Solder Pen instead of standard solder iron .? Answered

I had an idea about making a pen that writes solder not ink i searched for it and i found that it has been made this year but i'm thinking about making my own version maybe of wood link for the solder pen : http://www.yankodesign.com/2011/07/01/faux-pen/ if you have an idea please share it here

Asked by aessam1 6 years ago


what should I use to make fake cookie crumbs?

I want to make fake cake/cookie crumbs that will be bendable and not crack once applied to a surface. Any ideas?  I sure appreciate your thoughts.

Posted by golfergirl 4 years ago


What makes a good cheap crackling medium for painting? Answered

What can I use to make my paint "crackle"? I just can't see spending 14.99 for a teeny tub of stuff that smells like hair bleach....and I tried some hair bleach I had lying around..and no dice. Tried Elmers and the cracks were weak....Thanks for any help.

Asked by dozerstinks 8 years ago


how do you remove the faux stained glass? Answered

How do you remove the faux stained glass from a window?

Asked by 8 years ago


Where can I get (faux) leather for cheap?

With all the steampunk instructables involving leather, it begs the question of where I can get some leather. Real or fake, I don't care, whichever is cheaper.

Posted by greynolds1 6 years ago


Faux corner fireplace surround with landscape bricks?

Any thoughts on creating a corner surround for one of those electric or gel pack, *ventless* fireplace inserts...using landscape brick? I was thinking: create frame for insert with 2x4s (I have a ton of them laying around) ...I have a nice, *natural*, hunk of wood for the top already but I was trying to come up with something SUPER easy for making the front look nice: landscape block? I see many nice looking structures built of just stacked up landscape blocks and what? are they GLUED together? Just stacked up with like a row on the bottom/front for a hearth? I am sure doing it in the middle of a wall instead of having to cut blocks for a corner would be easier but the way my windows are, the only place I can do it is in a corner as I am putting the TV on it and we have cut block in the past so we can do that part of it :)  I tried to find some examples on the internet and here at Instructables and haven't seen anyone try this yet.... Any thoughts anyone?

Asked by kellyndiy 7 years ago


Where can I purchase 20-30 pieces plexi/acrylic glass for 12x18"design, for faux stained glass painting project?

20-30 students in class will be making faux stained glass Easter/cross design, 12x18" approximate size. Where could we purchase pieces of plexi/acrylic glass to accomodate their design?

Asked by jaycvandfive 8 years ago


LED tapered candles?

Is there any way to make a battery operated flickering LED candle? I've seen them for sale on the net but they cost like $12 a piece? I was thinking 1/2 inch x 9 inch PVC, CPVC or copper tubing with 3 AA's and an LED from a cheap tea light. How do I make it flicker tho? I would like to use these in a candelabra in our church. they don't allow live flame.

Asked by shockedbythelight 8 years ago


spray paint problem? Answered

Yesterday i spraypainted faux leather. it looks good and everything, but it wont dry. i spraypainted it yesterday morning and its still really sticky. what did i do wrong? what can i do to fix it?

Asked by TimTheScarecrow 8 years ago


Faux Window

I'm looking for ideas to make a fake window for my cubicle at work. Ideally, it would be lightweight and provide something other than the flourescent lights above. I really like the look of Bright Blinds (see attached photo). I'm thinking a DIY version of that with maybe a poster with a view behind the blinds? I'd love some input on how to go about this project! Thanks!

Posted by gharper1 5 years ago


Faux leather? Answered

So I am starting some basic projects and I plan on making mistakes, so since leather is expensive material I have been rolling around with the idea of using cheap faux leather. Any draw backs to this? Any Cheap alternatives or ways to get leather at cheaper prices?

Asked by tony365 1 year ago


How do you go about turning a faux drawer under your kitchen or bathroom sink into a tilt-out drawer?

I have faux drawers under my kitchen and bathrooms sinks and would like a little extra storage for small stuff. I have seen these tilt-out drawers in some homes and would like to know how to go about converting my faux drawers to the tilt-out variety.

Asked by 8 years ago


Faux-Telescope Idea

Could mounting a pair of binoculars serve as a telescope capable of viewing the moon in detail? Not that in Phoenix, AZ there is any night sky... the binoculars' specs are 7X25 376/1000YDS 125M/1000M Thanks.

Posted by Doom_Goat 10 years ago


I was wondering how do I connect a dimmer switch to a 24 hour programmable timer for a faux window. Answered

I was wondering how do I connect a dimmer switch to a 24 hour programmable timer for a faux window. I want it to look as real as possible. So I am looking for sunset and sunrise. Any help would be great! Thank you?

Asked by Claypoolgal 6 years ago


Faux Petit Fours, does anyone know how to make these pretty little "non edible" desserts ?

I have purchased these to use as a pretty display in dining room, but would love to make them myself.

Asked by lovedisney 8 years ago


Does anyone know how to do topstitch faux leather upholstery?

I' m toying around with upholstery and always wanted to learn technique to have this kinda effect. Can somebody point me to where i can learn this ?

Asked by GASHAN 8 years ago


Does anybody have an alternative to a faux-hawk?

It's for Halloween, so it'd be temporary. I'm a girl, and my hair goes to mid-back. It can be a bit hard to control. I would like something resembling a faux-hawk, mostly because I want it up and noticeable/different, but I wouldn't be able to do that myself. Either an alternative, or perhaps a way for me to just give myself a faux-hawk. I don't have the first idea how to go about it. Thanks in advance! Note: If it helps, it's for a small party, and I'm going as either a kid from the 80s or a Lost Boys-esque vampire.

Asked by SIndustries 7 years ago


Seeking advice: I'm building fake snow sculptures/figures and want your ideas please!!!

Hi all, (I had posted this question in a different forum but I think this one is the more appropriate one for such questions - thank you CAITLINSDAD for your response, included below) I'm making a series of life-sized figures for a show; they are meant to look like they have been carved from packed snow. The designer has purchased mannequins and would like me to sort out a way to make the clothing stay rigid and the final scenic paint coat to look like snow. I'm seeking your thoughts and ideas, here's what I have so far: 1) wrap blanket foam and chicken wire around the arms,legs and torso and then put the clothes on the mannequin, cover the clothes in epoxy resin or fiberglass. 2) same as above but use FGR Hydrocal 50 instead of resins. 3) expandable spray foam the body and then carve back to sculpt the clothes. 4) forget the mannequins and instead carve the whole figure out of foam blocks. 5) for the final texture coat use spray glue and flocking If you have better ideas, tricks or techniques I would love to hear them please! I'm attaching a reference image I found online - this is pretty much what I'm trying to achieve. Many thanks, Damian. ---------- FROM CAITLINSDAD: "I think you would be fine in creating any armature that would be structurally sound since it will be covered over, flocked or painted. Maybe try a drywall compound sprayer to coat the piece. You can experiment with the styrofoam texture "orange peel ceiling look " additives to give it the snowy icy look. Good luck."

Asked by damianzuch 5 years ago


I want to make a faux roman shade for above my kitchen sink window. Instructions please?

I have one window in my kitchen above the sink and want to make a non-working roman shade type curtain/valance. I need instructions. Thanks

Asked by 9 years ago


Faux usb adapter for my Galaxy Tab 10.1 wifi.

I was wondering if its possible to use a female-to-female usb adapter to connect a usb memory stick to my Galaxy Tab 10.1 wifi with it's own usb connector? Is it possible?

Asked by Deener 6 years ago


How much faux fur do you need to make the Where the Wild Things Are headpiece?

I'm making this for my Halloween costume and I want to buy enough fur the first time, but it's too expensive to buy way too much... Thanks! I love this!!!

Asked by rockitship 8 years ago


I want to make fake granite. Seen the retaining walls along the road turned into faux granite outcroppings?

I've seen some really realistic-looking fake granite. There's a hotel lobby filled with a 'granite' water feature, and along roads they're putting in retaining walls then covering them with concrete that's dyed and shaped to look like a granite outcropping! I'd love to learn how to do that. Can anyone tell me how to do that?

Asked by needexercise3 8 years ago


Faux Peau de Soie??

Could I cover leather shoes with fabric? I have to buy speciality shoes for medical reasons, but I would often like to have matching shoes -- I am thinking here of those "bridesmaid shoes" / peau de soie that needed to be dyed..Oh, brainwave.....IF the fabric would work, I could even use swatches of colourful fabrics, not just one solid colour.

Asked by nancyjaneyoung 7 months ago


How do I make a faux peeling paint wall for Halloween? Answered

I want to use rigid styrofoam insulation panels to create walls for my haunted house. I want the walls to look like they are old and the paint has peeled. I tried a sample by painting several layers of latex paint and heating with a strong blow dryer and that blistered the paint a little but not enough to peel. Would that process with a heat gun work?

Asked by lkaplan1 6 years ago


How to clean microfiber couch?

My couch and ottoman are both a light brown microfiber/faux suede fabric. I need to know an effective method of how to spot clean this fabric without damaging it.

Asked by 8 years ago


Faux Metal Plating on Books?

I'm trying to turn this old text book into the Book of the Vishanti from Doctor Strange, which features a somewhat intricate pattern of metal design work on the front and spine, as well as some hinges. I was thinking that, for the metal, I would use some thermoplastic, but I still don't quite know about the hinges. Would thermoplastic work? Should I use real hinges or just fake them somehow? How could I work around the spine and still keep it flexible?   

Asked by Numbuh1Nerd 1 year ago


Can plastic planters be 'aged' in the same way that clay/terracotta pots can with yogurt, beer, moss etc? Answered

I know it is relatively easy to add a faux antique or verdigris effect to earthenware pots but what about ugly plastic ones? Is there any hope for them or are they destined for a life of shiny smoothness?

Asked by j-bar03 9 years ago


Share your most embarrassing or funniest story.

Confess! You have been guilty of a faux pas at some point in your life. My "dope!" moment was when I responded one night to a work order to the campus police station. I went to the officer's lockers and saw what looked like a small cologne bottle. The bottle was painted black and had no label. I sprayed the contents directly on my face thinking that I was going to smell good. I did not know that it was mace and, that I just sprayed it in my face. I was incapacitated for a few minutes. I was found by my coworkers, blinded and disoriented, trying to find my way around! I was the butt of a joke for quite a while. Well, when you too stop laughing, you may start confessing. 

Posted by blkhawk 5 years ago


problems with my comments especially on my own instructibles.

the comments that i posted on my instructibles in response to questions are missing or have been removed and there is no explanation as to why they weren't offensive and were just answering peoples questions and they're gone please resolve the bug. here's the insrtuctibles where it happened https://www.instructables.com/id/Faux-Silencer/ , https://www.instructables.com/id/LOTR-Moria-Orc-Helmet/

Posted by cyprian916 7 years ago


Paint laminate cabinets? Is this even possible? Maybe reface them?

I have almond colored with faux oak trim laminate cabinets in kitchen and baths.  Would like to update as I plan on selling fairly soon and don't want to invest a lot of $$.  My condo was build in the mid-80-'s and the cabinets look very dated.  I'm not very handy with tools but can manage the simple ones.  Thanks for any advice. Kahy

Asked by 8 years ago


Designer RatWear

A neat, rather disturbing bit of rat-based faux-designer wear:TransRatFashionA project by Kristofer Paetau, Rio de Janeiro, 20075 pieces of fake Chanel fashion accessories made out of taxidermised rats:a rat-bra, a rat-slip, a rat-handbag, a rat-handkerchief and a pair of high heel rat-shoes.Note that the webpage is decidedly NOT work-safe, or suitable for those underage. This picture tells the story pretty well on its own.

Posted by canida 10 years ago


Easy Chocolate Truffles, Mother's Day Ideas, Sew a Custom Bag

  Easy Chocolate Truffles Mother's Day Ideas Sew a Custom Bag Guy's Guide to Buying Flowers No Sew Duct Tape Pouch Double Chocolate Cheesecake Make Bath Bombs DIY Faux Pearl Necklace Waterproof Tablecloth Apron Sewing Spa Slippers Cook an Impressive Meal Kids Wall Art Paper Bead Bracelet Hands-Free Book Pillow Gifts for Women

Posted by randofo 8 years ago


Simple LED question... if you know how to do the math!

A few years ago, I found a plastic pumpkin with a "faux flame" set up inside of it. I liked the idea of it and am trying to replicate it to make a few faux flame torches around my backyard for halloween this year. The idea is that there is a small 12v fan near the top of a tube. There two or three leds glued around the top of the tube. The fan blows a flame shaped piece of fabric up and the leds light it up to look like fire. (possible future instructable?) Unfortunately, I don't know much about circuits and the math of electricity. I found a small fan (12vdc .13a) and 2 red leds (2.6v). I hooked them up in parallel with a 12v 1amp wall wort coverter but nothing happens. I have done a little reading online and wonder about needing a resistor in front of the leds. I wanted to hook it up in parallel to get the fan to work at full speed to make the fabric really blow. From all the circuits I have seen online, this one seems really simple, if I knew what I was doing. Can anyone draw me up a simple diagram? What am I goofing up on here? Thanks! Matt

Posted by mckeephoto 9 years ago



flour shooting flower

watching this again inspired me to try and make my own, but can't find too much online in the way of ideas how to do it. any of you have any ideas how I could construct one? in the video he mentions it being co2 powered and the base is a faux sunflower. I was thinking about trying to start with a base from a cheap 20$ paintball gun. does anyone have any tips/hints before I get started on this? it was also suggested to buy one of these: http://images.halloweencostumes.com/squirting-sunflower.jpg and put flour in that, reloading could get tedious though.

Posted by rundevil 7 years ago


I'm thinking of tiling over my counter-top with ceramic tiles and also tiling over my linoleum floor (with anything).

Can I tile over these things without ripping them out? Any tips? The counter is wood veneer and the floor is linoleum tiles that have worn through to what looks like concrete in some spots. I'm pretty handy and I think I can do these things myself with the right tools, but I don't want to make any serious faux pas. I don't think I'm capable of or want to rip up the flooring an counter either. Thanks for your help!

Asked by 9 years ago


Build Night LEDs at Numurkah Secondary College

Numurkah Secondary College hosted is first ever Instructables build Night, featuring LEDs. A fun night was had by all, making different projects, playing with the laser cutter, 3d printer, vinyl cutter and attaching LEDs to everything including small children. Throwies were a very popular project, also a couple of sound modulators were build on the night, and a chaser that was designed for florescent tubes was converted to LEDs.  The monkey Light, and blinking faux neon signs were a hit will the little kids, and big kids alike. Thanks to Instructables for supplying the LEDs and batterys and also to Instructables member 'motoring'  for organising the night.

Posted by liquidhandwash 3 years ago


How Can I Turn Toy Capsules into Real Acorns?

I'm working with a theatre company for a Christmas event, and they need an  absolutely massive amount of acorns that they can hand out to kids. Natural acorns are too small, as are most of the faux ones on store shelves. The only thing available in bulk that I could find were the capsules in those toy machines  at department stores, which I thought I could make work with a nice paint job. What exactly could I do to make them look natural? Or is there something else I'd have better luck using? 

Asked by Numbuh1Nerd 1 year ago


Electroplating Non-Metals

I'm looking for input on the process of electroplating non-metal materials. I have never electroplated before and am open to trying the traditional method or the paint on plate solutions that are available.  I'm just uncertain where/ how to begin and what to buy. The hurdle is that the items I want to plate are not metal to begin with.  One website I read seemed to suggest that painting the object with a paint that contains metal flakes (like Liquid Leaf faux gold leaf, which contains soluble copper) would be enough to get a paintable silver plate to bond. Anyone have experience to weigh in with?  I welcome suggestions for techniques, favorite products, etc.

Posted by ashleyjlong 2 years ago


Steampunk Mobile

Some great ideas come from taking a completely new gadget and making it something that looks like, and in this case sort of works like, something from the 19th century. This steampunk cell phone concept has no display. No 3G. No data plan. No games. It doesn't even have a dial pad. You make your calls with binary-coded punch cards, steampunk.All you get in this rugged brown package is an earpiece, (possibly faux) gauges, visible screws, and a spinning number-counter. Oh, and a hole punch every time you want to order a pizza.The project was developed for O2, aiming at the RPG player market (really!). I don't think it works. It would be cool if it did, but I don't think so...UnplggdOriginal designer

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


My day job in fast motion.

I have my own business painting murals and doing custom art for clients in commercial and private spaces. Here's a time lapse I did a while back. Thought it was fitting here in the art section. This ceiling is roughly 16 feet by 14 feet in size, and the center of the ceiling is about 17 feet high. I actually painted this ceiling twice because the original owners sold the residence and the new owners wanted a new and different mural in the space, about twelve years apart. A master sketch of the whole ceiling was created, and then each main detail was sketched a second time as a close up so I knew exactly what was to be painted.

Posted by bart245 7 years ago


Macworld 2008: What do you think?

Macbook Air, faux-GPS on the iPhone, $20 for an iPod Touch upgrade, apple TV 2, movie downloads. A lot of stuff was announced today.What do you guys thing about it?My only thoughts are that I wish that apple would put the multitouch feature into the Macbooks and Macbook Pros. I am also going to get an iPhone now that it has the location stuff in Google maps. I still wish it had GPS though. Also, with the Time Capsule announced there won't be as much need for an application that a friend and I made to do the exact same thing with any network drive. Check it out here, iTimemachine. We also have a couple other apps so look at those too!

Posted by Einsteins Circuitry 10 years ago


December beard-off!

January 2012   Sculpted! Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun and shared their real and faux beards in the comments below! It was fun to see all the different variations and everyone who posted will be sent out a pack of Sugru! Here's the results of our in-house beard-off: frenzy went for the Deron Williams fade kazmataz had the classic milk-moustache  mikeasaurus and StumpChunkman did mirrored MonkeyTail's  lamedust went all out with the technicolour rainbow Way to go everyone! December, 2011 November saw many men grow moustaches in support of prostate cancer awareness. For December a few of us at the lab are going to keep the facial fur tradition alive and attempt a beard-off! For the next few weeks we're tossing out the razors and documenting the madness! After, we'll sculpt them into weird designs and then post the results and let you decide who you think has the best/worst beard. This beard-off isn't just for the gentlemen either, the ladies of Instructables have also volunteered to participate with faux beards, knitted beards, or anything else! We're starting with how we look now, then updating later in the month with how our beards are progressing, then how they look sculpted in a ridiculous way. Here are the Instructables staff participating: Participant  | Start (December-Beginning) |   Beardy  (December-End)   |    Sculpted (January 2012)     frenzy kazmataz N/A mikeasaurus StumpChunkman lamedust X Members can join in the fun by posting pictures of their crazy beards in the comments below. Every member who posts a picture of their beard (real or fake) will be sent out a single Sugru pack and an Instructables sticker! Hurry, these things are itchy and are going to be shaved by January 2012!

Posted by mikeasaurus 6 years ago


2 totally awesome 80s-lookin' coloured light boxes that flash in response to sound... need to rebuild and need help!

Two sound reactive light boxes (about the size of boot boxes) that are made of faux wood, have a multi coloured panel and textured plexi lining the front, 2 light bulbs in back that flash thru the coloured and plexi panels in response to sound or vibrations. they look fairly early 80s. they started to get more and more unreactive and now you have to thump on them to get any response at all. sigh! anyway, i dont know exactly what theyre called, searches for "sound-reactive light boxes" turn up nothing helpful. anyone know anything about these amazing partytastic gems? id be so sad if i had to scrap them.

Asked by rpowling 8 years ago


Wanting to dye orange-wheat work boots black but not sure what material they're made of

They look like knock off Timberlands or those typical construction work boots. They're not a brand I've heard of (ShoeVibe "Tan Fly Ankle Boot") so I'm having a hard time even finding the manufacturer online and only finding out of stock retail options. It's definitely not leather and it doesn't appear to be faux suede. The description on a site I found said "man made" upper and lining. I'm basically just wondering if I could use black shoe polish to dye them or if I need to actually dig deeper into this material thing and get shoe dye.

Asked by aywowww 1 year ago


Audio playing on page load due to ads????

So I just opened a few instructables from the latest email newsletter, which is always fun.  I have about 8 tabs open.  And then... some random audio ad starts playing at full volume. Something about oxygen network.  Of course I have no idea which instructable page is playing the ad, so I can 1) wait it out while the audio ad plays, or 2) close tabs one by one to see which is the offending page. Why in the world would instructables.com allow audio ads on their website?  I understand if they require user interaction (explicitly clicking to start audio).  But instant audio as soon as the page loads is an awful web faux pas.  If this were more common place, I'd either block all instructable ads (which would be detrimental to the site, I'm guessing), or just stop visiting (which would be detrimental to me :(  ) I really hope this is just a mistake and gets fixed.

Posted by jumpfroggy 7 years ago


Need help with circuit board replacement/repair for 20W halogen solar light statue powered by rechargable batteries.

I have a solar garden statue with a 20W halogen bulb that is powered by 2 AAA rechargable batteries.  It quit working and upon taking it apart I found that the circuit board was corroded and some of the resistors had broken off.  I have been searching for weeks for a new circuit board with no luck.  I need a very small circuit board with an on/off switch, leads for the solar panel, the battery holder, and to connect to a plug that goes to the light.  The solar panel and batteries are in a seperate faux rock that plugs into the base of the statue.  The light in the statue is a 20W halogen bulb that they soldered the wire onto the contacts on the bottom of the bulb.  I have been told by several people who carry circuit boards that the board must have some type of step up transformer to power a 110v 20W halogen bulb.  Can anyone direct me on where I can get a new board for this solar statue or how I can get it working again.?

Asked by rgodchaux 8 years ago


LEGO Sandcrawler

LEGO and Star Wars fans, get ready to have your mind blown! Flickr member Marshal Banana has created a scale replica of the iconic Sandcrawler, as seen in A New Hope. There are LED's inside and out, faux weathered exterior, an operable ramp that drops down and even a crane that can lift cargo and place it on a conveyor belt inside. And yes, it moves. The entire project took 9 months to plan and build. Here's some quick facts about the project, taken from his YouTube video page: Dimensions: 96 cm long, 100.5 cm long (lowered main ramp) Weight: ~20 kg Part count: over 10,000 Power functions: 4 xl motors, 5 m motors, 4 receivers, 4 battery packs, 22 Lego LED-lights Powered radio-controlled Functions: driving: forward reverse steering main ramp: up and down crane: up and down, in and out conveyer band: forward and reverse You can check out his Marshal Banana's Flickr page and see some amazing pictures of the inside of the Sandcrawler, as well as some of his other work.

Posted by mikeasaurus 7 years ago


Anyone have ideas for a (soon to be) defunct laptop?

Hello everyone! I have recently gone from lurking on instructables to throwing some replies in and decided to take it a step further and start my own topic. My apologies if I post this in the wrong place or for any other faux pas. Getting to the point. I currently have a hp touchsmart tx2 which I might have dropped a time too many and is starting to make all kinds of sounds that you really don't expect from a healthy laptop. I think this would be an indication that it is only a matter of time before it craps out on me so I have started shopping around for a new laptop. The only question that remains is: What do I do with a dead laptop? I am thinking of re-purposing the swivelling touch screen and take the rest apart for part but I am curious to know what interesting ideas the people on the interwebs might have. So let me hear it, What would you do with a dead laptop? The more creative the better! (although some degree of feasibility is of course welcome).

Posted by FoolishSage 7 years ago


Hard to upload pictures to Ible

When I make a step by step Ible in the new editor, it takes me an enormous amount of time to upload the pictures (like a whole day!). A lot of uploads will "hang" and must be aborted for the uploader to continue with the next picture. When I upload them again they might work that time or not. First I thought it was because I always upload huge pictures, but when I made the pictures smaller (less then 500 kb) the problem still occurs.  After many tries, I managed to get them all uploaded, but it doesn't really invite me to do a new Ible. Making the Ible takes more time than doing the project this way. In the old editor you could write the Ible while the pictures where uploading. In the new one you can just wait. It would be great if the uploading could happen in the background again. Writing the text takes me some time, because English is not my first language. I am using a Mac with Lion and the newest version of Safari. This problem occurred with the writing of my last couple of Ibles. In my last Ible https://www.instructables.com/id/Faux-paining-copper-plating-effect/ was especially picture DSC06149 a real adventure to get uploaded.

Posted by kenyer 3 years ago