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TIKISKIP : How to make tiki light, Lamp 101
tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-06-16 08:56 am   Permalink

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On 2011-06-16 07:06, spiked wrote:
I used shellac on burlap. I dunno how I feel about it. It stiffened it, but harder to control.













 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-06-16 11:04 am   Permalink

That burlap looks wicked there! I imagine that you would shellac the fabric or burlap after it were in place.
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Posted: 2011-06-16 1:25 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-06-16 08:56, tikiskip wrote:
Quote:

On 2011-06-16 07:06, spiked wrote:
I used shellac on burlap. I dunno how I feel about it. It stiffened it, but harder to control.







Now that looks cool! Mine is smaller "weave", bigger one looks much better. Where did you find that type? I got mine @ Joann's..







 
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Trader Mitch
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Posted: 2011-06-16 3:51 pm   Permalink

wow! Lovin' the burlap/paper combo. Did the burlap come with that loose weave or did you alter it?

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-06-16 4:09 pm   Permalink

"I imagine that you would shellac the fabric or burlap after it were in place"
No that's not it really.
There are a few steps to the burlap, kind of a pain that's why I don't do
more of em.
The second light has Burlap AND resin very cool look.
I sold it to Skitiki.
Wish I had that one back.

Got the burlap at Franks Cane and rush I think.

Lights are kind of different than say doing ceramics the mug maker can show
you how to make a mug but you need to have the artistic skills to make the mug look good.
With lights I can show you how to make any light in one hour or less.
And it will be JUST like any lamp makers lights here.
So with light making the skill is in the trial error learning you get from years of making
these lights.
And the creativity you put in the design.
Last but not least the stuff you make these lights with and where to get said stuff.
Now I know that not everyone will want to make their own lights.
But I could be giving some new lamp maker a good head start to compete with me in the
tiki light sales game.
So it's hard for me I want to share all I know so bad.
But I know it will and has bit me in the ass.
Ask a mug maker his recipe on one of his cool glazes and see what he says.


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-06-16 4:10 pm   Permalink

"Did the burlap come with that loose weave or did you alter it?"

It came that way.



 
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spiked
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Posted: 2011-06-16 8:17 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-06-16 16:09, tikiskip wrote:
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But I could be giving some new lamp maker a good head start to compete with me in the
tiki light sales game.
So it's hard for me I want to share all I know so bad.
But I know it will and has bit me in the ass.
Ask a mug maker his recipe on one of his cool glazes and see what he says.



You are right, and I don't think you have to share ALL you know, but thank you for starting this thread. I personally think it's part of art and fun trying to figure out how it is done, without getting all the tips. This is how you learn, and if you have desire and passion to do, whatever it may be, you will figure out your own way how.


 
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Trader Mitch
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Posted: 2011-06-16 9:16 pm   Permalink

Well, being the dumb-ass newbie I am , I didn't even know there was a "tiki light sales game". I just thought everyone made their own. That's my plan anyways. But never having made one before, I'll gratefully accept any info you are willing to share Tikiskip. Your work is inspirational.

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-06-16 9:22 pm   Permalink

TikiSkip, don't sell yourself short - Tiki lights are not all technique. While technique and supply are important, you have been successful mostly because of your creativity and your eye for design
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Posted: 2011-06-16 9:38 pm   Permalink

I agree with MadDogMike! Anyone can slap a hat on a basket and call it a lamp. Your work has a nice layered style and balance of shape/color to it.

 
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Posted: 2011-06-17 10:03 am   Permalink

Oh, absolutely! I agree with what Mike and Mitch said above, you do have a certain style and signature touch to all of your lamps, very recognizable and very well thought out process to everything and always inspiring.

 
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harro
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Posted: 2011-06-17 3:18 pm   Permalink

tikiskip, i've admired your lights on TC for many years. But now my appreciation of your efforts has skyrocketed - not just by showing all the necessary steps you go through, but to actually take the time and hassle to record it all for posterity and share with the rest of us here so we can attempt to have a go and have some fun along the way.

Bravo and thank you - I look forward to making some of these lamps in the future. Please keep up the great work.

harro


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-06-18 8:10 pm   Permalink

Wow you guys are going to give me a fat head.
But thank you very much!
This leg is giving me lots of pain so it's been hit and miss.

Let's get back to that light.
This is how your basket should look when done adding paper.


You will need the items in the picture below.

These are... One 1 inch loop 1/8 ip
Three 1/8 ip locknuts
One 30 inch all thread lamp pipe.
One 1/8 ip couplings.
The 1/8 ip is the size of the fittings you buy.

Next you need to put a hole in the top of the hat.
See this is why you reinforced the top of the hat.
This hole needs to be very close to the size of the 1/8 ip
lamp pipe. We need a tight fit here.
Use your Dremel for this.










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Posted: 2011-06-22 07:51 am   Permalink

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Posted: 2011-06-23 3:24 pm   Permalink

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