One of my long term goals has been to incorporate LED lights into my artwork. And for the holiday season, I have managed to finish a couple small projects that work as table decorations. Instructions below.
The luminaries are a perfect project for beginning art students. Using watercolor pictures, quality not important, and fold them into cubes.
- Lay your picture face down on the table.
- Make a fold about 1/3 of width, bring part of the picture face-up.
- Repeat on the other side, making sure that the folded picture covers about 1/2 an inch over the first fold.
- Glue the two pieces together.
- Once dry, open the tube and squash flat a second time, creating a retangular tube.
- Insert one of the small LED Candle lights.
Voila, Finished Luminaria. It may seem confusing, but after you play with a couple sheets of paper, creating a cube will seem like second nature. Five minutes and you turn all those practice paintings into lovely decorations.
The little elephant is a harder project. I took one of those lunimanries and pulled off the plastic flame. Glued rocks around the plastic base. And then put a little glass figurine on top of the light source. Since it is a colored led, the elephant appears green. The complex crystal figurines are beautiful, the light reflects through all the facets of the animal. Museum wax helps hold the figure in place without any glue.
Happy holidays to all.