Step 1: Materials
1. A USB plug - I used an old printer cable
2. An LED light taken from an existing desktop light toy (I took mine from a USB lava lamp)
3. ShapeLock Plastic. ( I love this stuff. You can buy it here or at other online sites: http://shapelock.com/)
4. Amazing Mold putty (you can get this at Michaels or other craft stores)
5. A mini tiki statue (the one I used was 3.75" tall, made from a heavy stone or plaster I am not sure which)
6. Glow in the dark spray paint. This part is optional.
needle nose pliers
Step 2: Mold tiki
Once the putty sets up - then remove your tiki from the mold.
Step 3: Add ShapeLock to the mold
once you've figured out how much Shapelock you'll need then heat some water to 150 to 160 (just before boiling) and melt the beads so they are all clear.
Take the melted Shapelock and mold it into a cylindrical shape so that is will all fit nicely into the mold. This stuff is pretty forgiving so if it's not fitting right you can always throw it back into the hot water and re-shape it.
Press the clear/melted Shapelock into the tiki mold
Step 4: Add a base
So to do this just melt down some more Shapelock (about a 3 tablespoons) in hot water like in the previous step and shape it into a strip about 3/4" high and about 4" long. Shape into a ring shape so that it will fit onto the base of the tiki. See photos for more detail
It's important that this base is deep enough so that the LED lights will fit inside. If you have a tiki that you can hollow out then even better. My tiki shape was sorta thin so I as not able to place the lights up into the body of the tiki.
Once the base is dry just set the tiki and the base into a non-stick fry pan on low and wait until both edges are clear. Once the edges turn clear you can press them together (i.e. "weld"). Use a chope stick or someother wood instrument to blend the weld seam until it's smooth.
Step 5: Drill a hole for the cable
Step 6: Wire in the USB and LED
Step 7: Plug it in and test
Watch the tiki in action: