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making an old beer sign a recycled tiki sign....
Tipsy McStagger
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From: HELL
Posted: 2011-06-22 6:44 pm   Permalink



Back in the 50's and 60's, Hamm's beer made some of the best lookin' beer sign novelties. Just take a quick glance on ebay and you'll see even the broken ones going for big bucks. Every so often i happen across a busted one at a flea market or estate sale, which is really the only place to find them these days. The one pictured below i found for $6.50 at an estate sale last weekend. I decided to rebuild it from scratch and turn it into a cool tiki themed "BAR OPEN" sign. I'm about half way finished with it and as soon as it's finished i'll post pics of what i did to it. For now, these pics are what I started with.......


















 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-06-22 10:47 pm   Permalink

Tipsy, I remember those. Didn't the water shimmer or something? How did those work? Can't wait to see your plan.

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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2011-06-23 04:54 am   Permalink


This particular model contains only a small flourescent bulb. It originally did nothing more than illuminate the background photo print and the hamm's logo. Some of these from back in the day were pretty delux- they featured the moving water option, the bouncing colored balls and the most popular (and most expensive to buy these days ) , starry nite which featured a mid century style plastic house structure with moving, twinkling stars.


 
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2011-06-23 1:36 pm   Permalink

Have always loved this idea.
But you are right the old signs
even the ones that are messed up
can cost too much.
Got an old Strohs Glass from a sign that
I wanted to tikify.
But hit a snag and put it aside.
Have another rotating light that is waiting
to be worked on.

Great idea Tipsy can't wait to see your work.
Maybe you could start a "from this to that" thread.
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.


 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2011-06-29 8:09 pm   Permalink

Okay- about 75% finished..... still a way to go so don't get too critical just yet....

here's some progress pics.....


















The original flourescent light fixture was shot..... it's fuse/ ballast blew when i plugged it in. No sense tryin to find a replacement for it so i just pulled it out and used 2 candelabra sockets with 2 orange xmas bulbs instead.

I kept the gold trim look around the yellow acrylic sign area. I wanted to keep the look simple and try to stay true to the look of what a novelty tiki sign might look like if this were made back in the day. still have to add lettering and a few details on the back wall of the bar.


I'm going to float the word "BAR" off the back wall and the word "open" on the yellow acrylic in the gold frame. I didn't want to use the word tiki because i felt it would be redundant. after all, we all know what it is when we look at it - it already says tiki bar without saying tiki bar. besides, once this is hanging behind or near a real home tiki bar, it's gonna make sense as something in/around the bar, announcing that the bar is ready to serve booze.

stay tuned !!

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Slacks Ferret
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Posted: 2011-06-29 8:21 pm   Permalink

Looks great so far.


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-06-29 8:40 pm   Permalink

Great transformation, love the lighting.

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-06-29 9:03 pm   Permalink

Terrific. This is fun, Wendy

 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2011-06-29 11:15 pm   Permalink

Love it.

 
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tobunga
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Posted: 2011-06-30 07:01 am   Permalink

Wow! That's totally cool! Can't wait to see it completed.

How big is it? In some of the pix it looks pretty hefty, and in others, not so large.

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Traderpup
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Posted: 2011-06-30 08:12 am   Permalink

Really cool looking so far... I wish I had room for pieces like that.

 
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littlegiles
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Posted: 2011-06-30 10:13 am   Permalink

WOW, that is quite a change. Love what you have done to it.

 
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ZeroTiki
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Posted: 2011-06-30 10:18 pm   Permalink

Great googli moogli, that is awesome!


 
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gold zephyr
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Posted: 2011-06-30 11:02 pm   Permalink

6 hams up

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2011-07-01 04:57 am   Permalink


thanks for the positive encouragement everyone !!

I hope to make a little more progress this weekend. I'm juggling a few different projects right now.

I'd like to get the thatch roof installed and a few other details. I'll have to do the lettering next week.


 
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