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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood17 hours ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    I never tried it on the joints, sorry. I'm sure with a little persistence it would work out well, although I dont think the shape of the joints would look convincing as naturally occurring wood. Good luck if you try it.

    I don't see why this wouldn't work. I've only used it on PVC and acrylic which are harder plastics than those of which toys are made, i.e. ABS or PLA. My advice is that if the toy is hollow plastic, take care in scoring so that you don't tear through the surface too much. You may also need a primer or base coat to get the wood colored paint to look the way you want, especially if the toy is a color other than white to begin with. Good luck!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood2 days ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Tesla, So... using the same exact method for PVC (using my favorite oil-paint as well), I did a quick proof-of-concept on a thin sheet of acrylic. The results are promising. Here's some take-aways: Given the translucence of the plexi, you may want to apply an opaque backing to the plexi, or apply many layers of paint to the front.Use a different heavy file or texture cutting method. The one I use for PVC is great for curved surfaces, not flat ones. (Perhaps a strait blade or even a scratching awl??)Apply the wood texture to the acrylic before cutting the shapes and patterns out. If you use oil paint, set it aside for a week in an area with moving air. (I just love the results oil paint give, better than any other dye or paint others have suggested. Yes it is a long dry time, but ...see more »Tesla, So... using the same exact method for PVC (using my favorite oil-paint as well), I did a quick proof-of-concept on a thin sheet of acrylic. The results are promising. Here's some take-aways: Given the translucence of the plexi, you may want to apply an opaque backing to the plexi, or apply many layers of paint to the front.Use a different heavy file or texture cutting method. The one I use for PVC is great for curved surfaces, not flat ones. (Perhaps a strait blade or even a scratching awl??)Apply the wood texture to the acrylic before cutting the shapes and patterns out. If you use oil paint, set it aside for a week in an area with moving air. (I just love the results oil paint give, better than any other dye or paint others have suggested. Yes it is a long dry time, but worth it for the control-ability.) I hope this helps. Work with it and see if it will give you the results you are looking for.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 week ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Nixie Tubes!!!! I love Nixie clocks etc. I have never tried this technique on plexi, however I don't know why it wouldn't work. It's worth an experiment. When I built an ATARI Punk Console, I built a case just like yours but covered it in printed wood texture paper with clear coat (to look like an old ATARI). I have some plexi laying around... let me do some tests this weekend and get back to you. This may be a whole new level of versatility for this idea.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on Vyger's instructable Where Marbles Come From1 week ago
    Where Marbles Come From

    Let me tag along with MelanieH66 (if that IS her real name) in saying that I agree with ALL of that! Great 'ible!! I wish I had friends like you!!! It's about time they have a glass contest. And it looks like it's off to an awesome start.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood2 weeks ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Sure! There are a bunch of outdoor friendly spray protectors to apply to it. You could probably even choose between shiney and matte. Look for them in spray paint isle. Rust-Oleum makes a few.

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  • zaphodd42 made the instructable Glass Jewel Spiders2 weeks ago
    Glass Jewel Spiders

    My first 3 and more to come! If you have good temperature control with your iron, you can get "bulgy" with the body building. I think forming the legs is the hardest part, so many iterations possible. Again, thanks for puting this out there!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on GarrettS28's instructable Glass Jewel Spiders2 weeks ago
    Glass Jewel Spiders

    Great 'ibble! I'll be making some of these this weekend. Congrats on being featured!!

    Great 'ibble! I'll be making some of these this wekend. Congrats on being featured!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood2 weeks ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Obrigado

    Hey NickD! Honestly, just wipe it on! Put a small dab on a rag and work it in. Reapply as it starts to thin out. If you're using oil color, a little goes a long way. Make sure you work it into the grooves as well... an easy way to do this is to rub the oil "sideways" into the groves... around the staff horizontally. But finish by wiping the oil rag vertically to simulate the grain of the wood. A regular size tube of oil paint (like the one pictured in my instructable) could make 10 staffs, maybe more. Also... the more pressure you use in wiping it on, the thinner and lighter it will be. This can work in your favor by helping you achieve an organic look. Apply layers for darker tones. AND!!! If you use oil, give your paint a week to dry. Put it somewhere with moving...see more »Hey NickD! Honestly, just wipe it on! Put a small dab on a rag and work it in. Reapply as it starts to thin out. If you're using oil color, a little goes a long way. Make sure you work it into the grooves as well... an easy way to do this is to rub the oil "sideways" into the groves... around the staff horizontally. But finish by wiping the oil rag vertically to simulate the grain of the wood. A regular size tube of oil paint (like the one pictured in my instructable) could make 10 staffs, maybe more. Also... the more pressure you use in wiping it on, the thinner and lighter it will be. This can work in your favor by helping you achieve an organic look. Apply layers for darker tones. AND!!! If you use oil, give your paint a week to dry. Put it somewhere with moving air and try to hang it so it's not touching anything.So, in the end, to cover your staff, you'll use about 1 teaspoon of oil paint. But i'm sure as soon as you start painting, you'll see exactly how much you'll want to use.Good luck, let me know if you need more help. I'd love to see the staff when you're done!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood3 weeks ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Thank you! Let me know how it goes.

    Thank you.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood4 weeks ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    I think it may be difficult to do this to pipes that you cannot remove. If you can take them down first, it would be easier. As far as color, I dont see a problem because PVC water pipes should not get too hot. They shouod not be used to bring hot water to a faucet.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 month ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Great Idea!! My father has a beautiful backyard with a slightly unsightly rain barrel. I'd love to see this when you're done!! ps... if you scroll dwon a bit, a girl named Karen made a rain stick...not to be confused with a rain barrel. : )

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 month ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Thank you. Let me know how it turns out!!

    PVC should be pretty robust at a few feet long. I'm actually making a small desk lamp right now to hold a stained glass lamp shade I'm working on (using PVC as the neck in a wood base). I think the sleeve idea is a good bet for taller floor lamps!! Let me know if you find a good way to attatch the socket assembly to the PVC.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood2 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Muito obrigado!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood2 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Is that a hilt at the end? Like a sword? Love it! You did a great job!! Thanks for sahring!!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood2 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Great! (I wish your pic loaded, Maybe try a private message.) Did you use oil paint or a different coloring medium? (btw, I'm a huge Calvin and Hobbes fan!)

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood3 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    If your lamps where made from thin aluminum and you used very heavy equipment, you could probably texture the metal, but painting it to finish the wood texture is another thing. Could you swap out the metal with PVC tubing of similar size? (That might take some work.) It juts might be tricky to do this with metal. Maybe... an angle grinder for making the texture, use a metal primer and then paint in a few colors. But all that is just a guess off my head! Let me know about the metal you want to do this to. Maybe I'll have more ideas.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood3 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Oh, THAT'S what the hammer looks like. Yeah, I would make that one.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood3 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Well... as much as I'd love to hear about someone using my PVC-wood idea, you might want to look into maybe resin or silicone casting for a hammer, the ENTIRE hammer. You would get one solid lightweight strong piece. The mold medium would pick up allot of detail. There are quite a few ways to do this: "Composimold" is a reusable casting agent, "Instamorph" is a mold-able reusable plastic, "Easy Cast" is a cheep resin that makes great results. Look into those... and pick up a new maker skill! OR... use one of those to make just the head of the hammer, with PVC as the handle. I've used all of them, I'd be happy to point you in the right direction if you like the sound of it.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood3 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    I dont see why not. The PVC would be a bit lighter than wood. Just make sure you give the paint a long time to dry, or your gloves will be stained. How would you make the head of the hammer? And then affix it to the PVC? Let me know.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Stained Glass Moravian Star Ornament3 months ago
    Stained Glass Moravian Star Ornament

    Great Question!! There is a lead free solder, which is used primarily for soldering items that are to be worn as in jewelry, pins, skin contact etc. Lead solder is safe as long as you practice safety when using it: Use a fume fan when soldering, wash your hands after soldering and don't eat, drink or smoke while soldering. Don't rub your eyes and touch your face or mouth before washing your hands. Honestly, I work with people who have been doing leaded stained glass for decades. They do have their blood tested once every few years for heavy metals and have never had a problem. If you have any reservations about having that small amount of lead in a decoration, go ahead and use lead free solder. Keep in mind lead free solder is a bit more expensive and is a bit more challenging to ...see more »Great Question!! There is a lead free solder, which is used primarily for soldering items that are to be worn as in jewelry, pins, skin contact etc. Lead solder is safe as long as you practice safety when using it: Use a fume fan when soldering, wash your hands after soldering and don't eat, drink or smoke while soldering. Don't rub your eyes and touch your face or mouth before washing your hands. Honestly, I work with people who have been doing leaded stained glass for decades. They do have their blood tested once every few years for heavy metals and have never had a problem. If you have any reservations about having that small amount of lead in a decoration, go ahead and use lead free solder. Keep in mind lead free solder is a bit more expensive and is a bit more challenging to use. Higher heat is needed to control it. I hope this doesn't sway you against picking this up as a hobby, (if you don't already solder for fun or work). Here is a link to a publication from Berkeley NationalLaboratory on soldering safety.http://www2.lbl.gov/ehs/ih/pdf/safeSolderingFinal....Enjoy! I'd be happy to help with any other questions you may have if you give stained glass a try!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on inspiretomake's instructable Meteorite Ring3 months ago
    Meteorite Ring

    White noise (Ella Vos).

    I think I'll have to add this to my hobby list! Amazing video! (I even downloaded the song for future listening.) And thanks for teaching me about meteorite etching. I have a few in a case from which I'd love to develop the Widmanstatten patterens more. Great work, I cant wait to check out your channel.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood4 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    No problem. Some comments here have suggested wood stain, normal acrylic or even shoe polish. I must admit, I have not tried these. It's worth an experiment, though. FYI... if you use acrylic, please cover it with a spray-on protector clear coat. Otherwise it will chip off very easily. PS, what country are you from, may I ask?

    Let me know if it works!! Try a few layers of it. Let it soak and dry.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood4 months ago
  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood4 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Thank you very much! This means allot coming from a true craftsman. I love how tangent ideas get from different people! Send me a post when you publish. I hope it does well!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Stained Glass Moravian Star Ornament5 months ago
    Stained Glass Moravian Star Ornament

    GREAT! I realize I didn't write much about the soldering process here. As you see, you only really need to tin the pieces. And then attach them through the "tack" method. (As a stained glass artist, you know what that is, just dabs to keep it together.) If you need any other advise, I'd love to help. I still do quite a bit of glass work. Good luck!! Share your work when you're done!!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood5 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    That's Fantastic! You really should write this up and post it! You got all the pics done and everything. (I like your drill press btw, I'm eyeing up a few I want for my maker-space.) Thank you so much for letting me know about this!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood5 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    You're welcome! Hey, how about a mini-ible!? What did you use as the inside spokes, loose material and caps of the rain stick? Just curious.

    Hmm... yeah, I didnt think that through. I dont think you can, just photos. Well, if you ever throw it to youtube or facebook, send me a link. Otherwise, Thanks for reading! I'm glad it worked for you!! Great job again.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood5 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    That looks awesome!!! How's it sound? Could you post a vid with audio maybe?? Pleeeeease???

    Sure! : )

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood5 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Cyber vernacular aside, I have always thought of "hack" as a way of using materials and methods that go against a predetermined or obvious path for those particular ingredients. It's a fairly broad term, or at least has been in my interactions with it and those who use it. I'm currious to know how you feel about it.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood6 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    You're the 3rd curtain rods I've gotten messages from! I'd love to see them when you're done.

    Tinkerer, I'm certainly sorry you trouble viewing this and other 'ibbles on your iPad. There is however nothing I can do personally. These Instructables are written by fellow users like yourself. We are not web masters for instructables.com, just writers. Make sure you are using the official app when viewing on a tablet or contact the instructables team here and maybe they will help you far more than I can. I am however pleased you like my 'ibble and that you signed up for an account just to view it. I hope you continue exploring this awesome site and find fun things to do and learn! Have fun! Welcome abord!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood6 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    All good points! And yes, I used artist oils for this example. I have never tried it with oil based house paint. I have no idea how that might turn out. It's worth an expariment though...

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood6 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    You can use either! Some commenters here suggest PVC dye, wood stain or even shoe polish. All great ideas and probably much more affordable than oil paint. I used oil paint because it spreads easily on PVC and allows for more "depth of color" control. (meaning, you can control how much paint there is by wiping softer or harder - not an official term, just one I made up.) Also, as I discovered this technique for art that will be banged, moved and handled, I found acrylic to chip off and leave white spots. Oil doesn't do that, at least not easily. Please use what ever suits your needs and feel free to share what you find.Thanks for reading. I hope this works out for you.

    Thank you! My first "stupendous". : )

    It depends on how thick you lay it. When I shot the pics for this 'ibble, the oil paint took a few days to totally dry. If you're patient, oil paint gives really good looking results and it's highly durable, it's just expensive and takes long. Others have tried wood stain, acrylic and PVC dye. All good, just different results.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood7 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    That's just the paint collecting in the groves! You were absolutely right! In fact, the more you try to wipe the surface paint/stain off, (leaving the groove paint behind)... the more contrast you'll get between those highs and lows. Pretty groovy, huh?(sorry, couldn't resist.)

    They look Great!!! Well done! I love seeing pics of what others did! Your python looks to enjoy it. Good job bending the PVC as well, it looks convincingly organic.Thanks for posting!!!

    totes.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood7 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    This idea would be great for hiding a water pipe in a garden.Esta idea sería grande para ocultar una tubería de agua en un jardín .

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  • Quick and Simple Crucible for Backyard Foundry

    Just a friendly heads up... make sure your extinguisher is made from steel. A few out there are made from aluminum. (Just take a magnet to it. if it sticks, you're good to go.) Otherwise, your aluminum crucible will fail in normal foundry temperatures. But these crucibles are great for a few melts! They are cheep (or free) and take the stress off an expensive garphite crucible when just making ingots.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood7 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Thank you.

    Hee-hee. I'll think about it, but it really wouldn't teach you anything different. It's pretty strait forward. I do love watching videos over photos as well. But there's no real "method" here. If you would like a more discriptive proceedure of some steps, I'd be happy to help.

    Thanx!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood7 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Wow! Gee! Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood7 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    I spray a clear coat. It shines up the art and yes, protects from UV... if you want the PVC to be outside.

    Well... there are currently 458 comments of great ideas by clever people. It;s some good summer reading!! : ) hee-hee. Thanks!!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood7 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    My pleasure. Thanks for reading!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood7 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    You're not the first to suggest this exact idea. (No offense, it's a GREAT idea!!) I'd love to see it in action! Please!!!!

    It really shouldn't, as long as.. like you said... sand the PVC in contact with the coupling. I have painted PVC for use in couplings before. I paint first, then sand till it fits, then touch up around the edge for a smooth transition. I have not used this effect on couplings FYI, but I'm sure it would come out the same, just a little more effort needed. Thanx for reading!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood7 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Sure thing!!

    I think it's a worthy project! Try it out and send me a pic!! (What would we do with time on our hands if we didn't make things? This whole site is awesome folks with time on thier hands!)

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood7 months ago