Diy simulated flame light

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Diy simulated flame light
Provide the light of a fire without the fire. (fire image by Fotocie from

The soft, flickering light of a fire adds a pleasant ambience to many situations, but you might need the light of a fire without the fire itself. Theatrical shows, fake campfires, and non-functional fireplaces are just a few examples. A good substitute is a fire globe, which is safe and reusable. It simulates the appearance of firelight with none of the dangers of a real flame.

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Things you need

  • Theatrical gels, reds and oranges
  • Clear plastic beads
  • Tinfoil
  • Toilet paper tube
  • Oven
  • Flickering light

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  1. 1

    Shred the red and orange theatrical gels into small pieces.

  2. 2

    Cut a toilet paper tube in half and wrap it in tinfoil.

  3. 3

    Form a small pot out of tinfoil that is 1 inch larger that the toilet paper tube on all sides, including the top. The tube will sit in the middle of the pot. The finished pot will look like a small bundt cake pan.

  4. 4

    Fill the pot with a mixture of the shredded gels and clear plastic beads. The mixture will fill the sides around the toilet paper tube and should cover the top by one inch.

  5. 5

    Put the pot with the beads in the oven and bake at 204 degrees Cor about 20 minutes. Allow to cool.

  6. 6

    Remove the tinfoil and paper tube. You now have a plastic globe with a hollow centre.

  7. 7

    Place a flickering light inside of the globe and turn it on.

Tips and warnings

  • You can experiment with the thickness of your fire globe and the colours you use to get different effects.
  • The melted plastic will be very hot. Be careful not to burn yourself.

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