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Bongofury's Lamp Projects
Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Oct 15, 2002
Posts: 1560
From: Ventura County
Posted: 2009-02-06 4:28 pm   Permalink

One of my first projects was the pufferfish in a glass float. I can't find the pix, but I have posted them on TC somewhere.

This was my next project.

I bought this new large float (20" ?) for the rear outrigger on the bar to go with the vintage red float light at the other end.

I etched the glass and...

installed a light kit...

Next was a $4.00 flea market light up globe...

Moved the light to the top and removed the stand..

Forgot to take before pix, but some of you have seen this ship's wheel wine (rum) rack sitting in our bars. Had some cool barkcloth left over from recovering a rattan stool...

I need to get a night shot. Here I added a light kit to a BambooBen A-Frame thingy...

This was my last project, again no shot of the crate before I started. Just added some vintage tapacloth and a light kit...

This old crate is heavy! Took a while to hang it...


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Trad'r Bill
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Joined: Oct 14, 2008
Posts: 492
From: Hercules, CA
Posted: 2009-02-06 4:54 pm   Permalink

Yeah!! Love the lamps - especially the crate and A-Frame

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Big Kahuna
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Joined: Apr 11, 2007
Posts: 2482
From: SoMass
Posted: 2009-02-06 5:29 pm   Permalink

Great Lamps! I think it's time for some more pics of your place, Bongo.

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Grand Member (8 years)  

Joined: Mar 30, 2008
Posts: 8920
From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2009-02-06 7:17 pm   Permalink

Amazing stuff Bongo - the globe is especially unique, it would also look great in the antique brown. Is that a home bar or do you own a commercial tiki bar?
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Grand Member (8 years)  

Joined: Nov 26, 2005
Posts: 4672
Posted: 2009-02-06 9:18 pm   Permalink

nice lights!
I have a large glass jug like your last picture.
Can't wait to tie that one!

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Slacks Ferret
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
Posts: 1322
From: Calgary
Posted: 2009-02-07 09:16 am   Permalink

Looks great in there Bongo! Even with just the (limited) photos of the ceiling, I can tell that's an awesome tiki room.

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Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Jun 21, 2006
Posts: 7158
From: Tujunga
Posted: 2009-02-07 11:08 am   Permalink

Ya'll need to move out of GROG' house.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7914
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2009-02-07 4:42 pm   Permalink


Cool Beans!

That tear drop is super cool.

Queen K got a bunch of big glass colored jugs with fish net on em

and we

just stuck a strand of mini x mas lights in em and they

came out pretty neat.

Just an idear for the tear drop.

Bamboo Ben
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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 5068
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2009-02-10 6:13 pm   Permalink


I do believe I have seen the light! Great projects, very illuminating.

I just got this postcard from a place in Montreal with some fixtures that might give you some more ideas (as in light bulb).


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Joined: Nov 29, 2002
Posts: 1794
From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2009-02-10 7:20 pm   Permalink

Those are some mighty fine lights Ron. I've often been tempted to try my hand at the "Electrical Arts", but I'm lucky if I can install a ceiling fan without shocking the shit out of myself. A friend of mine in Long Beach was doing neon lights, but that's mostly about bending glass tube and gases.

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Lake Surfer
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
Posts: 3414
From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2009-02-10 11:29 pm   Permalink


You're the "Urban Beachcomber!"

Nice creations, and they look great on display!

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Joined: Aug 04, 2006
Posts: 413
From: Surf's Up, Los Angeles!
Posted: 2009-02-17 10:51 pm   Permalink

Truly inspired, Bongofury! Aloha to you and your fine missus.

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Joined: Jan 29, 2004
Posts: 2094
From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2009-02-19 09:38 am   Permalink

great lights, Bongo!!!!
The float lights are very well done and you certainly have the creative eye with your other creations. I absolutely LOVE your ships wheel light and your version of the crate light. I always admire the one at OA whenever I'm in there and yours looks just as cool, if not cooler.

Your backyard hideaway is looking AMAZING!!!!!!!!

OMG! I'm on Instagram!

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Joined: May 03, 2007
Posts: 2009
From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2009-02-19 10:31 am   Permalink

What is it that you spray on the inside of the glass float to difuse light
and you don't see the bulb to give it that glowing globe look.
Secondly how do you cut the hole in the glass to put the fixture in?

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Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Oct 15, 2002
Posts: 1560
From: Ventura County
Posted: 2009-02-19 8:17 pm   Permalink

Thanks all.
While most of the things I collect and display are vintage, I am proud to feature artists that keep the vintage style in their art. In the Rincon Room you will see Bamboo Ben, Tiki Diablo, Lake Surfer, Flounder, Joe Vitale, Oceanic Arts, Tiki Tony, Polynesiac, Polynesian Pop, Swamp Fire, Wayne Coombs, Tacky Tiki, Bosko, Monkeyman, plus many more. The lamps are copied from you all, and all are welcome to visit anytime. Mahalo again! Watch for the next Rincon Room Party as it may be the last.......

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