With winter coming on in Seattle, I’m a little obsessed with paludariums - think vivarium or terrarium but with an under water element, which means lots and lots of awesome mosses and maybe some cute little shrimp. There are a ton of these being made in oversized glass bowls, which is an awesome way to display one in your home without requiring it’s own furniture. The problem is lighting for the paludarium - so far all the ones I’ve seen are super gorgeous little landscapes with a silly looking LED lamp over it, somewhat like this:
I think that the black or white plastic takes away from the whole natural aesthetic - I’d love to make a custom wooden stand that wraps around the bottom of the bowl for stability (and maybe protection for your furniture) and has a graceful arch up and over the center of the bowl. I’m thinking 3 layers so I can hide the wiring for the LED in a groove down the middle layer, and a nice flower petal style shade for the LED. With the Glowforge, it would be easy to put one together and then customize the base for whatever size glass bowl I’m working on next.