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New video! How the mushroom lamps are made

Behind the scenes: Mushroom lights - banner

One of the biggest crafting challenges I’ve ever (succesfully) completed is that of the Ilumiseta mushroom light. It took me over a year to completely figure the whole project out (okay, I did take some breaks in between and worked on other projects) but I’m glad I didn’t give up on it. Like I usually do with large projects. (It’s actually kind of rare for me to finish anything bigger than a sketch. I get impatient!)

Since I’m kind of proud of this project, I made a little video showing you guys how it all came together. I didn’t plan on doing a making-of video, so it’s more a behind-the-scenes look. Which I hope you’ll enjoy nonetheless!

Behind the idea
The idea of making a mushroom light came from my obsession with a dutch themepark, called the Efteling. It’s an amazing world of fairy tales and stories about magical lands and people. My favourite ride is by far the “Droomvlucht” (“Dream flight”). A darkride that takes you into a world of trolls, fairies and floating castles. It really made a big impression on me as a kid and I still think it’s amazingly made.

I once turned my grandparent’s staircase into our own Droomvlucht darkride, when my grandma had her new stair lift installed. Almost as good as the real thing. (Okay, not really, but it was a lot of fun to make.) 


So as I got older and Harry Potter happened I really got into fanart and fanfiction. And eventually that turned into fan-propmaking. Because even though I love illustrating and writing, there’s something about the tangible that just makes it so much more awesome. It only took a Pinterest post and some YouTube video’s on DIY LED projects to start the Ilumiseta project. (Although, at the time I just called it the “I want to have a mushroom lamp” project.) I did buy one from AliExpress first, but – as usual – the quality wasn’t really what I was looking for. Since I was determined to have my own glowing mushroom lamp, I had to continue with this project.

After learning how to sculpt, make moulds, learn from my failures instead of quitting and get acquainted with LED electronics, I made my first mushroom lamp. 


I loved it, and so did several other people I showed it to, so I decided to make more of them. And the little mushroom factory was born. I named them “Ilumiseta”, combining the words “illuminating” and “seta” (meaning mushroom in spanish (thank you spanish-speaking friend who came up with it!)). I gave all the mushrooms a unique ID tag and then first presented them to the big wide world at the Etsy Made in NL Market 2017.

And now they’re available in my webshop(s)! Right here, and also on my Etsy shop

I hope to make many more glowy-things in the future (maybe some bugs? Or jellyfish!) and I hope you’ll be there checking out my blogs, Instagram or Facebook to take a look 🙂

P.S. If you’ve never visited the Efteling before. I forgive you, but: Go. Now.

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Magical Event april 2018 – Thank you all!

Magical Event april 2018 - The Gloomy Light on Harry Potter event 2018 Doornenburg

Since the Magical Event april 2018 was a dutch event, I’m writing this post in dutch. Curious about what I have to say? Google translate is your friend! (But you’re always welcome to send me a message if you’d like to know more.)


Magical Event april 2018

Afgelopen zaterdag, op 14 april 2018, was de eerste kasteel editie van het Magical Event. Een evenement voor alle Harry Potter fans van Nederland, in onze eigen Gelderlandse Zweinstein!  Meer dan duizend Harry Potter fans bezochten kasteel Doornenburg dit weekend om een middag magie te beleven.

Daar was ik er ook één van, maar dan wel als standhouder van The Gloomy Light! Als kleine webshop ondernemer vind ik het altijd erg spannend maar ook heel leuk om direct mijn producten aan het publiek te verkopen. En het feit dat we met z’n allen een dagje konden doen alsof we tovenaars(leerlingen) waren, maakte dat alleen nog maar een mooiere ervaring.

Jullie waren allemaal heel enthousiast over mijn producten en dat was super leuk om te zien. Heel erg bedankt voor een mooie dag! Ik hoop dat de nieuwe eigenaren van de potions, pollepels en paddenstoelen veel plezier beleven aan hun aankopen.

Binnenkort verschijnen de marktproducten ook op mijn webshop, dus als je me gemist hebt op het Magical Event kun je alles binnenkort ook hier bestellen.

Het was een klein maar fijn evenement en hopelijk wordt de volgende editie nog magischer. Bedankt alle bezoekers voor een magische dag en de organisatie voor het super leuke initiatief!



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