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REPLACEMENT QUALITY GLASS FIBER OPTIC SPRAYS COMING VERY SOON!! FOR FANTASIA & CUDA BRAND LAMPS

Hello everyone, I know many of you are on the hunt or know of someone on the hunt for replacement fiber optics for their Fantasia lamp. Look no further!! As you all may or may not know already. I am currently in the process of making replacement glass fiber optic sprays. These will be identical to the original Fantasia sprays. I am overwhelmed with pre-orders and will most likely have a supply and demand issue on my hands at first, so I will do my best to have enough on hand when I begin selling them to go around. The first sprays that will be rolling out will be for the Sunburst 4000 model, Cosmos 5000 model, Regency 4001 model. All previous model Fantasia lamps, Cuda etc will have replacements as I make them available. These I hope to have ready by early to mid summer.

The large fiber optic sprays that will first be available, will be available in two lengths. The first one being a 14" spray that when inserted will hang and display its ends about mid globe on a Sunburst 4000.
The second length spray will be 18" long and is generally seen on the Black Sunburst 4000 model "Egg Shape" But will fit the Chrome and gold model Sunburst 4000 model lamps also.

The Cosmos lamp will need a measurement specific spray tailored for a exact fit within the lamp, essentialy the 14" spray should fit with no problems however I would not mind some feedback on the length of the fiber optic spray from a Cosmos 5000 model. "Measure from the ferrule to the end tips of the fibers, I know multiple sprays were used on the Cosmos, some shorter than others, just reply to this discussion with the measurements, please and thank you! :-)

These fiber optic sprays are in no way easy to make and will be made by hand and not in a factory, the cost of materials, especially the glass fiber optics is a bit pricy, the work and the process that goes into getting a spray fully assembled from start to finish with a haircut takes a bit of time. The price tag on these sprays will be most likely in the neighborhood of $100-125 each, that will be determined when they are made available for sale. I am a quality person and will make the price tag worth it's cost. I know you all know these sprays are not available anywhere unless you purchase another lamp somewhere and snag it's spray for a replacement.

keep your eyes peeled on ebay for these sprays as this will be where I will be hosting them for sale first as where I also have many other Fantasia related replacement parts for sale, color wheels etc. I will also give a heads up to you all on here prior to me listing them on ebay. Reply to this thread to give me an idea of how many "goo members" alone I will be helping out with sprays. I look forward in helping many of you get your vintage Fantasia lamps back!!
 
As a heads up I WILL NOT be offering "Heat Formed" replacement sprays as the process in doing this is very involved and requires special techniques and equipment I do not have access to, perhaps down the road when the lighting business I am trying to get launched is successfully up and running.

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I'm curious how he trims his fiber optic sprays. He has been doing it for so many years he obviously has it down to a science. I was getting decent at making them but it would take me way too long to make just one spray and it came out looking "ok" I was not happy with what I was making and would not have been happy selling them to people which is why I threw in the towel on this project. Here is a video I uploaded of me during the beginning stages of me prepping a spray for trimming, you can see it looks like someone awaiting their haircut....Oh and I suck at making videos...lol

Watch "Trimming a Fantasia Sunburst 4000 Fiber Optic Spray 18"" on YouTube
https://youtu.be/CICpvelJHp4

This made me ROFL jmpenny... its all about the angle more than the cutting... back in the day when I trained to cut hair , to get a soft layered effect hold up high and cut at 45degrees from centre, you went for180dg ! fine for the classic Mary Quant Bob !!!...or not!!!

Made me smile... :)))

Hi Aladdin, are you a Coiffeur/Hairdresser?

Coiffeur !!! LOL... that sounds so Faggy !!!

I learned how to cut hair and had minnions that did all the styling/teasing (tourturing) for me.

My client base were all about the "haircut." Often they would walk out of the salon with some kind of rediculous looking inflated "Goodyear Blimp" atop their heads and would go home to bang their heads in a bowl rain and shake it out... it used to really piss me off !!!

 I knew what they wanted and most came back to me for the cut/look they wished for.

Sorry guys... a tad of topic!



Christian said:

Hi Aladdin, are you a Coiffeur/Hairdresser?
I know, I sucked at trimming them that's why I tossed in the towel, assembling them was not the issue, it was giving them a proper haircut. If only someone knew how to give them a haircut I could assemble them or assist with what I know in getting them assembled. However you need a garage or workshop area to trim these sprays because of the tiny glass fragments that fly about everywhere. Not something you want stuck or clinging to your clothing either which is why I am very curious as to how Mr Virmond trims his sprays, achieving that perfect ball look.
I have no ideal if Mr Virmont will tell me his secret, we will see.
Atteched pics of my lamps, number 4 is on its way.
I got it on eBay for Euro 5
Iam Not sure what I get for that amount

Attached my favorite or is it my first, that is my favorite, cant really make up my mind.
Iam Sure you all understand me :-)
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I have also just ordered one of the 14,000 sprays.

Human hair fibres arn't much fun either matey... sand bags up to the neck... pull the pins and run.... lol.

jmpenny32 said:

I know, I sucked at trimming them that's why I tossed in the towel, assembling them was not the issue, it was giving them a proper haircut. If only someone knew how to give them a haircut I could assemble them or assist with what I know in getting them assembled. However you need a garage or workshop area to trim these sprays because of the tiny glass fragments that fly about everywhere. Not something you want stuck or clinging to your clothing either which is why I am very curious as to how Mr Virmond trims his sprays, achieving that perfect ball look.

I paid for my Pyroball via Paypal on Sunday, Mr. Virmond confirmed payment on Monday, and he shipped today.  Very quick turnaround.  If all goes as expected, I'll have it by this coming Monday at the latest!

One tip: If you pay with a credit card, you need to cover the Paypal fees.

My visit at Mr. Virmont

 

Yesterday my husband and I visited Mr. Virmont and his wife.

It was a great afternoon we had.

After an 1hour 1/2 ride we got there and were welcome with coffee and cake. There dog fell in love with my husband in the first minute and later their cat (17 years old) joint us also.

We got right to the lamps. Talked about all the different kinds there are and so on.

They told us that they just moved to the house a view month ago and since the house is smaller than the last one they had to dump a lot of stuff.

I will not tell you what it he all through away, my heart was bleeding, especially he threw away the discs for the CIMA MK14 lamp that I need so badly.

After all that talking we went down to the basement were he has a little workshop for his lamps.

On the way to the that he showed us a table

http://oozinggoo.ning.com/video/glasfasertisch-pyrox-glass-fibre-table

When we saw that table we were absolutely thrilled.

It is a fiber optic lamp as a side table. They were produced from a British company, but producing them was so expensive that the reseller price was so high that people did not buy them. So only a few where made  before they stopped producing them . So this table is something really rare and no he is not willing to sell it.

In his workshop he showed us his lamps and sprays. He just producec thelamps when one is ordered.

And now comes the bad news. The amount off lamps and sprays is NOT ENDLEES.

Like I told you before he is retired and he sold his company. He just keept the bases, motors etc.

I did not count them but a rough estimate would be that there is enough to produce maybe an other 70 to 100 lamps and thats it than.

The sprays which you guys care so much about is the same there is just a certan amount of them  so they are NOT ENDLEES.

He does not produce them himself. They were produced be the company SCHOTT (www.schott.com)

They stopped producing them many years ago because the market was to small.

Than Mr. Virmont bought all the sprays they had.

So no secret I could tell you how they were made.

No way he can make some sprays that would fit the American lamps.

Sorry I have no better news for you all, but that is the fact.

 

For me the visit still was something special because I made a new friend and also I had the chance to get something that no one else has.

SCHOTT was making different fiber optic threads. One was a thread that was a little longer and it did not only had the light at the end, it also had light points in the thread. Again an article from SCHOTT that was to expensive in production and the retailer price was so high that people did not buy it.

This spray was only for exhibitions, so not really ever sold. Mr. Virmont had one of these in one of the boxes and when I saw it on one of the lamps I just had to have it

and I got it, do not ask for the price :-) but it is worth it you can see it in my video and on the pics I posted in my account.

Videos

http://oozinggoo.ning.com/video/video/listForContributor?screenName...

Pics

http://oozinggoo.ning.com/photo/album/listForOwner?screenName=2zbxj...

I met Mr. Virmont and he and his wife are some really great people. I will see him again this spring, than he is going to visit me at my work. I work in a motorcycle shop for historical BMWs and he still rides his Honda GoldWing. Iam looking forward to see him again.

I just can tell you guys if you want a lamp or a spray you better get them now. I for my part resirved a lamp and an other regular spray allready. Also after 10 years of the same price he is thinking about raising the prices a little soon.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.

Greetings

Jasmin

Do you do sprays for firefly lamps also where can I get a spare colour wheel

Please read all previous comments, I am no longer making these sprays or color wheels. I am not sure where you could find a replacement spray for a Firefly lamp. My best suggestion would be to go on ebay and search for one and just buy the whole lamp. You will most likely pay a bit for the lamp, but on these lamps this is common and the price is generally high for any of the real fiber optic lamps using glass optics. These are also no longer produced so that too drives up the cost. Good luck on your search, I am sorry I could not have been of better help.

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