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TIKISKIP : How to make tiki light, Lamp 101
tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-06-23 3:36 pm   Permalink

To add your logo or to just put your name on your light.
First make logo mine was done by Sam Gambino And I love it.
You could just use paper, but you should put your name on your light.
Just glue it down first with elmers glue on the back only.
When this dries put glue on the top to cover the paper.
Try not to get much on the wood.
This will seal it in well for when we shellac it.

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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-06-24 3:09 pm   Permalink

Cut the bamboo skewers flush with the basket.
Then sand to get even more flush.
Next paint with amber shellac.


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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-06-24 3:31 pm   Permalink




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Trader Mitch
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Posted: 2011-06-29 07:21 am   Permalink

Great stuff Tikiskip, keep it coming.
I never would have thought to grind the inside. Good safety tip.
Hope you are feeling better.

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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-06-29 08:39 am   Permalink

Thanks Mitch,
We are almost done.
Add the socket and wire as shown in the start of this thread.
Last photo shows the light with the bulb I put into it.
I used a 15 watt amber bulb on this one.
Done!
Questions?









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Posted: 2011-06-29 10:38 am   Permalink

Great, great GREAT tutorial. Thanks so much for doing that and sharing your knowledge.

I don't think I have any questions right now, but I'm sure I will once I actually start making a light. I have some ideas, now need time and space to do them.

Thanks again for a great job.
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Murph
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Posted: 2011-06-29 10:54 am   Permalink

THANKS! Great thread. I'm basket shopping this weekend!




 
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ka'lenatiki
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Posted: 2011-06-30 07:39 am   Permalink

great post tikiskip! glad to see someone take on lamp building. Now if I can just get the hat/basket match done I'm on my way.

 
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Posted: 2011-06-30 08:11 am   Permalink

Really good job with the tutorial! Great, now the market is going to be flooded with cool homemade lamps!

 
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Trader Mitch
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Posted: 2011-07-02 09:18 am   Permalink

Thanks so much Tikiskip!
I am excited to get started making my own lamp now, but so far interesting baskets have been hard to find.
I guess thats the hardest part huh?


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-10-20 1:00 pm   Permalink

Thanks all,
Hope to see some lights you have made posted here.

Ok Lets look into light sockets I know I hit on this
at the start but here is are few more points.
This is an important part of light making.
You will see in the photo I posted three types
of light bases.
There are more out there but these are the main ones we
use to make tiki bar lights lights.
The first base (far left)is called a candelabra type base, the light bulbs used in this socket or base
is a C7 Christmas type light or an "exit" style light bulb or even called a chandelier bulb
at times.
It comes in a wide range of colors and wattages. (I have seen watts as high as 45 watts but none higher)
This base is the best to use I feel as the lights burn with less heat than other bulbs do.
The next base is called an intermediate base this is your C9 Christmas style light.
It does not come in as wide a color or wattage range as the Candelabra type light.
The third type of base is called a standard lamp base, this is the one in your lights at home.
It too comes in a wide range of colors and wattages, plus you can put a fluorescent bulb in it.
I use the candelabra base in most of my lights.
I should add that these are all 120 volt light bases, you can use 130 volt bulbs in these sockets as well.
The 130 volt light bulb is the best to use as these are the long life bulbs.
By under rating the bulb this makes it last longer.
You can get the same under rating benefit by using a dimmer on your lights.

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tikiskip
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Posted: 2012-11-25 09:42 am   Permalink

Next is the light bulb.
This is a good time of year to look at and for the the bulbs used in these lights.
In my lights I use Christmas light bulbs most of the time.
They don't put out a lot of heat they are small and use little electricity.
The thing to do when using these lights is to frost your glass of the globe you use.
When you frost the globe the light will show up much better than when a clear globe is used.
The frosting of the globe makes the light reflect off of the frosting on the globe and this
makes the light brighter.

The first blub we will look at is the snow globe or also called Lighted Ice. (see first photo)
These bulbs come in many colors, looks like these are 6 watts and use the candelabra socket. (see photo #2)
The Lighted Ice bulbs are good for Fixtures where you will see the bulb. (see photo #3)
You can buy these online Ebay or at flea markets and antique shops/shows around Christmas time and
cost about $3.00 bucks each.

Next is the Starlight bulb, Seen left and right of the Snow globe bulb.
Same as the Lighted Ice only different shape. (see photo #4)
Now is the time to get these lights, Right before Christmas.
I buy them now so I will have them when I need them months from now.




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Posted: 2012-11-25 11:53 am   Permalink

Those bulbs are crazy looking. Never seen anything like those. Nice find, and nice lamp too!
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2012-11-25 5:06 pm   Permalink

Kahaka that is what I call a starfish lamp.
I did not make that one, I have four of those lamps
you can find these cheap sometimes.
I got one off ebay for 8 bucks!
These were sold as souvenirs in Hawaii long ago.
Once saw a post card that had stacks of these at a stand ready to sell to tourist.
Here's one other starfish light I have, this one has coconut as well.


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tikiskip
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Posted: 2012-11-28 09:51 am   Permalink

Here's a Coconut lamp now on ebay, Not my auction.
Kinda on the high end of these, but I
don't see them for sale like I used to.
But then go and price the dried sea life that is on this lamp,
or heck even the dam coconuts that size.
This lamp would cost over $100.00 bucks to make.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NICE-VINTAGE-FUNKY-COCONUT-TIKI-LAMP-EARLY-PIECE-C39-/140891280159?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20cdc6531f

Found one more.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-HAWAIIAN-COCONUT-LAMPS-COOL-/310505299222?_trksid=p5197.m1992&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D14%26meid%3D3783753335030322924%26pid%3D100015%26prg%3D1006%26rk%3D1%26sd%3D310505299222%26
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