The easiest and most effective way to make a neon light is by using flexible neon wires to design your own light. This way you can concentrate on safely making a creative and unique design for your neon light. Actually creating the neon glow requires the use of chemicals, glass, and open circuit boards, which could be dangerous. Unless you're highly skilled in blowing glass, you'll only make a light that you're capable of making, not a light that you want to make.
Things You'll Need
- Flexible neon cables
- Neon cable connectors
- Foam ball
- Glue gun
On a piece of paper, design how you want your light to look. This light, for example, is going to be a ball with neon cables wrapped around it. Decide what size you want your ball to be, what design you want to put on to the ball, and how you want the light to sit. Do you just want the ball to sit on a desk, or do you want to stick the ball onto a taller fixture and stand it up in your house. Draw out a few possible designs on paper, and don't rush it. Whether it's designs of the world, or basic baseballs and basketballs, the possibilities are endless.
Buy the foam ball in the size you decided to use, and the neon cables in the colors you want. You can buy foam balls at your local craft stores, and many hardware and lighting stores hold neon cables. You can also find them many places online.
Draw out your design on your foam ball. This will help you see what your neon light will look like before you start permanently placing the lights.
Place your connectors on to the proper places on your ball. When you buy your neon cables, you'll also have to get a set of cable connectors that will stick into the ball, and then the neon cables will snap into the connectors. To stick the connectors into the ball, place some hot glue on the tip of the connector, and push it into the foam ball.
Snap your neon cables into place by following the pattern of your cable connectors. The cables will snugly fit into the connectors and will firmly hold the cables into place.
Plug in your neon cables, and place your neon light wherever you like.
Tips & Warnings
- The foam ball is a basic neon light design. If you want to use a piece of wood or cardboard and create more of "sign-like" light, you can do as you wish. The steps will be the same, but the material will be different.
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