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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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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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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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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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HellGhost
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Posted: 3 days ago; 10:58 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-06-29 08:39, tikiskip wrote:
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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Yes Question please....How do you take it apart to replace the light?
I'm guessing the basket part separates from the top hat...but is it wired or something else?

I see you sometimes you just use Tapa wrapped around...something...what to you make the frame of in this case? I thought I was some type of screen?

Do you just drop the light with the threaded extender and that is stable enough to hold the bulb?

It looks like parts of this post got deleted? Any Chance of restoring it?

Thank you very much for your time in posting this.

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tikiskip
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Posted: 3 days ago; 11:45 am   Permalink

Yeah this was some time ago.
The loop on top just screws off and then the hat lifts off and you can get to the bulb.

"I see you sometimes you just use Tapa wrapped around...something...what to you make the frame of in this case? I thought I was some type of screen?"

Well sometimes you glue to a basket or shells, tapa is often used to hide a joint or
opening in your light you want to hide.
But you could also glue it to a screen or clear plastic.


"Do you just drop the light with the threaded extender and that is stable enough to hold the bulb?"

Yes and Yes.

"It looks like parts of this post got deleted? Any Chance of restoring it?"
Stopped doing how toos as not many really seamed to look at em or admit they
looked at them if they did.

Will give it a look.

Thanks and Good luck.




 
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Posted: 3 days ago; 12:44 pm   Permalink

I read 'em, even if I don't reply a lot. But this was a great thread, I'd love to see more!
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HellGhost
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Posted: 2 days ago; 06:59 am   Permalink

I think I'm just asking the questions wrong. I understand about the top nut the chain attaches to it unscrews and you have access to the threaded tube. But how does the hat stays attached to the bottom basket. If they are glued together you would not have access to the inside. Is there some kind of frame that is attached to the top of the basket? Is there some way that the bottom basket and the hat are linked together? Some kind of hooks?

Anyone that's done this I'd love help I don't want to annoy Skip too much...haha.


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2 days ago; 07:36 am   Permalink

Sorry I do get kinda bored with things and then drop em.
After that it's hard for me to go back to things already done.

Kind of like the thrill is gone.

Thanks for your interest.
Have had people PM me about this and that, but I'll be dammed if they would ever post
on my threads.
"Hey Skip quick question about lights, Thanks for your help and don't worry in return I promise
to never utter a good word about you or your work" "Thanks loads"
Color me jaded.

Good luck.
Hope this helps.




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HellGhost
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Posted: 2 days ago; 1:07 pm   Permalink

Aloha Skip!

Thank you! That is the missing photo now I understand! I thought I was being a knucklehead and missing something....the board across. There are no photos of this on the post looks like the are deleted.

Your patience is amazing and MAHALO!!!!


 
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mike and marie
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Posted: 2 days ago; 9:36 pm   Permalink

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Stopped doing how toos as not many really seamed to look at em or admit they
looked at them if they did.



This thread is now #1 on our "to study" list. Threads like this are what make TC great!

Love that you put your maker sticker inside the lamp. And that board that it's stuck to, looks like it's got the happy color of orange shellac.


 
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Posted: 2 days ago; 9:48 pm   Permalink

Thanks for all you share Skip.

 
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tikiskip
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Posted: Yesterday; 04:44 am   Permalink

"it's got the happy color of orange shellac"

Yes it does.
And thanks again mike and marie for the tip on the shell, hope to see you soon.

Thanks to you too El Jefe.

Not much tiki building going on, trying to get as much
summer in as I can before winter comes.

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