I’ve been thinking about how to make an cheap lightstone - so here is my hot glue solution!
You will need:
A light source (I used a camping light)
Step 1: Glue Panels
Lay down some baking paper, shiny side up. Make small ‘sheets’ of hot glue by quickly gluing lines of hot glue, up and down next to each other on the paper. I made sheets about 10cm square, using about 4 hot glue sticks.
Step 2: Geometry
Work out what shape pieces you need to make up your crystal shape. You can guestimate if you don’t want to revisit high school trig! I made up my patterns in paper and checked it fitted my torch.
Step 3: Cut faces
Cut out each face of the crystal from the glue sheets with scissors. You can use tape to stick together your glue shapes to preview your crystal.
Using a craft knife, trim the edges of each face at an angle so they fit against each other neatly.
Step 4: More glue!
Use tape to hold the sections together and carefully glue the edges together.
Note You will be able to see the glue trails you make on this step in the final lamp. It might be better to use superglue here if you want a clean finish.
Step 5: Light it up
Put your light source under the crystal and enjoy the soft glow of your very own discount lightstone!
Of course, this is just my first and second attempt - any ideas on how to improve this? Or other ways of crafting a lightstone under £10? Let me know your thoughts