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Basement Volcano for Tiki Bar made with NeoPixels and Raspberry Pi #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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Back to the good stuff — smoke and lights! Now that I have (almost) all of the decor in place, I can see how the lights will play off of everything. First things first: let’s re-mount the lights.

Re-mounting the PaleoPixels

Way back in Part 1 of this series, I had mounted the Adafruit 12mm Diffused Thin Digital RGB LED Pixels to the underside of the unfortunately-shaped curved HVAC duct that plows through the volcano nook. However, asymmetry is almost a virtue in tiki decor, so I decided to go with it.

I had removed these “PaleoPixel” LEDs before painting, so I mounted them back to the duct with a series of heavy-duty zip ties, wrapped around the duct. The zip ties also formed the base for a section of reed fencing that went over the bottom surface of the duct, with the LED pixels poking through. I pushed each of the pixels into a small rattan ball that came with some old faerie lights, which hides the LEDs from direct view, and also secures the reed panel above them. To hide the front face of the duct, I built a small section of random looking bamboo facade. This was mounted to a scrap wood bracket that friction-fits onto the face of the duct.

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