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TIKISKIP : How to make tiki light, Lamp 101
tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-06-03 10:22 am   Permalink

Thanks Sneaky.
I know you can do it, make a light and show it here.


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-06-03 11:08 am   Permalink

You need to do the same to the hat as you did the basket.
Flame retardant, lightly flame.
At this time you are going to shellac the basket (outside only)
and shellac the hat outside and part of the inside.
Burning these will not only make them look older but also help them
to match better.
Shellacing makes them stronger helps protect them from water and dirt
it also helps to make these look more like they match.
Some people think that the shellac looks too shiny, if you don't want
this shiny look(it will dull through the years)
You can buff it out with steel wool when shellac dries.
See the last photo it is the shellac I use.
The one far right or the amber is the one I use most.
On the brushes I buy the cheap one dollar type.
Someone once asked me how I clean my brushes, I don't clean my brushes.
I just wrap them tite the in plastic film or cling wrap and put them in the fridg.
If you use the brush every now and then it won't dry out.
This brush is a year old.







 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-06-03 11:45 am   Permalink

Skip, here's a light you inspired me to make for my Lanai ceiling fan. Thanks for all the tips, I would have never thought to flame the basket first.



It turns out that a tuna can is just the right size to fit into the ceiling fan globe holder. I attached the light socket to the bottom of the can, cut a hole on the bottom of the basket, then glued and screwed the can to the basket.

The tapa cloth is stretched across a bamboo embroidery hoop and screwed into the basket so it can be removed to change the bulb
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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2011-06-03 12:32 pm   Permalink

I'm diggin' your thread here tikiskip - good tip about wrapping your brushes and refrigerating them. Also, good point about finding a basket and hat that match. Your photos clearly illustrate what you mean.

How well do those tiger flakes work? I had to google that (never heard of it)... interesting that you can mix your own.
-Trad'r Bill

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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-06-03 3:49 pm   Permalink

Great job Mike!!
I love your idea about the bamboo rings.
Next I will show how to paper that basket for an even golw.

Thanks Bill I wanted a lot of eye candy on this thread.
On the flakes try and think of other uses for the flakes
other than just making Shellac out of them.
But you can just mix in with shellac to tint it more.


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-06-03 4:01 pm   Permalink

Here is my collection of bamboo embroidery hoops.
I think mine may be ash wood.
But as you see they cost nothing at the thrift stores.
Plus you can use them for guides for circles.




 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-06-03 4:11 pm   Permalink

We need to reinforce the hat.
You will put Elmers glue on the inside on the tip.
And on the outside on the tip about 2" long.
See photo.

Now cut some paper for the top like so.
As you can see I put a nice frilly burn in the circle.
Let the first glue dry then add glue to the back of the
paper circle and to the tip of the hat.

Put paper circle on top of hat as seen.
trim extra paper off of the top of hat.
there will be too much.
When dry shellac top.

This will help keep all that small cane together for later.










 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-06-04 12:37 pm   Permalink

If there is a hard or confusing part to making this light
this is it.
pick out your paper, you can get art paper or hand made paper
at an art supply store.
They are not cheap starting at $5.00 a sheet.
Find one that looks like it will transmit light well and look good.
You could practice with news paper so you won't waste good $5.00 dollar paper.
Then place basket on the paper and cut out the round bottom
plus put basket on it's side and trace the basket as you roll
the basket from left to right.
YOU WANT TO CUT OUT AN EXTRA LARGE PATTERN OF THE BASKET. (2'' fatter)
You will need the extra as you will trim and cut it down to
size over and over till it fits just right.
The last photo is what the cut outs from your paper should look like.








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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-06-04 12:53 pm   Permalink

You are going to take the round paper piece and place it in
the bottom of the basket, keep cuting it down till you have about
1/4 of an inch too much on sides.
Now cut 1/4 of an inch into the paper, now bend that up 90 degrees.
Put gule on botton of basket and on the ends of the paper.
next do the side the same way, keep puting the paper piece in the basket
and eyeing it make sure the bottom part of the side paper has no gaps.
Cut the 90 degrees into the side paper.
It is best to put the paper in the basket all at once.
Don't let some dry, then go back to it as you may need to lift the paper
and reajust many times.
You can't do this if it's dry.










 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-06-05 07:23 am   Permalink

Cut the paper straight on one side so you can form the seam.
Then put glue on the part you just cut.
press the other uncut side onto the glued seam side.
Lift the uncut paper up and cut close on the right side of the glue.
So you leave the glue side on the basket, the gule acts as a guide to show
you where to cut.
Now put the seam together.
Before the glue dries pry up the extra paper on the seam hold the basket up to the
light so you can see how much paper is sticking together, your goal here is to have
a small seam so you pry the extra paper up to a 90 degree so you can cut extra off
when it dries.
Finish the top with 1/4 inch cuts in the paper after you trim extra.
When glue dries on the top cut off extra as well.











 
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Trader Mitch
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Posted: 2011-06-13 08:52 am   Permalink

Thank you for this great tutorial Tikiskip! Lots of great tips already. I am sure that its a lot more work for you to explain everything than it is to just do it. I am curious as to why you don't shellac the inside? Conserving materials? or does it interfere with the glue or something? Thanks again for sharing your knowledge.

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-06-13 3:50 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-06-13 08:52, Trader Mitch wrote:
Thank you for this great tutorial Tikiskip! Lots of great tips already. I am sure that its a lot more work for you to explain everything than it is to just do it. I am curious as to why you don't shellac the inside? Conserving materials? or does it interfere with the glue or something? Thanks again for sharing your knowledge.



Yeah it makes it kind of a pain to take pic's then post the whole how to thing.
And my grammar sucks.
I have shellaced the whole basket before, just don't do it now cuz I'm lazy.
But it is better to do the whole thing.
If you do do the inside of the basket as well be sure to look for drips on the outside
of the basket as you stain this stuff dries fast so look for drips often.
It is best to glue onto rattan unstained but it is fine to stain then glue after stain.
Gule holds better to porous wood, bamboo, rattan.

Kinda hit the hard part on this light and did not post the end yet.
Have a small surgery tomorrow.
Will finish if they don't kill me first.

Oh, and thank you Trader Mitch for your kind words.
Glad you like.


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-06-14 6:13 pm   Permalink

Keep up the good work TikiSkip, I appreciate you willingness to divulge your "trade secrets".

If you line a basket with fabric (like a cotton tapa print), can you shellac the fabric for some extra protection from the elements for outside use?
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-06-15 10:40 pm   Permalink

I have never used shellac on fabric so I don't know.
You would need to do a test first.
A clear coat paint could be used, or you could seal it with
Elmers glue first then shellac.
All of these apps would need to be tested first.
Putting these lights outside is kinda hard on them.


 
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spiked
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Posted: 2011-06-16 07:06 am   Permalink

I used shellac on burlap. I dunno how I feel about it. It stiffened it, but harder to control.

 
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