Category Archives: Art/Craft

Didgeridoo Mouthpiece ReDo

Recently, I’ve had a chance to take another go at making didgeridoo mouthpieces. A friend gave me her candle making gear, which included a bunch of wax from candles, and an electric hot pot. The hot pot is great, because you don’t have to keep replacing the hot water of the double boiler to maintain the molten wax. Above, you can see the new video, with a demonstration of the techniques for applying the wax to the mouthpiece. Continue reading

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Makey Makey Arrow Controller

In this project, I made a few arrow controllers out of a file folder, some 3″x5″ cards, craft sticks and aluminum tape. The first idea I had turned out not to work as good as I originally thought it would, so I tried it again (a couple of times). It would be fun to create a game controller that is themed on the games a player might enjoy, or to make one that uses all of the controls built into the Makey Makey.
Working with this controller in combination with writing computer programs would also open up a lot of really amazing options.
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Decorating with the EggLathe

Decorating with the EggLathe allows your egg to turn, while you can draw on it with a pen, or paint brush.

This EggLathe was built of laser cut corrugated plastic, and is an early iteration of the design. The first parts were cut of cardboard, but future parts should be cut from either acrylic or baltic birch plywood. Continue reading

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Techniques for Sketching

Making sketches of objects is a very effective way of communicating your ideas about shapes. This skill is one that anybody can build, and the more you draw, the better you will get at it.

To do these drawings, you just need a pencil and a piece of paper. An eraser is nice, but not essential.

The main drawing techniques for engineering are: Orthographic, Isometric, and Multi View Orthographic. By drawing an object using one or more of these techniques, you can communicate quite a bit about the shape, and how the parts relate to each other. Continue reading

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The Development of 3Doodler

As 3Doodler’s Kickstarter campaign was taking off, I had a chance to chat with Peter Dilworth of WobbleWorks at Artisans Asylum.

We talked about how the new product works, and a bit of how it was developed. As an experimenter with 3D printing, most of these systems are familiar. The 3Doodler is a bit different from a 3D printer in that it doesn’t come attached to a robot that moves in three axes. Being able to create solid designs while using hand motions seems like a simple, yet empowering technology. Continue reading

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Lighting IceCandles

Ahead of the warmer weather, it seemed a good idea to set the IceCandles up for night time viewing.

The water balloons sat outside for a bit, and partially thawed when they were in the sun for a day. They were moved to a shady spot, and turned over. Placing a small deli container filled with water beneath them allowed the IceCandles to freeze a nice flat base. Continue reading

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Making IceCandles

Since it is super cold out here today, it seemed like a good time to try out the IceCandle Project that I saw on the Make blog. The way this works is that you freeze water in a container with a void to hold the candle. I opted to create the void at the same time that the water freezes by placing a candle holder in the bottom of a bowl that holds the ice. Another modification that I made to this design was to use condoms instead of balloons to make the IceCandles. Continue reading

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