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show us your Puffer fish lamps... Tributes to the little ones!
RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2009-06-20 9:01 pm   Permalink


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Tikiwahine
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From: Victoria, BC
Posted: 2009-06-21 12:16 am   Permalink



Only one so far, they're hard to find up here. Someday I'd like a little school of them hanging from the ceiling.
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MrBaliHai
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Posted: 2009-06-21 08:13 am   Permalink

I love my Oceanic Arts pufferfish.



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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2009-06-21 08:19 am   Permalink

I just sent 8 large puffer fish lamps to Survivor Samoa. Can't wait to see them on TV!

Here is a pick on a very vintage puffer in my old bar

Trying to get back to selling more.
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naugatiki
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Joined: Jan 02, 2004
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From: Port Angeles, Wa
Posted: 2009-06-21 08:25 am   Permalink

I got the red one at Oceanic Arts and the rest were found in a box at a yard sale that were converted. But a word of warning, if you're going to make a pufferfish lamp wear thick gloves, after I completed the first one it was like I went a few rounds with a hedgehog.












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Trader Tom
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Joined: Jan 26, 2006
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From: Hillsboro, OR
Posted: 2010-02-18 4:23 pm   Permalink

I just finished making this puffer lamp. I used taxidermy glass eyes like Sven did on his. Here's a pic with flash and without flash. Thanks for everyone's advice on TC and at the Rumpus Room. I am NOT an electrician and would have never finished this little project without the tips!






 
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kahalakruzer
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Joined: Jan 29, 2008
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From: Dana Point! California
Posted: 2010-02-19 4:16 pm   Permalink

Here's my big puffer lamp that's about 21" long.

Here's my puffer in a mock fish float lamp that I made

And here is my order of 28 puffers that was delivered to my warehouse this week. I was mocking up an order online to see how much it would take to fulfill a minimum requirement, and they decided to fill the order without a confirmation! Long story short, I've got a few extra small/medium puffers if anyone needs any. I'll be making lamps out of the big guys, and a few of the medium ones.


The big guy is 23", the 3 behind him are 19", the second row is 9-10" and the third row is 4-6".

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LiddleLola
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From: Elk Grove, CA
Posted: 2010-02-20 8:15 pm   Permalink

This thread is inspiring me to work on my pufferfish lamps. Having drilled the holes today I've noticed a lot of fibers on the inside, perhaps cellulose. Does anyone know of an efficient way to get them out. I'm conderned about them being a fire hazard. Anyone try rinsing one of these with water? I failed to find a thread with step by step instructions. Perhaps I'll google that.


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uncle trav
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Posted: 2010-02-21 05:53 am   Permalink

I wouldn't rinse the fish out with water as you may end up with a reconstituted dry fish and that could be real bad. The link below is a good thread to start with and has a bunch of good tips. Good luck and have fun.
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=7028&forum=18&start=0
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kahalakruzer
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Posted: 2010-02-21 10:17 am   Permalink

The easiest way that I've found to get the cotton out of the puffers is to stick a drill w/small bit into the hole that you opened for the light socket, and swirl the drill around at a low speed. The cotton wraps around the bit, kind of like cotton candy, and you can pull large chunks out at a time. If the hole is bigger, or you don't have a drill, you can use the "fork twirling spaghetti" method. Definitely a no-go on the rinsing idea, though. The fish would probably break down and there would be a sticky, bio-mess all over (from what I would imagine.)
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LiddleLola
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From: Elk Grove, CA
Posted: 2010-02-23 12:17 am   Permalink

Thanks for the tips and the link I couldn't find because pufferfish was spelled as two word.

My girlfriend and I spent a few hours tonight with various homemade implements defuzzing my puffers (now that sounds funny).

I'll try the drill bit next time.

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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-02-23 03:15 am   Permalink

Use a wire brush on the inside to get cotton out.
You can get them at a hardware store, they look like a toothbrush
only they are made with wire bristols, get the brass bristol brush.
You can use this to scrape the inside of the fish.


 
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Mr. NoNaMe
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Posted: 2011-09-16 3:23 pm   Permalink

Here is one I purchased from Bongofury.

I have a few more. I just need better lighting before I post them.
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tikipaka
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Joined: May 31, 2006
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From: New York
Posted: 2011-09-17 01:09 am   Permalink

I love the Pufferfish lamps, I have three medium and 2 large.









But taking good photos at night is hard for me. They always come out blurry!



Working on covering up all the cords with the fish netting etc, soon.


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Posted: 2011-09-17 10:02 am   Permalink



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