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kwdelre
02-11-2010, 01:46 AM
Hey guys,

I built this Spinning Peppermint and wanted to share.

Stats:

- ~30" dia.
- 1600 lights
- 16 channels


Materials Used:

- Half inch birch plywood
- Glue gun
- Pattern (attached)

Approx. build Time: ~15 hours


Here is a sample of what I have done so far. If you have some better ideas for sequencing please share.

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Tips for Building:


Print out 8 copies of the pattern and lay them out on the wood. Trace the edges.

http://images.photos2.walmart.com/232323232%7Ffp53248%3Enu%3D3242%3E648%3E297%3EWSNR CG%3D32%3C%3B%3B95466325nu0mrj



Choose one set of dots to work with and complete all of those holes first. I used an old solder tip to tap a small "marking" hole through the pattern.

http://images2b.photos.walmart.com/232323232%7Ffp53264%3Enu%3D3242%3E648%3E297%3EWSNR CG%3D32%3C%3B%3B95934325nu0mrj
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Drill all 800 of the first set of holes and then mark them some way after applying a primer. I used a sharpie. This way you will know which color light goes into which holes.

http://images2b.photos.walmart.com/232323232%7Ffp53256%3Enu%3D3242%3E648%3E297%3EWSNR CG%3D32%3C%3B%3B95935325nu0mrj
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Finish up the rest of the holes.

http://images.photos2.walmart.com/232323232%7Ffp53245%3Enu%3D3242%3E648%3E297%3EWSNR CG%3D32%3C%3B%3B95936325nu0mrj



I painted the front side and installed the lights one section at a time, but both white and red strings at THE SAME TIME. Use a dab of hot glue as you install each light. Start the strands so that 4 plugs meet in one place for easy SSR installation.
http://images.photos2.walmart.com/232323232%7Ffp53244%3Enu%3D3242%3E648%3E297%3EWSNR CG%3D32%3C%3B%3B95937325nu0mrj
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jonedwste
02-11-2010, 01:58 AM
Very cool!

budude
02-11-2010, 02:24 AM
That has to be one of the coolest DIY things I've seen made!!

but OMG :shock: - 800 holes and all the wire on the back - man - you is crazy!

I'm way to lazy to make that - very nice!

kwdelre
02-11-2010, 03:26 AM
That has to be one of the coolest DIY things I've seen made!!

but OMG :shock: - 800 holes and all the wire on the back - man - you is crazy!

I'm way to lazy to make that - very nice!

Haha thanks man! It's actually 1600 holes ;) I drilled all the holes in one day and spread out the rest over a couple days. I'm sooooo glad to be done!

jcarney
02-11-2010, 07:57 AM
That is great. I might have to try on of those. Thanks.

dnesci
02-11-2010, 09:11 AM
Very nice job and a great demonstration. Can you whip out about 8 of these for me by Monday?

folksy
02-11-2010, 09:16 AM
Very cool!!!! I have been thinking of something similar but using 12 wal-mart candy canes 6 green and 6 red, connected to re-bar, welding to form a clock. I have the part but not the time.

jphaus
02-11-2010, 09:37 AM
Great job -- this is very unique and I like it a lot. Thanks for sharing!

cbell
02-11-2010, 10:56 AM
Very cool. I want one... too much other stuff on the plate for this year.

Superfreak3
02-11-2010, 11:02 AM
Sweet!

One bad thing about this site... I always say I'm settled on my small display and the number of channels I use and then I see something like this and the wheels start turning again.

Gonna have to increase the budget a bit I guess.

kychristmas
02-11-2010, 11:06 AM
Very, Very, Very Nice! I love it. I think the sequencing is excellent. That's a lot of drilling.

I'm not sure what Birch plywood you are using, but most of them are not good for outdoor use and can quickly fall apart. No matter how much you prime, paint and seal, they just don't hold up. One thing that may help is the fact that it is round and water will not sit on the edge. I have seen a number of postings of people using Cabinet plywood for display items. I would hate to see all of your work only last for 1 or 2 seasons.

You may consider using a treated plywood or something intended for outdoor use. A product that is great for outdoor display use is MDO. It is a treated Plywood with a Paper Overlay. You likely can't get it at a home center, but most Lumber Yards will have it. Another product would be a PVC Sheet. A local sign guy can tell you where to get either locally.

Again, Great Work!

dirknerkle
02-11-2010, 12:54 PM
As far as waterproofing goes, to make a permanent display, you could use marine fibreglassing material -- you'd only need the epoxy and not the glass itself. I'm not sure if you'd want to glass it first and drill later, or drill it, glass it and then retap the holes.

Very creative work! I often wish I was as energetic as one needs to be to create cool things like that. I might have tried an adjustable strobe light on a rotating, reflective disk as a shortcut but that wouldn't have been near as cool or bright.

jonedwste
02-11-2010, 01:12 PM
As I said originally, I like it! (actually LOVE IT!)

Someone could make a smaller version of this by using 50ct strings rather than 100ct and a smaller circle. Although, it probably wouldnt look "as nice", it would only be 800 holes to drill..

kwdelre
02-11-2010, 02:30 PM
Very nice job and a great demonstration. Can you whip out about 8 of these for me by Monday?

lol.....I wanted to do 2 or 3, but if that were to happen I will have to wait a few months....the build is too fresh in my mind, haha


Sweet!

One bad thing about this site... I always say I'm settled on my small display and the number of channels I use and then I see something like this and the wheels start turning again.

Gonna have to increase the budget a bit I guess.

Come on you can fit one more project in :)

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Thanks for the kind words folks, honestly I was kind of concerned about how it would turn out. I thought that something like this was a little more common I guess. My wife got verbally excited when I played the sequence so to me it was a success, :)

The whole thing spins briefly at the beginning and at the end. Which do you think looks better? The first one is a frame slower than the last one.

kychristmas
02-11-2010, 02:33 PM
... My wife got verbally excited when I played the sequence ...

I love that Statement. Although, I would imagine Physically Excited would have been better :)

Never the less, it is a great indicator!

Sharkey
02-11-2010, 11:50 PM
Wow :O My jaw dropped when I saw this thing.

GREAT Design! A LOT of lights!

yvaliente
02-12-2010, 12:37 AM
kwdelre

Great presentation

When you do make another you should do a DIY Video and point out some of your tricks.

I think I am going to try to make it but 1/2 of your lights sectioned of red and white only.

Again great looking display.

YV

kwdelre
02-12-2010, 02:51 PM
kwdelre

Great presentation

When you do make another you should do a DIY Video and point out some of your tricks.

I think I am going to try to make it but 1/2 of your lights sectioned of red and white only.

Again great looking display.

YV

You bet ;)

mmulvenna
02-12-2010, 03:30 PM
Absolutely fantastic, I can just picture 10 of these spread around the yard and spinning from one to another to create a rolling wheel effect.

When do you think, you could make them for me?:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

Great job.....................

jonedwste
02-12-2010, 03:56 PM
"EVERYTHING" can be bought.. I am sure if you offer enough money, he'd probably be more than willing to make you one.. or ten.. :D

dirknerkle
02-12-2010, 04:03 PM
Hmmm.... 800 holes each... 10 units... 8000 holes...

The thought of hotgluing 8000 mini-lights or LEDs in leaves me pretty cold. I love the effect but man-o-man, this project is a labor of love!

kychristmas
02-12-2010, 04:44 PM
Hmmm.... 800 holes each... 10 units... 8000 holes...

The thought of hotgluing 8000 mini-lights or LEDs in leaves me pretty cold. I love the effect but man-o-man, this project is a labor of love!

Or possibly a Love of Labor!

magii
02-12-2010, 05:38 PM
I made a much smaller version of this last year. Details are on my site:

http://sites.google.com/site/njstreetchristmas/Home/how-to-1/pinwheels

Video here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/zstoltenberg#p/u/5/rDp7u4TTniM

All the patterns for the holes can also be downloaded as a PDF.

kwdelre
02-12-2010, 06:41 PM
"EVERYTHING" can be bought.. I am sure if you offer enough money, he'd probably be more than willing to make you one.. or ten.. :D

Haha soooo true, but even if the price was right I don't have the lights to spare ;)
I would actually consider making some for those who want them in exchange for a particular quantity of lights.......funny how I value lights more than cash.


Hmmm.... 800 holes each... 10 units... 8000 holes...

The thought of hotgluing 8000 mini-lights or LEDs in leaves me pretty cold. I love the effect but man-o-man, this project is a labor of love!

1600 my friend..... a massive 1600. :eek:

The hot glueing really wasn't all that bad. I sat it on my lap on the couch, watched TV and installed them. I averaged a 200 ct. section every 45 min.

dirknerkle
02-12-2010, 06:59 PM
1600 my friend..... a massive 1600. :eek:

The hot glueing really wasn't all that bad. I sat it on my lap on the couch, watched TV and installed them. I averaged a 200 ct. section every 45 min.

Oh, well, that makes me feel better. 16,000 instead of only 8,000... :shock: