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Assembly Information Continued...

Step 1. Lie the silhouette flat on the floor. Count out the exact amount of clips. See amount under each picture on brochure. This silhouette will take 225 lights therefore we will need 225 clips for our silhouette.
Step.2. Count out exactly 225 clips and start on your design. Press each clip onto the silhouette aprox 50 ml (or 2 ins) apart with your thumb. The clips is a double sided ‘C’ clips. The small ‘C’ fits onto the frame & the larger ‘C’ holds the bulb.
Step 3. Follow the picture on the brochure carefully. Taking care not to attach clips to any support bars. Keep referring to the picture on the brochure. This silhouette has only two support bars that are not not be wired up
Step 4. The easy clip is manufactured to fit snugly on the frame with easy movement for spacing. For a sharper image in lights fit the clips & fairylights close together.
Step 5. Make sure one side of the silhouette corresponds with the other, with the same amount of clips & lights on either side. These arrows point to the two support bars. Don’t attach any lights to these bars as it will distort the image.
Step 6. The clips are now all attached to the frame.. The silhouette is ready for the attachment of fairylights. After the initial attachment, I had to move the clips closer together in order to fit all of the 225 clips needed on this design.
Step 7. Note the distance between each clip is evenly spaced and we are now ready to start attaching fairylights to each clip.
Step 8.We are going to use two boxes of lights for this image. Each side of your silhouette requires one box of lights. Over the years fairylights from major department stores and hardware stores have lost a lot of brightness by adding extra amount of lights but using the same size transformer. We definitely recommend our bright Santa’s Workshop Fairylights for our Silhouettes.
Step 9. As this silhouette will take 225 lights we will cut off 30 lights from one box and 45 lights from the second box. Each box of Santa’s Workshop lights run in mini-circuits of 10 banks of 15 lights. From the end of the length of lights count back 30 lights or 2 banks. You will recognize a division between each bank of three wires running into 2 wires & then back to 3. Simply cut off the exact amount of lights in the 2 wire section.(Never where there is 3 wires). See the illustration above.
Step 10. Remember only cut where 2 wires are shown. Be sure to insulate the end of the cables that have been cut. The cut-off section is a good source of spare lights & less expensive that the boxed light replacement bulbs.
Step 11. Start attaching fairylights at the bottom of the silhouette & work your way around each side. Run the length of lights away from the silhouette and start to attach the light into each clip. I usually wind the excess cable between each light around the frame. Clip in the light then unwind the unnatural twirl you have created and clip in the next one & so on.
Step 12. This example above shows how to double back to complete a dead end section. Meaning you can’t go forward as you have already wired that section. As shown above, miss every second clip until you double back to complete that section. Fit a bulb into every second clip until you get to the end of the line, then come back and fit the bulb into the clip you missed until you are back & ready to continue on
Step 13. Keep adjusting your bulbs by making sure they aren’t obstructed by any cable. Keep clipping in, twisting the cable, clipping in another bulb and so on. Note the neatness of the cable which is wrapped around the framework between each light.
Step 14. A reminder about doubling back. In this section clip the bulb into every second clip until you reach the end of the line. Then come back to where you started by attaching lights into the clips you missed.
Step 15. This example gives you a close look at doubling back. You will note that the cable between each light is only twisted around the frame once. Each arrow shows the missed clip. That’s the one you fit the light into on your return trip.The red arrow shows you the pre wired section where you need to return from
Step 16.You are on the last leg of the journey here & also on your 2nd box of lights. Note the 2 rolled up lengths of cable at the start of your silhouette to indicate that there has been 2 boxes of lights used.
Step 17.The fairylights are all attached. The cables between each bulb have been wound around the frame & kept from looking untidy and dangling in front of the bulbs obstructing the light.This method of attaching lights allows for easy and neat storage.
Step 18.With the use of an electrical cable tie loop the end of the run of lights cable and secure it tightly to the framework. This will prevent the lights being pulled from the clips during setting up the display.
Step 19. The fairylights have been switched on. This is the image of your display using clear lights against a white background. (Colour is definitely needed).
Step 20. Hang the silhouette up on a couple of nails or hooks. Switch the lights on and decide which colour to paint the bulbs. Choose the sections, you would like to paint in red, then the section you like in green, yellow and so on. Making sure you clean your little paint brush after each colour.
Step 21. Be sure you cover the whole of the little bulb with paint, even if some paint goes on the framework. Get right to the back of the bulb because if clear light shows through, it will reflect back from the aluminium & spoil the coloured effect.
Step 22. Presto! Our Christmas Bon-Bon is completed. The colours bring the silhouette to life & it’s a dazzling effect. Allow the lights to dry thoroughly. Your silhouette is now ready to display on your home.
A close-up view of the bulbs attached & the bright paints used.
We hope this Attachment of Lights demonstration has made it easier for the Christmas Light enthusiasts. It all takes time, so read & watch the directions before you begin. If you require any further advise please contact us here at Santa’s Workshop on (07) 3890 4999 or email santa@santasworkshop.com.au
Talking night photos is really easy these days with most modern cameras. Look for this automatic setting “B” for bulb. This is an automatic time exposure setting that will open your camera lens for about one and half to two seconds.Because this is a time exposure setting you MUST use a tripod to avoid any shimmering effect in your pictures. You will note that the flash icon above the “B” has a crossed ring around it meaning it is off.
You will notice that this picture is still showing the “B” setting but the flash icon above the “B” is also going to be used. This is quite ok as we are still in the time exposure mode. Using the flash will allow you to highlight the outline of your house and still be able to take fantastic pictures of your Christmas display. The best time to take your picture is when you just lose sight of the horizon. Refer to our brochure for more tips.
You will notice that the palm tree in the forground has reflected light from the flash. This picture was taken just before dusk and yet because of time exposure I should have waited a few more minutes before taking it to capture a slightly darker sky . Having a cloudy setting also gives different contrasting colours in the night sky.