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  1. scamper

    scamper Senior Elf

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    My wife wanted something to run up the driveway with less than 2 weeks before xmas.
    I gave her an idea to make some supersized lollies to hang as decorations, so she expanded on that idea and asked if we could do some lolly pops.
    She had some cheap light shades and thought she could wrap them in plastic and wanted me to put them on top of pvc and then light the shade.
    Well that was never going to cut it, so instead I cut down the spare tint tubes I had, quickly attached and wired some pixels, then on went the tops and over to my daughter to sequence them.
    From concept to running in 2 days.
    Before next year I will be changing the way I sequence them so I can program just the lolly itself and the stick separately just to give it a little more.
    But it definitely was one of the biggest hits here according to all the feedback received.
     

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    gerry Senior Elf

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    very clever !
     
  3. lizardking

    lizardking IT IS STILL ALL BENS FAULT

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    nice idea are the tops those paper lanterns
     
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    logandc99 Dedicated Elf

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    They look great. Clever idea.
     
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    scamper Senior Elf

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    sure are, then they were wrapped with clear plastic bags from bunnings
     
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    Hmm ..... one could use the lanterns by themselves as fence post toppers.

    Scamper - did you use all white lanterns or colored ones ?
     
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    We bought all white ones, but the wife had coloured them just dipping them in a mix of water and food colouring, so some of them are a pale yellow or pink etc. When the light shines through you don't notice they are coloured, but when they are off during the day they look ok too
     
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    Thanks Scamper
     
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    the grinch I guess I could use a little social interaction

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    They look very cool great idea mate
     
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    Very cool idea
    Thanks for sharing
     
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    TheFordys New Elf

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    Love it

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    fasteddy I have C.L.A.P Global Moderator Generous Elf

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    They look fantastic, great work, I hope you can do a How To for all those that want these in their displays
     
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    What kind of pipe did you use? Was looking for a translucent pipe for this exact reason!

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    scamper Senior Elf

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    It is very simply really so no need for detailed how too, but here are some more photos to help.
    items required: Tint tube, pvc conduit, rgb strips, ikea lamp shade, plastic bags, plastic plates, weatherproof tape, cable, plugs.

    I used any spare strip I had left over and just joined it together. As I am using a F16 controller, it didn't matter that some of the strips were different colour ie. rgb then brg etc as I just setup a virtual string within the string and change the colour combo.
    I started putting in conduit clips as shown, but I had a few pull out the rivet as the clamp is so tight, so I ended just putting a screw straight through the tube and into the conduit. This way means there is a dark shadow down the back, however where I have them you can't get behind them to see anyway.
    Oh, and the reason I use conduit inside is so I can drive a steel spike into the ground and the conduit slips over the top.
    The tops are paper lamp shades from ikea that slip over the tint tube with a plastic plate upside down on top of the tube to stop the shade from going any further, then some clear plastic bags from Bunnings over the whole thing and taped around the bottom.
    All in all the wiring took the longest, but they were built and running in 2 days.
     

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    bjpc2716 need more lights to light up the world

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    that a great idea do a write up please
     

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