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Making float lights, any advise
partypanzer
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Joined: Mar 23, 2013
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Posted: 2013-03-25 4:26 pm   Permalink

for the colorant i would just ask the workers in the paint area at lowes or home depot for a couple of ounces of colorant of each color you need, bring a couple of dixie cups or foam coffee cups for them to put it in.

But you have to be careful with them. colorant makes a mess and it will stain skin and clothes.

tell them its for your polyurethane and you just are gonna add it in yourself.
i give people colorant for primer all the time where i work.

I made my floats the standard sea glass blue green color.
work in small batches, i used about half a quart of poly mixed with maybe 2 oz of water.
and the colorant is very concentrated so you only need a couple of drops per batch.

also not sure about the color?
test it by brushing it out on any kinda clear plastic, like soda bottles or scrap packaging and if not dark enough you can always build up the layers. Just be sure the first coat is totally dry first.

I had to waste money on stain glass spray paint and that garbage sea glass spray paint till i figured out this method.

good luck!





 
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TIKITOMMYS
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Joined: Jun 05, 2013
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Posted: 2013-06-05 12:54 pm   Permalink

A word about glass float lights. There are LED spheres you can buy like http://www.amazon.com/Lighted-Hanging-Christmas-Crystal-Decoration/dp/B005DJDA00/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1370461683&sr=8-4&keywords=led+sphere
also there is a stained glass spray paint that would work on a frosted/clear globe light.
Can anyone send a link/idea about how to get the netting for a float light I am trying to create?

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thomamas
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Posted: 2013-06-05 5:34 pm   Permalink

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On 2013-06-05 12:54, TIKITOMMYS wrote:
Can anyone send a link/idea about how to get the netting for a float light I am trying to create?



Those LED lights look intriguing. Please post pictures when you're done.

You should be able to tie a net yourself. Here's a fancy way that looks great and is probably beyond me:
http://batjakltd.com/id82.html

However, for small spheres, you can do something much simpler.

Take four pieces of twine, tie them together at their middles, and lay the strands out like an eight-pointed star. Pair adjacent strands and tie a square knot about 1.5 inches from the center. Then, take strands from adjacent knots and tie them together. Depending on spacing, you might want a third row. Finally, stretch this knotwork around the globe, pull the strands together and finish it with an overhand knot.

I'm not sure if this picture will help or confuse, but here goes:



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LoriLovesTiki
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From: NJ
Posted: 2013-06-06 11:40 am   Permalink

partypanzer -

I forgot to check this thread for a while. Thanks for the info on the colorant. I will ask at Lowes or HD. I didn't think to put it in the poly either! I obviously have a lot to learn.

Mahalo,
Lori
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Murph
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Posted: 2013-06-06 12:56 pm   Permalink

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Can anyone send a link/idea about how to get the netting for a float light I am trying to create?



I use cotton basketball hoops for my fish float lamps. I just age the cotton by dragging them through the dirt.





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jimsflies
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Posted: 2013-06-06 5:34 pm   Permalink

Murph - Any special techniques for tying the bottom?

 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2013-06-06 7:18 pm   Permalink

Murph, you're a genious! That would save me a boatload of work!!!

 
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Murph
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Posted: 2013-06-06 7:18 pm   Permalink

Just take a single piece of rope and pass it through each loop at the bottom of the net and then tie this rope into a small circle and you're done.

 
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Longboard
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From: Twain Harte, CA
Posted: 2013-06-07 11:36 am   Permalink

Wow, simple solutions to difficult problems

Basketball net? Why the hell didn't I think of that.

Simply Brilliant!


-Longboard

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