Step 7: Insert then light tiki torches

We finally finished the Tiki Tree.
We replaced the zip tie with copper wire.
We painted the aluminum coffee cans copper.

We also made leaves using thin copper sheets and soldered them to the tree. If you want more info on how to do that, let me know. I just watched a bunch of videos online and went for it.

Here are some pics of the final product.
great idea, looks amazing! could use some thinner copper wire and wrap it around the tree like a vine so that you don't need the zip ties
the copper wire sounds like it would work well. and if you started where the upper zip tie was it prolly wouldn't look that bad.
You might be able to shape the copper pipe branches by filling them with fine sand, and gently applying pressure while rolling the pipe on the edge of a table or workbench. The garden hose or screen door spring idea will help prevent kinking in addition to the sand (regular cooking flour inside the tubing MIGHT also work). <br>Small copper tubing is usually reasonably soft, and can be 'worked'; you just need to take your time. Rigid copper pipe can be worked in the same manner, but I would use a propane torch to help soften it during bending (this will give a neat color change effect when it is heated too). <br>Once you get the shape you want, dump the sand or flour out, and continue the project
This is beautiful and a great use for the coffee cans. How about using the aluminium bases that tea lights come with as snuffers? If they would fit, you could put a little ring around the bottle necks and chain to the 'cap'. It would also keep your wick dry and your oil from evaporating I think. There are also attachments for copper pipe that might replace your zip ties, or you could look for copper coloured tape to cover the ties. I like the idea of adding leaves and vines with more copper.
Thanks. That's a good idea for the cap. Weather protection is important as it is hard to light after a rain. We replaced the zip ties with copper wire, we painted the coffee cans with copper paint, and are working on the leafing this weekend. Will post an update on Monday.
Oh, the leaves look wonderful! How about more caps from the coffee cans for snuffers/caps? You could try to flare the edges with pliers or heat them and hammer them over yet another cap slightly. Maybe pinch the very top edge of the caps that are in place for the wicks too, or try to dome them up a bit to reduce the size. Or you could cut the bottoms off of a few more coffee cans, making them deep enough to fit to where it starts to taper in. That may not work as a snuffer though, but sure would as a cap.

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