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  • Protective Skull Face Shield With Filter

    I really like your idea; I work with powders more so I have repurposed an old CPAP as my lung protection (I use a full-face mask that covers both mouth and nose). My problem is being able to wear protective goggles with the mask (I really hate either or protection). I think I am ready to cut the goggles down to fit and try to adapt your lower skull face to the CPAP. I really hope I can work it out - will post a pic if I do.

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  • Casting Aluminium With Lost PLA Investment Mold

    Darn, I got sidetracked on my previous post; I cast in glass and have been thinking about getting a 3d printer - I think this convinced me to invest in one.

    A friend worked with a sculptor in carving and casting "Waiting for the Interurban" in Seattle; it was carved in Styrofoam and cast in aluminum (you can see the styro bead-form when you look close). I assume it was pretty much the same process

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  • Zaacharia commented on StephenCartwright's instructable Data Sculpture1 month ago
    Data Sculpture

    Do you think sea-level vacuum would work in place of an actual vacuum box? We used what was essentially a long bag attached to a vacuum cleaner to apply equal pressure across a desk surface we were veneering that had really complex curves.

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  • Home Carbonation System for Water, Beer, and More

    In step 7 substep 7 - I shake regular side up and turn the tank off and shake some more to see if carbonation is maxed out. Sorry, I seem to be a little OCD today. Your 'structible is wonderful and I am going to go back over my system using it.

    I can't find the 'edit' button; I charge my bottles to 60 psi and have for about 7 years. I keep 4 bottles charged in the fridge and, lately, I keep filtered water in the fridge and use that when I charge. OT: Seattle has really wonderful water but the ice cubes I make with purified water are clear and city water cubes are cloudy.

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  • Home Carbonation System for Water, Beer, and More

    I wish I had read your article before I built mine! I bought a 20 # tank and it takes me about 2 years to use it up and it is too big to fit under the counter, sigh. Besides all the other savings there us also savings in resources (reusing already purchased) and transportation. I spent 8 days in a cabin in the mountains and I went through 3 or 4 12 packs of sparkling water. I decided to build my setup when I realized I was going through a case or 2 a week of Talking Rain (really good stuff).***WARNING***Do not reuse glass bottles! It is the equivalent if playing with a grenade - a failure will blow glass shards every where.Thanks for pointing out the difference in thread tape - I used the white stuff so there is always just a little bit of a leak.

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  • Zaacharia commented on John deCaux's instructable How to Cook a Perfect Potato Bake1 month ago
    How to Cook a Perfect Potato Bake

    I used to make something similar but with layers of ham (just another way to get rid of leftover holiday ham). I like your recipe (and I can't remember mine - if I ever had one. Thanks, I have been missing this in my diet.

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  • Zaacharia commented on trebuchet03's instructable Sourcing Rare Earth Magnets2 months ago
    Sourcing Rare Earth Magnets

    Late to the game but with round magnets you can make a rail gun and shoot ball-bearings through the walls (er, don't do that - build a backdrop).

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  • Zaacharia commented on Guido Vrola Design's instructable DIY Kiridashi Knives3 months ago
    DIY Kiridashi Knives

    Those are beautiful! I would display them as art!

    I work with glass (and knives) - never, ever catch a falling sharp (or buzzing) thing. I grabbed a piece of falling plate glass I was working on and let go immediately - my fingers were sliced to the tendons, but did not actually touch the tendons. It scared me spit-less but I learned; now, as soon as something begins to fall, I step back and let gravity take its course.

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  • Zaacharia commented on jessyratfink's instructable Unusual Uses for Rice3 months ago
    Unusual Uses for Rice

    The important thing that ride does is: stops you from trying to turn it on and use it to see if it is okay. Turning on a wet electronic device destroys it; putting it in rice keeps you away from it long enough to dry.

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  • Zaacharia commented on jessyratfink's instructable Unusual Uses for Dryer Sheets3 months ago
    Unusual Uses for Dryer Sheets

    Another use for used dryer sheets - fill with dryer lint, tie shut, drip wax on them and you have the best darned fire-starter. Really, but don't buy the wax retail, get candles from yard sales. My brother-in-law laughed at the suggestion until I used them to light the cabin's wood-burning stove. Actually, sawdust and candle wax in dixie cups work well too.

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  • Woven Wire Bail Gemstone Pendant

    Oh, WOW! What a beautiful design. I probably do not have the patience to make the entire pattern but I might try a smaller version for my glass 'stuff'. And I am considering making an instructable for casting the glass. I also like that you have the entire project on the opening page.

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  • Air Purifier With Variable Speed Fan and HEPA Filter

    In a forced air system, it would seem to be best to clean the air as returns but some of the newer systems have a low speed fan so you can run air through the system year around and, with good filters, keep that winter dust storm on startup.

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  • Making Fused Glass Jewelry in a Microwave Kiln

    The ball at the other end of the glass cutter can be used to help in the cutting process - tap the underside of the glass along the score, you can hear when the glass begins to 'break' (hard to explain how the glass sounds but you can also see the crack in the glass) continue to tap along score and the piece will fall apart. I will admit to being a glass whisperer so your mileage may very. the cutter wheel needs to be lubricated and cleaned; buy the self-lubricating kind if you can afford it; clean the cutter wheel often.

    There are 4 ways to work with glass:1) fusing - this can vary from objects that keep their own form but attach to each other up to being melted into each other2) slumping - the glass is supported at the edges 'slumps' down into shape.3) sagging - the glass is supported in the center and sags around the edge.4) casting - glass is melted completely into a mold.

    The kiln is well insulated and the cooling period works pretty well. I drop most of my objects to make sure they do not break easily (a couple of the skulls in my previous comment are 1 or more years old - I also check them out with my home-made stressometer (which now has an official name but I forget it).

    The key is that the dome of the kiln contains magnetite (or an equivalent) that is agitated by the microwaves converting the waves to heat - the insulation is really, really good.

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  • Making Fused Glass Jewelry in a Microwave Kiln

    I love your 'structable! I wish I could design such nice objects I had a ceramics kiln back in the late '80s and did a lot of sagging, slumping, and fusing. The kiln was not mine and I had to return it. It was not until about 5 years ago that I discovered the microwave kiln. Things I discovered: 1) you can get cheap glass as scrap from stained-glass shops 2) only fuse glass from the same manufacturer (for COE compatibility) 3) buy the bigger kiln - the extra space is a huge deal. If you have an old pair of polarized sun glasses, remove the lenses and look at your finished piece through the 2 lenses that have been rotates by 90 degrees so that no light gets through. If you see vague light leaking through the lenses, this implies stress (COE incompatibility where one type of glass expands...

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    I love your 'structable! I wish I could design such nice objects I had a ceramics kiln back in the late '80s and did a lot of sagging, slumping, and fusing. The kiln was not mine and I had to return it. It was not until about 5 years ago that I discovered the microwave kiln. Things I discovered: 1) you can get cheap glass as scrap from stained-glass shops 2) only fuse glass from the same manufacturer (for COE compatibility) 3) buy the bigger kiln - the extra space is a huge deal. If you have an old pair of polarized sun glasses, remove the lenses and look at your finished piece through the 2 lenses that have been rotates by 90 degrees so that no light gets through. If you see vague light leaking through the lenses, this implies stress (COE incompatibility where one type of glass expands/contracts by a different amount). I have a piece that I made 12 years ago that will probably shatter in another 20 years (the object is a large blob of glass with a crack in the center that has increased a couple centimeters in length over that time).I skipped right past the fusing stage (after taking notes - keep a log, folks; you want to know what varying the various variables do (puns available on request)). I have 3 pages of fusing notes. I had some sugar skulls forms left from day of the dead and was intrigued by the idea of making glass puddles. I went to Seattle Pottery for kiln release and a glass supply shop for high temp casting material (Cast-a-lot); I went to an art supply shop for re-usable forming materials. Pic one is casting at about 1700 F, pics 2 and 3 are different skulls and different casting methods.

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  • Zaacharia commented on wonderfulidea's instructable The Amazing Bucket Stool!8 months ago
    The Amazing Bucket Stool!

    Look in your local thrift store for those old 'twister-type' weight loss swivels (my mom uses hers under the Scrabble board). They were designed to be stood on so they would definitely work for sitting. I am going to upgrade the bucket I use for odd jobs around the apt.

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  • Rejuvinate and personalize your tired headphones with... old pajamas!

    My foam covers keep slipping out of their tiny little grooves. I keep stuffing them back in, maybe this is the solution: just glue that sucker on and cover it some nice material.

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  • Zaacharia commented on gravityisweak's instructable Coat Hanger Drill Bit9 months ago
    Coat Hanger Drill Bit

    I have some welding rod of various gauges left over from glass bead making (used as mandrels) - not free but definitely a good re-purposing. Thanks for the great idea!

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  • Zaacharia completed the lesson Welcome to Bread in the class Bread Class12 months ago
  • Zaacharia commented on inspiretomake's instructable Meteorite Ring1 year ago
    Meteorite Ring

    You bought your meteorite already sliced, is that correct? I have a couple of small, whole meteorites that I was going have made into wedding bands but I could never come up with a way to keep the original surface - any ideas? They are small, finger-joint sized.

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  • A cardboard device: THE SHIRT FOLDER

    Then I found this - even easierhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6n3lq3PhAU

    I use the Japanese method for folding t-shirts since I do not have the surface space available. I am showing the version in Japanese because that is how I learned it (it took me many, many tries but I am a slow learner). This method works for long-sleeved dress shirts when packing for a trip - the last step being carefully rolling it up without wrinkles.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5AWQ5aBjgE

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  • Flayed Human Skull Antipasto Platter

    Finding parts to work with is improved if you search for "Day of the Dead" molds. The Mexican (and most Hispanic cultures) treat DotD as joyous celebration and often have a picnic on the grave of a loved one on the day after Halloween (all Hallows evening) aka All Saints Day. I have been using molds for making sugar skulls for my glass castings for a year or so (I picked up the discounted molds at a Dollar store I think years ago and only recently found a use for them)

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  • What Can Be Made Out of Bubble Wrap | Bubble Wrap Experiment

    Could you translate that into English?

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  • Zaacharia commented on Bosonic's instructable Introduction to chainmaille1 year ago
    Introduction to chainmaille

    In any case, I always recommend wearing a tightly knit silk shirt under it all just in case anything gets through. Almost nothing pierces silk so it is dragged into the body which will keep germs out and will help with removal.

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  • Glass Etching Using Toner Transfer Templates

    Back when I was young and stupid, I bought a half-gallon of hydrofluoric acid, some dishwashing gloves, and wax. I would coat a plate of glass in wax, carve the design into the wax then drop it into the HF bath. It worked but now that I look back I understand why the windows in the kitchen started to blur - and now, 40 years later, am having some 'interesting' breathing issues (sigh). I now use the paste but sort of miss the days of clueless stupidity - we also set up a bronze foundry using propeller bronze and could not understand why it was so difficult to detail after the casting, another heavy sigh!

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  • Cutting A Glass Bottle In Half With String and Fire

    I have a couple bottles that are a beautiful blue that I want to use in some of my glass projects - this will be a great way for me to be able to get some straight strips from the bottles. I had problems trying to cut them with a glass-cutter.

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  • Make Glass Beads From Broken Bottles (+video)

    I use an old electric grill to preheat the glass I am going to use - it cuts down on the time it takes to make the beads and I can switch to different colors. The easiest way to test compatibility is to heat 2 glasses together and pull them into a thread.

    If you stick the mandrel with the bead into vermiculite or some other insulating material, you can anneal the beads w/o a kiln.

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  • Zaacharia commented on ShakeTheFuture's instructable DIY: Glass USB Flash Drive1 year ago
    DIY: Glass USB Flash Drive

    I have been casting glass in a microwave kiln for a couple years now and checking the results with a stressometer (2 polarized lenses at 90 degs) and have not had any problems. Some of my glass skulls are over an inch thick (I attached my prototype skulls images). I also make beads using a minor burner (attached a sampler of every color I had at the time). The beads are annealed in vermiculite and the skulls are annealed by leaving them to cool to room temperature in the kiln. The microwave kilns are really cool (and I love the look on the faces when I tell them I make the skulls in my microwave oven). I just bought 2 more kilns so that I can do more than one casting in an evening - it also speeds things up to swap the heated kiln cover onto the new casting. The last pic is a slumped sk...

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    I have been casting glass in a microwave kiln for a couple years now and checking the results with a stressometer (2 polarized lenses at 90 degs) and have not had any problems. Some of my glass skulls are over an inch thick (I attached my prototype skulls images). I also make beads using a minor burner (attached a sampler of every color I had at the time). The beads are annealed in vermiculite and the skulls are annealed by leaving them to cool to room temperature in the kiln. The microwave kilns are really cool (and I love the look on the faces when I tell them I make the skulls in my microwave oven). I just bought 2 more kilns so that I can do more than one casting in an evening - it also speeds things up to swap the heated kiln cover onto the new casting. The last pic is a slumped skull at about 1700 F (w/o a real kiln, I do not know temperatures so I am guessing)

    Yes! I got a couple pieces of granite from a local monument place - I could get the granite so hot it glowed but could not get it to melt. I chickened out (granite melts at about 1240 F) after more minutes than I was comfortable with.

    The wood would smoke out the house while the metal would have a different COE and might either shatter the piece or adhere so it could not be removed. The fibre paper is an excellent idea. Glass is worked at a pretty high temperature so any natural spacer would be burned and w/o a release, the metals would be bonded to the glass.

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  • Zaacharia commented on ShakeTheFuture's instructable Make Jewelry From Glass Bottles1 year ago
    Make Jewelry From Glass Bottles

    The price is now down to about $30-40 for the large kiln.

    All you need to do is run some COE tests - pieces of each color/kind of glass fused and cooled then take 2 polarized lenses and rotate them so the no light gets through then look at the glass with light behind it - the lenses will allow no light through unless the glass is stressed. Stressed glass will bend the light so that it will be visible. My very first glassblowing project is a paperweight - I think that is the standard first project - has a stress fracture in the center of it. I have been watching the fracture and it has expanded by about 2 centimeters over the last 10 years - I expect it will crack/shatter in about 20 years.

    I use the same microwave for food and glass - just make sure you do not use any lead based colors. It has been a decade or so since lead has been banned from any food-related containers so it would only be introduced by adding colors.

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  • Zaacharia commented on SelkeyMoonbeam's instructable Casting Glass1 year ago
    Casting Glass

    I use 'quenching' (thermal shock) to make smaller chunks of glass out of bigger ones. One interesting feature of glass is that it has high surface tension so if you have a chunk of glass with a lot of fractures in it, you can remove the fractures by heating the chunk up enough without the chunk melting. Unfortunately, I use a microwave kiln so I do not have temperatures to talk about - only # of minutes in kiln. The 3rd skull from the left, top row was made from a bunch of thermal shocked glass pieces that were heated up enough to remove the fractures from the individual chunks w/o actually melting them - in the process, 'welding' the individual chunks into an interesting cubist-like form.

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  • Zaacharia commented on bekathwia's instructable Candle Jar Wax Removal1 year ago
    Candle Jar Wax Removal

    Don't throw the wax away - save your dryer lint in those tiny paper cups and drip the wax over it - perfect fire-starter.

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  • Zaacharia commented on SpecificLove's instructable 8 Life Hacks With Steel Wool1 year ago
    8 Life Hacks With Steel Wool

    I was going there myself - I repaired a hand-rail that had been screwed into marble by filling the hole with wooden matches (minus the igniter, duh) cut to size, Elmered into place and re-screwed.

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  • Zaacharia commented on SpecificLove's instructable 10 Places to Hide a Spare Key1 year ago
    10 Places to Hide a Spare Key

    When I had the lock changed, I put old key under the mat - and I hid the real spare elsewhere. I explained what I did for my ex, she loved the idea but soon forgot and yelled at me for putting the wrong key there ---- SIGH!

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