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  • VernonZ commented on alchemistdagger's instructable Van Gogh 3-D Sculpture Cake 2 months ago
    Van Gogh 3-D Sculpture Cake

    Awesome job!!!Got really excited and thought about doing something like this for the holidays but I've never done anything like this and I'm generally lazy so doing the whole head would be more than I want to do. I then had a brainstorm. I won't do the whole freestanding head but instead, do a "half" head ON TOP OF THE BACKGROUND. So basically a "2D" cake. Still sculpted but sitting on top of a traditional flat sheet cake background. This will give me more cake only need to sculpt a few layers of cake.Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  • VernonZ commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Corner Lamp3 months ago
    Corner Lamp

    Awesome project, so simple even I could do it with limited tools!:)This has inspired me.I am thinking it might be simpler to create the "triangle" with separate glued/nailed "strips" instead of cutting it out of single piece.Will require a bit more math to figure out angle cuts for the joints but would create less waste. Cut off narrow strips from my available scraps, cut to length, angle cut corners, glue/staple corners into triangles.Going to try this with "wireless" remote controlled led lights for easy placement and no cords. I have low ceilings so very easy to reach corners to change batteries, but sadly I do not have enough plugs around for those dark corners. Wireless best way to go.I have some long narrow wood scraps but not big enough to cut entire...see more »Awesome project, so simple even I could do it with limited tools!:)This has inspired me.I am thinking it might be simpler to create the "triangle" with separate glued/nailed "strips" instead of cutting it out of single piece.Will require a bit more math to figure out angle cuts for the joints but would create less waste. Cut off narrow strips from my available scraps, cut to length, angle cut corners, glue/staple corners into triangles.Going to try this with "wireless" remote controlled led lights for easy placement and no cords. I have low ceilings so very easy to reach corners to change batteries, but sadly I do not have enough plugs around for those dark corners. Wireless best way to go.I have some long narrow wood scraps but not big enough to cut entire triangles from.

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  • VernonZ commented on wordsnwood's instructable Perpetual Desk Calendar in Cherry4 months ago
    Perpetual Desk Calendar in Cherry

    haha! Thanks. Of course it only turned out as well as the measurements provided. Fit snugly even without the ability to "sand" down "too big parts". Of course I cheated a little using a Silhouette cutter. :)I discovered that the difference between wood and paper shows itself with larger hollow shapes. The base on mine got a bit "saggy" on top without internal support. When I glued the parts on it, I couldn't get a tight connection and squished it a bit. It never occurred to me to add some internal support in the base. ;)... just checked... it's still working!!! :)

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  • VernonZ commented on CBGjr's instructable Screened Solar Air Heater4 months ago
    Screened Solar Air Heater

    Ah yes! Climate and location within different ecosystems determines what is available and how we use what's around us to find alternate ways to extract power. Not making scientific or absolute statements, but In your case you might have more warmth in winter being protected by the trees. In summer you are possibly cooler because of this coverage. Decomposition in an environment like that might also be a source of heat. Amazed by the heat produced inside those big drums for lawn and leaves and organic waste many people have.Not sure it would work or if it's even possible, but I wonder if power could be obtained from the motion of the trees in the wind? Nothing concrete in my head, just thinking out loud how each ecosystem must have it's own sources for potential alternative energy.Here o...see more »Ah yes! Climate and location within different ecosystems determines what is available and how we use what's around us to find alternate ways to extract power. Not making scientific or absolute statements, but In your case you might have more warmth in winter being protected by the trees. In summer you are possibly cooler because of this coverage. Decomposition in an environment like that might also be a source of heat. Amazed by the heat produced inside those big drums for lawn and leaves and organic waste many people have.Not sure it would work or if it's even possible, but I wonder if power could be obtained from the motion of the trees in the wind? Nothing concrete in my head, just thinking out loud how each ecosystem must have it's own sources for potential alternative energy.Here on instructables I have seen people building small hydroelectric generators from small streams. Enough to charge batteries for small electric vehicles or lighting. As a child I had a large stream very close to the house and often dreamed of tapping into that for generating electricity... I never followed up on it, never experimented with it though.

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  • VernonZ commented on ahixson's instructable How to bleach shirts with custom designs. 4 months ago
    How to bleach shirts with custom designs.

    Wow! Never heard of this technique till now and I was airbrushing tshirts for years when I was younger.A tip on the masking material... try using adhesive backed shelving paper you can buy at most stores. It's probably more expensive that freezer paper but the benefits are worth it. I would go to my local grocery store back in the day and clear out their whole shelf of that stuff for painting shirts and jackets. Should work the same as the freezer paper.

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  • VernonZ commented on CBGjr's instructable Screened Solar Air Heater4 months ago
    Screened Solar Air Heater

    Almost forgot. A sibling has solar panels on their property and sells power back to the utilities. I was surprised and shocked when they pulled this off and got tax breaks on the cost. They also have a wood furnace that heats there large house. Even in the coldest weather the house is "too hot", but... I'm not a fan of burning wood and garbage for heat but do enjoy helping throw stuff in the furnace at night when visiting. It seems to be counterproductive for the environment.

    Holy cow. I keep thinking how for probably decades or longer, people have been doing things just like this all alone and hidden away only sharing with a small group of like minded people. Now, everyone can share these ideas instantly and worldwide, getting feedback from others, improving and spreading new ways to avoid frivolous burning of fossil fuels because it's "easier".Based on INDIVIDUALS doing this on their own, this type of sustainable energy solutions is simply going to spread everywhere like a "fungus"... a good fungus... like tasty safe mushrooms, :) or actually more like "viral videos" or "memes" that are fun to see and laugh at, but don't have actual benefits or the potential to change the world.When I see something like this, knowing...see more »Holy cow. I keep thinking how for probably decades or longer, people have been doing things just like this all alone and hidden away only sharing with a small group of like minded people. Now, everyone can share these ideas instantly and worldwide, getting feedback from others, improving and spreading new ways to avoid frivolous burning of fossil fuels because it's "easier".Based on INDIVIDUALS doing this on their own, this type of sustainable energy solutions is simply going to spread everywhere like a "fungus"... a good fungus... like tasty safe mushrooms, :) or actually more like "viral videos" or "memes" that are fun to see and laugh at, but don't have actual benefits or the potential to change the world.When I see something like this, knowing full well I could do it myself, I get inspired imagining how I can heat cold places in the house instead of just "locking the door and sealing it off", and do it without turning up the thermostat and spending the money. Saving money is the drive for the individual, but using less resources as the end result is even more important.I see so much of this type of project on Instructables. I only signed up recently and have been blown away by solar heating, solar showers, solar cookers. 35 years ago when I was in high school, I tried to build a solar cooker with my father over the summer. It was made from cardboard boxes, plastic garbage bags and tinfoil. We didn't finish it. Kept running into issues. Never got to something that worked. The source was an old Popular Mechanics magazine I think. If the internet had existed back then I think it would have been quite a different result. :)

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  • VernonZ commented on wordsnwood's instructable Perpetual Desk Calendar in Cherry4 months ago
    Perpetual Desk Calendar in Cherry

    I love watching wood working projects even though I don't have the tools or skills to do much myself yet. Just for fun I recreated this entirely as a paper craft project. This is the first print out glued together. Worked out pretty good on first try.For laughs and giggles I plan to put some fancy wood textures and wood carving with photoshop on the next print out using templates and stiffer board ;) keeping with the "wish I could use REAL wood" technique. This one works great sitting on desk... lousy photos cleaned up in Photoshop.

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