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How I built my large Tree Bulb


dkturner

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Hello everyone,

A couple of people asked me how I created the christmas bulbs in the trees and I did not have a picture at the time. Sorry for taking so long to post it. : )

I created a 2 foot diameter Christmas tree bulds using 16 brass welding rods and then a large brass rod that is threaded down the center. I cut out two round disks using hardwood and drilled 16 holes arround the diameter and then painted them the brass color. The nuts and washers are also brass for weather. I used 2 strands of red and two strands of green garland lights and it covered them very well.

The lights on the backside of bulb would shine through the front to make it look full. I used zip ties to hold the wires in place. You have to position the wires into place every year but that does not take long since the sphere helps to them to hold their position.

You can buy the brass rods at the store but they are over a dollar per rod or go to a welding shop and get them for a fraction of the price. I used brass chain to hold it to the tree branch and rapped once arround the wood end.

I found that one of my trees was not big enough to handle the bulb near the top but it has a nice effect during my show. I am going to make the bulbs half the size so I have them at the top of the tree. I used nuts and washers on both sides of the wooden disks and you can adust them to make the perfect sphere.

I did not do a show last year due to school and new baby in March but here is what they looked like in 2006



I did create the bulbs bigger than the attick door but I could easily pull a couple rods out of the holes and the bulbs would collaps till I could get it through the door and then reassemble.

I just got another 4 controllers from Light - O - Rama and love working with the stuff. Its a great product and great company to work with. I can't wait to use the new software. : )

David






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That really does look cool. I remember seeing that video last year and wondered how you did that. AWESOME!!

Thanks for sharing.
Evan

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