bumpers on the side of the bulb to keep it steady. We’ll use sand as a substrate for the terrarium. You can buy it at a garden store or collect it from a beach. Once you have dry sand, put a couple tablespoons of sand into the lightbulb. Make this easier by either using a funnel or a folded piece of cardboard. This terrarium includes preserved sheet moss, reindeer moss, and tillandsia. Cut off a small bit of sheet moss and put in the bulb. Position it using a chopstick or long tweezers. Tear off a few small pieces of reindeer moss and add this, as well. Put a tillandsia in the bulb, pushing the smaller end in first. Position the different elements to look nice together and add more moss or rocks if you’d like. It might take some poking to get everything in the right place; be patient and experiment with different arrangements :)
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@sophiamor-yes! These are what I made. So much fun!
3 years ago·Reply
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So cute! Love these :)
3 years ago·Reply