It was cool to return to Sonoran Living Live with the gorgeous Terri Ouelette on Monday (Dec. 1). This time I showed how to upcycle old holiday light bulbs into cute Christmas pendants for jewelry. These would make great teacher gifts or girlfriend gifts. They’re fun to make with the kiddos at your side too. For a festive necklace that’s a little more glam, you can completely cover a light bulb in ICE Resin and then roll it in German Glass Glitter, or keep it simple and paint just a half dozen snowflakes or stars on the glass. Here is the video link Sonoran Living’s website and the segment.
Here’s a stepped out tutorial on how to make these lightbulb pendants. Be sure to scroll to the end to see a few more pics from my segment.
Using the pilot hole in the metal top of the bulb from the manufacturer insert the tip of the drill bit and begin drilling.
Using oil based paint markers, paint a snowman or whatever imagery you wish onto the bulb.
Add a few more finishing details, like dots for snow and snowflakes.
Use different colors of paint markers to add more detail to the imagery. Here I’m adding a carrot nose, eyes, buttons, etc.
Cut a 5 inch piece of 20 Gauge wire for your wirewrap.
Insert the wire through the hole, leaving a smaller piece on one end and a longer on the other. Begin to make a briolette wrap by wrapping the short end around the longer piece of wire.
Use your chain nose pliers to finish the briolette wrap and tuck the tail of the wire.
To make a wrapped loop at the top, use round nose or small bailing pliers to make a loop just above the briolette wrap. Transfer pliers to your non dominant hand and use the chain nose pliers on your dominant hand to wrap the wire until it runs out. Use the chain nose pliers to crimp the end to ensure there is no pokey end.
Mix up some ICE Resin according to directions and use the craft stick to “paint” a coat onto the light bulb. This will add strength so the light bulb won’t break. It’s also for safety because if the light bulb does happen to break it won’t shatter. Poke a hole in cardboard so you can insert the wrapped end into the hole and allow the bulb to dry without touching anything else.
Finish it off with some chain and a jump ring. I used pearl rosary chain here because I thought it looked a little like snowballs and went with the snowman theme of the bulb. Special thanks to Carol LaValley for shooting all these step-out photos!
A few more pics from the studio…