WELDING PLASTICS: LED FLOWER

8 Materials
2 Hours
Easy
As I mentioned in my previous project, I found welding plastics quite enjoyable and so here is the second installment of my milk bottles creations.
Start by cutting the bottle in half and then cut off the curvy bits so that it's easier to draw on later. Clean the bottle halves if necessary.
Print out the template attached to this step and trace the flowers onto the milk bottle with a marker. Cut out the flower pieces and clean off the marker with alcohol.
Cut a hole in each flower piece big enough so that you can slide it onto the LED tea light flame.
With a sharpie of your choice outline the perimeter of each piece on the front and back.
Place the flower pieces on top of the LED tea light with the candle flame poking through the hole of each piece. Start with the largest piece and end with the smallest one.
Press down the flower stack firmly and weld around the candle flame, so that you get an even joint between the flame and the top flower piece.
Set the soldering iron temperature between 200-230°C. Lift up one of the top petals and curl it around the candle flame. Whilst holding the petal press the tip of the iron into the bottom side of the petal, so that you melt the petal into the candle flame. Repeat for the other side. Warm up the top of the petal with a lighter and curl outwards.
Lift up another petal, somewhat on the opposite site, weld one of the sides onto the first petal and without pushing too much curl around the flame and weld the other side. Warm up the tip of the petal and curl outwards. Repeat for all of the petals.
Once finished you might want to grab your sharpie and go over the edges again, since a whole lot of it will end up on your fingers :D
At this point you could just leave it as is, it looks quite nice with the yellow flickering LED that was originally in the tea light, but I had some spare coloured LEDs so I decided to spice it up a bit. The process is quite easy. Disassemble the candle base and take out the old LED. Bend the new LED into the same shape as the old one, pop it in and push the bottom back in.
The whole project was quite easy to make and it took me about hour and half to finish. I think it would look quite interesting as a bouquet, maybe even without the LEDs and adding some stems. But at this point I ran out of bottles so maybe another day :D
For more photos and template go to: https://www.instructables.com/id/Welding-Plastics-LED-Flower/

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  • Patricia Hazeltine Patricia Hazeltine on May 01, 2018

    Not for continued outdoor use, correct? Sunlight causes the milk jug plastic to become brittle and shatter. Really cute design!

  • Cinlu Cinlu on May 01, 2018

    Really think this is SOO neat. have tried to get your floral template without success ! what is the secret please? have clean empty carton (smile)

  • I wonder if there is a way to make this water tight so it would float in my pool?

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