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Lighted Christmas Angel for the yard

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caniac wrote:

rstately wrote:
Where I live there are lots of plastic women, and most of them are cheap...
ok, do i want to ask?

I don't think so!

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and they probably spin too!!

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cost less than a mannequin, more fun.
win,win;)

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rstately wrote:

cost less than a mannequin, more fun.
win,win;)
are there happy endings like in the fairy tales!!!:dude:

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I think this is the first thread that I may have steered into being closed,
feels good.:cool:

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rstately wrote:

I think this is the first thread that I may have steered into being closed,
feels good.:cool:
you have skills!!

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caniac wrote:

rstately wrote:
I think this is the first thread that I may have steered into being closed,
feels good.:cool:
you have skills!!

And so do the women he was talking about!

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Ron Amedee wrote:

I,ve got an extention cord reel that uses "brushes".
Thought about using it for something that spins. Only can run one channel though!


Not necessarily. Mount the controller(s) with the display item, and use the extension cord reel to power the controller (s)

Using LED lights, you have easily have 80 plus channels

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TJ Hvasta wrote:

I've got the swivel bases already.. from HD.. I used Lazy Susan plates.. were abt $6 each.. I got them for my ice skating bears.. so the swivel plates are covereed.. it transfering the 120v from base to doll I gotta figure out.. =)



Well here is how I would do it:



#1. Top plate is the only one that rotates.

#2. bottom plate that hold motor is stationary.

#3. Top plate would have 3 strips of conductive (i.e. copper clad tape. soldrable), this is for Hot, Neutral and Ground mounted underneath top rotating plate.

#4. use outdoor outlet (preferably a GFCI type!) and install in upper rotating plate away from where copper "solderable" tape is mounted, solder 3 wires to the copper tape, making sure Ground, Neutral and Hot are the same as coming off the main supply, connect these wires to the outlet(s).

#5. Outdoor rated Motor installed in bottom plate (non movable), use some type of brushes to lay against the copper tape. making note of proper connections (hot, neutral and ground), this will supply power to the upper plate outlet. Use a grounded outlet and grounded cords since this is being used outdoors.

By placing the wiring under the two plates, you can keep folks from putting their fingers in there and with the use of a GFCI, prevent someone from getting electrocuted. You can also make a "side panel" to go around the upper plate (screwed onto the stationary bottom plate) to hide the motor, wiring and help jkeep water out of the unit so as to prevent shorts.

I know a visible aid would probably help more in describing and understanding this a bit better, but this is how most of those rotating Christmas Tree stands are made and operate, it's also why they say not for use outdoors, mainly because these are only TWO wires and not grounded, even with or without the use of the ground, I'd still recommend a GFCI outlet on this rotating platform AND a GFCI in line with the motor as well, to be safe.


Make sure you make an access panel so you can repair or fix it if somethign happens to go awry while in operation. Still only uses ONE Channel of an LOR Controller.

Be Safe and Have Fun!

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would it be easier to just make her skirt spin - like a mega tree only tiny

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I have a couple RFloods and Spots I could use, and they're just 12v, so I might be able to get away with a slip ring to power it.. ELL's would be too much invested in that.. I'd rather use it for the house.. I'm thinking I'll just go with a stationary angel, use a servo (my SCC32 controller) to move the wings and can use the normal lighting(controller) for the skirt..

Thanks everyone for the input.. 'have several months to work it out..

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