I am an artist living and working in New Mexico with my sculptures on display in local galleries and one sculpture on permanent display in the New Mexico State Capitol. For some time I have been interested in using LED strip lighting in my work. After using a variety of materials, cactus wood, wire mesh, and Stainless Steel, I observed that small pieces of glass created the most interesting optical effect. All these lamps are made from recycled weathered pine beams, discarded bottles, LED strip lights and fiberglass resin.
After carving 1/4″ deep channels in short pieces of a beam, I place the colored or clear strip lights in and fill them with crushed colored or clear glass in a fiberglass resin matrix.
To get the crushed glass, I built a glass crushing machine that by, repeated blows of the piston, knocks off the sharp edges making the glass safer.
Also, by coating the glass pieces with fiberglass resin the finished product can be touched without harm. (the lamps should be kept out of the reach of small children)