Before I finished the roof, I put little lights on wires through the ceiling of my attic room. They are very tiny glass bulbs and rather fragile. I have been in a quandary as to how to cover them. I needed something that wouldn’t be too big or obtrusive in the room. This is what I came up with….
My first idea was to hollowing out glass beads with my rotary tool. It was very time consuming and, although it did work on some of them, most of them broke in the process.
Then I searched jewelry findings for something small that would fit over the bulbs and still let the light come through. I couldn’t find anything satisfactory.
When my granddaughters came out, they were making shrinky dinks charms. It occurred to me, this could work if I could figure out a way to make them into a dome shape. When the shrinky dinks come out of the oven, they are a bit pliable, so I tried molding them while they were still warm. That didn’t work too well. I could get one side molded before the plastic would harden. I came to the conclusion, they needed to mold while they were in the oven. I made a little round stand from two wooden beads and balanced one of my plastic circles on top, then put it in the oven. IT WORKED!! They molded over the bead and made perfect little light covers.
After I practiced on a few plain pieces of plastic, I drew patterns on the rough side of each circle with colored pencils and used a circle punch to cut them out. I learned that you need to have the rough side down in the oven or it doesn’t work. The edges curl up and stay there if you put the shiny side down.
A lot of trial and error, but I am happy with how the little lights turned out and look in the room.