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Create Your Own Gorgeous Glow-in-the-Dark Table
This showpiece of a dining table looks like something you’d pay a fortune for at a designer store. But it was handcrafted by Instructables contributor Mike Warren. It’s made from pecky cypress, but you can use this idea on all sorts of wood pieces. You can also choose other colors if this almost alien blue is not your thing.
Mike explains here:
Photoluminescent (glow) powder mixed with clear casting resin fills the naturally formed voids in Pecky Cypress hardwood, creating a unique and stunning table. The glow powder charges up in sunlight and emits a cool blue glow when in partial or complete darkness.
Placing this table near a window will allow it to collect rays from the setting sun and then set off a pleasant glow from the transition from twilight to evening. Making your own is fun as you can customize it in any way you want. Instead of using hardwood you can use the technique of adding glow powder to resin to cast in all kinds of fun ways.
There are many different types of glow powders available, with varying strengths and staying power. The one used in this project says it will glow all night on a full charge of sunlight and last for millions of charges.
Also, keep in mind that resin or clear casting hardens quickly, so just mix what you need and work fast. You might want to try this technique out on a smaller DIY project like a shelf or a photo frame.
You can check out the process in the video below and click here for the complete tutorial on Instructables.