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BillAd
10-03-2007, 11:07 PM
This (poor quality) video shows my dancing penguin which is one new addition for this year. The outline is created using approx. 1,000 clear mini-lights colored using glass paint and mounted on 3/4 plywood. On the backside of the plywood form are the electronics which consist of a 24 channel 595 home etched board plus a Ren-C front-end. Enjoy!

Bill

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6989406666265473731

grages
10-04-2007, 12:14 AM
Hey that is great! Any chance of construction photos?

RJ
10-04-2007, 12:23 AM
Awesome Bill!

greenmeanie
10-04-2007, 07:26 AM
Coro or wireframe? Nice work.

sandy
10-04-2007, 08:04 AM
He mentions the 3/4" plywood form.

This would certainly be a good construction article.
I'm thinking, a Hippo for the Hippo4Christmas song.
I've got the design for a plywood decoration,
but this would animate it.
Very nice job Bill.

klanger
10-04-2007, 09:35 AM
Stand up Bill and take a bow, great stuff :D

Macrosill
10-04-2007, 09:57 AM
Wow! Bill that is one of the smoothest moving figures I have seen. I like how you did some movements in more than just 2 channels, it really makes a higher quality effect.

I think a How-To is anticipated.

BillAd
10-04-2007, 11:33 PM
I'll see if I can do a quick crib notes this weekend with a more detailed howto when time permits. Thanks for all the positive comments!

Bill

sandy
10-05-2007, 08:54 AM
Bill,
you mentioned glass paints,
where do you find that kind of stuff?
I would help to be able to buy mostly white lights,
then paint them as needed as you did on your display.

Macrosill
10-05-2007, 01:36 PM
Sandy,
A larger art supply store should have stained glass paint. Places around here such as Michaels and AC Moore have that type of paint.

Wayne J
10-05-2007, 05:36 PM
WOW! Bill, you make some really, really nice stuff. Two thumbs up! ;)

Matt
10-07-2007, 11:40 AM
Awesome! Can't wait for the how-to!

-Matt

sandy
10-08-2007, 06:01 PM
Thanks Brian,
we have both Michaels and AC Moore around here too.
I'll check it out,
How does it hold up with the heat of the lights?

Macrosill
10-08-2007, 09:49 PM
I only know what I have been told and read, no experience with it here. It is supposed to work well.

BillAd
10-08-2007, 10:32 PM
I added a quick how-to on the construction of the penguin: http://www.doityourselfchristmas.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=5399#5399

The content is a bit rough so I'll need to refine things when I get time. Tonight is Monday night football, Buffalo against Dallas, and Buffalo is currently in the middle of an upset. So sorry, the how-to will need to wait till later.

Bill