December 18th, 2012
The subjects of stars and light have been blinking on and off in my mind a lot lately. How this came to be I do not know…and yet I do not question it. I know it is a sign of some sort.
I thought I’d show you a little something that I recently created (of course it has to do with lights and stars). About a week ago while my family and I were decorating our Christmas tree we came across an old string of lights with burnt-out bulbs, so unfortunately this strand could no longer fulfill its main purpose and had to be thrown out. However, before I tossed it all away I removed several bulbs to keep in case I could use them in future projects. A few days later when I found myself with a bit of spare time I came up with this.
To make the star I used these bulbs.
Begin by removing the green tops (gently pull them off with your hands). You’ll need 5 bulbs for each star.
Each bulb will have some loose wires at one end (as seen in the right-hand side bulb shown above). To form the star, wind one of the wires coming from the bulb to another bulb’s wire, and then repeat this until all five bulbs are attached at the center.
Then wrap 24 gauge wire around the center of the star and add beads (salvaged from old, broken necklaces) as you go. The wire will keep the star more securely together at the center if you wrap it snugly. TIP: To add a subtle dimension to the star I first wrapped a length (about 3-4 inches) of gold wire around the center, and then layered some silver wire on top, and then another short length of gold wire at the end. Use a pair of flat nose pliers to tuck the wire ends into the center to keep things tight and tidy.
The star can be turned into an ornament simply by adding a wire hanger or a chain at the top by attaching it to the wrapped wires at the back, center of the star.
It feels great to repurpose these bulbs and I like how they are ending up back on our tree…in another form, but still bright.
Wishing you bright star light glow throughout this holiday season and into the New Year.