Maker milestones?

What are some tools you've acquired or things you've learned that have shaped your maker ways? Yesterday my first dress form came in the mail, and this morning Jace and I took my measurements and I set it up. Now I have an accurate representation of myself. :D I'm really excited. I'm making a mermaid costume this year for halloween, and now I can really get started! Plus, I've been wanting to sew my own clothes forever and this will help me! As far as other milestones for me: - Inheriting my gramma's fabric stash and sewing tools - buying my first Wusthof knife - buying my first set of pots and pans - a really nice stainless steel Cuisinart set - been using them now for six years! - investing in a hand saw! (And subsequently sawing the legs off my old craft table to make us a really nice coffee table.)

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Bigev8 years ago
My assortment of homemade pry-tools. Great for tight places. Soldering skills making fire w/o matches my tape to aux conversion
PKM8 years ago
- Compiling and running my first java project, way back in 2004 - Getting (in one fell swoop) a socket set, two soldering irons and my mini glue gun- they are my joint most frequently used tools - Building the one-hand keyboard Mk 1 which was my first piece of real custom computer hardware - The arduino, after promising myself I would get into uCs for years
Goodhart8 years ago
Finishing my 555 tester helped me out a LOT. Gave me a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the 555 timer (and why it is sometimes better to go CMOS). Finding Instructables was the biggest milestone for me however. It was like I had been living in the dark, and then you all turned on a light switch for me....against the grain has become my way of life...
All those times as a little kid when I would want to paint or sew or make something and my parents got me the tools to do it right. When my grandmother gave me what must have been at least $100 in beads, tools and thread to make jewelry. Learning to solder.
jessyratfink (author)  Lithium Rain8 years ago
Have you done any big soldering projects yet? I bought an iron and I've yet to do anything with it! :(
Well, not huge - I'm working on an entry for the sound contest, but mostly just soldering wires together. It's really not that hard! I was just being a dummy all those years I thought it was really difficult. :D
Yeah, soldering doesn't get hard until you start having to solder thick copper pipe together :-) I hate plumbing
jessyratfink (author) 8 years ago
My first clothing item! Yay!

Lots more pictures here:

(Some of you have probably seen this already. I'm sorry. I cannot shut up about it)
Is that a tattoo I see? My mother would not approve! Anyways, great jorb on the dress!
Tattoo? Where?
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