Ceiling Lights

I’m sure you have seen official Sylvanian Families ceiling lights out in the market.  Unfortunately, they are not currently for sale where I live, unless I’m willing to pay some ridiculous price for each.

Of course, that is not something I can afford to do, so I went to a dollar store and got some tea lights. I’m guessing many of Sylvanians have thought of using tea lights or are using them for the ceiling lights already – so this tutorial isn’t going to be anything new to many of you.

The problem I encountered with using tea lights is that their switches tend to be on the back, where you want to be attaching the lights to the ceiling.  I’ve tried bunch of different ways to over come this issue, and Velcro is what worked the best for me so far.

Here is the light I made yesterday.

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It’s a bit big….!! Oh well, I had to make sure I covered up the tea candle…I’ve already broken one tea light trying to make it smaller, and won’t be trying that again. lol

For this craft, I used a glue gun, acrylic paint, translucent oven bake polymer clay, brown oven bake polymer clay, and last but not least, strong sticker type Velcro circles.

Shape the clay like a dome big enough to cover the tea light.  Decorate it however you like, just make sure you use the translucent clay for the part you want the light to shine through.  Bake it in the oven.

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Paint the decoration with acrylic paint, if you want. I didn’t have any bronze clay at home, so I used brown and painted it bronze afterwords.

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With a glue gun, attach the tea light inside.  If it doesn’t fit for any reason, just sand the extra clay down or carve it with a craft knife to make the hole bigger. Stick one of your Velcro on the back. Make sure you don’t cover the edge of the battery cover or the switch.

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Now just stick the other side of Velcro on the ceiling you want your light to be, and it’s done!

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If you any any questions, please leave a comment.

7 Replies to “Ceiling Lights”

  1. Me again!
    Have you ever heard of Sukerukun? The online blurb says “Sukerukun is a Japanese, air-drying, transparent resin clay. It can be stretched into very fine, thin and delicate projects without splitting or breaking. It achieves a maximum of 85% transparency and looks glass-like when dry.”
    Sounds interesting. I think I’ll have to put it on my wish list of things to try.

  2. Hi Mimi!
    Love your lights! I’d like to know the name of the oven-bake translucent clay you used? I actually need some air-dry translucent clay too to place around electronic lights that can’t safely go in the oven. Seeing as you have so much crafting know-how, is there a brand you’ve tried and recommend by any chance?
    Merry Christmas,
    Nutkin

    1. Hiya!! The clay I used here is FIMO translucent. I have tried few other brands, but FIMO always turns out the best color. Other brands tend to turn a bit yellowish when baked, or not translucent enough.

      I have heard of Sukerukun many times! I actually had my friend in Japan send me a sample to try out. I haven’t opened it yet though… From what I’ve seen on Japanese people’s blogs, it does a decent job. Oven baked poly clay isn’t so common over there, instead they use air dry poly clay. So they just mix the two and tint Sukerukun. I haven’t looked around the market here for Sukerukun, but I hope someone carries it. 🙂

      1. Ooh! You get to try it out! Looking forward to hearing what you think. ‘Decent’ job – that sounds like it’s not the wonder product it sounds like in the blurb. I did find a place online to buy Sukerukin in the USA, but only if I wanted to pay a double-digit price that began with a 2! Ouch!

        If I understand correctly, do Japanese crafters mix oven-dry and air-dry together and then let it semi air dry for a softer finished product? That sounds very intriguing, I wonder what ratio they use? I just bought some Activa Lumina air dry translucent and it was around $12 for a mere 5 oz, so it would be fab if I could mix it with the budget friendly Fimo. The Lumina had rather mixed reviews on Amazon, which is off-putting for a beginner like me. So here I am wasting money on dubious clay that could have gone towards Sylvanians!

        Great to chat to you about it. Always a pleasure to visit your town.

        1. Well, okay, so as far as I have seen, bloggers in Japan only use air-dry poly clay. I have yet to see one person using oven bake. I think it’s because their dollar stores only carry air dry type and it is much more easily accessible to people. So what they do with color mixing is “air dry + air dry.”

          I don’t personally like using air dry poly clay so much, only because I live in the desert and the air is too dry to work with fast drying clay like that.

          Now on Amazon Japan, sukerukun is sold for about $10 for 200g (after $5 discount). It’s not a very cheap product, I suppose. I see professionals use this translucent clay, so this might be the only choice of air dry translucent clay there. I will have to try using my sample to tell you how it is!

    1. Great! I think most of the times, I just come up with things out of necessity, but my obsession is a big help too. 😉 Thanks for the nice compliment!

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