Greetings, ladies and gentlemen. Today we explore the mechanics of hollowing out a G40 lightbulb. First you get your tools. My favorite three are a small screwdriver, pliers, and a pocket knife. You will need sandpaper or steel wool for the last steps.
It is also advised you use gloves. I forgot to use them for most of the pictures. Don't follow my bad example.
Basically, pry the solder off. Be careful with that knife, though. If it slips, you might not have a finger anymore. USE GLOVES.
I often turn these into fishbowls. They're a perfect size for a female betta (a small male betta works too!) If it becomes one of my fish's homes, I usually will stick a bit of bamboo or rooted plant in there as well. The fishes like to swim about in the root systems, and it keeps the lightbulb clean so I don't have to change the water as often. Plants love ammonia, interestingly, and will thrive on the waste of the fish, including any uneaten food. Works out great! Kind of like a mini ecosystem...
If you are interested in seeing this fishbowl actually being used as such, I have some for sale here.