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Paintable Circuits with Bare Conductive

At World Maker Faire, I finally got to see paintable circuits in action. Matt Johnson spoke with me about the conductive paint that people were using and showed me a few projects that demonstrate the possibilities. The business cards they brought were printed with a swath of conductive paint suitable for home experimenting. I awarded them one of my Editor’s Choice Blue Ribbons. It’s exciting how this opens up a great area in education for arts, electronics, and physical programming.

Bare Conductive grew out of the founders’ graduate studies at the Innovation Design Engineering Course at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, London. The version of their conductive paints they had at Maker Faire is similar to the skin paint featured in a music video of a few years back. Continue reading

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Make Your Own T-Shirts

There are several ways of making custom T-shirts. Most of them involve lots of tools, chemicals and light sensitive materials. Using sign-cut vinyl as your stencil makes the process amazingly simple, and requires very few tools, other than the vinyl cutter. You can have your stencil cut, and then mailed to you if it is inconvenient to access a machine. Continue reading

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Parts to Harvest from Kiddie Cars

Inside kid’s ride on toys, you can find a great collection of parts for projects. Depending on what toy you have, you may find electric motors, gearboxes, batteries, chargers, motor controllers and more. Continue reading

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Drilling holes in bottles

Dan and Laura were drilling holes in bottles. To do this, they needed a diamond encrusted hole saw, and they controlled the heat flow around the drill site.

They practiced on a test bottle, to make sure that they had the right technique before making the ones they wanted for the final project. Continue reading

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