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Love the flicker lights using tealights created by jimmyzdc. But, needed them to be on a timer. Time to hack a string of Christmas flicker lights.

Videos of them in action can be found here:










The following pictures shows you how to make the candles but I did not show how to make the waterproof connections. If the wires between the sockets are not long enough to reach between the candles, either make your candles short enough to reach or learn how to make waterproof connections. If I'm electrocuting anybody, it will just be myself so I'm not giving instructions in this regard. Sorry :(

UPDATE: PushEject had updated this with a much safer method. Buy C7 sockets, flicker bulbs, wire and a male plug and make your own custom flicker light set. You place the lamp wire into the groove in the socket and lightly hammer in the end cap. The socket has metal pinchers that puncture the wire and makes the connections. It seems much safer and easier. Here's a link to the socket set so you can see what I'm talking about and where you can buy all the lighting supplies. http://www.actionlighting.com/item-detail.asp?ID=1405&MainCategory=&Sub










Cut and Glue PVC: Cut out different lengths of PVC using a hand saw or circular saw. I also use different diameter PVC for a variety of candle sizes. Then glue your preferred arrangements using PVC glue. You may have to re-glue a couple of times to have it hold.






Foam Insides: Push down a PVC pipe into pink or blue foam to make an impression of the inside of the PVC. Cut it out using a Dremel (with the small router attachment multi-purpose cutting bit) or a serrated steak knife. Use this as a model to trace out all the other circles you need. Then, use one of the flicker sockets as a stencil and trace out into the center of each circle.







Cut Out Circles: Cut out the centers first and push out. Then cut out the circles and separate. You can use the Dremel for faster cuts.








Clean-up Circles: Clean-up the edges and blow off the dust.








Prepare Flicker Sockets and Wire: Snip off the clip on the side of the socket. Make water-proof wire extensions if you need to extend the wire length.







Insert Sockets: Push up socket into PVC and a little out the top. Then push the foam circle over it. Snuggle the whole assembly back down into the candle.










Seal: Use caulk to cover up and seal the foam.











Cover Socket Openings: Cut out circles of blue painter's tape to keep hot glue and spray paint from getting into the socket.









Create Water Drain: To keep rainwater from pooling, find the lowest part of the top that is away from the center of the candle grouping and mark. Cut a trench with the Dremel if you need to make an even lower area for water to drain off.









Hot Glue 'Wax Drippings': You will need to build up the top of the PVC with hot glue to give a glowing appearance and hide some of the bulb. Circle the top with hot glue but do not glue over the trench. Let cool and repeat until there's a nice build-up. It takes about 5 passes.









Downward Wax Drips: Starting from the outside of the top, zig-zag large swaths of glue being sure they butt up as you go down. Gravity will connect it to give it a nice covering look. As you reach the bottom, add large glops of glue and that will give you a bulbous drip at the bottom.









Second Wax Layer: Add a second layer to cover the gaps left by the first layer.











Finish and Spray Paint: Keep adding drippings until you like the look. Then, take outside and spray paint lightly with a matte ivory or white paint. Flat looks dead and I would think gloss paint would look weird. Take off the blue circles and Walla! You are done.








Tombstone Placement: To put on a tombstone, hot glue dowels driven into the foam of your tombstone. This will help hold them upright.








Hot Glue Bottom: Finish with hot glue dripped at the bottom of the candles simulating wax drippings. You should also paint the glue to blend with the candle better (I didn't here). Thanks for looking at my project :)
 

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I need some help. I'm not sure how these are supposed to work. How do u insert the Xmas lights into the candle
 

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Hi Terra,
Awesome blog btw. I'm circling back to this tutorial after several years and was wondering if you had any suggestions to avoid fire hazards? Keeping material a safe distance from the plug/bulb seems like basic logic, but do you know of any additional steps? Such as heat resistant caulk and/or paint, if they even make it? Any suggested edits to the build? My main concern would be having a set of these go up in flames in the corner of a house during a party.
 
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