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Help! What are those globe/bubble hanging lamps called?
bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2007-08-11 07:43 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-08-11 07:28, icebaer69 wrote:
ok - how did the pufferfish get into
the small opening ?


That's easy! You get a glass float, then catch a baby puffer fish. You put water in the float, and it becomes a fish bowl. The baby sized puffer fits in through the opening fine. You feed it steroid fish food, which makes it grow too fast and eventually gives the poor thing a heart attack (puffer fish always puff up when having a heart attack!).
Now comes the difficult part. Pour out the water, and put the float on a low flame, to dry the fish. This might become a bit smelly. Next: How to replace the innards with a light bulb:....

I think, ultimately this is a question that only the the wise elders of Oceanic Arts can answer.




[ This Message was edited by: bigbrotiki 2007-08-11 07:45 ]


 
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bongofury
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From: Ventura County
Posted: 2007-08-11 08:05 am   Permalink

I highly recommend Polynesiac's lamps also. A few years ago
I made this lamp with a vintage 12" float. I used a Makita
grinder with a diamond blade. This was the second attempt as
the first one cracked. After cutting the hole just insert
puffer head first and turn.



 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2007-08-11 6:50 pm   Permalink

My second favorite Poly pop lamps right after the blowfish-in-glassfloat are these mini diorama sea life lamps like they had a the Royal Hawaiian in Laguna Beach (R.I.P.), with shells, coral and starfish on sand INSIDE....here in the O.A. catalog:



When I discovered OA a long time ago, they still had one of those Beachcomber bottle lamps.


The detail is cool, they lacquered the drift wood and sprayed it with beachsand so it would look like just found.




 
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RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2007-08-12 03:58 am   Permalink

What's with the fake plants?

lol!!!


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2007-08-12 10:38 am   Permalink

Somebody dumped those on me. Just showed up one day and said "Here". I didn't wanna be rude and refuse.

 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2007-08-12 10:59 am   Permalink

...but while we are on the subject of fake plants, allow me to mention again something I hinted at before. For the Tiki traditionalist, like I am, the only way to be completely authentic in your mid-century Tiki decor is to find and use PLASTIC plants. This nowadays is as tough a challenge as finding old Tiki lounge lamps, because the new generation of fake but convincingly real looking FABRIC plants has practically wiped out plastic plant production. Yet in my mind plastic is good tacky, fabric is bad tacky. I realize this is a hardcore attitude, so please don't go and toss all your fabric foliage now. I am merely theorizing. Check out the Chin Tiki's main foyer:



This jungle is ALL plastic! That was all they had back then. And the term "PLASTIC PLANT" is just so much more associated with artificially created environments.

It is, of course, nothing wrong with REAL plants. You may use those too


 
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Unkle John
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Posted: 2007-08-13 07:02 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-08-11 18:50, bigbrotiki wrote:

The detail is cool, they lacquered the drift wood and sprayed it with beachsand so it would look like just found.



WOW I'd love to make a few of those, any more pics?
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Robertiki
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Posted: 2007-08-13 10:25 am   Permalink

I made all the float lights at Thatch. I went to Hippo Hardware, a place of used and vintage hardware with the whole upstairs full of lamps and lamp parts.

I'm sure your city has a similar store of used lamp parts, look for the lamp repair guy and ask him.

Next, I went to the local craft store and bought some aerisol cans of "Krylon stained Glass Paint" allowing you to paint on glass. The red and blue took just a couple of coats. The green and amber almost the whole can to get the desired depth of color.

Back at the lamp part place, I bought the innards and these spring things which hold the bulb and innards in place.

I also used some sheet metal to make a cover for the hole since I didn't want all the light to escape out of the top.

Then, some old rope netting or even some new stuff available at party supply stores, to wrap it in and you are done.

UL testing is for suckers.
robertiki


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2007-08-13 12:05 pm   Permalink

We won't believe a word you say until you show us pictures!

 
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Tiki Zen
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Posted: 2007-08-13 12:23 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-08-10 15:03, Fugu wrote:
Where did you find a 24" diameter float? That should make a cool (and enormous) light.

[ This Message was edited by: Fugu 2007-08-10 15:04 ]



Bought it on ebay from a company called Atlantic Coral Enterprises. Price was dirt cheap (99 cents), but, of course, everyone pads the shipping cost. Still, not too expensive.


 
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TikiPhil
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Posted: 2007-08-13 10:04 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-08-12 10:59, bigbrotiki wrote:

And the term "PLASTIC PLANT" is just so much more associated with artificially created environments.




"PLASTIC PLANT" - That reminds me of a good book I own:

http://www.amazon.com/Vinyl-Leaves-America-Institutional-Structures/dp/0813314720

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Psycho Tiki D
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Posted: 2007-08-28 5:46 pm   Permalink

Finally I got around to wiring mine and I am extemely pleased with how it turned out...




Glass float lamp from the Stockton Islander.

Thanks for looking!

Psycho Tiki D (I know I am and how's it hangin')?


 
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Polynesiac
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Posted: 2007-08-28 6:35 pm   Permalink


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We won't believe a word you say until you show us pictures!



Well, I don't know about the lights at thatch, but I did one using the stained glass spray and it came out pretty good.





The red one in the picture above was a clear 10" diameter globe. I put about 2 or 3 coats of the red spray on it. The bulb inside is a 15 watt white bulb, but I had a lower wattage red one in there for a while too. I think it turned out pretty nice!

(PS - the light on the right hand side is an ONATIKI - he makes great stuff!!)
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2007-08-28 8:37 pm   Permalink

Here's some I made.
I will try to dig up my old ones later.







 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2007-08-28 8:59 pm   Permalink

These are some I made as well.
I made all but the last two.






 
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