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« on: June 12, 2014 09:56:07 PM »

that's not a good description, so I'll use lots of words to try to make you understand.

I want to build a chandelier for my deck.  Outside.

The electrical is no problem, I'm going to use strands of LED xmas lights.  I even have a couple of ideas for frames--a plant stand and tomato cages.

What I'm trying to figure out is...
I want to attach sea-theme shapes to the frame.  Like mermaids, coral, dolphins, shells.  The shapes need to stand up to sun and rain--and I live in Hawaii, so we get tons of both.

I'm kinda thinking sheet aluminum cut with a jigsaw, then gently curved to fit the frame.  Another option is all that scrap acrylic sheet I've been hoarding.  That wouldn't curve, but I could use smaller elements. 

But painted details would be great, and I don't know what kind of metal-friendly paint would hold up to the weather.  If I use the clear acrylic, it would be super cool to use a stained glass paint and have it stay translucent.  Any suggestions on type or brand?

Also, I don't think my rivet gun will work with the frames I have in mind; any suggestions for attachment?

I'm still in the early planning stages (just started this morning) so really any suggestions, random thoughts, wishes, inspirational links or whatever would be welcome.  I promise I won't judge.

Oooh, it just occurred to me; I'm thinking about taking a ceramics course.  So if you have suggestions in that realm, bring 'em on!

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2014 07:51:45 AM »

Personally I would avoid any kind of plastic unless it is specifically UV treated.  Here in Central TX plastic breaks down in the sun really fast; I imagine this would happen even faster in Hawaii!  I think your idea of using aluminum is a good one.  Use "self-etching primer" from the auto supply.  Rust-o-leum is a brand of paints for metal, used for outdoor furniture.
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2014 11:11:47 AM »

thanks, I hadn't thought about plastic and UV. 
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