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16Instructables44,345Views316CommentsWales, UKJoined January 6th, 2014
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  • The 123 sites and services are closing down within the next couple of weeks (early April 2017), you'll need to migrate to Fusion 360 or TinkerCad very shortly.I know this doesn't help with your problem, but just saying!

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on Xyver's instructable Modular Gaming Table Top6 days ago
    Modular Gaming Table Top

    Great I'ble, I look forward to seeing your next one.

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on Jayefuu's forum topic The Clinic6 days ago

    Nice build and a good I'ble. Only a couple of things I'd suggest:Firstly you could consider changing the title slightly. I'm not overly familiar with these games so forgive me if I'm wrong, but Wargaming Table may be more appropriate, that way people will have better chance of knowing what it is when they see the thumbnail and the title.The other thing is that some of the steps are a little long. I wouldn't necessarily go as far as suggesting you divide them up into separate steps, but you could consider using text formatting as a way of sub-dividing the steps. For example in "Step 2: Make Frame" you could use bold text titles for each element covered in that step e.g.Outer BorderTo start we will assemble the outer border. First we'll do the long edges. You need your four piec...see more »Nice build and a good I'ble. Only a couple of things I'd suggest:Firstly you could consider changing the title slightly. I'm not overly familiar with these games so forgive me if I'm wrong, but Wargaming Table may be more appropriate, that way people will have better chance of knowing what it is when they see the thumbnail and the title.The other thing is that some of the steps are a little long. I wouldn't necessarily go as far as suggesting you divide them up into separate steps, but you could consider using text formatting as a way of sub-dividing the steps. For example in "Step 2: Make Frame" you could use bold text titles for each element covered in that step e.g.Outer BorderTo start we will assemble the outer border. First we'll do the long edges. You need your four piece....Horizonal Cross BarsNext is the horizontal cross bars. Measure and make a mark so that the center of each cross bar....Vertical Cross BarsFinally, the vertical cross bars. You'll want to make a mark on the center of the horizontal cross bars, as well as...Feet...This just makes it a little easier to follow and digest, also makes it easier to find a specific section when referring back to the I'ble in the future. Just a thought, but good job anyway! :-)

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on slackj's forum topic Project Idea feedback!6 days ago

    Yupp, just comes across as SPAM to me!

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on Kitus87's forum topic How to make a mold6 days ago

    Probably worth checking out the Mold Making & Casting Class here on Instructables, have no mold making experience myself, but I would start here:https://www.instructables.com/class/Mold-Making-Ca...

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  • Agreed, I'd be happy with just about anything Star Trek related!

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  • Star Wars Thermal Detonator 3d Printed

    That looks like a good find, should be just what you need.

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  • Star Wars Thermal Detonator 3d Printed

    That was strange, I can see the original comment again now and the link is working so no idea what happened there! Anyway, everything else on the list looks fine. so best of luck putting it all together. Give me a shout if you get stuck. When you order the 08M2 PICAXE chip, don't forget to order an 8-pin IC socket as well.

    Yes the socket gets soldered to the board and the chip plugs into it. You can solder the chip directly to the board if you prefer, but using the socket makes it easier for you to remove the chip if you ever need or want to (i.e. to re-program the chip or to re-use it in another project). It also means you won't be able to damage the chip during soldering.

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  • The Fifth Element Stones Pillar Candle Holders

    These are great, I will be making them at some point for the garden.Like some of the comments in here have already suggested, I'm going to make these into a mould and cast them in concrete. Can add a yellow pigment to the cement to get the right colour without painting.

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  • I've never come across any jingle / audio on here, whether I'm signed in or not. Suppose it could be related to something that non-premium members get, but not come across this here before.I'd suggest you try a different web browser, if you get a different result it's more than likely on your side and not the fault of this site.

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  • Star Wars Thermal Detonator 3d Printed

    Apologies for the delay in reply, I saw your previous comment regarding the parts list (you must have deleted the comment since). I only managed a quick look at it (the link is no longer valid) but I recall you had a 47k resistor on the list, this should be a 4k7 (4.7k). I didn't have a chance to check the other components in any real detail, but apart from the resistor nothing stood out as being wrong.The other thing worth mentioning is that in the final build I used N batteries instead of AA's, they are the same voltage (1.5v) but around half the length, so they are much easier to get them to fit (this is noted in the I'ble).

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    • The Ultimate Coke Float With Coca Cola Flavoured Ice Cream
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  • Star Wars Thermal Detonator 3d Printed

    Edit: Note that when programming is complete, the serial-in pin on your final circuit must be tied high by connecting it to the V+ via a 10k or 4k7 resistor.

    You can place a PICAXE chip on a breadboard and program it there, you just need a few minor components, the TFDI cable and a 3.5mm jack. Purchasing a starter kit is probably easier, but breadboarding the download/programmer circuit is probably cheaper. If you want to build the download circuit yourself you'll need the following items:1x PICAXE 08M2 Chip1x 100nF capacitor1x 22k resistor1x 10k resistor3x AA batteries and battery box1x USB FTDI Cable1x 3.5mm PCB mounting socketThe attached pictures show the pin-layout of the chip, the schemtic to build the download circuit and a diagram that shows how the pins on a typical 3.5mm socket correlate to the PICAXE. These diagrams are taken from the PICAXE Getting Started manual.Note that when programming is complete, your final circuit must be ...see more »You can place a PICAXE chip on a breadboard and program it there, you just need a few minor components, the TFDI cable and a 3.5mm jack. Purchasing a starter kit is probably easier, but breadboarding the download/programmer circuit is probably cheaper. If you want to build the download circuit yourself you'll need the following items:1x PICAXE 08M2 Chip1x 100nF capacitor1x 22k resistor1x 10k resistor3x AA batteries and battery box1x USB FTDI Cable1x 3.5mm PCB mounting socketThe attached pictures show the pin-layout of the chip, the schemtic to build the download circuit and a diagram that shows how the pins on a typical 3.5mm socket correlate to the PICAXE. These diagrams are taken from the PICAXE Getting Started manual.Note that when programming is complete, your final circuit must be tied high by connecting it to the V+ via a 10k or 4k7 resistor.On your Thermal Detonator are you just adding the light effect or will you also be adding the sound as well?

    Yes the sound board is simpler as it's an off the shelf item, just some minor soldering to be done, then copy the sound files to it just like a USB flash drive.With regards to the PICAXE, I think the real question here is are you likely to take what you learn from the experience of making it and apply this knowledge to a future build/project, or do you think it will be a one-off solely for a thermal detonator?

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  • Enchanted Rose - Beauty and the Beast

    That looks pretty awesome, it turned out great :-) Thanks for sharing.

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  • Star Wars Thermal Detonator 3d Printed

    No problem, will always try to help if I can. The Arduino and PICAXE code is different (PICAXE is programmed using the BASIC language) so you will need to re-write it. I'm not very proficient in Arduino, it's something I've only recently started tinkering with for a new project I'm working on so I'm not going to be much help there.There are quite a few Instructables on programming ATMega328 chips https://www.instructables.com/id/Standalone-Arduin..., my only concern is whether the ATMega328 chip will be compact enough to fit in the thermal detonator housing.

    If your question is whether a PICAXE chip can be programmed with an Arduino Uno then I believe the answer is no, as the Uno does not have an FTDI chip. The PICAXE can be programmed with an Arduino FTDI cable though, as long as you are also using a hex converter (the signals on the Arduino FTDI cable are inverted compared to the PICAXE). Read more about this here: http://www.robotshop.com/letsmakerobots/programmin...It will probably be easier just to build your own PICAXE programmer, this is quite simple if your computer has a serial port, there's an Instructable for this: https://www.instructables.com/id/PicAxe-Serial-Dow...If you want to use an Arduino in place of a PICAXE then you can use your Arduino to program an ATMega chip and use this in the thermal detonator instead, assuming yo...see more »If your question is whether a PICAXE chip can be programmed with an Arduino Uno then I believe the answer is no, as the Uno does not have an FTDI chip. The PICAXE can be programmed with an Arduino FTDI cable though, as long as you are also using a hex converter (the signals on the Arduino FTDI cable are inverted compared to the PICAXE). Read more about this here: http://www.robotshop.com/letsmakerobots/programmin...It will probably be easier just to build your own PICAXE programmer, this is quite simple if your computer has a serial port, there's an Instructable for this: https://www.instructables.com/id/PicAxe-Serial-Dow...If you want to use an Arduino in place of a PICAXE then you can use your Arduino to program an ATMega chip and use this in the thermal detonator instead, assuming you can get all the components to fit afterwards.

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on Jayefuu's forum topic The Clinic2 weeks ago

    It looks to be a good Instructable and it is being well received, judging by your comments. It has also been featured so congratulations :-) welcome to the community!

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  • I had some free time, so...

    Part 1:1. Yes, you probably just need a really fast ship. Einstein's theory of relativity leaves the door open to the possibility of time travel.2. I have one of these, it's my inner monologue. I ask, it answers.3. You just need to create a device that's capable of transferring matter, the same device could theoretically be used to replicate matter as well.4. This is a magic trick, done with mirrors.5. See answer 3, replicate yourself then ask it to do stuff.6. Depends if the intended outcome is preservation, there may be difficulty reviving them once frozen.7. Ask really nicely at a mutually convenient time.8. I already have this, it's called an XBox, I have died ten thousand times on Call of Duty, yet I am still here.9. Refer to answer 3.Part 2:1. I reserve this technology for myself,...see more »Part 1:1. Yes, you probably just need a really fast ship. Einstein's theory of relativity leaves the door open to the possibility of time travel.2. I have one of these, it's my inner monologue. I ask, it answers.3. You just need to create a device that's capable of transferring matter, the same device could theoretically be used to replicate matter as well.4. This is a magic trick, done with mirrors.5. See answer 3, replicate yourself then ask it to do stuff.6. Depends if the intended outcome is preservation, there may be difficulty reviving them once frozen.7. Ask really nicely at a mutually convenient time.8. I already have this, it's called an XBox, I have died ten thousand times on Call of Duty, yet I am still here.9. Refer to answer 3.Part 2:1. I reserve this technology for myself, it could be deadly in the wrong hands.2. Be careful.3. Yes, but you'd be risking the effects of question 2.4. I call this remembering.5. If you've contravened answer 2 then the damage has already been done and it's too late.6. Why would you want to?7. and 8. are related to answer 4.9. Some people attempt this by living out their dreams through their children.10. See question 2, but if in doubt remain in the present.

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  • The Ultimate Coke Float With Coca Cola Flavoured Ice Cream

    Coke features so prominently simply because it is what I used, it would only make sense that it's in the majority of the pictures and documentation, and after all it is the main ingredient. It's also my understanding that Coca Cola was one of the most common sodas used in a float at the peak of ice cream sodas popularity, so I'm also trying to remain culturally accurate.Bearing in mind that Coca Cola is the main ingredient, the brand is only referenced approximately 9 times and the term Coke is referenced just 6 times. This compares to the 28 times that cola is referred to generically. In total Coca Cola and Coke are mentioned more times in the comments section than they are in the whole Instructable.

    In my intro the first line of the second paragraph states that you can use "Coca Cola or Pepsi". You can also use Sprite, 7-Up, Root beer, or whatever beverage you might prefer, feel free to go wild!I don't think it's necessary for me to make or list every possible alternative, and not at any point do I assume everybody else does (or should) like Coke, I trust that people are capable of thinking for themselves.I actually prefer the taste of Diet Coke or any variety of Pepsi over that of regular Coke. I selected Coca Cola for its historic and cultural relevance to the ice cream sodas popular a century ago.It's a little ironic that you are suggesting I'm forcing Coca Cola down people's throats, when in another comment someone else has given me criticism for my suggestion of Peps...see more »In my intro the first line of the second paragraph states that you can use "Coca Cola or Pepsi". You can also use Sprite, 7-Up, Root beer, or whatever beverage you might prefer, feel free to go wild!I don't think it's necessary for me to make or list every possible alternative, and not at any point do I assume everybody else does (or should) like Coke, I trust that people are capable of thinking for themselves.I actually prefer the taste of Diet Coke or any variety of Pepsi over that of regular Coke. I selected Coca Cola for its historic and cultural relevance to the ice cream sodas popular a century ago.It's a little ironic that you are suggesting I'm forcing Coca Cola down people's throats, when in another comment someone else has given me criticism for my suggestion of Pepsi as an alternative, sometimes you just can't win.

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on DELETED_PaulL101's forum topic Metric Measurements2 weeks ago

    Ohh the flat earthers, such fun!If only they'd bring Concorde back they could see the curvature for themselves!

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on tody's instructable Stained Glass Window2 weeks ago
    Stained Glass Window

    Excellent I'ble, been looking for staned glass tutorials. Thanks for sharing!

    Excellent I'ble, been looking for stained glass tutorials. Thanks for sharing!

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  • The Ultimate Coke Float With Coca Cola Flavoured Ice Cream

    I threw in the "or Pepsi" reference as some people may have a preference for something other than the Coca Cola company, so just putting it out there. And adding the rum is a good idea, I'm just keeping it child friendly.

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on benjenky's instructable Stained Glass Door2 weeks ago
    Stained Glass Door

    Excellent, just the Instructable I needed as I'm starting on a stained glass project next year. Thanks for sharing :-)

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  • Does this invention have to be for a particular subject or theme? Or can it be absolutely anything?Do you physically have to make it, or is explaining the theory of a new idea good enough?

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  • Enchanted Rose - Beauty and the Beast

    Excellent, thanks for sharing! Glad you liked it :) Hope the gift went down well

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on sam3352's forum topic WHAT TO DO WITH AN OLD PS2???3 weeks ago

    Start off with a CD/DVD lens cleaner. If you don't have one already you'll probably pick one up pretty cheaply on eBay. It's basically a disc with some fine brushes on it, somestimes comes with a cleaning solution to apply to the brush.If that doesn't help, it could be that the optical drive in your PS2 is faulty. Probably cheaper to pick up a second hand PS2 than to repair it if that is the case.

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  • How To Make The SkyBuffalo Paper Airplane

    I enjoyed making this and it flies pretty well. I will have to try making one of your more difficult planes soon.

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  • The woodworking contest is due to start today, but sometimes contests get delayed. Also keep in mind that the site staff operate on Pacific time, so there's still time today (at the time of writing).

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  • Yupp, ASCAS' BB8 Droid took three grand prizes.

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  • Depending on how big the diameter of the cuts needs to be, you could consider using a hole saw.You can remove the pilot bit from the hole saw to avoid the hole in the middle of the cut (depending on whether you need the inside or outside part of the hole).You can get hole saws in excess of 150mm in diameter, but not sure what the largest you can get is.

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on TheWaterDog's forum topic Contests being judged1 month ago

    It's worth noting that although contest judging ends at midnight (Pacific time) on a Monday, that generally refers to the judging that's done by the selected Instructables users. I guess it takes a few days to collate the data and take into account other factors that come into play during the final process (such as contest sponsors opinions etc.). Usually the results are published before the end of the week but sometimes it takes a little longer.

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  • I know, they use HTTPS to process sign-in, but then it redirects back to HTTP. I'm not sure if they do it to prevent SSL certificate issues with third party content (adverts) hosted on HTTP servers. Split HTTP/HTTPS content on the same page will cause the browser to report a certificate error.

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on Jayefuu's forum topic The Clinic1 month ago

    It's a great build with great photos, nice work! Publishing on a weekend doesn't make much difference to your chances of being featured in my experience.The only two things I can really note is that one of the steps doesn't have any images (I don't know if this is something the Instructables staff look for, but it's something I now try to avoid. My only I'ble not to be featured doesn't have an image on every step). The other thing is that the assembly step could provide more detail. I know there's a PDF guide, but some walk-through assembly steps would be helpful too.I'm not sure if there is any chance of it being considered again for featuring or if it's decided in that first moment when an editor sees it, but there have been instances where I'bles have been features months or even yea...see more »It's a great build with great photos, nice work! Publishing on a weekend doesn't make much difference to your chances of being featured in my experience.The only two things I can really note is that one of the steps doesn't have any images (I don't know if this is something the Instructables staff look for, but it's something I now try to avoid. My only I'ble not to be featured doesn't have an image on every step). The other thing is that the assembly step could provide more detail. I know there's a PDF guide, but some walk-through assembly steps would be helpful too.I'm not sure if there is any chance of it being considered again for featuring or if it's decided in that first moment when an editor sees it, but there have been instances where I'bles have been features months or even years after they were first published.

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  • That makes a lot of sense, I like the thinking behind that, almost too obvious!

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  • 3D Printed Digital Night Vision (The OpenScope)

    Thanks for making this. I used to have a Gen2 night vision scope, but I didn't realise the digital alternatives had so much potential for such low cost. I think I'm going to have to look into this.

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  • Please note that when you change the URL in the browser's developer view, only you will see the change! I used it as an example to prove the HTTPS / HTTP mixed active content as the cause of the problem, it won't fix it for everyone.To resolve this properly the embedded video URL will need to be changed from the Instructables editor. As the video is also your title image, I wouldn't expect the code to be in the HTML/Text editor view. You need to remove the image from the editor then re-add it with the correct video URL (illustrated below).To remove the image, hover over the thumbnail then click the X at the bottom right, it will prompt for confirmation then it will be removed.To add, simply click Add >> Video, then copy and paste the YouTube video path. The URL to your video is: h...see more »Please note that when you change the URL in the browser's developer view, only you will see the change! I used it as an example to prove the HTTPS / HTTP mixed active content as the cause of the problem, it won't fix it for everyone.To resolve this properly the embedded video URL will need to be changed from the Instructables editor. As the video is also your title image, I wouldn't expect the code to be in the HTML/Text editor view. You need to remove the image from the editor then re-add it with the correct video URL (illustrated below).To remove the image, hover over the thumbnail then click the X at the bottom right, it will prompt for confirmation then it will be removed.To add, simply click Add >> Video, then copy and paste the YouTube video path. The URL to your video is: https://youtu.be/cIbGWDM3F6oIf for any reason you don't see the thumbnail of the image to remove, this may be because it was created in an older version of the Instructables Editor, which is something I have no experience of. If this is the case you could try just adding the video anyway, hopefully it will just replace the existing one.If you're still having problems I suspect Instructables staff will need to assist you.

    The symptom you are experiencing is the result of Instructables moving to a secure HTTPS service (which is good thing) and the video content in question being linked to a HTTP address (which is the problem). Though it was perfectly fine at the time you posted I'ble, the goal posts have since been moved.By default recent versions of Firefox and Chrome blocks what is known as mixed active content, this is a security measure to prevent "man-in-the-middle" attacks. This is why it works in some browsers but not in others. The browsers it works in are basically less secure (You've stated that it works in Chrome and Firefox on OSX, maybe those are not the latest versions available).In the first image I've attached it shows the I'ble (in Firefox) with the web developer view enabled, a...see more »The symptom you are experiencing is the result of Instructables moving to a secure HTTPS service (which is good thing) and the video content in question being linked to a HTTP address (which is the problem). Though it was perfectly fine at the time you posted I'ble, the goal posts have since been moved.By default recent versions of Firefox and Chrome blocks what is known as mixed active content, this is a security measure to prevent "man-in-the-middle" attacks. This is why it works in some browsers but not in others. The browsers it works in are basically less secure (You've stated that it works in Chrome and Firefox on OSX, maybe those are not the latest versions available).In the first image I've attached it shows the I'ble (in Firefox) with the web developer view enabled, allowing me to inspect the source code. It clearly shows the reference to the YouTube video using HTTP. In the second image I've used the web developer tool to change the URL to HTTPS, which then loads the video as expected. This proves that the issue is definitely the browser blocking the content due to mixed active content filtering.To fix it you need to change the embedded URL for the YouTube video from "http://..." to "https://..." within the I'ble editor.

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  • LED Rose Bouquet-Powered by a 5 Volt Portable Phone Charger

    Congratulations on your first I'ble, welcome to the community :-)

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on jessyratfink's forum topic Call for contest judges1 month ago

    Happy to judge Tech, Workshop, Home or Food categories.

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  • Are you looking for something along these lines? You may struggle to find a set of drawings, but you could always take inspiration from images and design your own around the dimensions of the vinyl sleeve.More ideas can be found here:https://uk.pinterest.com/explore/vinyl-record-disp...

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  • A DPST is two independent SPST in one switch. (SPST is just on/off)A DPDT is two SPDT switches in one. (SPDT switch one line to two different ways. If one of those ways connects to nothing, it is simply off).You should be able to achieve your desired outcome with a DPDT. I've provided the links to the datasheets for the switch RS recommended (in case you missed them on the RS page).http://docs-europe.electrocomponents.com/webdocs/0...http://docs-europe.electrocomponents.com/webdocs/0...

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  • Nothing that you're doing wrong, this has long been an issue here. It seems the open link in a new window option just doesn't work.Ticking the box should add the following attribute to the HTML code:target="_blank"..if you click the HTML view button in the editor you'll see that everything is as expected up to this point, even if you move between steps and save the draft everything still appears to be fine. However, if you re-open / refresh the draft that attribute disappears. I've tried adding the hyperlink HTML code to my I'bles manually, but the problem still occurs. I'm guessing it's just a bug.

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  • There have certainly been contest finalists that haven't been featured before, but I've never come across a grand prize winner that hadn't been featured, not recently anyway.

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  • When I click on any of your "Promoted" I'bles, it works fine. However if I click on your "View all 18 I'bles" button I get the error, so definitely a bug that's related to your profile. It's not an issue that's been affecting everyone, but I have seen a few mentions of similar issues in isolated cases.This link will re-produce the issue (at the time of writing):https://www.instructables.com/member/pj200/?/instr...

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  • Enchanted Rose - Beauty and the Beast

    Thanks, but now I have to come up with something new for Valentine's day.

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  • ThirdEarthDesign's entry Enchanted Rose - Beauty and the Beast is a finalist in the Remix Contest 2016 contest 1 month ago
  • Clay Avatar-inspired Neytiri Figurine (for Beginners)!!

    Great work, I always like things made out of clay, when done well.I'm curious to know what accident sealed the fate of the first one that got crushed though :-)

    I already did !! :-)

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on Jayefuu's forum topic The Clinic1 month ago

    Well I'm sure almost anything can be made better, but when it works, it works. If I was being really picky I could say the formatting of step 1 could be more consistent i.e. the materials list has an extra line between each item where as the tools do not, also the tools litst is indented ..but that's just nit-picking. Only other suggestion to entice more views would be to make a more appealing title image, something similar to your third picture with the snowy landscape but more of the helmet in frame.

    Good work and a great I'ble. It has clear photos, it's well written, and I like that you've included a bit of humour and a photo of your cats watching you make :-)"it's been sew long (forgive me) since I broke out the sewing machine"Keep up the good work!

    Agreed, good job. Only thing I could pick up on if I were being really picky are a couple of typos in the intro (off late = of late and humunoid = humanoid), but no big deal, another good I'ble and well done!

    It's a good I'ble that's well presented, I can't think of anything else you can do to make it any better as you've pretty much covered all the bases. You need a little bit of luck when it comes to the contests, you've published five I'bles so far and already got a contest win, so you must be doing something right. The Epilog contest is always really popular, over a 1000 entries this year so very competitive, plus it's a broad criteria, can be a bit of a lottery. The Sci-Fi contest is your best hope, I think you have a chance so fingers crossed and good luck!

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on ash_doge's instructable Circular Brie Bag!1 month ago
    Circular Brie Bag!

    As someone who enjoys a bit of Brie and has recently acquired a sewing machine, I can really appreciate this. Thanks for sharing, I have voted for you :-)

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  • How to build an insanely bright LED flashlight!

    Good job, but you really need to fix the links.

    Canadian will be fine as any web link should work. The only time you usually have problems with links here are when they contain (brackets). Check out the following Answers page to see some guidance on adding links in case you're doing something unusual https://www.instructables.com/answers/Link-Feature...

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  • ThirdEarthDesign's instructable Home-made Bakewell Pudding's weekly stats: 1 month ago
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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on doodlecraft's instructable Giant Peony Flowers!1 month ago
    Giant Peony Flowers!

    Truly beautiful, excellent work.

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  • I don't think there is a limit on the number of Instructables you can enter into a single contest, but you can only win once in that particular contest.

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  • Same here, I always try to explain what it is, why I made it and wherever applicable I include links to resources for further reading.I like a good story and a bit of background in an intro. I'm always disappointed when I read an I'ble and I have no idea why they even made it.

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  • After all this time?Always.As a tribute I included a framed picture of Alan Rickman as Severus Snape in my Halloween window display last year.

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  • Home-made Bakewell Pudding

    Thanks for the comment, those are beautiful parts of Derbyshire. I hope you do get round to making your own.I appreciate the explanation of the American sugars too, I didn't realise it varied so much between the UK and the US.

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  • The best thing to use is Platinum, but who has that lying around? Graphite is the next best thing, and it's more readily available:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5PCS-99-99-Black-Graphit...When it comes to the more hazardous metals such as stainless steel, it really depends on the scale when determining how hazardous it is. If you're working on a large / industrial scale then sure, it's really dangerous. If it's on a small scale then the risk is greatly reduced. But like most things, if the risk can be eliminated, why take the risk.

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on Rock-n H Woodshop's instructable Easiest Dog Bed Ever1 month ago
    Easiest Dog Bed Ever

    Awesome dog bed. Also looks like your daughter is a maker in the making :-)

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  • They appear to have rolled out SSL encryption of the Instructables website this weekend (the URL is now redirecting to HTTPS). This was probably the reason for the temporary glitch, I had similar problems trying to edit an I'ble earlier, all seems fine now though.

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  • I was having the same problem earlier when trying to edit an existing Instructable, I tried it in another browser (Chrome) and it worked first time. FYI I was having the problem in Firefox. Alternatively you could try clearing your browser cache (particularly your cookies) and see if that makes any difference.

    I just noticed that the Instructables site has just switched to using secure HTTPS, this was probably the reason for the troubles. Try it again, probably be fine now.

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  • Using copper electrodes will produce chlorine gas and it's poisonous when inhaled. They used it as a chemical weapon in World War 1.

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  • Never too late, there's probably an election happening somewhere in the world.Plus I see those corrugated plastic signs laying around for months after the event.

    I would like to see a contest for Instructables where the same end result can be achieved using a choice of skills or tools, depending on what people have access to. The criteria for entry would be that every I'ble must provide the resources necessary for it to be build in different ways.For example, I'm working on an I'ble where the main components can either be 3d printed, laser cut, CNC machined or hand-made. Each step includes the various files, templates and designs required for each method. The overall idea being that it makes them more accessible, regardless of your toolset. There is nothing more frustrating than seeing an I'ble you really like, only to find you can't make it as you don't have the gear.

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on Jayefuu's forum topic The Clinic2 months ago

    No problem, I'd love to see a completed one. I'd make one myself, but at this point in time I could only manage the hilt. I'd recommend updating the existing I'ble once you've managed to build it.

    It's a nice idea and it looks like a good I'ble. My only concern with it is that it's all theoretical at this point as you haven't actually managed to make it yourself, and as such haven't been able to provide an image or video of it completed.

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  • ThirdEarthDesign made the instructable Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich2 months ago
    Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    I was wondering what to make for lunch today, then I remembered this.I used back bacon with English cheddar cheese. I only use the egg yolks when making eggy bread, and I also add a pinch of nutmeg.

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on Waldemar Sha's forum topic WHERE CAN I PATENT THIS???2 months ago

    If we're talking about a pulsating motor powered toothbrush, that won't be eligible for a patent as it has already been done.If we're talking about a motorised tile grout cleaner, that's also already been done.Personally I'm more concerned about the use of a mains powered applicance used directly over a water source.The toothbrush head also needs replacing, those bristles are no longer optimal :-p

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  • No problem, I never got a chance to see the app. Unfortunately I have an iPhone so getting apps third party is not an option for me :-(

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on Jayefuu's forum topic The Clinic2 months ago

    It looks very well put together, you have a clear list of materials and have also included your costs. Good pictures for every step and you've also made good use of animated GIFs here and there. Looks like good work and it's been featured.I've had a look at some of your other I'bles, you've made some really good stuff :-)

    I can't pick any faults with it, you have a great title image, good photos on every step, it's well written and I really like the intro.

    I've had a quick look at the GIF issue, I created a new draft I'ble and uploaded a GIF I got from the web. When I previewed the I'ble it just worked. Maybe there's something about your particular GIF file it doesn't like?Try creating a new draft and test it using the same image I used thanksgify, just to see if it yields the same results.

    Congratulations on publishing your first I'ble, you've done a great job. The only comment I can possibly make is to question whether Step 9 is necessary, you could include that sentence and the photo as part of Step 8. But that's just my own personal preference, it doesn't mean your way isn't perfectly fine. I'll be surprised if it's not featured.As for the animated GIF, I've never actually used one here before so can't comment from experience, hopefully someone else will have a better idea. I'll try it myself later and will let you know if I learn anything.

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on skistler's instructable DIY Props: Vintage Cigarette Packs2 months ago
    DIY Props: Vintage Cigarette Packs

    Congratulations on your first Instructable and welcome to the community. They certainly do look authentic, I like the attention to detail with the addition of the tax stamp.

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on AhonaM's instructable Mini Dream Catcher!!!2 months ago
    Mini Dream Catcher!!!

    That's adorable, I really like it. Great I'ble and thanks for sharing :-)

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on caitlinsdad's forum topic It's over 900000...2 months ago

    And now you're in the 2 million plus club! What a difference a few years can make. I'm dreaming of winning the lotto, but I'll settle for a million views and getting in the newsletter.

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  • ThirdEarthDesign commented on blissful2015's instructable Candy Pooping Reindeer 2 months ago
    Candy Pooping Reindeer

    Something cute and adorable about this, great work.

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