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Snowmen in a Snowball fight
The snowmen were added to our display in 2002. I got the idea after seeing a video by Drew Heckman at the now defuncted "Christmas Cave" website. Others have build snowmen using wireframes, but I didn't have access to welding materials. Instead, I used:
The snowmen are really just two pieces of galvanized pipe with 4 feet of Wire Fence between them. For the face and Arms, I added the wire cloth on top of the wire fence so that I could be more pricise with light placement.
These snow men only require 14 circuits to produces "animation". (Which was importat at the the time, because I was using the 320controler with cat 5 in 2002 so I need to have eleemnts in multiples of 7 circuits.) By lighting up
different sets of lights (that represent different arm and snow ball positions)
in specific orders, it appears that the snowmen have having a snowball fight. The circuits for each have of the display are:
- galvanized pipe
- wire fence that had 2" by 3" spacing.
- Wire cloth with 1/2 holes
- Rope Light
- Mini Lights
The body (rope light) and face (mini lights) are static lights that are always powered.
- Arm back to throw
- Arm forward to throw
- "Splat" in the face
- "Splat" on the ground
- Upper snowball on the nearist pipe.
- Lower snowball on the nearist pipe.
- Snowball in the middle pipe.
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Note: Most of of these pictures were taking before I covered the mini-light cords in black electrical tape to prevent them from being seen. In hind site, I should have used green wire. However, as you can see in the videos the wires not no longer visable at night.