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Tikiskip's / Kahiki lamp,Tiki bar lights, fishing float light
tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-02-10 5:07 pm   Permalink

The next step is to tie the rattan.


As you can see this is a 1.5 inch by 1 inch chain link.
Now just keep wraping till you have three total wraps all around.


Take a twist tie or whatever and crush the loop to form chain.



Now take the loose parts if there are any and tie em up.
get this chain all tight and tucked in.


Give the whole thing a twist.
Just use your hands it will kind of stay the way you twist it.
Do this while the rattan is still wet.





 
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Tiki Kitty
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Posted: 2010-02-10 6:56 pm   Permalink

This is an INCREDIBLE tutorial, tikiskip. Thanks so much for making it so transparent with the pics!

Anxiously awaiting the next lesson...

(Miss Salt)


 
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kahalakruzer
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Posted: 2010-02-10 9:51 pm   Permalink

You threw me for a loop with that "soap in the water" trick. Cool deal!
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-02-11 08:53 am   Permalink

Ha! Ha! thanks Veruca!!
And thank you for taking my joke in the good hearted manner
of its intent.

A few notes on what we just did.
do not soak the rattan too long or it
will turn a grey color when dry.
BUT if you have a larger piece of rattan you must
soak it longer, also if the skin is on it will need
even more time to soak.
I soak kooboo rattan in my hot tub over night. Works great!
If you bend rattan too much even if it is soaked it can break.
I have also heard that old rattan does not bend as well.
Rattan has nodes you just cant see them as clearly as in bamboo.
Once dry rattan keeps most of the shape you put it in.
So cool!
Rattan was just made for building stuff.


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-02-11 09:07 am   Permalink

On with the pics.

Next I have dyed the rattan to help you see better.
take the first link and tie rattan around it like so.


Keep looping the rattan around itself but also through
the other link.


Keep on looping till you have the three wraps you need.


Now crush it, tie it, and tuck in loose pieces.
Just like before. Dont forget the twist at the end.





 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-02-11 09:16 am   Permalink

When you get going your chain will start to form
and will look like this.


Take off all ties.


With your side cuts cut extra rattan.
do this at an angle and in a place on
the link that wont be seen and is tucked in well.


Remember dont cut away your three wraps.
this is why you want to tuck in the rattan and go
over a bit on your three wraps. cuz you are going to come
back and cut it.
It will now look like this.







 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-02-12 1:07 pm   Permalink

This is the home stretch.

Skip I messed up I made one ring that is just a little
bit bigger than the others!


Just cut it out.
then tie both ends back together with more rattan.
You need to take care and make sure that each one of your
links are almost the same.
This is the difference between thats nice, and WOW! you made that!


Now is time to flame it.
Get a torch and lightly burn it here and there.
I like the torch on the far left best. (Bernzomatic)



See in that last photo after I put the fire to it the
rattan kinda got outa place, it will expand somtimes.
You can cut it out or cut it back whatever will look best.

Next is time to shellac, just make sure to get in the grooves.
The shellac does many things first it makes it look old and cool,
it also seals it keeping out water and other smells, must, mold.
The shellac will act as a glue of sorts as well.


Well thats about it.
Hope you had fun, or are about to have fun making rattan chain.
Rattan is sooo cheap! Once you start working with it the things you
can do are endless.
Going to try and see how much chain I can get outa a one pound hank.
Will post pics.
I would like some of you to post photos of the chain you
make here.
Would love to see your work!

[ This Message was edited by: tikiskip 2010-02-12 14:03 ]


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-02-12 1:14 pm   Permalink

REMEMBER...this chain is decorative only.
Do not try to hang anything heavy from this chain.
If you want to hang a light from this chain use piano wire
in the center of this chain for support.


 
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kahalakruzer
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Posted: 2010-02-12 7:09 pm   Permalink

Cool tutorial skip! Next time I'm at Frank's, I've got to pick up some hanks of rattan. I noticed you use smaller torches for the most part. Have you ever tried the bigger standard Bernzomatic propane torch that you would get from the hardware store? I use those and the Bernzomatic MAPP gas torches (the gas seems to last forever in both), but I was wondering if maybe you have had any problems with one. I could definitely see burning the hell out of intricate work on accident...especially with MAPP gas.
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-02-14 7:10 pm   Permalink

Hey kruzer,
I have used the lager torches before.
The problem with those is they have too large of a flame.
These torches have a small flame you can direct better.


 
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Capt'n Skully
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Posted: 2010-02-16 1:03 pm   Permalink

Wow! The rattan chain is a great touch... Can't wait to see what you're holding back.

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-02-18 09:18 am   Permalink

Thanks Eric,
I do want to do more how to stuff.
Am writing and doing the photos now for some.
Need to do this for myself as well, for there are a lot
of numbers and measurements for each thing on these lights.
If you have the right measurements you save a lot of money too.


 
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TIKIVILLE
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Posted: 2010-02-19 11:03 am   Permalink

Found a old package of links and was holding off till I could get that "look" that you have mastered ...
Your tips were what I was waiting for, THANK YOU !
cant wait to see more how to's



 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-02-20 4:05 pm   Permalink

Tikiville that is great!
Glad to see somone using the info.
Was the chain one dollar?
I'll take 50.
Am trying to make all of a one pound hank now.
Want to see what the price per foot is when you make it yourself.
This would also be great as garland on your tiki Christmas tree.
Going to have a guess the number of feet contest when done.
Winner gets a light.


 
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TIKIVILLE
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Posted: 2010-02-20 4:12 pm   Permalink

did you say contest!?
I'm in !
Ya , wish they had more for a dollar ,gotta love GOODWILL...they build ya up an tear ya down. lol
I'll definatly keep my eyes open for ya !



 
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