Haunted TV: The '90s version
One of the final tvs I found by the side of the road.  Seriously, I didn't even have to use Craigslist for any of these although there were free tvs offered on there the whole time I was working on this project.

Yet another glowing/haunted tv set.  I like the look of this one best of any of them.

I found this set on my way to Habitat for Humanity.  (Believe it or not, I was getting supplies for a home improvement project and not raw material for decorations for once.)  The tv was partially dismantled, meaning the back was removed (but still present, but all the electronics were gone, including the electron guns.

At this point I had already scored the glass with the Dremel and broken this large chunk away.

Other pieces followed.

I just thought the fractal pattern was neat.  The tv was sitting face-down by the side of the road when I found it, and likely had been that way for several days.  Water had seeped into the back of the picture tube through the hole where the guns used to be and formed this pattern, presumably from the phosphorus dust.

Finally it was cleared down to just this.

I had to improvise here a bit.  Note the wood block and a couple scraps of plywood beneath it propping up the left side of the screen.  The bolts on that side had sheered through the plastic making it unusable, and there was no other way to re-mount it.

These are sold as pumpkin lights, but they have virtually unlimited potential if you have the imagination to apply to them.  They have three LEDs and can be static lights in any basic color of the red, blue, or green LED (or combinations), but even better, they also rotate through the colors either fast or slow.  Very cool.  They take either 3 AAA batteries or can accept an AC plug (not included; has to be a 4.5V).

As you can see with the one on the left, I had Dani apply some adhesive velcro to drop these inside the tv sets.

A pair of lights mounted into place.  One of the ideas I never had time to follow through with was lining this set with aluminum foil to maximize the brightness.  It looked pretty good without it, but this set was duller than some of the others.

Wax paper taped up to the glass.  Granted, this picture wasn't taken until three days after the party so it's starting to fall down.

The crinkles make it look like static or "snow" as we used to call it back when tvs would show that between stations instead of a blank blue screen.

And, yes, that's a real ghost.

And here's the result.  There are two lights on other side from one another, neither shining directly at the screen (unlike with the '50s set), so the effect looks much better on camera.  Better than cable!

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