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  • mcorbin commented on mcorbin's instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette2 weeks ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    Yes, a lot of people come up to look and take photos with mine. Finally, someone has made a big variation on the design! A neighbor told me on Halloween that she would pay $$$ for something like this. I told her to stop by and we could work on one for her - but it will have to be completely different from the original. I"m going to start thinking about a new one.

    Did you make separate pieces? That's a good idea - to fit whatever space you have. Nice job. Thanks for posting.

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  • mcorbin commented on mcorbin's instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette3 weeks ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    Share your pictures with us when it's up and lit, please. Many improvements have been made to my original project, and now people don't ask me questions about it, they ask other posters. Very cool.

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  • mcorbin commented on mcorbin's instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette3 weeks ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    This is great, as several people have asked for the pattern and I didn't have one. (Didn't really know I would do an instructable at that stage of the process.)Your tweaks have improved the original. Thank you!

    I know the MS witch you're talking about. She's a good one. Grandin Road is the collection.There is one photo where she is silhouetted against a dark sky, which is fantastic.

    Looking through all the fantastic versions made over the last 3 or 4 years.........I can't get over the incredible detail you put into your trees and jack-o-lanterns. Really fantastic. You must be pretty skilled with tools.

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  • mcorbin commented on mcorbin's instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette1 month ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    Oh, you want to ask Jonathan S285. He's the one who put the hinges on.

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  • mcorbin commented on mcorbin's instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette2 months ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    There is no pattern to download, as such. Please read through some of the comments for suggestions.

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  • mcorbin commented on mcorbin's instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette3 months ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    sadly no. Please see other comments for suggestions.

    Okay, I will try to clarify if I can. Otherwise, maybe it is worthwhile to run it by someone who knows more about simple carpentry than I do ~ because I am a novice. I'm better at the creative side of things! But the great thing about this project is that it doesn't have to be perfect to look good. It is viewed at night, from a distance, and for Halloween rough edges and imperfections are okay. Maybe you can see that our garage door is made of wood and is not flat. I wanted to screw 2 x 2's to that door and screw the piece on top of that, but it was a problem to drive screws that long into the door. I thought 1/x 2's would be too flat and not give the space I wanted between the door and the cutout. So we used 2 sets of 1 x 2's (they don't cost much and are easy to cut - bonus!), so the ...

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    Okay, I will try to clarify if I can. Otherwise, maybe it is worthwhile to run it by someone who knows more about simple carpentry than I do ~ because I am a novice. I'm better at the creative side of things! But the great thing about this project is that it doesn't have to be perfect to look good. It is viewed at night, from a distance, and for Halloween rough edges and imperfections are okay. Maybe you can see that our garage door is made of wood and is not flat. I wanted to screw 2 x 2's to that door and screw the piece on top of that, but it was a problem to drive screws that long into the door. I thought 1/x 2's would be too flat and not give the space I wanted between the door and the cutout. So we used 2 sets of 1 x 2's (they don't cost much and are easy to cut - bonus!), so the screws could be shorter. I laid the decoration down and cut lengths of 1 x 2's that would fit behind the seams. And a couple of pieces that would go behind the center of the pieces for some extra support (especially the tall side pieces). Now - keep in mind that the strings of lights have to go all along the back, so leave some space in the cleats - cut them 3 or 4 inches shorter than the seam. (see the step 5 picture of the lights on the back). The second set of cleats will be screwed on top of the first, but they don't have to be the same length. Your cutout will be screwed to the top layer of cleats. Spending some time measuring for the cleats' placement on the door will mean it goes up more smoothly. Lay the entire cutout on the ground in front of the door, and mark where all of the cleats need to go. The trim on my garage door makes a natural ledge near the bottom, so I put the bottom edges there. Use at least 2 screws on each cleat to attach to the door. Screw in the 'second layer' of cleats, of course avoiding the screws in the first set. Now, with the lights already attached to the back of the cutout, (make sure you have planned where they will be plugged in), hold the pieces up one at a time and screw them into the top layer of cleats. You will want help with this part for sure. It would be difficult to keep them level and in the right place on your own. I started with the middle pieces so that I could get the best seam where they joined in the middle since this would be the most visible. I think I had all the pieces with lights leaning against the garage door, spaced as far apart as the cords with allow, then screwed on one at a time. So you have garage door, 1x2, 1x2, and cutout on top. Maybe you can improve on my method. This worked pretty well for me, but I just didn't know enough to figure out a more efficient way of doing it. Every year I get the pieces of 1 x 2's out, and just configure them however they work best. Sometimes they split when I try to screw them in, then I just get another piece. Like I said, pretty cheap and easy to cut. I don't know how many things like this you have tried before, but I have a 17-year-old son, and I know that he can get pretty frustrated when things don't go as easily as he thinks they should. I have certainly felt that myself! Be patient with yourself, and if you get frustrated walk away and come back to it later. This is an awesome project, and you can see that lots of people have made their own version of it. That's what I'm most proud of. I still get amazing reactions when I put it up for Halloween. I hope I answered your questions. Let me know if you have any others. Good luck! ~Marilyn

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  • mcorbin made the instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette3 months ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    Sadly, when I finished the thing my pattern was all beat up and I didn't save it. The best I could advise it to print out the highest contrast photo of my design and enlarge it using the grid method. I'm not much at drawing myself, and I got my mom to help me. We got some nice silhouettes from Google images. You might even find something you like better. Look through all of the comments here. there is a sketch also, but it is not the final one that I enlarged. When I first made the witches and painted them black, I attached the orange lights and stood them in my indoor hallway, which is a gray/blue. It looked good on that blue. I think you could play with various light colors -- orange, purple, white - since you can get lights cheaply enough these days. Look through all of the commen...

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    Sadly, when I finished the thing my pattern was all beat up and I didn't save it. The best I could advise it to print out the highest contrast photo of my design and enlarge it using the grid method. I'm not much at drawing myself, and I got my mom to help me. We got some nice silhouettes from Google images. You might even find something you like better. Look through all of the comments here. there is a sketch also, but it is not the final one that I enlarged. When I first made the witches and painted them black, I attached the orange lights and stood them in my indoor hallway, which is a gray/blue. It looked good on that blue. I think you could play with various light colors -- orange, purple, white - since you can get lights cheaply enough these days. Look through all of the comments - people have done all kinds of things with the lighting - added more 'heat' around the cauldron, etc. Good luck! You're getting an early start. Maybe I should think about a new design this year -- but I have used this one for 3 years, and I still get great reactions at Halloween.

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  • mcorbin commented on mcorbin's instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette1 year ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    Thumbs up. third year mine was up, and still get great reactions.you'll be able to use this for years.

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  • mcorbin commented on cpacker1's instructable Bowl of Worms Anyone?1 year ago
    Bowl of Worms Anyone?

    I tried it, and didn't get it to work at all. I had the straws in a nice tight can, and I put some shortening in the bottom to try to plug the ends, because I couldn't see how the jello would stay in the vertical straws. I would watch a straw fill to the top as I poured it in, then watch it drain right out the bottom. How do you get them to stay filled?Luckily my brain mold was nearby, so it wasn't a total waste.

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  • mcorbin commented on mcorbin's instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette1 year ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    You made it work!

    Happy Halloween to you! Do people celebrate this holiday in Switzerland?Wow, now I've gone international. Thank you for sharing your photos with us.

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  • mcorbin commented on mcorbin's instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette1 year ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    Thanks~ look through the comments; people have done some clever adaptations. There's a good one someone made for a large front window. And, yes, someone did put theirs against a fence. Perfect backdrop, but you'd have to think about height and how that would look. Did you see the giant skull and hands someone made that looks like it's climbing over a fence -- really nicely done -- and easier to cut since the design relies more on paint.

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  • mcorbin commented on mcorbin's instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette1 year ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    Very clever! How do you get in and out of the car?

    somewhere down in the comments I posted a photo of my Christmas piece. It is sort of a Bethlehem silhouette, but of course the possibilities are endless! It is what made sense to me as a silhouette. A nativity would be lovely too.

    Your trees are great. Wonderful detail. I did the witches in 2 pieces just to make it easier to handle and store.

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  • mcorbin commented on DonM51's instructable Skeleton Horse Halloween Display1 year ago
    Skeleton Horse Halloween Display

    Wow! Really creative use of materials. Looks great.

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  • Giant 6 foot Skull and Skeleton Hands

    Great project! I love a big attention-getting display for halloween. And your final paint job on the skull is terrific. I am the same - not very good at drawing, but if I have an idea of something I want to do I find a way. Have you thought about a red bulb in your floodlight? Might be interesting.

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  • mcorbin commented on mcorbin's instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette1 year ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    Wow, that's next level! But my favorite part is the spider web. I might have to steal that idea!Thank you for posting

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  • mcorbin commented on mcorbin's instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette1 year ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    That's awesome! You're better with a jigsaw than I am. Maybe I should try it. The dremel tool has its ups and downs. Sometimes it's easy, sometimes it's a fight!

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  • mcorbin commented on Luca Gerda's instructable Eerie glowing jars!1 year ago
    Eerie glowing jars!

    I got the paint and tried it on a clear plastic cup. I got 5 colors that all look translucent white when dry. The first night I got a decent glow from the green, and faint glows from the blue and purple. Subsequent nights, zero glow from any of it. Very disappointing. What happened? I did shake them, but maybe need to stir them better????

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  • mcorbin commented on mcorbin's instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette1 year ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    Very detailed. Nice.

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  • mcorbin commented on mcorbin's instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette1 year ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    when you have a small drawing, making a grid of lines over it will help you transfer or enlarge the drawing.Make sure to choose a grid that is going to make sense on the large piece. For example, if you have a 4 foot by 8 foot sheet of plywood, you might want grids that are one square foot each. So you will have 4 squares by 8 squares to cover the whole sheet. Then make sure the grids on the small drawing are the same, 4 squares by 8 squares. This is easiest if the original drawing has the same ratio of length to width as the plywood. Now you draw it on square by square. If a line crosses the grid a third of the way up one of the small squares on the original drawing, make it cross the grid line a third of the way up on the corresponding square of the large grid.I googled it and found ...

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    when you have a small drawing, making a grid of lines over it will help you transfer or enlarge the drawing.Make sure to choose a grid that is going to make sense on the large piece. For example, if you have a 4 foot by 8 foot sheet of plywood, you might want grids that are one square foot each. So you will have 4 squares by 8 squares to cover the whole sheet. Then make sure the grids on the small drawing are the same, 4 squares by 8 squares. This is easiest if the original drawing has the same ratio of length to width as the plywood. Now you draw it on square by square. If a line crosses the grid a third of the way up one of the small squares on the original drawing, make it cross the grid line a third of the way up on the corresponding square of the large grid.I googled it and found this:http://www.wikihow.com/Scale-Drawings-Using-the-Gr...There are tutorials on youtube, too.

    That will be interesting. Let us see some pics if you do it.

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  • mcorbin commented on mcorbin's instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette1 year ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    They look like they're up to no good!

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  • mcorbin commented on mcorbin's instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette1 year ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    Looks great. Thanks for the picture.

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  • mcorbin commented on mcorbin's instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette1 year ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    Well, nothing jumps out at me. The owl, maybe. In the shot where your son is painting, looks like it's not sitting on the branch.?????????????

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  • Kraken Tentacles and a Ship for Them to Destroy!!!

    Wow! You put a lot into this. I love your creativity in sourcing materials.Fantastic. I want to come to your neighborhood.....but I'm in southern California.

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  • mcorbin commented on mcorbin's instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette1 year ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    I saw your monsters on Pinterest. That's fun, isn't it?

    Well done. Thank you for posting your pictures. Looks like everyone helped with the project. I love the eyes in the trees.I would suggest covering the inside of the garage door windows with white paper, so that they don't distract from the scene.

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  • mcorbin commented on mcorbin's instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette1 year ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    If you will look through the comments, toward the bottom, I attached a sketch that I used. It's not quite the finished product, but next to it is a good high contrast photo of the finished design. I no longer have a pattern to email you, so my best suggestion is to print that out, and use the grid method to enlarge it. Good luck!I'm not much at drawing on my own, and I found some good stuff when I searched google images for 'halloween silhouettes'

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  • mcorbin commented on Luca Gerda's instructable Eerie glowing jars!1 year ago
    Eerie glowing jars!

    I just ordered some glow in the dark paint here: https://www.glonation.com/Can't wait to try it!

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  • mcorbin commented on Luca Gerda's instructable Eerie glowing jars!1 year ago
    Eerie glowing jars!

    Is there a reason you just do small dots? Could you do larger areas of the paint? Stripes? Spirals?

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  • mcorbin commented on dswaim's instructable GeoShift Transforming Chair1 year ago
    GeoShift Transforming Chair

    Really impressive. You have massive creativity and patience - a great combination!

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  • mcorbin commented on mcorbin's instructable Halloween Garage Door Silhouette1 year ago
    Halloween Garage Door Silhouette

    This one has a lot of wood cut away, so it's not too heavy and my door will go up and down. The Bethlehem scene I did for Christmas is much more solid, and therefore heavier. The door stays down for the 10 to 14 days that it is up. "Double digits."

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  • How to Lose 100+ Pounds and Keep it Off For Life

    A comment on the blended food point ~ when I was counting 'points' in Weight Watchers, most fruits and vegetables had a zero point value. So you always had something to eat, even if you'd used all your points for the day. But as soon as you threw those fruits and vegetables in a blender, they had points. I guess for the same reason you've mentioned - you've done the bodies' job of breaking down and processing that food with a machine. Better to eat it whole and let your body do all the work of digestion.Apples were the exception. Unsweetened applesauce was given a zero point value. I don't know why that was, but unsweetened applesauce is still one of my go-to foods when I want something sweet and I'm trying to be good.

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  • mcorbin commented on JosephR25's instructable Homemade Before-You-Go Toilet Spray1 year ago