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the making of my first spiral trees

Discussion in 'Mega, Mini, Spiral & Pixel Trees' started by lizardking, Jan 9, 2016.

  1. lizardking

    lizardking IT IS STILL ALL BENS FAULT

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    getting started early making some mini trees for this years display 1 down about 39 to go
     

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    cdjazman Full Time Elf

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    Nice Adam,

    What size is the frame?
    Are you making the frame?
    Strip or nodes?

    Curious as I used the planter from bunnings (about $15) and 5 mtr strip.
     
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    lizardking IT IS STILL ALL BENS FAULT

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    What size is the frame?[/size]what do you mean what sizes is the frame[/size]Are you making the frame?yesStrip or nodes?undecided yet i like shells trees and now looking at uncle dans video the nodes dont look bad either
     
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    The frame in the picture....?
     
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    lizardking IT IS STILL ALL BENS FAULT

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    sorry i thought i added that , that one is 1200 high i am making 1200 and 900 mm ones
     
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    Hi Adam,

    So you are going to make and use 40 of these ? Wow.

    How many nodes do you think each will require ?
     
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    i will have to wrap one and see how they look but no more than 100
     
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    Hey adam we use these for our pixel trees from cheap as chips here in adelaide 12 to 15 dollars ea already made powder coated . We put a full 5 metre 2811 pixel strips on got 4 at moment and are 1.5 m tall .im sure one of your cheap shops should have them up there possibly aldi even or crazy clarks but think they are out of business ? Just a suggestion as metal is expensive these days .
     
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    I bought 5 spiral trainers from Bunnings last year as I ran out of time, but at $15 each if you have the time and welding skills then it is cheaper to make them as a 6 m length of 5mm steel is only $6 and you can get 2 out of one length. I am sure you could hunt around and get the rod cheaper too as that was my local hardware price. Also if you have a powder coater handy I am sure they would do them cheap enough, otherwise spraying them with a spray gun would be cheap enough (spray cans would be out as that is where all your money would be gobbled up)

    I am just glad you are starting early Adam, by the time you get half way you are going to be saying why did I start this....
    Good work, show us when you have them complete.
     
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    Hi. Not sure if this post is still valid. I like the idea of this and heading to Bunnings this weekend to get my frames. Two questions - what lights do I use and how do I control it? I think this (similar) is what I need for the lights - http://m.lightinthebox.com/5m-300x5050-smd-rgb-led-strip-light-with-24key-remote-controller-dc12v_p2269882.html?currency=AUD&litb_from=paid_adwords_shopping&utm_source=google_shopping&utm_medium=cpc&adword_mt=&adword_ct=151026197916&adword_kw=&adword_pos=1o4&adword_pl=&adword_net=g&adword_tar=&adw_src_id=8779303445_681362797_35282939979_pla-259144904315&gclid=COeiuP7I39ECFQd-vQodNDUNsg. Is that correct? I would like to get into the animation side of things (trying to find a shopping list for a mega tree). How would I animate it. I live in Brisbane so would like to be able to go to a shop to purchase. At this stage I don't know my falcons from my LORs.


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    That's not the right type of strip because it is not a pixel strip. It's 3 channel RGB so the entire strip can only be one colour at a time. You won't be using the blinker unit with the remote that comes with it so it's not worth paying for. I can't find any mention of that strip being waterproof either.

    Good thing that you asked before going ahead and buying it :)
     
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    Thanks for that. This is doing my head in. What lights would you recommend i look for?


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    That's ok. We all need to start somewhere and the fact that you're reading and posting early in the year means that you're on track.

    The exact strip to use comes down to personal preference. My choice would be a 12V WS2811 strip for a large spiral (same as the_grinch) or a 5V WS2812B strip for a small one. Some people prefer WS2801 instead. Each of these options has advantages and disadvantages. I'm happy to discuss them but I don't want to deviate too far from the original topic in this thread.

    This strip is equivalent to what the_grinch used http://www.aliexpress.com/item/promotion-5m-DC12V-WS2811-150LEDs-10pixes-m-led-digital-strip-waterproof-in-silicon-tube-IP66-WHITE/32493161338.html

    Try putting together a shopping list and posting it for feedback.
     
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    I guess I should see what size frame I can get from Bunnings first before I decide the lights. [emoji848]


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