Monday, October 08, 2007

Lightbulb Art - TV Screen

I am happy to report that I can now show you another thing to do with burned-out lightbulbs.

  1. Empty and clean out the lightbulbs.
  2. 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.)
  3. Cut different lengths of binder wire and bend them to hang the bulbs from the frame.
  4. Hang the bulbs in a way that you find pleasing.
  5. 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.
  6. Cap the bulbs with silicone caulking.
  7. Attach the frame to a heavy piece of wood on top of the TV set.
  8. 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.


Anonymous said...

Wow!!! That tickles my tummy... it's colorfully orgasmic!

Pearl said...

Silly me, when you said you were using a syringe, I was thinking turkey basting.

Lovely refractions...

Amanda Earl said...

these are amazing.

accidental altruist said...

oh yeah. that's super awesome!

Anonymous said...

Do you get your friends to save their burnt out light bulbs for you? Because that looks like a lifetime supply to me. (Now that I think about it, I've lived here a year and have yet to replace a light bulb.)

David Scrimshaw said...

Thank you all for the compliments.

Zoom, the two especially long skinny bulbs came from a friend. The others are all from my own collection. Maybe it's the cheap lightbulbs I buy.