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Clysdalle
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Joined: Jan 27, 2006
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From: Carlsbad, CA
Posted: 2007-01-23 3:20 pm   Permalink

great thread....think i'm going to have to pick up some fleck stone paint!!!

 
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Unkle John
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Joined: Oct 22, 2003
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From: Middle-of-the-Ocean, TX
Posted: 2007-01-27 12:11 am   Permalink

Great thread indeed! I'm going to have to try to make me some of those glass floats and framed art. Well I took an idea from a previous post about making electric tiki torches and used those single electric candles you can pick up around Xmas time. We had some given to us as a gift one year and seeing we use the plastic vintage ones they stayed in storage until I had the idea to use them. I should have taken photos of my progress, but I can tell you what I did. The next set I make I'll take photos of the progress, promise.

I electrified one table top and one pole touch with this process. I carefully took and ice pick and punched a hole in the bottom of the can and worked a Phillips head screw driver in the hole to make it big enough for the electric cord to go through. I then dissected one of the candles. Now I had to take a hacksaw to one of the candles after I de-wired it because it would not fit in the table top can. It's a faux plastic candle so it didn't take long, just some good measuring. Now, here's the great thing about these candles, you don't need to cut to top of the can. These just slid right in. I saved the tops & wicks for replacements on my outside torches. With the candle in place and re-wired, I turned it on to check to see if it looked good. It did! No I need to figure out what to do with the brass base.
Here is a pic of the electric candle:



I got bored one day and(of course)had too much to drink so, I had a hair-brained idea. My 10 year old computer monitor was looking a little shabby and stuck out like a sore thumb in my home bar, so I took it apart and got after it with fleck-stone. It looks great, but unfortunately the monitor is now starting to go out. Meaning the color on the right side is darker than the left (which is the true color). being a graphic artist, this is very annoying. But here's a pic of what happens when you leave me alone too long.


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tikigap
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Joined: Jan 19, 2006
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From: Arlingtron Virginia
Posted: 2007-01-29 07:10 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-01-27 00:11, Unkle John wrote:
...But here's a pic of what happens when you leave me alone too long.





Great Idea! I might just go get some of that stuff...
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Unkle John
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Joined: Oct 22, 2003
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From: Middle-of-the-Ocean, TX
Posted: 2007-01-29 8:45 pm   Permalink

Thanks! It actually looks cooler in person. I would spray primer on it first (after you have it taken apart) and then fleck-stone it. Don't put it together untill after 24 hours after you have sprayed it. I did mine about an hour or so and there were some wet spots that I had to be careful around. I got to excited on how it would look, and I needed my TC fix to wait 24 hours.

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The Granite Tiki
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Joined: Jul 02, 2005
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From: Nashua, NH
Posted: 2007-02-17 12:54 pm   Permalink

For those with any old futon frames lying around.

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=23006&forum=15&1

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Sneakytiki
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Joined: Mar 31, 2003
Posts: 1795
From: Boise, Idaho
Posted: 2007-04-03 12:28 am   Permalink

These pendant/ figures are in my Creating thread but escaped notice there so perhaps this will be a more receptive audience. Chipped old Tiki spork set? Giant spoon with no fork? Whats that u say? U F'n hate tiki spork sets? You see them all the time at the thrift an' they're okay an all but u don't need more than 1 or 2 examples?

This is what becums of the thrift store tiki ware upon arrival at my abode:

This is a tiki fork and spoon... obviously.. that I had a wee bit o' fun with about 3 years back.


Here are some pendants/statues I made out of forks and spoons. These pendant/statues were made over the last couplah days on breaks from painting. They can look fun on a shelf er' round yer neck etc.

We have here L to R, Hula Ku (KULA), some straight Ku's, some "KU/Lonos", and a Moai totem pole with Ku as the top knot.





This painting used tah be a lil' barn an farm scene dun by a nun in TX, after finding at the thrift I painted the back of the wood the canvas was stapled on an replaced the green on the frame with blue. I also painted the stained frayed matting cloth an' glued back intah place.

Moai in a mid-century syle painted last night. The actual painting is about 4" by 6", the matting/frame adds another 6" or so to each measurement.



Also shown is another Moai totem pole figure or pendant with arms/antennae. I might add another lower pair of arms. Once again, made from tiki fork/spoon.

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Angry tiki Happy tiki wooden dish.





Make a rice steamer shelf, and put more clutter on it...


Found this green vintage Chinese girl lamp, painted the tiny chip on her and put a dollartree basket to good use.



with lamp on (sorry very cheap camera).



Colored lite bulbs can be expensive, so I paint lower watt bulbs with cheap acrylic paint (paints I threw out but then took out of trash cus I can't throw stuff away).

This tiki swag made of wood and hemp has a customized yaller bulb in it.



That's stuff from this last week to a few yr's back. I can post a few more ideas/projects if there is interest.

Mahalo,

S T

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The Granite Tiki
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From: Nashua, NH
Posted: 2007-04-03 05:57 am   Permalink

Cool ideas! That's definitely what this thread is all about.

Taking discarded, broken, or even decidedly "un-tiki" things and making them great personal statements for the Tiki Lounge/Room that can't be purchased anywhere, and doing it on the cheap!

Thanks for updating this thread.


 
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mzoltarp
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Joined: Apr 28, 2006
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From: Bakersfield, California
Posted: 2007-04-04 07:49 am   Permalink

My wife and I found a plethora of bamboo panels, benches, and lamps for cheap at our local Vietnamese supermarket.

 
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velveteenlounge
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Joined: Feb 13, 2004
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From: Velveteen Lounge, NY
Posted: 2007-04-04 5:27 pm   Permalink

The bamboo steamer idea is a stroke of brilliance! I'm going to steal that one!

I took an oversized orphaned fork and embedded the fork part in a big planter with stones and a couple of fake palm trees and it just looks like a small tiki pole sticking out of the gravel.


 
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Sneakytiki
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From: Boise, Idaho
Posted: 2007-04-05 06:22 am   Permalink

Velveteen, I like your tiki totem planter idea. Glad u liked the steamer.

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The Granite Tiki
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From: Nashua, NH
Posted: 2007-04-25 11:42 am   Permalink

At the risk of turning this into the "Fleckstone Thread"

A while back I posted a picture of a paper mache Moai I picked up pretty cheap, and I was just waiting for the nice weather to turn it into my official "Granite Tiki" to greet people into my house. The weather has finally cooperated.


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PockyTiki
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From: central MA
Posted: 2007-04-25 11:49 am   Permalink

hey Granite, did you do that with the fleckstone that you used on your Monitor?

 
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The Granite Tiki
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From: Nashua, NH
Posted: 2007-04-25 11:58 am   Permalink

I believe it was Unkle John who fleckstoned his monitor.

 
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PockyTiki
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From: central MA
Posted: 2007-04-25 12:37 pm   Permalink

wow, total brain fart there i apologize!

 
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LavaLounger
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Joined: Dec 27, 2005
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From: The Great Plains of Kansas
Posted: 2007-04-28 11:00 am   Permalink

Wow......you guys have such great ideas......and I stole a couple! Well, thought I should "give back" a little and share a couple of my cheapie ideas. My rule of thumb is, "never throw any of my tiki junk out, even if it's broken". So I have boxes of busted up stuff or crap that I'm tired of...and I try to find new ways to use it.

So here's a standing torch, doesn't look so great in the daylight photo, but looks awesome at night.....the only "technical" thing that might be tough for some, is that I have a very long drill bit......48" long to be exact to drill out the membranes in the bamboo stalk. You can get them at Home Depot for about $15/$20. Maybe you could beat the membranes out with a long sharp stick if you don't have a big drill.




PARTS: You need an old clay flower pot, about a gallon of concrete mix, old piece of bamboo for a stalk the height you want, old broken bamboo tabletop torch, 2 left over kiddie hula skirts, some twine or sisal rope, glue gun, piece of speaker wire and hopefully a soldering gun, or leave that to someone with a little electrical know-how.



First, if you want, you turn the clay pot upside down and find a piece of bamboo that'll fit in the hole. I used a 1.5" hole bit and made the hole bigger to suit my bamboo piece. Next, turn the pot back upright and get an old papertowel tube and fit it in the hole so the tube sticks out of the top and bottom of the pot hole. Try to center the tube as best you can. Mix up the concrete and fill in around the tube. When it sets a little, you can wiggle the tube loose and make sure the bamboo stalk will still fit in the hole and tamp down the concrete so the stalk is straight, when it begins to set, take the bamboo out and let the concrete set and dry overnight. If there are some snags in the concrete, dig it out before the concrete sets too hard. Voila, the base.

I painted mine, but you probably don't need to.

Next, drill out the membranes in the bamboo. Run a big chunk of speaker wire through it with at least 2-ft sticking out both ends, tie it on to the plug end of the torch and pull it through the bamboo stalk, leave about 2 ft of the plug end of the torch wire hanging out the top.

Turn the pot upside down and stick the bamboo stalk in, make sure wire is hanging out the bottom still and that plug end of wire is sticking out the top of the bamboo stalk.



Next, crack a few slits in the top edge of the big bamboo stalk, then grab that old table top torch, take the wrapping off the torch end and jam it upside down in the top of the bamboo stalk, pull the plug end of the wire out the top again and lay it aside. Secure by wrapping some of the twine tightly around the bamboo.






Get the torch bowl.....you can paint that also on the outside, but you have to take it apart and just paint the bowl as you don't want paint gumming up the fan mechanism, then re-assemble, set aside. Using some twine and the glue gun, wrap the tabletop torch in the bamboo so it's steady. Glue it down. Then plop the torch bowl onto the upside down feet of the tabletop torch that you jammed down into the bamboo torch. I left my torch bowl loose, but you can either use small guage wire or the glue gun to secure it to the upside down base of the table top torch.

Glue kiddie hula skirt to the rim of the torchbowl to hide all the junk, and glue one around the bottom to hide the upsidedown pot. Decorate to suit your needs, plug in and go.

THEN, once you have the decorating part down, you can use the same torch bowls to make fake-flame tiki torches to hang around by gluing kiddie hula skirts to the edges, and replacing the chain hangers with twine or rope or something.



de-light-ful, eh?

I know it seems complicated, but the results are pretty cool.

Have fun,
LavaLounger sitting in the glow of the fake flames.








 
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