This is my tree for 2011

Discussion in 'Mega, Mini, Spiral & Pixel Trees' started by Scoobrs, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. Scoobrs

    Scoobrs New Elf

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    Some of the guys that were on the chat have seen this, but thought I would post it up for all to see.

    I have made a small tree from some pvc pipe and some old heating element from my work, yes you read right heating element! I make heating elements at my work so grabbed some dud ones annealed them, formed them on an 800mm form and soldered it round, then soldered 2 cross pieces for bracing in and gave it a nice sandblast ready for painting.

    Then I cross drilled and slotted my 40mm pvc pipe to accept the cross bracing of the elements. I needed a bung to go into the centre of the pipe so I could put a hose clamp on it to lock the elements into position, so I got an old garden hose tap fitting cut the nipple end off and pushed it into the pipe nicely to lock it on with the hose clamp.

    I then used some speaker wire to emulate a couple of strings for height test/looks.

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    Looked pretty good and here is the base a bit closer up.

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    I was happy with the height/diameter so I drilled 8 holes into the top of the pipe for the strings to attach to, I then decided to also use the screws to attach plastic coated metal wire for the stabilisation. Originally I had planned to cut 2 slots at the top and run the wire from side to side through the slots, but this seemed to work out alot better!

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    As seen in the above pic I have a string attached and have just taped it on to test fit.

    Here is the string powered up

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    Tomorrow I will get some paint and paint it all black, then re-attach a few strings with cable ties and power it up and see how it looks. Will post pics once I do that!


    Cheers,
    Eric.
     
  2. Mike

    Mike CLAP infected!

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    Great Job Scoobrs Well done
     
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    Scoobrs

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    Thanks Mike!

    Need opinions on whether people think I should just go from the top to bottom, or go into the centre pole like I have done in the above pic, Not quite sure whats gonna look better. The base will be flat on the ground.
     
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    AAH I love blinky lights :) Community Project Designer

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    I kinda like the look of trees that have the leds extending into the middle. Maybe fix the centre end of the leds a few inches up the pole to get the leds outta the grass.
     
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    fasteddy I have C.L.A.P Global Moderator Generous Elf

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    It will look very nice, I personally reakon it will look better just going down to the bottom only, but the best way is to just try the 2 different ways and then decide which one you like most
     
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    I ended up doing a full wedge and going up the pole as well.

    I have finished it! Here are some pics and a video.


    Strings done

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    Red Strings

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    Blue Strings

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    Both on together!

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    And a video (excuse my lack of sequencing skill :D )


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  7. Pircy

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    Looks good!
     

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