Making an Incandescent Bulb Green

Making an Incandescent Bulb Green

Sonia Zjawinski
Dec 1, 2009

Gosh we sure do love terrariums. We have one growing nicely on our windowsill at home, but we did that one the old fashioned way -- with an old school fishbowl. Our next terrarium may have to be one of these. Designed by Etsy seller, SteamedGlass, these terrariums are made from old incandescents with some added steam punk flare.

"In my opinion, the traditional shape of the incandescent light bulb is beautiful by itself, but I've found that it makes a very unique terrarium container." Tim Witteveen, founder of SteamedGlass writes on his Etsy site. "I had come across many graphics that symbolized 'green awareness' with a light bulb shape and a green leaf inside -- this was my spark. After making my first one, the wire hanger stand came as a natural extension to support the 'green' theme. As new ideas came, I thought of adding color to the glass to heighten the artistic appeal. This lead to different themes that combine the landscape on the inside with stained glass art painted on the outside."

Witteveen turns all kinds of incandescents into terrariums, from flame-shaped to the standard fare.

We love this steampunk version (also shown at top) called Professor Alexander's Botanical Vasculum. The $200 terrarium even has a small LED bulb inside so you can light up your encased garden at night.

Lifehacker points to an Instructables page on how to turn your own bulbs into planters, if you're more inclined to DIY than buy.

More Creative Reuse's of Incandescents:

via Treehugger

(Image: SteamedGlass)

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