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Lawrence Drive Lights - Spiral Tree Build

Discussion in 'Mega, Mini, Spiral & Pixel Trees' started by LawrenceDriveLights, Aug 30, 2018.

  1. LawrenceDriveLights

    LawrenceDriveLights Apprentice Elf

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    I had seen a few people use tomato planters with strip simply wrapped around it and that seemed like a nice easy solution to create a spiral tree.

    However I wanted to use bullet pixel nodes as I had them and I also wanted to try and ensure all the lights in the spiral tree would be visible.


    I was after something to mount the bullet nodes to that I could wrap around the tomato frames to look like spiral trees. I had some left over building strap (similar to this https://www.bunnings.com.au/abey-25-x-0-6mm-x-30m-punched-metal-strapping_p1090030)


    It allowed me to use the punched holes in the strap to cable tie the bullet nodes to then I wrapped the strap around the trees. It did take a bit of time to cable tie the bullet nodes and a lot of cable ties but it did give the effect I was looking for as you can see all the pixels (360 viewing so to speak) as the galvanized strap also gives some nice reflections from the pixels.

    Attaching bullet nodes to strap

    View: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3fj68p5wlk4q7af/Photo%2027-1-18%2C%2010%2031%2049%20am.jpg?dl=0




    View: https://www.dropbox.com/s/uaq0cvl79qgx8mw/Photo%2022-7-18%2C%204%2017%2021%20pm.jpg?dl=0


    Looks like this

    View: https://www.dropbox.com/s/122bphso47au8pw/Photo%2011-4-18%2C%201%2019%2050%20pm.jpg?dl=0


    Basic Spec of Spiral Trees

    Approx. 1400mm high

    75 bullet nodes @ approx. 75mm centres.


    4 x Spiral Trees for display.

    Note: Originally was not going to have a Ray Wu type star on the top of each tree.

    View: https://www.dropbox.com/s/eq2e0w7rh3w5a5u/Photo%2011-4-18%2C%201%2011%2023%20pm.jpg?dl=0


    But they looks a bit small, so went with the Boscoyo coro ones instead

    The Ray Wu stars get used later.


    I will add a video of them in the next few days
     
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    scamper Senior Elf

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    I like the idea of the hoop iron. I attempted to make my own trees a few years ago and couldn't get a nice round look, so ended up buying the trainers.
    This idea could have saved me heaps.
     
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    uncledan Full Time Elf Generous Elf

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    Looks great! Thats a lot of work and zipties. I finally got a nice round look with my trees by wrapping the whole tree with chicken wire. Bloody job... Great work!
     
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    LawrenceDriveLights Apprentice Elf

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    Just a quick update.

    I located my Spiral Trees roughly in position over the weekend so I could measure the lengths for the leads etc.

    Here is a quick pic of them where I am going to locate them for our display.


    View: https://www.dropbox.com/s/cc4xw0t335q9zuv/Photo%204-9-18%2C%2010%2029%2041%20am.jpg?dl=0



    View: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fkoog54yk70u65a/Photo%204-9-18%2C%2010%2028%2059%20am.jpg?dl=0



    I am going to secure them to ground simply with a hole drilled through the legs of the tomato frame and then a tent peg into the lawn.
     
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    LightsOn81st Apprentice Elf

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    Great! I love simple and effective! I would love to see a video of these in action!

    Are the frames 3 plant stakes tied together or do they come as a pre-built frame? If so, I would love a link to where you got them!
     
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    LawrenceDriveLights Apprentice Elf

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    They are three single stakes tied together at the top with a cable tie, they are sold as a tomato frame and come with additional brace which clip onto the stakes, but I didn't need to use them as the builders brace (hoop iron) supports the stakes.

    Here is a quick video of them running a very basic sequence


    View: https://vimeo.com/289182276
     
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    LightsOn81st Apprentice Elf

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    Awesome. Thanks! They look great!

    My wife was bummed when our small spiral trees (incandescent) burned out and broke apart a few years ago so I've been looking to replace them with something similar but RGB. This will do the trick cheap and easy!
     

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