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RichardH

Bethlehem Star Project

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Here is a Bethlehem Star that I am working on. Just did the artwork on the computer and now I have to do the hard part and make it.

I plan on getting a 4'8' Piece of plywood and the drilling holes through it and have C9 bulbs shine through. Here is a mock up of what it is going to look like. It will be controlled via LOR with 3 Channels.

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I made two different designs and was wondering which one you think looks better

Star 1 or Star 2

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I was thinking of just painting the entire thing white or black (black might give it more of a wireframe look at night) but was thinking it might look better during the day if I painted it different shades of yellow so it would look like this on the house

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definately the one on the left. I would paint it black, otherwise the lights will reflect off of the white and yellow paint. also, cut holes in the wood, like big holes for airflow, otherwise you'll have a sail. I did a plywood christmas tree, and it still flew around the yard, but not as much as it could have.

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That is a pretty cool cutout tree you made bekacaudill. You did a great job.

I am thinking wind is going to be a problem and since it is so high up on the house it might now work even with holes. My other option is to do a wireframe and should be easier since all the pieces can be straight.

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I'd think about a wireframe for the roof...cool design though!

Bill

Weld it.... light it...still trying to make it dance

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I like the star on the Left, too. Depending on the size of your star, I think C9s might be too large.Maybe C7's?That's what I used on my 25' long Merry Christmas sign. On my homemade star, I used the GE classic clear lights with reflectors and it's plenty bright. Just my humble opinion.

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Thanks for the input. I am going to go ahead with the star on the left.

I want to make this thing really bright and thought the best way to achieve this would be to use C9 Bulbs. I plan on using about 200 bulbs to make this thing really shine. Most of the time I will only have it at 50% or so and then at the right times I will turn it up Full Blast (I always loved that term).

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I got my star over half way done. I got it painted black and it is ready for the lights.

I will post pic when i get it done. Thank you again Richard.:]

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