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Beccaberry
02-04-2013, 04:15 PM
Stand back, folks. Jon is about to attempt crafting!!

It all started in 2011 when we spent Christmas at Disney World. Christmas night, we took a "sleigh ride" through the Ft. Wilderness Campground. It was LOVELY! (Sorry for the sub par photos, the horse wouldn't exactly cooperate, but you get the idea - kitchy, cheesy and oh so much fun!

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During our ride, we noticed that quite a few campsites had one of these:

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It may be a bit hard to tell from the photo, but what you're looking at is a Mickey head lamp post, and I was IN LOVE. Our guide for the evening confided in us that they were all handmade by Ft. Wilderness residents and that they were easily created with items from the local hardware store.

Well folks, it's only taken me 15 months of eye-batting, cajoling, bribery, and bartering and Jon has agreed to attempt to make me one of these delightful lamp posts! Yep you heard right, and I thought you might enjoy joining me on the journey :) Patience please, it could be a lengthy one.

Step 1: Jon alters the instructions.
( Shocking I know :rolleyes: )
Jon has decided that the 12 inch globe-head paired with the 6 inch globe-ears is not proportionally accurate. So, he has decided that a 10"/6" proportion looks better. Right then. So far, he has secured the necessary globes (pictured below) and the "guts" to make it glow (pay no mind to the dog treats on the counter).

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Next up is purchasing a 3 inch hole saw to make holes for the "ears" to slip into the "head." This is the part that may get tricky......stay tuned! Cost so far: $55.

If all goes well, this is what the final product should look like (with Jon's alterations, of course :) )

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Quick poll, who agrees with Jon that the 10"/6" is a better fit, and who believes he should just stick to the instructions?

Johnie
02-04-2013, 04:30 PM
Ohhhh lovely :yes:

I shall not mention that you can buy these at Sears :unsure:

Beccaberry
02-04-2013, 04:55 PM
HAHAHA! Can you?? I did a search thinking SURELY somebody sold them, and never found one! Perhaps you should direct me to the one at Sears...just in case, mind you :)

Johnie
02-04-2013, 05:57 PM
I saw them at Christmas. Not seeing them online at the moment. I will keep my eye out

Beccaberry
02-04-2013, 06:42 PM
Was it JCPenny? I did a search, and while I didn't find them at Sears, I did find that JCP used to have something similar. However, they no longer carry it.

Ultimately ours will be built on an existing lamp post - so a bit more permanent (and hopefully sturdy) than the JCP one, and FAR, FAR less costly!

Johnie
02-04-2013, 07:31 PM
It certainly could have been JCP. My memory is getting foggy in my old age :lol:

Beccaberry
02-04-2013, 07:39 PM
:lol: :lol: You and me both, sistah!

Johnie
02-04-2013, 07:40 PM
You'll have to send me the directions. I have a need for a light post!

Beccaberry
02-04-2013, 10:33 PM
Stay tuned...they'll be posted right here as we get started :)

Wendy
03-04-2013, 12:00 PM
Quick poll, who agrees with Jon that the 10"/6" is a better fit, and who believes he should just stick to the instructions?

I love them, but I think Jon shoud stick to the instructions, I think the smaller ears look better :sorry:

Watchinherskip
03-04-2013, 01:45 PM
Not sure what is more cool, the lamp itself or the topic "this old mouse". Because you sleigh me.

Beccaberry
03-04-2013, 01:56 PM
I love them, but I think Jon shoud stick to the instructions, I think the smaller ears look better :sorry:

I sort of kind of tend to agree, but I'm not going to make a fuss...I'm more than happy to allow him poetic license if it gets the job done :wink:

Besides, we both agree it's possible we'll go through several iterations of the large globe (3 inch hole in a plastic globe? yeah.) before the job is done, so we may change our minds along the way.

This weekend: purchasing a saw that allegedly makes holes...I've never heard of such a thing!

Beccaberry
03-04-2013, 01:58 PM
Not sure what is more cool, the lamp itself or the topic "this old mouse". Because you sleigh me.

Let's wait and see how the finished product turns out, Dan - could most definitely be the topic title in the end ;) Punny, btw.

Wendy
03-04-2013, 02:05 PM
This weekend: purchasing a saw that allegedly makes holes...I've never heard of such a thing!

It's true :lol: and they work very well, they go on the end of an electric or battery drill :D Chris has got all different sorts for cutting through wood, plastic, tiles and walls - not that he ever uses them anymore :rolleyes:

Beccaberry
03-04-2013, 02:07 PM
Really? How cool! I thought perhaps Jon was just making things up to pad his "beer budget" :)

Wendy
03-04-2013, 02:09 PM
Really? How cool! I thought perhaps Jon was just making things up to pad his "beer budget" :)

:lol: nope although he's probably expecting more beer when he's completed the project for doing such a good job.

Beccaberry
03-04-2013, 02:12 PM
Ayuuuuuuh, you think?? He's probably expecting a damn ticker tape parade! Which I'll gladly throw! :tralala: :tralala:

uscwest
03-04-2013, 03:01 PM
We need a new lamp post. After he finishes yours he can come to our house for lobster fest and install one for us.

Johnie
03-04-2013, 09:07 PM
Well if he is going to make John one then he can make me one too :-)

Dizneyblonde
04-04-2013, 06:56 PM
How much is international shipping?

Beccaberry
04-04-2013, 07:01 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol: Let's see if we make it through the first attempt, eh? If so, I'll bring it to you in August and you can wear it home under your shirt like an expectant mum :wink:

Dizneyblonde
04-04-2013, 07:03 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol: Let's see if we make it through the first attempt, eh? If so, I'll bring it to you in August and you can wear it home under your shirt like an expectant mum :wink:

You've got a deal!:wink:

Beccaberry
06-04-2013, 09:14 PM
Step 2: Buy More Stuff
Because you can never have too much "stuff" right?

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Purchased today: glue, fittings, and a 3 1/2 inch hole saw.

What? The instructions called for a 3 1/4 inch hole saw, you say? Well yes it did, but Jon felt like that was too small and thought the 3 1/2 would be better (we'll chat more about this later).

Step 3: Reinforcements for the Crafter!
Jon hates that I'm calling him a "crafter." He says he feels like he should be hot gluing doilies and punching out shapes with a Cricut. I pointed out that the fact that he even KNOWS what Cricut is means he's a "crafter". We've agreed to disagree.

Entenmann's Lemon Pound Cake. This started out as a full loaf. Crafting is hard work.

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Step 4: Measure Once, Cut Once.
Wait, What?

Luckily, there was a slight seam around the center of the globe, and the smallest pinpoint at the absolute middle. From there, we measured down 4 inches. This is where we would drill our lead holes.

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Step 5: Hold Your Breath.
This is where it gets real.

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Drill at the ready, prepare to begin sawing (drilling? cutting?) Whatever. Make a hole, people!

Step 6: Exhale. Admire your hole.
Unless you've shattered it. In which case, grab your keys and your credit card, you're headed back to the Depot.

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Step 7: Glue the Ear Globe On.
What? The hole is too big?? How did that happen?? I followed the directions exac...oh, wait. Never mind, it'll work.

We applied the glue to the base ledge of the smaller globe and then slipped it into the "head". The 3.5 was, shall we say, roomy...but worked. I think the 3 1/4 would have been a better fit, but no big deal. We then bungy-d the ear to the head to allow it to dry.

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Next step...EAR #2!

Wendy
06-04-2013, 09:55 PM
It's looking good :D

Beccaberry
07-04-2013, 03:05 PM
Step 8: Ear #2
What the directions DON'T tell you!

Interestingly enough, NONE of the directions tell you how to bungee the SECOND ear to the head - so we improvised. Blue painters tape! Easy on, easy off - and holds securely.

It's starting to take shape now!

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Tink
07-04-2013, 04:57 PM
:yes:

Wendy
08-04-2013, 08:35 PM
It's looking really good, dare I say I like the ears :lol:

Beccaberry
09-04-2013, 02:05 AM
It's looking really good, dare I say I like the ears :lol:

You know? ME TOO!

So here's a bit of a mid-step - until next weekend when we can do a bit more work at it -

This is the finished shell :) I think it turned out quite nice!!

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Tink
09-04-2013, 09:19 AM
It does look very nice! :yes:

Wendy
09-04-2013, 10:41 AM
It's looking good :D

uscwest
09-04-2013, 10:55 AM
Lookin' pretty good so far.

Beccaberry
09-04-2013, 11:37 AM
The next bit is to wire the lights - and guess what!?!? Jon thinks he knows a better way! :rolleyes:

Wendy
09-04-2013, 12:02 PM
The next bit is to wire the lights - and guess what!?!? Jon thinks he knows a better way! :rolleyes:

:rotfl:

Tink
17-04-2013, 12:27 AM
So, nu? The lights already. Are they wired?

Beccaberry
17-04-2013, 01:00 AM
OOOH!! Thank you so much for asking!

Wellllllllllllllllll...

Step 9: Wiring the Lights
AKA Finding a Needle in a Haystack

So, apparently THIS is the hardest thing in the WORLD to find. Especially if you a) have no idea what it's called b) have no idea what it's ACTUALLY used for and c) are at Home Depot and dealing with idiots.

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SO! We went to Lowe's armed with a photo on my phone and......still no luck. (Really?!)

Well, that brought the whole project to a GIANT stand still. Until Sunday, when Jon woke up muttering to himself. Turns out he'd realized where he'd seen this stuff before - soooooo back off to Lowe's we go. For future reference, "this stuff" is PVC pipe strapping. And once we knew what it was, we had no trouble finding it!

Step 10: Wiring
Or, time for Becca to have a glass of wine.

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Yeah. Sorry. I may have faded in and out on this one as I was a bit bored because it involved neither a) power tools or b) anything Mickey shaped. So I enjoyed a glass of Shiraz while Jon muttered some more, stripped some wires, plugged in some small bulbs and one big bulb (the strapping is to hold the small bulbs in place in the "ears") and then.....

Step 11: IT'S ALLLLIVVVVVVVVVVVVEEE!!!
Get the ticker-tape ready!

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It turns on!! It actually turns on!

Next up - positioning the lights "just so", spray painting the existing lamp pole and then attaching the Mickey head!!!

Stay tuned for our final installment!

Tink
17-04-2013, 01:51 AM
There is light! There is light!!! :mental:

So, when is the pole painting? :D :D :D

Johnie
17-04-2013, 01:51 AM
Awesome!!!

Lol yes it can be very hard to find things when you don't know their proper name

Beccaberry
17-04-2013, 02:02 AM
So, when is the pole painting? :D :D :D

:wink:

We were hoping we could do it on Sunday, but the wind was VICIOUS.

Saturday is the big Auction Gala at one of my schools, so perhaps THIS Sunday!

Wendy
17-04-2013, 10:51 AM
It looks really good Becca :D

Beccaberry
27-05-2014, 05:12 PM
Soooooo...anybody remember THIS thread??

Well GUESS what happened after spending only a year in the project closet?

JON INSTALLED MY LAMP!!! :mental: :mental:

Just at dusk (shooting away from the house):
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One more, different angle (towards the house) after it got a bit darker...

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We've decided we are going to purchase (or paint) some yellow planters for around the base and fill them with red flowers of some sort :)

I'll try and snap a photo of the finished project then!

Wendy
27-05-2014, 08:06 PM
It looks really good, does he fancy coming over to mine and making some for me :D

Beccaberry
27-05-2014, 08:22 PM
HAHAHA! I'm sure he'd love to :) We will just start a U.K. list - Teresa, you, perhaps Jules? Yes, those will keep him busy while WE all go out shopping and sightseeing!

Wendy
27-05-2014, 08:51 PM
Teresa lives about 30 minutes away from me

Dizneyblonde
27-05-2014, 11:24 PM
So I can expect mine this time next year?

Beccaberry
28-05-2014, 05:58 PM
So I can expect mine this time next year?

From your lips to the travel gods ears, my friend!!! Airline prices are going to have to take a serious nosedive though!