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new mini mega tree for 2010

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Any pictures on how you designed the frame?

Don't really have any pictures other than the video.

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How many rope lights for the spiral efffect did you use? Very neat effect, looks good.


I used eight rope lights. That seemed to fill the eight foot tree. With a little more programing, I think I could get some better spirals effects. I'll have to work on it.

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and that's a mini tree huh? that looks pretty hot, I was picturing mini being like 4 foot but something like this will be in my future that was a nice looking tree.

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It looks like you made the frame out of PVC. Did you use 1/2 or 3/4?

Great work. It really looks good.

I used 1/2" PVC for the base. I made an octagon with straight pipe and 45 degree elbows. Zip tied it to the base of an IV pole.

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