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Lava Wall in Progress
LavaLounger
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Joined: Dec 27, 2005
Posts: 81
From: The Great Plains of Kansas
Posted: 2006-01-23 08:14 am   Permalink

Well I fingally figured out how to post a picture, so I'm sending a pix of my "lava-lounge" in progress. After 2 tear outs and start-overs, I've finally come up with a little wall that will hopefully look like fake lava. Granted I've never seen real lava, so this is only my impression.



This is a tornado shelter/storage closet off my tiki bar that I decided would be more fun to make into a tiki "nook" and somehow the whole lava idea took on a life of it's own. Anyhoooooo, this is what I have so far, it's a sandwich of masonite siding, foam insulation, foam insulation squeeze stuff, black matte spray paint, and a sheet of acrylic plastic, two sets of twinkle lights that have indiviudally "twinkling" lights (simulates a flickering embers look), an assortment of tools, messes, mistakes, pinkie assassinations, and cussings.

I still have finishing work and a booth seat to build.....I'll update as I go along.

LavaLounger


 
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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2006-01-23 08:24 am   Permalink

cool!



 
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HelloTiki
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Joined: Jul 23, 2005
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From: Kailua, Hawaii
Posted: 2006-01-23 08:29 am   Permalink

Great place to sacrifice virgins! ...and pray for surf in Kansas!

 
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Scottiki
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Joined: Jun 21, 2004
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From: The Moai Lounge
Posted: 2006-01-23 10:21 am   Permalink

LavaLounger,
That looks kick-ass!
Any chance you can post more pics...or a step-by-step? I've been planning to add some lava-ish effects to the Moai Lounge, and yours looks phenomenal!
Great work,
Scottiki


 
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GatorRob
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Joined: Aug 20, 2004
Posts: 1770
From: 3 hrs 33 mins to paradise
Posted: 2006-01-23 10:43 am   Permalink

Yeah, I second that. It looks great from the pic you posted, but I'd love to see more close up pics and a step by step if you can swing it. Maybe in the winter the "lava" could heat up the room!

 
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Bete
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Joined: Jan 01, 2006
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Posted: 2006-01-23 10:48 am   Permalink

How cool is that! That is gonna rock when it's done!

 
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LavaLounger
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Joined: Dec 27, 2005
Posts: 81
From: The Great Plains of Kansas
Posted: 2006-01-23 10:55 am   Permalink

Scotiki - WOW, thanks for the tiki kudos! Sure I can post few pictures.....but I was bad...I didn't take many. I was so freakin' frustrated with the first two attempts and how bad they were that I wasn't sure this try would be much better.

But I can probably explain it well enough since I started out making a little 2' x 2' box to experiment with and went from there. It's been more of a process than a direct project.

Yesterday I added a frame and "drooled" more foam insulation around the edges for a "burned through the wall" look. That wasn't my intention however, just the result of tweakin' the tiki'.

Here's today's update:



I added that "frame" as a stroke of genius I came up with in the middle of the night as I wasn't happy with the look of trim or bamboo around the edges. The frame is a chunk of the masonite siding that I used around the rest of the walls, just jigged it out crookedy, then back-filled with more squeeze foam insulation, painted it black. I'm finally reasonably satisfied with it! Wish I could post what it looks like while the lights are twinkling so it looks like it's really glowing. This is probably as close as I'll ever get to the real thing.

I'll work on putting together a parts list and a guide so I don't miss a step, then post it. ANd of course now I'll take more pictures while I do things. Duh.

LavaLounger - finally is having a lava lounge


 
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Tikiwahine
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
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From: Victoria, BC
Posted: 2006-01-23 11:06 am   Permalink

That is so cool lavalounge!
Thanks for showing us what you've been up to, what a great effect!


 
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Matt Reese
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Joined: May 09, 2005
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2006-01-23 1:42 pm   Permalink

Cool! Please do the step by step. I want Iwant I want!

 
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8FT Tiki
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Joined: Nov 30, 2003
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From: Kansas City, MO
Posted: 2006-01-23 3:43 pm   Permalink

Glad you didn't give up! You have really found the right combination. Congrats on a great look!
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LavaLounger
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Joined: Dec 27, 2005
Posts: 81
From: The Great Plains of Kansas
Posted: 2006-01-27 08:56 am   Permalink

Well, I'm ALMOST done. Ran into a snag the other day after knocking over a quart of red acrylic enamel paint onto the carpet. And according to murphy's law, it landed upside down and glugged itself empty before I could do anything. Big fun cleaning up that mess, a lot of water and a big shop vac did a decent job. Thankfully the carpet is red, even before the paint spill. After that crisis I thought I needed a couple days of a break. Let it be known that i build with Murphy's Law as my motto.

I've since trimmed out the little "dashboard" under the lava wall for setting some of my tiki doodads on, and upholstered two 5/8" plywood slabs to make a nice "booth-type" seat, but it's not level yet so will have to fix that. It's always something!

So here is my almost finished "lava lounge"... (in a tornado shelter/storage closet):



I've been taking pictures this time so I'll post "how to" info when I finish.

Can't wait to crash in there with a drink and just relax!
LavaLounger



 
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Slacks Ferret
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
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From: Calgary
Posted: 2006-01-27 09:46 am   Permalink

Very Creative. Very Cool. I think we're gonna start seeing other "active lava" walls in the near future. Too bad you didn't have more space to tikify. I'd love to see what you could do with an entire room.



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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-01-27 10:06 am   Permalink

Yes, that Is really nice. I would say it's cool, but actually it looks HOT, in Both manners of the word. It almost looks like it is oozint right off the wall.

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GatorRob
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Joined: Aug 20, 2004
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From: 3 hrs 33 mins to paradise
Posted: 2006-01-27 10:22 am   Permalink

That is SO great. So great in fact that it would fit right in with any good commercial tiki bar as a cozy little nook for quiet conversations and (of course) drinks! Nice job!


 
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mbonga
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Joined: Dec 04, 2005
Posts: 556
From: La Mesa, California
Posted: 2006-01-27 10:32 am   Permalink

Damn, that's nice, and very original, too. You ought to think about marketing it, seriously!


 
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