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Turkey Tracks:  March 27, 2013

Margaret’s Birthday Lantern

Margaret made me a hanging lantern for my birthday.

Here’s a picture of the light itself:

Margaret's light

Here’s a video that’s way too dark, but gives some idea of how the colors change with the addition of a little battery tea light that changes colors.

Margaret makes these lights with three primary ingredients:  a balloon blown up, wood glue diluted by half with water, and tissue paper.  She also used a pipe stem at the top to stabilize the opening.  Her friend Mary makes more tissue paper at the top and folds it inside to stabalize the opening.  Some ribbon makes the hanger.  And a small battery-driven light that changes color makes the colors change.  If hung outside, one could also use a tea light.

She said she paints the balloon with the wood glue mixture, layers on the tissue paper, and…lets it all dry.  She deflates the balloon when the light is dry.

Anyway, I can’t wait to make these lights with the grandchildren this summer.

Or, to show them this one.

Margaret and Mary are making the lights for the wedding this summer of Mary’s son.  They are going to hang the lights in all the trees around the house.

Written by louisaenright

March 27, 2013 at 3:53 pm

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