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Converting netted glass float balls into hanging lamps
tigertail777
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From: Oregon
Posted: 2011-07-28 1:27 pm   Permalink

Beautiful work! I love the fact you are using actual glass instead of plastic as some do, plastic just don't look the same at all. My dad has a old floater ball from when he was in the Navy and stationed at Diego Garcia. He found it on the beach there and the sucker is pretty damn heavy, plus it has several smaller bubbles in the glass at the base. I would love to make it a lamp but am terrified of even the remotest chance of it breaking. I wonder if it would look good lit from underneath somehow on a base or something? What do you think?

 
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1961surf
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From: Newport Beach, Ca .
Posted: 2011-07-31 3:51 pm   Permalink

Tigertail it can be done.The older floats are much thicker glass and less prone to breaking .Pm me if you want me to do it for you .

 
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1961surf
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Posted: 2011-08-15 3:43 pm   Permalink

Had four glass balls break today while cutting them , needless to say I am f**kn pissed to say the least !

 
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1961surf
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Posted: 2011-08-17 08:07 am   Permalink

With the good .....also comes the bad ! Here is one of four that broke in the last several
days while my glass man was cutting .He stated he could hear the air or gas escape when they
imploded !





 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-08-17 10:50 am   Permalink

Blown glass breaks very easy.
I think it's because of the small
bubbles in the glass.
They heat up when cutting and expand
and then the glass cracks.
So sure you can put a hole in a real float at a rate
of 4 out of ten good cuts.
Put an old blown glass bowl in the microwave and see what you get.
A pissed off wife that's what you get, cuz you just broke her bowl.
Plus a lot of the "glass floats" you see these days are thin Mexican
blown glass.
Not that thick Coke bottle type of the past.
The old Coke bottle type are even harder to cut cuz they are three times as thick.
It's very rare to see a real glass float light in the bars of old.


 
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1961surf
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Posted: 2011-08-17 12:54 pm   Permalink

You are 100% correct on all accounts Tikiship.If there was a way to have these made with thicker glass I would be a happy camper .It's very discouraging when these break , not to mention the money I lose every time one breaks.What would be nice is to have these made with 2 1/4 " holes already in them.Thanks to some info from Polynesiac , I am expermenting with new product to frost the inside of the glass for a floats that will be used outdoors .The downside is... it's toxic and
I have to wear gloves and a mask and be very careful !

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1961surf
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Posted: 2011-08-17 6:34 pm   Permalink

Ahhh ....pure bliss ! Six came out with no fatalities today !




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Q-tiki
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From: East TN
Posted: 2011-11-09 08:45 am   Permalink

Great thread '61Surf! I just found the "real deal" at an antique shop near murrells Inlet, SC. I couldn't pass it up!
It's very heavy and does have several bubbles in the glass (plain green). I'm still debating whether I'll attempt to drill it or not...

Thanks for all the tips and pics!!


 
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1961surf
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Posted: 2012-05-30 5:45 pm   Permalink

Have not posted on this tread in awhile.I am working on a different glass float lamp
that is going to absolutely knock your socks off ...so stay tuned for update and some
new pics !


 
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sneakyjack
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Posted: 2012-05-30 6:07 pm   Permalink

bill im interested to see "the new"


 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2012-05-30 6:23 pm   Permalink

Sweet

 
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Luckydesigns
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Posted: 2012-07-30 12:53 pm   Permalink

Looking forward to what you have going on, Bill!! Now that we have a space to hang this stuff, I'm all about it!

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Posted: 2012-07-30 12:54 pm   Permalink

Looking forward to what you have going on, Bill!! Now that we have a space to hang this stuff, I'm all about it!

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jimsflies
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2012-09-10 7:23 pm   Permalink

I'm looking for some broken glass (especially red) for a project...if you happen to come into some let me know.

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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2012-09-10 8:58 pm   Permalink

I've got my aqua lamp up, will try to get a picture during the crawl. It is hanging a little lower that what I want, so will adjust later...plus still needs to be hooked up.

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