Wireframe Christmas Lights
Last year, I started making my own wireframe light sculptures. I've got a few done, having learned basic bending and welding techniques. Each of the 3 puffs of chimney smoke on the Gingerbread house is wired separately. A sequencer lights them one at a time to animate them. Same for the flags on Santas Workshop. There are actually 2 flags on each roof peak. Each is in a different position. As each set sequences from one to the other it appears to be animated flags blowing in the wind.
To get an idea of the scale, the church reaches about 9 feet. The other two are just a few inches shorter. I've also got some small angels (about 4 feet tall) and some stars.
All of the wireframes are made from 1/4 inch hot rolled steel. I designed them on graph paper to make it easy to replicate full size (1 inch = 1 foot, etc.). Then they are primed and painted with enamel paint. Clips from Advanced Plastics attach the lights to the frame. Each of the buildings have between 300 and 400 lights each. The gingerbread house actually has more including the candy canes and lollipops.
I'm a little short on time this year, so there may only be one or two new additions. Pictures, as well as full build details will be coming soon.