Does anyone know how to make FIMO modelling clay supple again.?

I just opened a new package of FIMO and it started to crumble as I molded it. Does anyone know how to make it supple and moldable again. I tried water,no good, warmed it a little, no good, still crumbling. Maybe it has some kind of oil in it? It doesn't have any ingredients on the package either. * I just found one way to re-activate (make soft) FIMO and SCULPY. A small amount of vasseline worked in to the stuff works wonders. Now to see if it still bakes in the heat and hardens. Will let you know when I know!

Asked by triumphman 5 years ago


A little help with identifying Ceramic Capacitors?

A friend asked me to fix his tv's power supply, and i accepted the challenge. Upon closer inspection of the circuit board of the power supply, i saw that a resistor bridge, a rectifier, a diode, a capacitor and 2 power transistors were blown. I purchased the appropriate replacements, and as i was about to install them earlier today I saw that two ceramic capacitors are blown. One of them has '684J' printed on it, the other has "SCK 206 or 296" printed on it I need a little bit of advice on what replacement capacitors to buy, or if i should take them out of the circuit. I could leave them out, because they seem to hook up to a rectifier and then to a transistor, but i would rather buy the appropriate replacement capacitors. Thanks!

Posted by Sandisk1duo 7 years ago




Do USB power supples use power when not plugged into anything?

I have a little 12 volt battery and I am going to connect a car charger usb power adapter to it.  My question is: do they consume even the tiniest amount of power while plugged in but not connected to a usb device.  Will it drain my battery parasitically? Thanks  

Asked by Noblenutria 7 years ago


Computer Power Supple to Power 2 Computer Fans

I have a wine fridge with two fans (computer fans)  that cool a massive heat sink, but the temperature gauge is faulty so they constantly power on and power off. I was hoping to remove the existing controller and power the existing computer fans (that are already mounted) with an old Computer Power Supply to have them constantly on. Any ideas?

Posted by AlC23 2 years ago


What would you do with five 5 v 75 amp power supplies?

I have these lying around and I know they are useful, but I'm just not sure how.

Posted by iculus 9 years ago


What to do with (6) 5 volt dc 150 watt power supplies? S-150-5 Mean Well G2 150watt Power Supplies?

I guess I could sell them. But what would someone do with them?

Asked by keydogstony 9 years ago


Need help... Need to know what type of power supply I need for 54 high power leds?

54 High power leds 6 pcb strips with 9 leds each 3.2v 700ma per led Wired in series

Asked by adameveworc 7 years ago


Solar power for a laptop

Hello everyone I have an idea to build a solar power suppl for a laptop using a 12"x12" solar cell. M question is this, if I solder the leads from a power inverter to the solar cell, it should be able to power or charge a laptop correct? Is there something else I would have to do?

Posted by DaMadProfessor 10 years ago



FIMO clay, how to re-constitute it ?

I have a lot of FIMO,and I just opened a pack of it. It started to crumble when I tried to shape it on the ends. I tried some water, no help, I tried to warm it a little, no good. Anyone know how to make it supple and workable again. Maybe some type of oil ? Not sure what is in it. No ingredients on the package. Thanks. 

Posted by triumphman 5 years ago


Running a laser pointer? Answered

For a school project, I am running a 4.5 volt, 0.03 amp laser pointer. I need to run it from a 24v power supple. I have tried 1/4 watt resistors, and they ended up smoking. I don't know how to determine what components I need between the + power and the +lead of the laser pointer. Any assistance would be appreciated.

Asked by dkop1 5 years ago


How do I get a musty smell out of leather? Answered

I picked up an old deer hide off of craigslist today.  It's in great condition, but it's been in storage for about 30 years and has developed a bit of a musty smell.  Any ideas on how to get rid of that smell?  It's not too bad, just enough that it kind of bugs me.  I don't want to clean it with anything too harsh, as I want it to stay supple and soft, if that's possible.

Asked by depotdevoid 6 years ago


Can Some one Show me how to connect Pc power Supply to Original Xbox? Answered

I got a Original Xbox and it had no power wires, I opened it  up and started to hook up a pc power supply but I don't know where the rest of the wires go?The xbox turns on partly; fan goes on, two yellow lights turn on but thats it no buttons work?So the xbox does not have full power so can someone post a diagram or just tell on where the rest of the wires go? 

Asked by Aaamazzara 7 years ago


Dyeing sheepskin boots? any alternatives to conventiona suede dye?

I have a pair of bearpaw(?) sheepskin boots, that really need colouring..they are filthy and don't clean well. i want to dye them black. What kinds of dye can be used, apart from the $$$regular suede dyes? fibre reactive dyes? dyes for wool? hair dye?..i know you can use koolaid to dye wool (protein fibres) but they need to be boiled..i don't think my boots would be too happy being boiled. the dye needs to keep the sheepskin soft and supple, not transfer to my feet..or wash off in the rain.. Any ideas?

Asked by edel 6 years ago


Can I wire an LED directly to an AC DC power supply?

Hi everyone,  This is my first time posting on Instructables.com so please forgive my noobness! Here is my issue: I have an idea of a really nice lamp to make for my girlfriend using a single 8W High-powered LED (http://shop.rabtron.co.za/catalog/high-power-white-p-7492.html) powered with a 12V 500mA AC DC Adapter (http://shop.rabtron.co.za/catalog/adaptor-500ma-fixed-p-6289.html) First off, is this possible? If not, why not and what is the correct way to go about it? Secondly, will this LED be bright enough for a desk lamp?  Thanks all! Happy instructing!

Posted by Shampoo1014 2 years ago


I am getting the message Turnigy MAX 80W?

I am trying to charge by 3S LIPO battery. It is 6200mAh. The charger that I have is Turnigy MAX80W. I am trying to balance charge my battery. However, when I configure the charger to 6.2Amps and 11.1V and then I press enter and I get the message to press enter to confirm or press back to go back. However, when I press Enter; It just shows me the message 'Turnigy MAX 80W'. Some times it shows  me the message 'Input Vol Err'. I have a tripple battery supple HM8040-3 and I am providing 17V from it. I am really confused what then problem is as I recently bought the charger. Please help!!!

Asked by Bam Boy 4 years ago


How to Upholster a Box

In my quest for weeding out my less than professional looking projects, I am in need to learning a new skill.Does anyone have recommendations for a resource on how to upholster a box? Key points including the box material is a thin plywood which probably won't hold up to staples (thicker woods are heavier and I have a weight restriction for this project: lighter = better). My material will be a marine vinyl (for weather protection) which does have some stretch to it - I'm also going to put a thin foam backer for that extra supple feeling.Recommendations for obscure compound curves would be nice too.I'm armed with a sewing machine, limited sewing skills, bandages and some scrap material.

Posted by trebuchet03 9 years ago


Linux on 1994 laptop?

 I recently acquired a (free!) IBM thinkpad from 1994. I do not have a charger but got it to run by hooking a power supple to where the battery hooks up. The hard drive (a nice roomy 520 megs) does not work, but it does have a working floppy drive. Here is the Question: Is their any type of linux that can can boot from a floppy disk and run on a system like this: 50 mhz processor 20 MB of RAM, previously 4 MB. I found an unused 16 MB card under the floppy drive (?!) If there isn't one you know of, is their any version of MS-DOS that I can boot from a floppy and download for free? Thanks! Update: I found a 2.1 GB HD ($20) online, which could help. I won't order it yet, though.

Asked by dark sponge 8 years ago


how do I paint on rubber?

I found this adorable rubber dragon in the bargain bin of my local toystore and would like to paint it to give it a costumized look. Unfortunately the toy is made from a material i'm not to familiar with. it's very stretch and it seems to me like it is made from supple rubber. It's sort of reminds me of a dog toy. so now I'm trying to find out what type of paint I can and can't use as I don't want it to start flaking. I'don't mind if the toy becomes stiff. I'd will be more of a display item anyway. Could I use spray paint? should I prime it? should i strip the current paint, and which solvent would be best that wouldn' destroy the toy. Any help will be very much appreciated.

Asked by lpringiers 4 years ago


[Help question] Funai W4D-D4180DB of "ATX Power Supply" convert

Now I can be understand about a DVD Players (+12V) anyway -> youtube.com/watch?v=dtRIzy2j2xs (Not my Clip,Just I watched this.) ----- But I had a problem about a Addition (or maybe not) but I will be had of a Motherboard detail question about a Volts: +44V +16V When how are be possible to start without a "+44V" problems of a ATX's pins...? ----- When I do be had a Good think that will be (maybe,but I doesn't be had a sure) possible of a 34-to-20pin convert because that's can be work. (Stock power supply of Combo Recorder are be a 35W of 230V) - but maybe Connects are be questionable anyway... ---- In Photos: 1. "PSU" write signet detail of Motherboard for Help respond' 2. Motherboard (If you want of a Volts Detail, then I will be can a upload addition photos)

Posted by Illutorium 7 months ago


how to connect 5MM RGB led to connect with 12v 6A controller?

Dear all,  i am bit confused and want your expert help for following matter. 1. I have 12v 6A (2A X3 each= 6A)  RGB contoller  : as this link http://www.ebay.in/itm/24-key-IR-Infrared-Controller-remote-12V-power-Adaptor-fr-RGB-Strip-flood-Light-/161201011884?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_203&hash=item2588543cac  2. I have 5 mm common anode led: as this link  http://www.ebay.in/itm/RGB-LED-5MM-Common-Anode-20pc-Set-/151542871353?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_203&hash=item2348a8b539 i want to connect this 5mm common led total 6 nos with above mentioned 12v 6A RGB contoller.   how to connect it safely so that led will not burn . because red needs 2.2 v  , 20 ma , blue and green need 3.2v  , 20ma  to light up. and source is suppling 12v 2A . i think if i connect it directly . it will burn the led. 

Asked by YOG PATEL8186 2 years ago


Regulated pwr supply using one pwr source to supply 3 lasers w/ diff amounts of V and adjstable mA (info in Details)?

I am working on a multicolored laser unit combining 3 different colored lasers (violet, red, and green) and i would like it so that they can all be supplied with power from one source (such as a AC-DC wall transformer). But each one runs at a different amount of mA's and Volts. I cannot figure out how to get the exact voltages and mA's that i need to run each laser from one power source. here is what the circuit needs to do: --- Use one power source to simultaneously supply 3 lasers with constant voltage and adjustable (using a POT) current. --- Be able to continue to supply constant voltage and current to the other lasers if one is turned off (i dont want the mA or volts to suddenly rise and blow one laser if i turn the other off). --- Use 3 seperate POTs be able to individually adjust the mA delivered to each laser (all of them will run at max mA and if i want to turn down the green i would up the resistance of one of the POT's to reduce the mA flow to the green laser) the 3 lasers that i will be running each have different power specs. below is the max power that i will want to run each laser at. the voltage delivered to each laser this circuit must always remain CONSTANT. the mA's delivered to each laser must be able to be LOWERED from the below specs using a potentiometer or variable resistor. 6V 120mA 4.5V 420mA 3V 340mA If anyone could figure out a circuit or design that delivered these 3 voltages and the same or similar ampages to the lasers from lets say a 12v 1amp power source (it could be more or less as long as i can buy it online), i would be eternally gratefull. i could allways change the resistor and POT values to make the mA's match what i need exactly. I have been looking for somebody to help me out with this and i can find absolutely nobody who knows how to do this. thanks for the time. -Jakob

Asked by pianoman2011 9 years ago


Giant Robot Architecture Talk by Greg Lynn in Berkeley

Here is an interesting talk from the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium of the Berkeley Center for New Media...Giant Robot ArchitectureGreg Lynn, UCLA & Angewandte, ViennaMonday, Feb 4, 7:30-9:00pm- Note Special Location: Berkeley Art Museum Theater- Enter on Dwight Ave: http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/visit/visitor- Lecture is free and open to the publicAbstractRobots. In my office, my staff keeps asking for more new machines, and every time I get a new machine, I fire two or three people. By extrapolation, in the next few years I will be sitting in an office by myself with a bunch of robots. We have is a very large CNC (computer numerically controlled) cutting machine, a laser cutter, a 3d printer, and soon we will have a robotic articulated arm. All of these things let us do studies of models, which are very important to architects, but what they also let us do is learn machine language. We spend more and more time talking to machines; speaking their language. It is very easy for us to go to any country that has an automobile industry or an aircraft industry and give their machines instructions and do things with these large machines at an architectural scale that is very perfunctory and affordable. The spread of machine language and programming is more significant than the Anglicization of the world. Learning to talk to robots is very important to my field of design.Speaker BioGreg Lynn is a leading pioneer at the intersection of computing, design, and architecture. His architectural designs have been exhibited in both architecture and art museums including the 2000 Venice Biennale of Architecture where he represented the United States in the American Pavilion. His work is in the permanent collections of CCA, SFMoMA, and MoMA and has been exhibited at the Pompidou, Beyeler, Cooper Hewitt, MAK, MoCA, NAI,Carnegie, ICA and Secession museums among others. In addition to his architectural work, his Alessi "Supple"Mocha Cups and his Vitra "Ravioli" Chair are in production and have been inducted into the Museum of Modern Art's Permanent Collection. He received the American Academy of Arts & Letters Architecture Award in 2003. In 2002, he left his position as the Professor of Spatial Conception and Exploration at the ETHZ (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) and became an Ordentlicher University Professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.He is studio professor of Architecture at UCLA and the Davenport Visiting Professor at Yale University. Greg Lynn holds degrees in architecture and philosophy and received an Honorary Doctorate degree from the Academy of Fine Arts &Design in Bratislava. In 2001, Time Magazine named him one of 100 of the most innovative people in the world for the 21st century. In 2005, Forbes Magazine named him one of the ten most influential living architects.http://www.glform.comMore info on the colloquium here.

Posted by noahw 10 years ago


Problem driving a stepper motor using the A4988 reprap driver board and an Arduino? Answered

Hi guys I am having a problem driving a stepper motor using the A4988 reprap driver board and an Arduino I have set up the wiring using an example I found online (Diagram attached: A4988 wiring) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CmjB4WF5XA.. However the motor does not seem to turn. The motor I am using is from an old Hitachi printer which I took apart a while back. Printed on it is 0.9A/ph. It has six wires however I am using it as a bipolar stepper by just leaving the center tap of each winding unconnected. I have adjusted the VREF on the A4988 board to insure that the current is limited bellow the 0.9A. To do this I used the data sheet of the A4988. As I wanted to run the motor at full step mode, the A4988 data sheet specifies that the winding current could only reach 70 percent of the current limit. consequently: Current limit = 0.9 * 0.7 = 0.63A Current limit = Vref * 2, Therefor Vref = 0.63/2 = 0.315V or 315mV I have therefor set the current limit using the potentiometer on the A4988 to aprox 315mV Once the wiring was set up, I applied power and measured the Vref to confirm it is still the same and it was. Next I disconnected the Power to both the Arduino and the driver and connected in the stepper motor. I then connected the power and uploaded the following code: // defines pins numbers const int stepPin = 3; const int dirPin = 4; void setup() { // Sets the two pins as Outputs pinMode(stepPin,OUTPUT); pinMode(dirPin,OUTPUT); } void loop() { digitalWrite(dirPin,HIGH); // Enables the motor to move in a particular direction // Makes 200 pulses for making one full cycle rotation for(int x = 0; x digitalWrite(stepPin,HIGH); delayMicroseconds(500); digitalWrite(stepPin,LOW); delayMicroseconds(500); } delay(5000); // five second delay digitalWrite(dirPin,LOW); //Changes the rotations direction // Makes 400 pulses for making two full cycle rotation for(int x = 0; x digitalWrite(stepPin,HIGH); delayMicroseconds(500); digitalWrite(stepPin,LOW); delayMicroseconds(500); } delay(5000); } Nothing happened... started off with 5 volts on the power supply and ramped it up to aprox 12vs however still nothing happened. I can feel the heat sink heating up on the A4988 which means power was reaching it. I measured the voltages from the Arduino to the A4988 and the power supply to the driver and the voltages matched the input. I started shaking about the power connections to and suddenly the motor made one step, but that was it. So i thought it was a problem with the breadboard. I checked the connections on the breadboard and all where connected. To be safe i decided to use another breadbord. Again nothing happened. I checked the Aarduino using the 28byj48 and UNL203 driver and stepper that came with it and they worked fine. I confirmed the wiring sequences and layout multiple times and they all matched the tutorial I followed. My inital thinking was that the stepper motor was broken, so i disconnected it and tried running it using the power supple (5V) by connecting and disconnecting each coil in manually one by one, and it turned one step at a time, which meant that the stepper was working. Finally i decided to see if current was reaching the stepper, I therefore connected the Altimeter in series with one of the coils and it did not read any current, which meant that current was not reaching the coils. Now I am unsure what to do, or what has gone wrong. The vref still reads aprox 310 - 320 mV, this makes me assume that driver is not fried. I do have another A4988 driver however I started working on that one and now the Vref does not go above 62mV so I'm guessing that it is burnt, however the second one reads fine. I have tried using the enable button with the following code (Attached; A4988 wiring 2) however it still didnt' make in difference. The following code is what i used for when I set the enabled to low (Note that the pin numbers have been changed) int Index; void setup() { pinMode(4, OUTPUT); //Enable pinMode(2, OUTPUT); //Step pinMode(3, OUTPUT); //Direction digitalWrite(4,LOW); } void loop() { digitalWrite(3,HIGH); for(Index = 0; Index { digitalWrite(2,HIGH); delayMicroseconds(500); digitalWrite(2,LOW); delayMicroseconds(500); } delay(1000); digitalWrite(3,LOW); for(Index = 0; Index { digitalWrite(2,HIGH); delayMicroseconds(500); digitalWrite(2,LOW); delayMicroseconds(500); } delay(1000); } Why did the motors initially step (only one step upon each shake) when I shook the power supply leads? I am afraid to try that again as I think this is what damaged the first driver I was using. And why is there no current reaching the coils? I would really appreciate an opinion on this issue as I have no idea what to do Many thanks for you time. Adnan

Asked by k1228438 1 year ago