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My first prop for 2007 is still on going. The part I'm stuck on now is the new circuit boards for the skulls. The speakers work great but the jaw vibrates instead of moving with the input. I tried using a walwart to increase the power but I think I trashed a circuit in the process.

If I can't get the circuits working I'll still have a schweeet prop to hang outside on my porch.

The skulls are the Gemmy candy dishes and I cut the platter off.

Here's the link to the circuit diagram I'm using:
http://home.rica.net/jimk/projects/servo/index.htm

The chandelier I bought on ebay:
http://www.hauntiholik.com/Props2007/Chandelier1.JPG

Chandelier rewired and skulls attached:
http://www.hauntiholik.com/Props2007/Chandelier3.JPG

Chandelier after stripping the paint and repainting:
http://www.hauntiholik.com/Props2007/Chandelier9.JPG
http://www.hauntiholik.com/Props2007/Chandelier10.JPG
 

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This circuit has been on my 'to do ' list for quite some time. I need to quit procrastinating. I hope you get your bugs worked out.

The chandelier looks great.
 

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I wish I could be of help, but I've never used that circuit before. Nice chandelier though. It looks really great!
 

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Thanks guys. If I do get the circuit working I'll post something about it that might help others if they want to build it.
 

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Looks good ,hope you get it up and running
 

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Hauntiholik, your project gives me a great idea about how to convert an already existing chandelier hanging at my mom's house into a skull chandelier. Thanks!
(I mean convert it temporarily for Halloween; my mom would never go for having a skull chandelier all year round.)
 

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I gave up on the circuit hack for the candy dish skulls. I'll figure those out later.

When I originally planned the project, it was with a different kind of skull altogether and unfortunately the idea came to me in November so I had to wait until now to get my hands on them.

Here's a link to he skulls I'll be finishing the chandelier with. I think keeping them out of sync is creepier than having them synced up. What do you think? They'll all be activated by a pressure mat.
Halloween :: Skulls video by Hauntiholik - [email protected]@[email protected]@http://vid159.photobucket.com/player.swf?file=http://vid159.photobucket.com/albums/t131/Hauntiholik/Halloween/[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@t131/Hauntiholik/Halloween/skulls
 

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I love that Chandelier! Sorry you were not able to get the circuit to work, but can't you wire all the activation buttons together to operate from one switch so they trigger together? This year you can make it a manually triggered prop, and next year you can fully automate it. Nice job.
 

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can't you wire all the activation buttons together to operate from one switch so they trigger together?
That is my plan :D They will all be wired together utilizing the "Try Me" wiring and a pressure mat will activate them.
 

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Was it expensive to make? Where did you get the skulls?
It's hasn't been a cheap project. I could enter it into a $200 prop challenge.

The chandelier is from the 1920's. I wanted something gothic looking and I found it on ebay with shipping for $85.

It was painted avocado green so I had disassemble it and strip the paint. (used carb cleaner $0, dremel bits - $9)
Replacement wiring (5 electric xmas candles + 5 flicker flame bulbs - $10)
New outlet power cord - $5

5 skull candy dishes (purchased in winter + circuit boards) - $95 unable to hack these so they'll be incorporated into another prop.

5 new "scary skulls" - $65

pressure mat - $6
Wiring for pressure mat - $5

total spent on project - $280
total without discarded skulls $185
 

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IT'S ALIIIIIIIIVE!!!!!!

Stay tuned for video. I don't know where hubby hid the camera.
 
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