Thursday 11 June 2020

Light Bulb Glow Bug

     Lockdown has proved to be inspirational, having time to look at some amazing projects on blogger and Pinterest has sparked a few ideas. This is based on a project I saw that was crafted in glass and metal, again skills and tools beyond my capabilities. The challenge? use what I have in my stash to make something similar and then post it for Not Just Cards as my DT project.
     The centre piece is the lamp, this came from Poundland some months ago, it has a short string of LED lights inside, battery operated, and a nylon string to hang it up.
      I have in my stash some jewellery wire of differing gauges, I found two of similar colours and set about making some legs. I did try wrapping the wire around the screw part of the bulb but it looked chunky and untidy, so I made three pairs of legs and wire wrapped them together, leaving a length of fine wire to wrap around the screw.
     The screw part of the lamp comes off so you can change the tiny batteries, this meant I had to attach all limbs, etc. to the screw only.
     For the wings I die cut some foiled acetate, this was quite thick so the open work in the wings did not cut out but it did emboss rather well. I cut two sets of wings and coloured them with a little alcohol ink in colours to go with the legs. I also used an embossing ball tool to give a little dimension to the wings before sticking both sets together in the middle.
     Assembly began with the legs hot glued to the screw, once the glue set I used the long wire to twist around the screw for added security, the wings were then stuck on with hot glue.
     It's larger and a little more crude in it's construction than the gorgeous ones I saw on Pinterest but I am very happy with it. If I manage to find any more lamps then I shall make him some friends, maybe with different coloured bodies. He looks good in daylight but so much better at night all lit up.
     Please pop over to Not Just Cards to see all the DT inspiration, come and join us with your projects, we'd love to see what you've been making.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Creative Crafting Uncles - Anything But A Card    (top 3)
Moving Along With The Times - Things With Wings
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with A Critter   (top 6)
A Bit More Time To Craft - Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft - Anything Goes   (winner)
Classic Design - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes


  1. WOW this is amazing Rocky, very crafty. Thanks for sharing it with us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, CarolG

  2. Well how clever is this. You did such an amazing job with this project. Looks fabulous.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for

  3. Very interesting project! Love your glow bug!
    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Creative Crafting Uncles and good luck. Hope you will join us next challenge again.

    Crafty greetings

    *Owner* Creative Crafting Uncles {#05 – Anything but a card}
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    *DT* Kreativ-Tanten Challenge{#42 – For females in pastel colors}
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  4. Totally awesome creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  5. Oh wow this is just amazing. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  6. Great project! Lisa Through the craft room door -

  7. Wow! Very crafty creation. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Gale DT for

  8. WOWZER! Absolutely ingenious and fabulous work, difficult to put into words my admiration on this project. Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at 2 Crafty Critters this week. Good Luck and I’m looking forward to seeing you again in our next challenge.
    Faith A DT

  9. AMAZING thank you for joining us at MAWTT, xx

  10. Wow! What a great project! I absolutely love it! It really looks like a firefly! You are so very clever! Thanks for sharing with us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge!

  11. Rocky this is absolutely fantastic. I have never seen anything quite like it. Well done on trying something new. I think you did a fabulous job with it.

    Thank you very much for entering your lovely little bug into our challenge. Good luck with the prize draw.

    Stay healthy, happy and keep crafting :)

    DT for Through The Craft Room Door

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