Challenge: Make Something New

It's so easy to get into a rut and sometimes it's necessary to shake yourself out of it. So I'd like to issue a challenge to everyone to Make Something New.

So here's what I'm proposing. You have until Sept. 21 to make something new for you and document it with a slideshow, video, or Instructable here on Instructables. Show what you've made and provide an explanation of how it's new for you.

Reward: An achievement patch.

So what is "new"?
Anything you make right now will be new, but "new" here is talking about the experience of making the item. You can do something that's been done before by others, but the goal is to stretch yourself in a new direction. I don't know what everyone has done before so we'll be relying on the honor system, but I'd like you to push yourself.

If you're always sewing clothes and are simply trying a new pattern that may be a little new to you, but it's not much of a stretch because you're using the same materials, tools, and skills that you already know. But if you've never done any metalwork and were to weld together a bike frame that would be very new.

In your explanation of how your entry is new, be sure to talk about those things. What new materials, tools, skills, or designs are you using that you've never used before? How different is this from what you usually make?

OK, to sum it up:
- Make something new
- Document it and post it on Instructables by 9/21
- Post a new comment here with a link to your post

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i wish i was here when this happened......wil there be another anytime soon?
Goodhart6 years ago
my cordless drill holder was a step in a new direction for me, for sure.
My new instructable is about designing new kinds of collectors for solar cookers with very cheap equipment.
Anyone can join in
But I have a problem. How do I keep the plastic reflective strips in place when I am making and adjusting the model? (See the last steps of the instructable).

And for a vague idea what the finished products might look like, check here
Blu-Tac / Plasticine / double-sided tape?

Sorry, I meant something for behind as I adjust the curves. 
double sided tape is certainly an option for sticking the mylar onto the thick bendy plastic of the strips though.
Double sided tape might also work for holding them to whatever "scaffolding" I put behind, come to think of it. 
Blu-tac? might be worth a try to stick the back of the strips to the "scaffold.
I thought something would come to me over time. It didn''t.
thank you.
Bigev6 years ago
It's not on time, but I'm proud of it nonetheless.


Goodhart6 years ago
I didn't get to finish mine, even now *sigh*
fungus amungus (author)  james.mcglashan6 years ago
They're all older and are all along the same theme. That's not quite the point of the exercise.
there verry new to me..
they are all new for instructables too.
they all have the same theem but they are the group i entred as new as they can be and plus

("NEW") Geocache-Log-Container
fungus amungus (author) 6 years ago
Here's my own: Bacon.

This is new for me because I didn't eat bacon for about 15 years. I seriously don't get excited about regular bacon. Only when someone showed me how to make some amazing bacon at home did I see what all the fuss is about.
Patched!... ... i think...
fungus amungus (author)  Emsaid6 years ago
I could, but patching myself seems kinda weird.
yeah, but do you get one?
fungus amungus (author)  Emsaid6 years ago
It's up to me since I made the whole thing up. But I'll say no because even though I try to enter as many contests as I can, I can never win. It's all very Sisyphean.
what does that mean Sisyphean
So thiz comp is about posting somethign you've never done before. And stretching your limits! I posted a reply because I didn't want to post a new comment, saving that for my entry
Oh, you can't win because you're an admin!
that stinks
But if you can't patch yourself, what happens if you spring a leak? :)
Well, that just Depends on the type of leak LOL
knex_mepalm6 years ago
This is my one: Linkhttp://www.instructables.com/id/Salivating-Powder-Powder-that-makes-you-have-sali/

Going into the kitchen and dfoing things were new to me!
I posted a link yesterday, but it went unnoticed
fungus amungus (author)  knex_mepalm6 years ago
Thx! Its nice of you to do these competitions about "not usual" things!
Goodhart6 years ago
Blast, every time I try something, something else gets in the way....this time it was my back problems.....I just can't win it seems....
wenpherd6 years ago
building a boat was new to me

fungus amungus (author)  wenpherd6 years ago
woot thanks!
Goodhart6 years ago
I am fairly awkward with mechanical things, mostly because I have so few tools for it and so have not really done much in this area, and so I will need to be very eclectic when it comes to putting things together that didn't go together before. If I can find a small toy motor, I think I have something right up this alleyway :-)
I found my motor, and a few gears, if I can get everything to fit into the toy (since this is all mechanical, and just barely electrical) it would qualify I think, BUT I may not be able to finish it in time, and I would rather have accomplished something new, then just made the attempt.
I am having troubles with my back, and I can't sit, stand, nor lie down for any real lengths of time....the pain killers aren't helping, and the insurance company has delayed the tests that will tell the docs what they need to know as far as treating this.

DJ Radio6 years ago
It can be ANYTHING??? Even a knex gun? ;-)
Dj seriously.. the contest is called "Make Something New" sooo uh maybe make something new ?
like a new knex gun?
NO NOT A BLOODY K'NEX GUN AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously, stop it, its f**king annoying.
there are just so many of them.........................................
What? You think this site will be overrun by the sheer numbers?
Too late, already has been.
Yay! All knex lovers who see this reply to this comment with a 'Yay!'
Oh Noes!
Well, think again.
No, it means use a completely different skill-set.

If I made a K'NEX gun, that would be new. You should make something out of card, or electronic etc.
I thought fungus said the definition of "New" is completely up to the person. My definition of "New" is something that is recent and fresh.
fungus amungus (author)  DJ Radio6 years ago
Just for you, DJ Radio, I'm not going to allow any Knex guns.
dangit. What would make you do that other than the fact that you are an admin and you can do what you want?
Because all knex guns are the same ! Its a gun made of knex that shoots other bits of knex. A new trigger isnt original. Thats why everyone hates knex guns, They are all the same !
You do not know how wrong you are.... There are many different types of guns, from mag fed to semi auto to cannon gun.
i know how right =SMART= is .
Wow do you have anything better to do than to hate on my comments? Get a life.
Following your comments is funny, especially the use of grammar.
I don't get it? =P
Never you mind...
DJ I no this is a little late but what your doing now is making these people hate knex ...... we dont want that.
They all do the same thing though ! Fire a little knex rod ! Make a castle or something
Not all guns "fire a little knex rod".
Except for that one that shoots the shooter. That's one a lot of K'nex addicts should use.
Good job DJ.
So If I made anything else out of knex, like a ball machine or a dock, it would be new? =P

Nah, just messing. I'm gonna make me a PVC air rifle.
If i don't make a knex gun does it count?
DJ says...
by the way, its like people are making pictures just for me. The jamalam made a picture of me after they cancel rap.
Read on, though...

If you're always sewing clothes and are simply trying a new pattern that may be new to you, but it's not much of a stretch because you're using the same materials, tools, and skills. But if you've never done any metalwork and were to weld together a bike frame that would be very new.

In your explanation of how your entry is new, be sure to talk about those things. What new materials, tools, skills, or designs are you using? How different is this from what you usually make?
Hmm, ok. Im gonna have to ask my friend to let me see that PVC airgun I made so I can take a picture of it.
Lowney DJ Radio6 years ago
lol still has to be a gun then? hehe
and youve done that before. do a muffin ible or something.....
Thats sounds so stupid, but I love muffins so I think it would be cool. some one SHOULD make a muffin 'ible
I suck at baking.
I didn't say you had to.
just saying that....nevermind.
yeah nevermind.
Seriously, please stop replying to every single comment I make.
seriously? I think there's enough K,NEX guns on here.
too many knex guns i lie mangoes
No... something new....
Ok, food isnt necessarily my forte, but here goes: Omelets and burgers.
fungus amungus (author)  The Ideanator6 years ago
Sweet! Thanks!
zieak6 years ago
I made a bottle opener out of a bicycle crank arm.

This was new in a few ways.

I have co-owned a small bike shop for over two years and have been meaning to reuse some of the parts that we end up throwing away or recycling in a manner that is fairly fast to make.

I have never used a cutting wheel in my angle grinder. It was WAY faster and easier than using the sawzall.

I have never used video to document the process. I was torn on if i should do the whole thing in video and just use clips or if i should use stills. I used both...

fungus amungus (author)  zieak6 years ago
Patched! I love cutting wheels.
This is my first time making a music video. Audio is a beach to work with. :P

Youtube probably butchered the quality, why did metacafe lower the limit to 100MB?!

fungus amungus (author)  Spl1nt3rC3ll6 years ago
Patched! A valid reason for not posting it on the site, I see. And yes, audio is a huge pain.
Lowney6 years ago
This was completely new to me as it was my first ever independent electronics project. When I say independent I mean everything else electronic related I had made had been 1 very simple kit, whereas I made this one COMPLETELY from scratch, even the circuit board! So within the confides of my Dad's shed I threw this together! I just want to thank my dad for letting me use his tools and of course Wikipedia (that reliable tool for us all!) for this project.
fungus amungus (author)  Lowney6 years ago
I was irritated by lack of time and bad quality sound from the external speakers on my iPod touch, so i quickly made these http://www.instructables.com/id/PortaSpeakers/
I didn't really care about looks, just functionality.
They also work really well-great quality sound and really loud.
fungus amungus (author)  GarbageMan5006 years ago
I'm making my first wallets ever right now, and I should be posting an instructable soon. :)
fungus amungus (author)  jessyratfink6 years ago
sharlston6 years ago
after a boost in my computer skills i learned basic batch so i made a ible about it here wtcha think good enough for a patch?
fungus amungus (author)  sharlston6 years ago
Not new since this post went up, sorry. That's from July
Jayefuu6 years ago
I love cooking but I never make desserts, I leave that up to my other housemates. I decided to try baking a cake my mum used to make a lot to use up courgettes.