How to Make a "Sanded" Light Bulb

How to Make a "Sanded" Light Bulb

With some high-temperature clear caulk and a little sand, you can put an interesting finish on clear light bulbs. A nice addition to your bar strip-light bathroom fixture or Potted Light Bulb Lamp perhaps?

What You Need

Clear light bulb (I’d stick with lower wattage. The bulb in the example was 40 watt.)

Hight temperature clear caulk (I found this at Menards for about $6.50 in the heating department.)

Caulking gun

Sand (Any kind will do, but finer sand seems to work better.)

Paper towel or throw-away sponge brush


What You Do

Dispense caulk on bulb and spread with paper towel. On later projects, I discovered that sponge brushes work better than a paper towel in that they will help you spread the caulk more evenly. You don’t want to spread the caulk too thin here. Think more like cream cheese on a bagel, rather than butter on toast.

Sift sand on to your sticky bulb. Also, for better adhesion, roll your bulb in your mound of sand. This will force the sand into the caulk.

Wait 24 hours for caulk to cure. When cured, you may want to brush the bulb with a soft brush to remove any  loose sand. There will be some, but if you put on enough caulk, you’ll be surprised how little you lose. If you do end up with any bald spots, just patch them with a bit of caulk and sand.

Light bulb too weird? This same process makes beautiful luminescent candle holders.

And vases.

Bonus hint: This is a great way to recycle dishwasher-etched glasses and empty jars. Just cover them with sand and turn them into candle holders and vases.



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Opheliac on Jul 17, 2007:

I love this! Gives me so many ideas ; )

affalog on May 16, 2007:

If you feel interested in it, would you like to have this interview?

Below are some questions:

1. the basic information >>

1)Tell us a bit about yourself.
2)Tell us about your creative work recently.
3)How did you begin working as a hand-maker/artist?
4)What keeps you inspired?
5)Do you follow your instinct to hand-make?
6)What is the soul you wanted to present through your handmade works?
7)Dream to be?

2. about your handmade projects >>

According to this "Sanded" Light Bulb, please answer the following question:

1)please tell us why you make it?
2)how long will it take your time?
3)would you like to share with us how to make it? Such as the hand-making steps and some d.i.y tips.

For this, we need 5-6 photos linked to the steps. For the d.i.y tips, you can give us a structure illustration or photos. (For the publication, all the images' resolution must have 300dpi and the width is over 20cm. )

3. We need your portraits and other handmade artworks' photos also.

In my book, I would put your website and contact in your pages under you permission.

4. And we have an "Authority Letter" for your photos' usage copyright. (please check attached file)

i can't send attached file here, would you like to give me your email address, so that i could send you "Authority Letter" and " press introduction" . thanks.

Hope for your kindly feedback soon...

affalog on May 16, 2007:

may i interview you for my "slow craft " book published in China?
(I don't know how to contact you here, so I try to leave some words here, hope you can see it.)


I'm affa, a writer and editor from China. At present, I'm writing and editing a book " Slow handicraft : 60 handmade creators and D.I.Y hot tips " which will be published by China Light Industry Press.

From craftzine.com, I found your handmade projects...

So I would like to know whether you're interested in having an interview , which you could share your mind about craft, and choose one of your fantasy handmade works to introduce how to make it step by step, and give some useful tips to all those handmade fans, sharing something funny, happy and special. And I would put these in my book, the coverage maybe 2-4 pages.

The following are some information for your reference:

1.attached file " press introduction" is about the China Light Industry Press.

2.about affa : I'm a writer and editor in China, I'm writing and editing columns about craft/fashion/slow life/lohas in several lifestyle magazines. Please check www.affalog.com/2006/08/255 , those are four presently published pages about handmade creators.

At the end of last year, we interviewed several hand-makers and designers for another digital magazine, you can check it in www.affalog.com/category/interview/

3. And affa has created a hand-made sharing website: www.affalog.com

sparkie on Jan 20, 2007:

Attractive and nice to recycle.  My safety concern was overheating of the lamp.  Glad to read you recommended a low wattage lamp and have it exposed, not w/in a globe or lens to trap more heat.

megrockstar on Jan 18, 2007:

very cool idea

benmoore on Jan 17, 2007:

very nice.. I saw your post on craftzine ;)

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