Instructables

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.
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up
sibu4 years ago
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.
meg00k (author)  sibu4 years ago
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.
sibu meg00k4 years ago
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.