Mind you, this is a DIY star panel using a fiber optic light KIT. basically the fibers are already attached to the light box so its a bit less of a hassle. At least for me. This is the kit i bought. sells for $179 comes with plug in which works for me since i have a outlet in the ceiling. This kit comes with 200 fibers, radio remote and twinkle lights. I was covering NINE 2' x 2' panels so that would give me about 22 fibers per panel with 2 panels having 23 fibers. obviously you can get a kit with more fibers but for my 36 sq foot space this is fine.
Because these fibers come without a coat, i needed to seperate 22 fibers into 9 groups. not a problem. Just put plastic strip bind them together.
Next i realized that since the kit comes with the fibers already attached to the light box, and the panels are seperated by the drop ceiling grids, i couldnt attach the fibers to the panels first like most do here. I had to mount the box first then feed each group of fibers down each panel grid:
Next the marking of the stars themselves. I used 2' x 2' thin wood panels from home depot. although i didnt take a picture here, i cut a sliver from each side of the panel because I figured after i glue the fabric on, it may be to tight. Glad i did this.
Next the fun part. For me anyway . marking the holes for the star placements. I didnt use a constellation just random. dont think i had enough fibers anyway. What you decide to do is completely up to you.
quick test to make sure the fibers go in the holes without a problem.
Next i spray glued on the fabric (valour black from Joann's fabric and craft store), cut to size and wrapped a little lip of the fabric and also spray glued that to the back
Next thing i had to tackle was trying to figure out how i would now start feeding the fibers through the panels. If you notice, some fibers are hanging about 5 foot from the floor. I figured maybe i would put the panels on a ladder and work that way?
Before i attemped anything though, i wanted to see how the panels fit with the fabric on. They looked great and fit perfectly. ALSO, to my surprise, i realized i could actually start feeding the fibers to the panels with the panels ALREADY ON the ceiling. I had more than enough headroom to stick my head up there.
So i took my tape, a led flashlight (to see my markings) and got to work. I guess i"ll do this for the remaining panels too and upload the final cut.
I stopped with 1 panel and will finish off the rest in the next couple of days.
What do you guys think? any questions? I'm so glad i decided to take this on. Would have cost me little over a thousand to buy them from a HT company.
Oh and a shoutout to KenLerch who helped answer questions about the star panels before i started.
Edited by linkseo - 5/17/13 at 6:32am