- Empty and clean out the lightbulbs.
- Take an old picture frame that is the same size as your TV screen and rig something along the back at the top to hang the lightbulbs from. (I had a piece of plastic grating that I think came from a flourescent light fixture, but you could use a stretch of binder wire or a coat hanger.)
- Cut different lengths of binder wire and bend them to hang the bulbs from the frame.
- Hang the bulbs in a way that you find pleasing.
- Fill the bulbs with a clear liquid. I used a clear soap in the big bulbs. My theory on the soap is that it will have a higher index of refraction than water, thus giving more magnification and light-bendiness, but I could be wrong. Also, I figure bacteria will not grow in soap. On the other hand, it may all crystalize in an unaesthetic way. Because I could not find my syringe to put the thick soap into the little bulbs, I filled them with very old hydrogen peroxide from when I wore contact lenses. (That was like 1991.) While hydrogen peroxide solution should also not grow bacteria, I suspect it will have a highly corrosive effect on the binder wire and bulb sockets, and is probably a bad idea. But I was impatient.
- Cap the bulbs with silicone caulking.
- Attach the frame to a heavy piece of wood on top of the TV set.
- Cover the wood with a dark cloth and weigh it down with a large fossilized dinosaur egg to hammer home your philosophical point about technological consumer obsolescence.
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