I'm pretty sure I wasn't the only one glad to have discovered Instructables, so I voiced my Idea over to Gmjhowe. "We should organize a 'Thank You' of sorts to Instructables HQ." I said, he responded with: "That is a great idea! Lets send them like trophies!" - Bumpus
So, Bumpus and I, set out on a journey, one which would result in many new friends, some lulz, and lots of creativity! But, the journey was not without its perils, a few minor mishaps with some radioactive material, it wasn't at all cool, but was a close call indeed. - Gmjhowe
Here is how we did it -
1 - Create an off site secret meeting house (a chatroom, and a forum) give it a vague name (the three deserts)
2 - Gather troops, we basically pmed people and invited them to join/sign their souls away
3 - finalize idea, and talk a lot
4 - eat cake*
5 - move/hide/cover up hidden forum and chatroom at least three times, to avoid detection.
6 - send final items to HQ
7 - rejoice, eat more cake.*
Not all of the credit goes to me (Bumpus), but to Gmjhowe who contributed as much as I did..
Partners in Crime..
*A lie ;-) . -ll.13
Hey, I ate cake a lot when we were working on this project so it isn't totally a lie. -Sunbanks
I haven't had cake in months! Want...caaaaaake...and braaaaains.... -Cameron
Actually, the cake is a lie, this is a common misconception.
The cake is a pie? That's just confusing. Will somebody please get on with explaining this whole conspiracy? - K
The cake is a lie? Great...you tell me now, after I make the letter. -Wburg
They promised us cake...
Kiteman, the cake was a lie because it was, in fact, a pie! But, the pie is in actuality a cookie. - Splint.
And it's actually a piggy in disguise as a chimney! - Wburg
Cake starts with the letter C! - Labot
We will in each step, or two, explain how we made each of our letters.
Goodhart explains things perfectly for anybody feeling a bit left out -
'Really, for those that mention about being included, we only have so many letters, and I know for a fact that it was VERY difficult for the team to say "let's include him, him, her, not him....etc". Some things just have to be limited, and for those feeling left out, everyone has there own opportunity to say thank you in any way they wish; really. I know I am planning my own personal way as well.'
Step 1: I - Bumpus
Well, I started with making a cardboard mold for my capital "I", making basic measurements and converting them to cardboardinese. The tube extruding is to hold up the letter on the base, it can be removed to ship easier. I used hot glue and tape to seal the edges.
I gathered crayons to melt, sorted them into basic colors, and put them in little tin cans to set in boiling water. It was just easier to melt the crayons on a pancake fryer thing. I had to go buy more wax because I didn't have enough crayons.
The pouring of hot wax went well, except for two minor leaks, and a huge leak, and a burnt finger...
I waited overnight for the wax to solidify, and removed my solid "I" from the mold. My friend offered to make the base out of wood for me, which turned out excellent.
With making sure everyone had sent their letters on time, and to the right address, I ran out of time to send mine when needed...
But I did get it sent and all is well.