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Howl-O-ween Bash Candelabra

Ok let us start at the begining as all good spooky tales do.

I was asked to help the Sevier County Humane Society in TN with a fund raiser. A Party at the Civic Center. After a visit to see the size of the main room (which at one time was several movie theaters) I decided that a few large props would fit the bill and I began by surfing the net for ideas. I came across some images from a Pro catering group/company somewhere in New York, I think, and I was inspired to create this design.
(these are not miy images and I'm not sure where they came from buy they are so cool)

Here is the room with the main lights on


and Here they are with the main lights out

DESIGN:
I did a 3D design to see what it would look in several different lighting and settings.

In this drawing you can see where I was working the candle count for the design

3 Levels and 4 quarts worked out to 36.
 

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Those lights are really awesome! But how easy could they be to make? Doesn't look too hard for those of you who have the imagination required.

P.S. TNBrad You live in the Smokies?
 

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THE STAND:
Here is a picture of the tools and materials I used to build a Candelabra, everything you will need can be found at your local Home Center and Maga Mart (LOL).

and I made a Jig/Template to help me place the screw holes evenly so they don't run into each other.
 

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The Measurements I used were made up as I built them.


After assembling the main structure, I painted them Dark Brown with an Oops paint from Home Deport. with the color adding to the look and helping them disappear into the dim lighting.
 

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Before I get to far a head of my self Let me give a list of the materials I used;

6 foot long 2 inch by 2 inch wood (Center stand and feet)
2 inch by 1 inch (arms)
¼ inch by 2 inch PVC molding trim (Rings)
Dry wall screws 1.5 inch and 2 inch.
Oops paint. (Dark brown)
Flat Black spray paint (rings)
4 inch by 4 inch piece of scrape peg board (Black light stand)
 

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Here is a look at how the arms and legs are set I built these so I wouldn't have to make too many special cuts. Everything works off of a 90 degree angle. All I had to cut these with was a hand held Miter saw for doing picture frames ($10 at the Wal-Mart)

I started drilling the center hole for the each Ring. and After a few tries, I learned that by adding a flat washer to the Dry wall screw would help prevent cracking and braking.

after the Center is set I workrd my way around right and then left to help keep the stress equal.


After I had all the Rings on each stand I sprayed them with a flat black paint. Do so outside or in a very well ventilated area.

here is a close look at the Rings and you can see any over spray just adds to the aged look.

also you can see how the arms are affixed to the center structure. Over the lap the Rings by 1 inch each way. This stuff gets brittle if it's cold so let the PVC warm-up in your house or garage before start bending it.
 

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Thanks so very much.
I'm slowly working from work Shhhhhhh ;-'))

OK here you can see where I was checking the look of the Stand to the 3D image I made.
Pretty close I think ;-"))

 

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Here is a close up of the screws and the feet are done the same way too.
 

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The CANDLES:

Supplies you will need:
Chili Pepper Christmas lights (9 Sets) of 35 lights
1/2 inch PVC pipe (get the one with the thicker wall) (Schedule 40 I think)
15 FOOT BROWN Extension cord
small Black Zip Ties
Tools I used:
Drimel Tool with Roto zip Bit
Table Saw
StyroFoam Ice Chest

I first got these Chili Pepper light sets from the Hobby Lobby. and noticed when they are turned upside-down the look like candle flames

After looking around I found a year round Christmas decor store nearby, and found a different brand of great Chili Pepper lights


Now what I learned here is... that there were 2 different types of lights; ones that were made in the US and those from Mexico.
The ones from the US were stronger, evenly spaced and had 35 lights.
The ones from Mexico, (I got at Hobby Lobby) well the wires would pull out easily, some were to close together and others had 2 long and 1 short wire, and the best they didn't always have 35 lights, some only had 34 or 33 and one had 37. Hmmm.
 

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OK for a greater look of realism and if you have been paying attention there are 36 candles and 35 lights.

Note I did say I made the mesurements up as I went along.

I cut the candles into 3 different lengths for more verity, (and this comes in handy later) and left one without a light because; if you have ever had a lot of candles together one always goes out.

OK the First cut I made was across the bottom of each candle by sliding them along the fence on a table saw with the blade set at 1.5 inches.

As Norm says "Always read and understand the instructions that come with your power tools and there no more important safety tool than safety glasses"

OK this cut makes placing the candles on the rings easy with just a slight twist they slide on and are easy to remove again later for storage.
 

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Now here is when I needed the Styrofoam ICE Chest.
I used the grove around the lid to help hold the PVC candles still as I used a drimel tool with a Roto Zip type bit to cut the "T" shaped opening for the wiring to fit into. Make sure that the long cut is in line with the cut at the base of the candle.


Here you can see how the wires fit into the "T" slot from one candle to the next and how the upward cut also lets the Chili Pepper light fit into the top in an upright setting.


Now you can see how different size candle come in to play when setting them and making the transition from one Ring to another. A shorter candle leading to a tall candle on a lower Ring takes less wire than if they were all the same size.
 

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Here is another look with more candles lined up together and how the wires run from one candle to the next.


At the very top on a 4 inch by 4 inch piece of hard board/peg board I used double stick foam tape to hold the black light fixture in place.


And here is a look at the type of bulb that I used. This bulb throws out a great deal of UV light and a few of them together well can do a lot. TOTs coming to the house would find the costumes glowing and be amazed at the magic in the air. LOL


A look from above shows how the Black light is set in the center and the plug is just droped down.


A look from below shows how the zip ties hold the wires close to the frame so they don't detract from the look of the Candelabra. and a 15 foot extension cord is simply coiled around the center frame and can be uncoiled if more cord is needed to reach the nearest outlet. In the Civic center there were plugs spaced out in the floor.
 

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Here you can see the extension cord I used and how I could plug both the Chili Pepper lights and black light together. Again I used zip ties to keep the wires from dangling down I noticed they also helped to prevent any possible chance of something getting unplugged.
 

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OK
Now I got a few plastic skull from the Walgreens with different expressions and added them to the lower Ring to fill in the space between the sets of candles and help hide the supporting arms for the Ring. And I added some stretchy Webbing. I used the kind that glows under black light. A little goes a long way here.

House light on and Candelabra LIGHTS OFF

House light off and Candelabra LIGHTS ON


Here is a look at the CIVIC Center when we were setting up for the HOWL-O-WEEN BASH, to help benefit the Sevier County Humane Society, in Sevierville Tenn.


Here they are with the only the wall sconce lights on

and another picture


and NOW with the lights off
 

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OK and yes after all the fun is over.... there is the "How do I get these home" question.
well I must say the local police gave me a few odd looks and then they decided an escort to my house was in order… as I looked like a one car parade float and my webs blowing in the wind. LOL.


 

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I would be happy to answer any questions. and Thank you all for all your help and kind remarks.
 

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OK and yes after all the fun is over.... there is the "How do I get these home" question.
well I must say the local police gave me a few odd looks and then they decided an escort to my house was in order… as I looked like a one car parade float and my webs blowing in the wind. LOL.
Would have looked even better if you had a power inverter and plugged them all in while driving home at night. :D
 

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TNBrad,

I love these, they are really spectacular! And I loved the way you loaded them all on your vehicle!lol

What a great project! One question>>>>>where did you get a black light like that?

Thank You so much for posting a tutorial on these!
I got them at Hobby Lobby and used the 40% off coupons from the net, with a few friends, I got one, she got one, and so on for 3 days and 2 cities, till I had 9 (one extra just in case). LOL
 
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