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  • Charlie Chumrats's entry Realistic Moon Lamp is a winner in the Untouchable Challenge contest 3 weeks ago
  • Charlie Chumrats's entry Realistic Moon Lamp is a finalist in the Untouchable Challenge contest 1 month ago
  • Charlie Chumrats commented on Charlie Chumrats's instructable Realistic Moon Lamp1 month ago
    Realistic Moon Lamp

    It would have to be somewhat dim to see fairy lights or christmas lights through this resin, but if you used a clarified laminating resin like surfboard resin not only would the lights shine through but the shell could be tinted to slightly different colors!

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  • Charlie Chumrats's entry Realistic Moon Lamp is a winner in the Lights Contest 2017 contest 1 month ago
  • Charlie Chumrats commented on seamster's instructable Speed-Tuning Spinner Bearings1 month ago
    Speed-Tuning Spinner Bearings

    When I was in my teens, my friends and I found that soaking bearings overnight in straight lemon juice really did a number on breaking down the grease. We would put them 4 to a film canister (because we had them lying around for some reason, even though we all had phones and digital cameras!) fill the cannister almost to the top with lemon juice and then seal it, and shake it a few times whenever we thought about it. Word to the wise, the smell of day old lemon juice and used skate bearing grease is awful, about like the smell when you drain a differential of oil after 100k miles. Also, you can make some awesome graphite powder by buying graphite leads at a craft store and some sanding film from the hobby section- the really really really fine grits are best. Or, you can rub the leads b...

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    When I was in my teens, my friends and I found that soaking bearings overnight in straight lemon juice really did a number on breaking down the grease. We would put them 4 to a film canister (because we had them lying around for some reason, even though we all had phones and digital cameras!) fill the cannister almost to the top with lemon juice and then seal it, and shake it a few times whenever we thought about it. Word to the wise, the smell of day old lemon juice and used skate bearing grease is awful, about like the smell when you drain a differential of oil after 100k miles. Also, you can make some awesome graphite powder by buying graphite leads at a craft store and some sanding film from the hobby section- the really really really fine grits are best. Or, you can rub the leads back and forth across a very fine (3000 grit+) honing stone and collect the dust. Then, you can use a coarser block on your honing stone to see where the high spots are and properly level it for sharpening your tools. Clean, crisp bearings, cheap graphite powder, and sharp (safe) implements- triple win!

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  • How to Wax Your Clothing and Gear

    This is excellent! I have a large canvas dropcloth I want to cut and stitch into a knife roll and wanted to apply a waxed finish to it, and now I know how. Do you think beeswax in bar form would work? I have a few pounds of it around, as I cut off chunks of it and use it to melt and wax the top bars of my beehive frames. It's pretty hard wax, but I'm not sure how much harder fabric wax is.

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  • Charlie Chumrats commented on Charlie Chumrats's instructable Realistic Moon Lamp1 month ago
    Realistic Moon Lamp

    Honestly, you could probably deflate the interior ball by mouth with an inflating needle- it requires very little pressure. The resin doesn't stick to the ball at all, but it does have to be entirely deflated to get it out through the hole. If you cut a slit in the top, it forces air out of the ball wile you pull it through the hole. When making this instructable I wanted to make something that everybody else could easily make as well with a minimum investment in both time and labor and with materials readily available, while still producing a great end result. I had considered the play ball to be a consumable when planning this project, much like the gloves, plastic mixing containers, etc. but if you are able to salvage the ball and reuse it, even better! The one I made for this instru...

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    Honestly, you could probably deflate the interior ball by mouth with an inflating needle- it requires very little pressure. The resin doesn't stick to the ball at all, but it does have to be entirely deflated to get it out through the hole. If you cut a slit in the top, it forces air out of the ball wile you pull it through the hole. When making this instructable I wanted to make something that everybody else could easily make as well with a minimum investment in both time and labor and with materials readily available, while still producing a great end result. I had considered the play ball to be a consumable when planning this project, much like the gloves, plastic mixing containers, etc. but if you are able to salvage the ball and reuse it, even better! The one I made for this instructable is going to be used in a local coffee shop Autumn window display but I do wish it were a little larger. A couple things to note- the larger a ball you use, the more perfectly round it will appear (and be) when finished. Also, if you use clarified resin (like a laminating resin used for surfboards that dries clear) you will have to tint the resin to your desired color. I used normal bondo brand resin because the color of the resin when lit from within with a cool white light really gives it a lunar appearance. Happy fabricating!

    Thanks! Felines seem to make most things (especially on the internet) better!

    Thank you! She didn't like the thought of not being in the spotlight when I was staging the photos and the lighting was interesting enough with 3 different light angles and two color temperatures. Unfortunately the moon is out of focus in the last photo with her but I loved the composition of the photo anyway- it's like she is sitting right under the moon! On a side note, photographing a light without sacrificing detail in the highlights and still maintaining a black background and highlighting surface texture made for a fun challenge in itself. Taking a picture of the lamp by bumping up shutter speed and f-stop works to a degree, but it doesn't look in the photo like it does in person. Using ambient window light, and a variable color temperature light panel seemed to get it as close t...

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    Thank you! She didn't like the thought of not being in the spotlight when I was staging the photos and the lighting was interesting enough with 3 different light angles and two color temperatures. Unfortunately the moon is out of focus in the last photo with her but I loved the composition of the photo anyway- it's like she is sitting right under the moon! On a side note, photographing a light without sacrificing detail in the highlights and still maintaining a black background and highlighting surface texture made for a fun challenge in itself. Taking a picture of the lamp by bumping up shutter speed and f-stop works to a degree, but it doesn't look in the photo like it does in person. Using ambient window light, and a variable color temperature light panel seemed to get it as close to real-life as I could.

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  • Charlie Chumrats's entry Realistic Moon Lamp is a finalist in the Lights Contest 2017 contest 1 month ago
  • Charlie Chumrats entered Realistic Moon Lamp in the Lights Contest 2017 contest 1 month ago
  • Charlie Chumrats's entry Bangers and Mash Breakfast is a winner in the Breakfast Challenge 2017 contest 3 months ago
  • Charlie Chumrats commented on benjenky's instructable Stained Glass Door3 months ago
    Stained Glass Door

    So glad you won or I wouldn't have ever found this. I've always wanted to try stained glass, I think I will now. Thank you!

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  • Charlie Chumrats's entry Bangers and Mash Breakfast is a finalist in the Breakfast Challenge 2017 contest 3 months ago
  • Charlie Chumrats commented on Charlie Chumrats's instructable Bangers and Mash Breakfast3 months ago
    Bangers and Mash Breakfast

    We do! Where we live there is no recycling, so a tap system negates having to deal with bottles and cans- when the keg is empty you return the shell for a deposit on the next. Ounce per ounce, beer is a lot cheaper in the keg too, and unlike bottles it isn't pasteurized and tastes better. There also isn't any refrigerator space taken up by bottles and cans either, and our system (a sixth barrel, all the lines, and a 2.5lb co2 tank) all fit inside a 15" wide undercounter refrigerator I modified (removing the shelves, drilling a hole through the top and through the counter), so it is very much out of the way. For cooking it is great, you don't have to open a whole beer just to steam mussels, cook with, deglaze, etc.

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  • Charlie Chumrats commented on Charlie Chumrats's instructable Bangers and Mash Breakfast3 months ago
    Bangers and Mash Breakfast

    I went with a tablespoon of each, except for clove and cayenne. I dont think cayenne is too hot, so I went a little heavier but some people might like their sausages with not heat. It adds more flavor than heat though, so don't be afraid of using a tablespoon of it if it has sat in the cupboard for a while. Clove is very strong and has a very unique identifiable flavor so I photographed the plate with more than I used. I would say, for 5 pounds of meat, don't use much more than 1/2 teaspoon. You will still be able to taste it, but if you add to much it would taste like a christmas cookie. I wish I had added more black pepper, but not everybody likes it as much as I do so I have to restrain myself from using too much.

    Great question! Most of alcohol in the beer will cook off, and you can use non-alcoholic beer as well. In entirety there is only about a full beer, spread over 5lbs of pork and bread. The beer I used for this instructable (Victory Prima Pils) is 5.3% alcohol by volume. Say around half of that cooks off, you still have a 2.6% floating around in there. But, to get the entire beers worth of alcohol you would need to also eat 5lbs of sausage. Since alcohol may not be easily accessible, you can swap the beer for this recipe: -1/4c chicken broth-1/8c vinegar-1 teaspoon sugar-a pinch of salt-1 teaspoon nutritional yeastYou can also omit the beer altogether and it will still taste fine, add a pinch of sugar to the pork mix and just use additional chicken stock in the same volume as you would be...

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    Great question! Most of alcohol in the beer will cook off, and you can use non-alcoholic beer as well. In entirety there is only about a full beer, spread over 5lbs of pork and bread. The beer I used for this instructable (Victory Prima Pils) is 5.3% alcohol by volume. Say around half of that cooks off, you still have a 2.6% floating around in there. But, to get the entire beers worth of alcohol you would need to also eat 5lbs of sausage. Since alcohol may not be easily accessible, you can swap the beer for this recipe: -1/4c chicken broth-1/8c vinegar-1 teaspoon sugar-a pinch of salt-1 teaspoon nutritional yeastYou can also omit the beer altogether and it will still taste fine, add a pinch of sugar to the pork mix and just use additional chicken stock in the same volume as you would beer. Happy cooking!

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  • Charlie Chumrats commented on Charlie Chumrats's instructable Faux Pho7 months ago
    Faux Pho

    Yes, I discard both the seaweed and the mushrooms. A majority of the flavor gets extracted during the long boil, and if left to boil too long the seaweed can become slightly bitter.

    I reduce the fish sauce so far to boil off excess water and to concentrate the salt as much as possible.

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  • Charlie Chumrats's entry Faux Pho is a winner in the Vegan Food Challenge contest 7 months ago
  • Charlie Chumrats's instructable Faux Pho's weekly stats: 7 months ago
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  • Charlie Chumrats's entry Faux Pho is a finalist in the Vegan Food Challenge contest 7 months ago
  • Charlie Chumrats commented on kdac's instructable Concrete Coffee Table7 months ago
    Concrete Coffee Table

    I want to re-do our counters in concrete, and I think this is an excellent way to test the waters first! I especially like the idea of adding rigid foam in between the concrete to reduce weight. I am also enamored with the surface texture. I may have to make a slab with that texture specifically for photographing food.

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