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TIKISKIP : How to make tiki light, Lamp 101
tikiskip
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Posted: 2013-02-01 07:23 am   Permalink

Here's a new one.
Painted cork floats, Death to all who paint these corks!
I use these corks to make lights out of.
But with the paint they can't be used.
And it's hard to find these now, the ones on eBay go as high as $10.00 bucks each!
So first use your belt sander to take off paint, not all of the paint but most.
Take care the floats can be sanded away in no time.


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tikiskip
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Posted: 2013-02-04 8:27 pm   Permalink

After you sand lightly with the belt sander next
use your Dremel tool to take off the rest of the paint.

No need to take all of the paint off just yet.
Use your Dremel tool to round off the cork.

Now place the floats in your pond, or you can just hang em outside
in the sun.

This aging in the sun may take up to a year but after that time they will look old and grey again.
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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2013-02-05 04:32 am   Permalink

Skip,
I love seeing that you age things the way I do. There's no better way to age an item than patience, and letting it happen naturally. I have a wooden box that's been outside for a year, bottles collecting actual dust, and all sorts of long term aging. Very cool.


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2013-02-12 2:55 pm   Permalink

Thanks Lucky, but I don't have much patience.
If I could find patina in a can I would spray it on.
There is a way to age wood on line that I want to try on cork.
Will post if it works.

I did get a chance to make some rattan chain.
Used to paint the stuff by hand.
Now I just make a dunk tank and dunk it in shellac.
When I take it out I give it a spin over my head to get off extra, then hang to dry.




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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2013-02-13 03:20 am   Permalink

I've had success at work with using a combination of paint and stain, severely watered down.

There's a grey stain, that on the can, makes it look like bleached wood. Can't remember who makes it right, now, but you can get it at every Lowe's. Anyway, it sucks. It looks awful. I got it for aging wood, and was severely disappointed. It's not the grey Minwax. HOWEVER, if you water it down quite a bit, and alternate between two layers of that, and a layer of watered down black acrylic, you can get some pretty decent aging.

I can't post pictures, unfortunately, as I've only done it for work, but get a cork stopper and give it a try. I'll look at the can of stain this week and let you know what brand. Minwax has one, but it's a lot more gentle to begin with, and may even work. Dunno, haven't tried it.

(Also, I'm right there with you. If I could spray on age to just about any material, I would. But since I can't, time and the real thing have to do.)


 
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Atomic Mess
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Posted: 2013-02-13 05:24 am   Permalink

Saw this a while ago Skip, don't know if it would work on cork...

http://youtu.be/PgV3nRpeKgQ

I really enjoy your lamp making tips btw!
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