Creating Christmas scenes using Fiber Optics
Some years back I made an English Pub for my layout, which my wife named “The Wet Whistle”. It’s been great as a scene on the river front but I realized that with Christmas coming up it was time to give it a bit of a lift. How about some Christmas lights? I loathe putting these on my house and taking them down in the dead of winter. However, my basement is the ideal spot, so I decided, let’s do it.
One of the greatest challenges I faced was getting the fiber to follow the roof line. Well, you may have read about the new trick I discovered of straightening fibers. What if I instead used that technique to put permanent bends in the fiber instead? So that’s what I did. I then painted the fiber to match the building, and using a utility knife I cut the fiber along it’s length while having the fiber inserted into a Lamplighter box so I could immediately see the effect of each cut. A green Sharpie marker came in very handy for painting every second nick, followed by using a red one for each of the intervening nicks. It was now time to see how it looked on the pub.
I liked the effect, but decided some lighting along the straight roof line would look great. So, once more I used boiling water to both straighten the fiber and then add a sharp bend at the end and used a piece of aluminum tube to hide the fiber in what now looks like a down spout.