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TikiVato's Plastic Float lamps and other projects
TikiVato
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From: Whittier, CA
Posted: 2013-12-17 4:35 pm   Permalink

Here's how I converted plastic Christmas ornaments into float lamps:
Drilled a hole using an one inch drill bit

Using a jig saw, I cut a circular hole large enough to insert a regular sized 25 watt colored light bulb.


Wrap fish net around globe and tie at top. (I used 1/4 rope that I had on hand)
Insert light source.



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tikiskip
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Posted: 2013-12-17 5:04 pm   Permalink

Looks good!
BUT....
I got two words for you, Hole saw.
If you go slow it will cut nicely.



http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-18-Piece-Bi-Metal-Hole-Saw-Kit-3-4-Inch-to-3-1-4-Inch-Saws-/251404318966?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a88dd78f6
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TikiVato
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Posted: 2013-12-17 5:24 pm   Permalink

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On 2013-12-17 17:04, tikiskip wrote:
Looks good!
BUT....
I got two words for you, Hole saw.
If you go slow it will cut nicely.



http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-18-Piece-Bi-Metal-Hole-Saw-Kit-3-4-Inch-to-3-1-4-Inch-Saws-/251404318966?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a88dd78f6
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I will try it. The ones I had at home we're too small to fit a bulb through. will buy a large one tomorrow.


 
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TikiAno
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Posted: 2013-12-18 08:58 am   Permalink

Great idea (and I already have a hole saw kit)!



Do you need to drill another hole for heat to escape at all (w/ it being plastic)?

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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-12-18 10:09 am   Permalink

"Hey Baby que paso? Thought you were my only TikiVato"

Check Harbor Freight for cheap hole saws. They won't hold up to cutting metal or even extended use on wood. But should be fine for cutting a few holes in thin plastic ornaments. High quality hole saws can be expensive.
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Sophista-tiki
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Posted: 2013-12-18 10:18 am   Permalink

yep, hole saw, yep harbor freight

 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2013-12-18 11:03 am   Permalink

Now is the perfect time to find large Christmas ornaments on clearance! Great idea! I used a couple of plastic globe lights for mine with colored bulbs but the colored ornaments are a great idea. Thanks for sharing!
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tikiskip
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Posted: 2013-12-18 11:46 am   Permalink

"Do you need to drill another hole for heat to escape at all (w/ it being plastic)?'"

No, Go slow, then when you break through the plastic the saw will grab,
don't fight it just let off the power and kind of twist the bit around so it's hitting one side.
Then keep going slow till you cut all the way through.

I always buy good sharp tools and bits unless you are going to use it a few times and toss it.
Like glass saw bits.

But then for this light you only need a 7 watt Christmas bulb so that's a 2 inch hole.
I get larger ones (hole saw bits)though incase you need to frost the inside sometime.


 
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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2013-12-18 12:55 pm   Permalink

TikiVato,

I bought this at Target today for $12.59 and thought you might be interested.



It's an 8-inch Christmas ornament made by Philips. It has 30-twinkling LED lights inside, but when plugged in it looks like glowing lava in my opinion. It's made out of Styrofoam maybe?
They also had them in silver and gold.

There's one problem, this is what it looks like in the light! The white cord would need to painted.




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TikiVato
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Posted: 2013-12-18 1:23 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the expert advice TS. We all appreciate your input.
TLB thanks for the infor. I will go to Target and check em out.
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TikiVato
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Posted: 2014-02-01 3:20 pm   Permalink

I had some of these table float lamps at the last ITMP at Don's.

I got a new stock of puffers last week and decided to add them to my table lamps. Lots of work but I like the outcome.




This is my first edition, I will be making a few improvements on my next one I will be posting the Puffer Fish Float Lamp under the March 8th ITMP prior to the next event.
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2014-02-01 4:27 pm   Permalink

Joe -

That puffer in float lamp is AMAZING!!!!! Very, very nice!


 
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TikiVato
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Posted: 2014-02-01 5:07 pm   Permalink

Thanks Lori, my hands are full of pin holes so i'm not sure when I will do some more. I learned a lot and hope my second attempt at this won't be as painful.
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2014-02-01 5:20 pm   Permalink

You need some special gloves for handling something with so many spines!

 
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BIG SMOOTH
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Posted: 2014-02-01 11:36 pm   Permalink

Hi how did you manage to get the puffers in the float?

 
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