Music / Audio editing

To do my audio / music editing I use a free piece of software called Audacity.  You can find it on sourceforge here:

Like I said it's free and works very well.  Many people doing displays are using the exact same software.  I also use this for recording my narrations for each show.

Screen Shot of Audacity in windows

Yard Stick Stars

Hello there folks!  New How-To here..   Making stars from something simple like yard sticks which you can pick up from Home Depot for $0.68 each.  You can also use lathe if you can still find it.

You'll need 5 yard sticks to make this 5 point star.  I also used #8-32 bolts (10 for each star) along with the #8-32 nuts.

 Sort out the yard sticks to your liking.  I then drilled 10 holes in key spots to secure the sticks to themselves.  The picture shown is the end result.  I'll be painting them black and doing a kind of white wash once it gets warm to give it that rustic look.

I haven't decided which RGB modules I'm going to use yet.  I'm trying to price out the rectangle and square ones.  Also trying to determine what will look better. :)  I may end up cutting strips of white coro and placing them over each yard stick to help diffuse the light.  Might look better diffused.  I'll have to experiment with this though and see what works and doesn't work along with what looks good and doesn't look good.

Try to ignore the clutter in the background.. lol  The location in the display will be determined.  I have some ideas but have to experiment with each idea to see if it's even possible and also the looks.  And if you notice the date I am in fact working on the 2013 display in January in my garage with it being about 35 degrees outside. :)

Yard Stick Star assembled.

Small pumpkins - RGB Conversion

I'll get this article started and add pictures a little later.  I decided to start getting into RGB lights some more this year and so it starts the further addiction! :)

These are the pumpkins that I used last year in the Halloween display.  The catch is that they had a single incan bulb in there that basically is a night light bulb.  It's a yellowish color.  While they were usable I just didn't think they were good enough or bright enough.  So this entire summer I've been trying to figure out another way.  I've been playing with RGB hardware from HolidayCoro ( and trying to figure out how to implement them into my display.  Well I finally did.

So I took my pumpkins and realized that they inside of them were all painted differently.  Each one has various amounts of black and orange colors on the inside.  That's what's been making the difference in the brightness!  So how to get them painted?  Well I knew I had to do something as I was using some test modules (RGB) and trying to figure out who what when and where.  I realized that they just weren't bright enough.  And of course the more RGB modules you put in the less room and of course the biggest one is cost.  So I settled for 3 rectangle modules in each pumpkin.  Now I needed to paint the inside a white.  Yeah easier said than done.

Next I decided to cut a hole in the bottom of these plastic pumpkins so I can get at the inside of them to do what I needed to do.  How do I do that...  Ah ha!!!  My Dremel to the rescue!  Oh how I love that thing.....  Best investment in my life!!!!!!!!!!  SO....  fired up the dremel with the multi-purpose cutting tool and off I went...  zip zip zip and done all 8 of them!

Next we paint..  I had some Krylon white paint in a spray can laying around so that got put to use!  Did a qiuck coat to say it's done and also to give it a chance to attempt to dry over night.  So come morning while it doesn't look the prettiest it is functional.  Maybe one day I'll spray in another coat.

So hole cut, painted, and now the lights...  I have some hardware laying around from making my amateur radio antennas so this was and easy one.  Out comes the dremel yet again with a drill bit in place and 3 holes magically appear....  That helps me to mount the RGB modules.  Three screws and done as a temporary setup.  Just to get the modules inside and all pointing in the right direction.

Power applied and look at that..  We have light!!!!  And not only light but somewhat evenly distributed too!!

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