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Offline dduck

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Candy Cane Burst
« on: January 15, 2015, 08:47:47 PM »
Last year I was going to create a candy cane spinner but came up with the idea
to put RGB lights into the canes and put them on a porcupine ball.   Turned out
better than I thought it would and I thought I would share.   Not sure really what
to call it but for now calling it a Candy Cane burst.

The trick is to use canes that are mostly white.   The only ones that I found possibly long enough
was from Garden Ridge.    I used 60/20 ws2811 strip lights inside.   Only 17 segments would fit
in each cane.  Each cane is connected to the porcupine ball via 1/2" PVC.    I then created a plug for
the ends to seal them up.

To see it in action see the following video at about the 3:12 point.   For a comparison also
notice my other starburst but using 1" pex that are 1m long each.

http://vimeo.com/116476829

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Re: Candy Cane Burst
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2015, 09:00:36 PM »
Very cool! Awesome job. Your entire display looks great.


Roger

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Re: Candy Cane Burst
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2015, 09:05:01 PM »
Those are cool!  Love music too. :)

Why can't I think of cool stuff like this!? lol
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Re: Candy Cane Burst
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2015, 10:21:05 PM »
DDuck is there a website for Garden Ridge, I'm looking for white canes for some fan designs.

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Re: Candy Cane Burst
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2015, 07:52:04 AM »
Garden Ridge is now "at Home" (www.athome.com).   Last year I needed more of
the candy canes and was not able to order via the web.   I even contacted corporate
headquarters and they told me I would have to wait till the end of August or start of September
when they arrive at the stores.

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Re: Candy Cane Burst
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2015, 09:10:40 AM »
I was thinking this looks neat but how would you store it... Then it hit me. kitchen chandelier  8)
Decorative and functional but likely grounds for divorce.

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Re: Candy Cane Burst
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2015, 11:41:34 AM »
I was thinking this looks neat but how would you store it... Then it hit me. kitchen chandelier  8)
Decorative and functional but likely grounds for divorce.

Good one!

Actually I disconnect each cane for storage.   I use these JST connectors:

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/100-pairs-20CM-Female-Plug-and-20CM-Male-JST-Plug-with-4-in-line-pin-with/701799_654715658.html

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Re: Candy Cane Burst
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2015, 12:54:49 PM »
Great job, how about some info

Mega tree size, strands, light type?
How big are the arches, just length everyone has there own idea about how high and what type of lights.
What software did you use?

TIA
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Re: Candy Cane Burst
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2015, 08:48:59 PM »
That was beautifully sequenced and I loved the song.  I have not heard that one before, might have to add it to this years playlist.
Great work on the video editing as well.  :)

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Re: Candy Cane Burst
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2015, 10:39:08 PM »
I like it!
Where did the hub (porcupine ball) for the burst come from?

Also,
How did you build the arches (we call this configuration a "spider arch group")?
There seems to be a row of something hanging from each arch leg.  What are they?
« Last Edit: January 17, 2015, 08:15:34 AM by algerdes »
Sequencers: Vixen3 and xLights
Players: FPP and xSchedule Controllers:  Renards - SS24/SS16; E1.31 - San Devices E682 - Falcon F16, F4, F48 - J1Sys - DIYLEDExpress E1.31 Bridges.  Much more!

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Candy Cane Burst
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2015, 06:31:13 AM »
I was thinking this looks neat but how would you store it... Then it hit me. kitchen chandelier  8)
Decorative and functional but likely grounds for divorce.

Well my wife is a HUGE jigsaw puzzle fan, so this Christmas I got her a 9000 piece puzzle which should keep her busy for a while. Her mom found this kitchen bar light for her....it's a jigsaw puzzle light. I figure if she can hang something like this then I think that Candy cane light would be allowed - at least it should be right??
Ryan

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Re: Candy Cane Burst
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2015, 04:26:45 PM »
These are really cool....I think I found the hubs, but they only come in a 3 pk (http://www.amazon.com/Cedars-Dance-Porcupine-Attractor-Spheres/dp/B001BAAVMK/ref=pd_sim_sbs_sg_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1V5W8BD95J8QSNAK36QG) ... would there be anyone interested in splitting this with me (i.e. I buy 3pk and then sell the other 2.  probably be $20 each including shipping)?  I only need 1 and $40 is steep for me to buy it for just the one.
« Last Edit: January 17, 2015, 06:06:30 PM by csimmon5 »


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Re: Candy Cane Burst
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2015, 07:30:21 AM »
Thanks to both of you.

I had no idea.  (I don't fish.)
« Last Edit: January 18, 2015, 08:26:42 AM by algerdes »

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Re: Candy Cane Burst
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2015, 09:30:26 AM »
dduck,
Are those candy canes 1/2" or do you have 1/2" pvc stubs inside the porcupine and then fit the candy canes (3/4"?) over them?  I ask because I see the clamps on many of them next to the ball.

How hard was it to feed the wires into and out-of the ball to each of the canes?

It looks like you have 4 feeds from your controller up to the ball.  Which controller did you use?

Inquiring minds want to know...  :)

 

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