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    If you want it real simple. Use a fish caster reel with fishing line(you will not see it). Attach a reversible motor relay to it. Run that motor off a 9v battery(no wires, easy to mount). This will provide the up down movement. Create a small platform and mount a second motor to the center. Attach the 9v motor to the end of the platform so it gets good circular rotation. Then attach that platform motor to the ceiling.

    You will need two voltage adjusters to slow down both movements since both voltages are different.

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    If you are wanting to float the candelabra like an FCG, it will work, just I would recommend using a very slow motor (3 or 4 RPM) for a subtle floating movement.
    And the crank for your motor will be very short, since the candelabra is not that wide.
    I would just experiment by mounting your motor and pulleys on the bottom of a flat board. Then try a short crank length and use that as a reference to judge what changes you need from there.
    In my mind, your idea would look pretty cool. Kind of like the floating candelabra in the Haunted Mansion at the end of the long hallway.
    Good luck with it!
    Stamp out the Christmas Creep !

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    I use black braided fishing line. It's extremely thin, extremely strong, yet pretty much completely dispersal in front of a black background. My lights don't even reflect off of it.
    My neighbor's little boy told me, "my mom said you make your house too scary for kids."
    That's the nicest thing anyone's said to me in a long time.

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    I think the FCG is the perfect animation for your situation.

    If all three strings are attached to the candelabra then it will not only move up and down, side to side but back and forward in the room as well.

    Monofilament will make the strings all but invisible, and should carry the weight You could hang a separate filament from each pulley and hang the candles from them.

    Could be quite the show!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chubstuff View Post
    Folks will be seeing the mausoleum from about 15 feet away, so that too might affect just how much I have to hide things.
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    You mentioned that the candelabra very lightweight & people will be about 15ft away. Maybe a simple oscillating fan would work to blow it gently around after it’s attached w/fishing line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanlamprecht View Post
    I use black braided fishing line. It's extremely thin, extremely strong, yet pretty much completely dispersal in front of a black background. My lights don't even reflect off of it.
    I am going to go out and get some of this. You're about the fourth source that swears by it. I suppose if it doesn't work out the way I hope I can give it to the gent who lives downstairs as he loves to go out fishing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leonard Pickel View Post
    I think the FCG is the perfect animation for your situation.

    If all three strings are attached to the candelabra then it will not only move up and down, side to side but back and forward in the room as well.

    Monofilament will make the strings all but invisible, and should carry the weight You could hang a separate filament from each pulley and hang the candles from them.

    Could be quite the show!
    Thanks. I will keep everyone nice enough to help out here updated by posting the final product whatever it may look like. I begin working on it this week.

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