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TIKIVILLE
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Joined: Sep 22, 2008
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From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posted: 2010-03-10 10:47 am   Permalink

So this is the cheapy TIKIVILLE way to dazzle your rum'd out pals under a glowing puffer globe
Ya can use a dremmel to drill a hole in the dried out puffer

then with the "thumb" sized hole in the top of the fish

I searce the second hand stores for discarded childs desk lamps like this ...

to get this outta the inside,

see the socket has this clip that hold the works nicely into the puffer like this
and the low wattage has alot less chance of too much heat

see the happy fish!

I dont have a picture of the glass flower bowl/fishtank but if you go to your craft store ( in this case Michaels) they sell em for about 9 bucks,the hole in the top is wide enough for a medium sized puffer ,ya may have to snip a bit of the spikes here and there.
I dont have access to large real glass floats or the ability to saw a hole in them but as you can see the finished product looks just fine.I hit it VERY lightly with a spit of glass frosting spray to age the glass and help with the glow.
Here is what the top looks like ( next to the ceiling that nobody will see)


the net is easy enough to tie it's just alot of time on knots or you can really "dude" out and use a cargo /fishing net and just wrap and sinch it .
AND here is what they will see when you turn the house lights on and tell em " ya dont have to go home but ya cant stay here"

the finished product all lit up with excitment!

MAHALO for the intrest and good luck!





 
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Tikilizard
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Posted: 2010-03-10 10:55 am   Permalink

Looks really sweeet! Talk about stuffing a sharp spiny object into a small hole. Talent. Thanks for the step by step instructions. Keep um coming.
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TikiG
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Joined: Jun 17, 2008
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From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2010-03-10 10:57 am   Permalink

Tikiville -

For my 700th TC post I'd like to say Thank You for this cool primer on puffer fish/glass globe making...

I just contacted PolynesianPop this morning for specific info on where I could purchase the components in So. Cal. to build a couple lamps. Mr. PolyPop responded lightning quick with a parts list, a tool list and source for the puffers.

- Thanks to this thread I'm now going to check out Michaels for glass globes, and the neighborhood Goodwill for cheap childrens lamps to gut for the electrical components - I wasn't thinking the obvious for cheaper sources and I wasn't thinking glass bubbles in a fishnet. Getting turned-on like this is what I like best about the TC Ohana.

I'll post some finished work pics as soon as I finish these projects. Cheers! G
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zerostreet
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Posted: 2010-03-10 12:10 pm   Permalink

Nice! Everyone should own a dremel!

 
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1961surf
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Posted: 2010-03-10 1:08 pm   Permalink

Nice job Tikiville

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-03-10 3:37 pm   Permalink

Man I like the aging thing you did!!
You know try puting enough rope outside this summer
to do a light.
I think it will take no more than 6? months to get all old looking.
This will not work on nylon rope.
good job!


 
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TIKIVILLE
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Joined: Sep 22, 2008
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From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posted: 2010-03-10 4:29 pm   Permalink

The rope/string I used for this one is cotton clothsline cord...a little pricey at 3.50 a bag but 2 bags in enough for a bigger glass.
I'm thinkin it could use a little amber shellac too !
( oh and some sea foam green paint on a rag to dab in that barnicle rusty look)
Thanks for the compliments !,I'll try to come up with some more " how I do its "


 
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kahalakruzer
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Joined: Jan 29, 2008
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From: Dana Point! California
Posted: 2010-03-10 5:38 pm   Permalink

Man, I was tripping out on how good that thing looked from the pic you posted on my thread, wondering how you did it...then I see this thread and realize it's the same exact way I did mine! We just used a different knot tying approach, and cotton vs. nylon rope. I love the sprayed frost you did, cool touch...I was worried about fogging the whole thing, so I just hit mine with sporadic sanding. I'll try the spray next time.
Also, those clipped candelabra bulb sets can usually be found at the hardware store, prewired if that's the route you want to go. They run right around $5 down here.
Awesome work!


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hewey
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Posted: 2010-03-10 5:41 pm   Permalink

Great looking lamps, thanks for sharing guys!

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-03-10 5:48 pm   Permalink

Nice light kruzer!!
I'm sure when you got into it you went DAM
I needed more stringers going up the light!
Thats why your squares got kinda streched in centro.
AND now that you did it you know what I'm saying.
But great job!

And on the barnicle look thing you could try glues or plaster painted.


 
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kahalakruzer
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From: Dana Point! California
Posted: 2010-03-10 6:29 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-03-10 17:48, tikiskip wrote:
Nice light kruzer!!
I'm sure when you got into it you went DAM
I needed more stringers going up the light!
Thats why your squares got kinda streched in centro.
AND now that you did it you know what I'm saying.
But great job!

And on the barnicle look thing you could try glues or plaster painted.



Yea I wanted to try it w/a small diameter line to keep the puffer as a focal point, but I couldn't use any more sections of line because of the flat base of the bowl. I would have had to make the starting ring a bit larger, which would show the flat bottom more. The problem is, when I made the first two rows, it was as tight as a damn coaster! But you're right, one more strand would have been nicer for the central spacing on the bowl. I need to learn the other way of tying the netting, like how Tikiville made his float net. Anyone want to show me how?!?!

Sorry for the thread derail... Great work Tikiville!
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ka'lenatiki
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Posted: 2010-03-11 08:18 am   Permalink

great jobs and thanks for the post!! There is so many cool things that I see in the old bar pics that are almost imposable to find or way out of my budget. course now I seem to have 4 lights I'm working on building all at once

 
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Badd Tiki
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Posted: 2010-03-11 09:05 am   Permalink

Puffer lamps are cool, inside the glass bowl is a really cool touch too.

But I can't believe you dismantled a Dora the Shrunken Head Explora lamp though, those are rare


 
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ka'lenatiki
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Posted: 2010-03-22 9:53 pm   Permalink

Tikiville, what size puffer did you use on yours? I have one of the bowls from Micheal's already.

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2010-03-23 07:39 am   Permalink

Here's mine,
Look ma no glass!!!
And the fish is bigger than the hole on top/bottom.
So the net had to be tied around the fish.





 
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