||giant swizzle sticks project - Vamptiki lounge finished !! last pg.
Joined: Nov 21, 2004
|Posted: 2009-02-19 7:48 pm  Permalink|
just wanted to share progress on one of my side projects that coincides with the sign replicas i have been making......it's an idea i have been kickin around for sometime now and have finally managed to forge ahead with it. It all started when my girlfriend was tellin me about a dream she had about being in a salvation army store and finding a barrel full of sticks with carved tikis on the ends of them.......a little bulb went off and i said sounds like giant swizzle sticks!...and thus a new project series was born......basically, i want to make giant replicas of vintage swizzles as well as create new ones (or custom ones for personal bars), not exactly true to actual swizzles but ones of my own creation.....like the example below which is half finished..... Aku Aku didn't have a cool swizzle in actuality...so i took liberties and made a new design......this one i made out of MDF particle board.....keeps it lightweight and sturdy....I also plan to experiment with ones out of colored acrylic for a very real looking swizzle and ones that are made out of regular wood and stained - just to get a feel for different looks that i can acheive with these.......They will be able to hang on walls both vertical and horizontal.....the same hooks on the back will enable one to hang them from the ceiling by thin cable so that a viewer can look up and see the sticks facing down at them.....these will work great in small places like above windows and alongside doors or any other place that is hard to fill with just the right tiki decor (especially if the wooden tiki spoon and fork is your only option). On this particular one i am going to keep the colors down to 2 shades of red....dark for the base and outlines and light for the flat surfaces....this swizzle is about 5 ft long.....sizes will vary but will all be about the same scale,,,,the tiki or whatever the main icon happens to be on these will be removable via screws so that i can ship these in a shorter package if need be....I'm hoping to pitch this idea to a few bars.....i think a few of these would look cool behind a bar mounted on a wall or even have a bunch floating off the ceiling......(hey ben, does frankies need a giant swizzle or 2 for their new bar ??)..
anyway- enough yappin on my part.....here's the pics!!!
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Grand Member (8 years)
Joined: Mar 30, 2008
From: The Anvil of the Sun
|Posted: 2009-02-19 7:55 pm  Permalink|
Very cool Tip.
Grand Member (first year)
Joined: Nov 23, 2006
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
|Posted: 2009-02-19 8:13 pm  Permalink|
What a great idea. Let us know when you are taking personal orders...I would love to have one built for my home bar.
Joined: Apr 11, 2007
|Posted: 2009-02-19 9:47 pm  Permalink|
Another great idea. Keep em coming, Tipsy!
Joined: Nov 12, 2002
From: Huntikington Beach
|Posted: 2009-02-19 10:46 pm  Permalink|
......(hey ben, does frankies need a giant swizzle or 2 for their new bar ??)..
Give them a jingle.
They're open 24hrs a day!
Tiki Bars I've designed/built. TikiCat, Kona Club, Forbidden Island, Kon Tiki Tucson,
Don the Beachcomber, Tiki No, Tong Lei Room, Frankie's Tiki Room, Pacific Seas, Longi
|Bay Park Buzzy|
Joined: Apr 07, 2006
From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
|Posted: 2009-02-19 11:19 pm  Permalink|
I picked this up at Frankie's on Grand Opening Night:
It's a little smaller than yours...
Drake made it.
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Joined: Oct 21, 2002
From: Milwaukee, WI
|Posted: 2009-02-20 12:50 am  Permalink|
Kick ass idea Dave, and great execution!
Something about being stuck indoors for 6 months out of the year... gets the wheels turning.
See ya Saturday!
Joined: Nov 21, 2004
|Posted: 2009-02-20 05:09 am  Permalink|
thanks for the kind words everyone!!
damn buzzy!!......small world after all....had i known frankies was using the same moai like i did here i would have hit them up sooner!! ...perry has helped me out with stuff in the past....hopefully he still has the moai on file and if they want i can scale it up......except i'll probably get rid of "grand opening " and change it to "Las Vegas Nevada".........
Ben- awww!! your're not gonna be my marketing agent in the field no more ??!! .......keep me in mind for future projects just the same, though!! -thanks!
vampiress - i'll keep you posted!! -thanks!!
lake surfer - see ya saturday - can't wait to check out your new stuff !!
,,Next swizzle coming up after this "swampfire lounge"....which will probably go to doug after it's done. It will feature a flat 3-d likeness of his tiki logo on one end, overhanging letters (like in the frankies swizzle), and a 3-d spearhead type thing on other end of end of the swizzle.
- if you haven't guessed already, yes, i have been using letters that were left over from previous sign projects i did in the past.....i like the recycling aspect to these....it beats just tossing them out....
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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
From: Omao, Kauai
|Posted: 2009-02-20 05:36 am  Permalink|
On 2009-02-19 19:48, Tipsy McStagger wrote:
....this one i made out of MDF particle board....this swizzle is about 5 ft long.....
How's the MDF carve, does it hold together well? Seems like it would be crumbly.
You should put something in the pics for scale, it does not look 5 ft!
Great idea, but now you need to carve a giant mug to put it in!
Joined: Nov 10, 2006
From: La Mesa, CA
|Posted: 2009-02-20 07:16 am  Permalink|
Fine looking piece, Tipsy, and a cool original idea!
MDF is the greatest stuff to carve, isn't it? With enough sanding and primering I've been able to achieve mirror smooth surfaces with it.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Joined: Nov 21, 2004
|Posted: 2009-02-20 08:45 am  Permalink|
i think mdf is quite versatile, but finishing can be a pain..done right, the effect is worth it....sometime i cheat though by using that texture finish spray paint. it helps to fill in the edges, which are the hardest part to get smooth.....bondo is your friend when it comes to this....just apply it to the edges, sand, prime then fill in any inconsistencies with some spot putty. ...prime again then paint.
..ya gotta use the dense mdf....your're right, the coarse stuff is way to crumbly. i would never consider using it for these.
...after i get this painted i'll post pics of it standing vertical against a door for scale....
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Joined: Sep 02, 2008
|Posted: 2009-02-21 09:12 am  Permalink|
I would buy these in a heartbeat and can only imagine how many different ones you can create! Love this for sure and keep em coming!
Joined: Sep 22, 2008
From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
|Posted: 2009-02-21 10:20 am  Permalink|
yes VERY cool cant wait to see the progress!........custom orders is a great idea as well
Joined: Nov 14, 2008
|Posted: 2009-02-21 1:26 pm  Permalink|
I LOVE your giant swizzle stick!!!
What a great idea!
Joined: Sep 29, 2003
From: near Atlanta, Georgia
|Posted: 2009-02-21 7:41 pm  Permalink|
I keep looking at this, very cool!