Wow! So, I’ve been out of the country, fire dancing at a theme park in Japan, for most of the winter. I’m back now and I got an embroidery machine for Christmas, which I haven’t even taken out of the box yet, because of the aforementioned Japan trip.
Just before we left, I made a bunch of gorgeous fairy lights and hung them from my ceiling:
I got some colored bottles and covered them with iridescent cellophane, using mod podge and a heat gun. I’ve had the mod podge for EVER and was never quite sure what to do with it. This was an excellent application, I think.
Then, I took some leather scraps and cut them and tied them around the cellophane-covered bottles. I filled the first couple of prototype fairy bottles with a battery-operated LED strand with about 8 lights on it. I pushed the cork in and braided the LED cord in with leather cord wrapped around the neck of the bottle, and now the battery pack can get wrapped around a belt and the fairy bottle dangles from my waist. It’s an incredibly awesome costume accessory!
Here I am sporting 2 fairy bottles at the Dickens Fair with Nick in all his steampunk finery.
The little ones worked so well that I wanted to make some bigger, more permanent ones. I asked for (and received!) a fantastic strand of multi-color, color changing LEDs for Christmas. It was a bit of a project, but I made 10 more fairy bottles of varying sizes and colors and soldered together a bunch of lead wire between the LEDs before enclosing the LEDs inside the bottles. This was a bit of a project – I am not the world’s best solder-artist, though I’m probably a bit further up the ranks after doing all those connections.
At the end of it all, though, my fairy bedroom now sports 10 color-changing LED fairy lights – 4 at the corners of my hanging bed and 6 more around the room. I even have a remote control to turn them on and off, and to change between the colors. I can pick one color or get them to softly cycle through the rainbow.
There will be more LED projects in the future! LEDs are neat. 🙂
Edit: there have indeed been more LED projects. Latest is my 3d printed Fairy Lights wall sconce, which just goes beautifully with my fairy bottle lights. LEDs RULE!!
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