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Challenge: Make Something New Answered

It's so easy to get into a rut and sometimes it's necessary to shake yourself out of it. So I'd like to issue a challenge to everyone to Make Something New.

So here's what I'm proposing. You have until Sept. 21 to make something new for you and document it with a slideshow, video, or Instructable here on Instructables. Show what you've made and provide an explanation of how it's new for you.

Reward: An achievement patch.

So what is "new"?
Anything you make right now will be new, but "new" here is talking about the experience of making the item. You can do something that's been done before by others, but the goal is to stretch yourself in a new direction. I don't know what everyone has done before so we'll be relying on the honor system, but I'd like you to push yourself.

If you're always sewing clothes and are simply trying a new pattern that may be a little new to you, but it's not much of a stretch because you're using the same materials, tools, and skills that you already know. But if you've never done any metalwork and were to weld together a bike frame that would be very new.

In your explanation of how your entry is new, be sure to talk about those things. What new materials, tools, skills, or designs are you using that you've never used before? How different is this from what you usually make?

OK, to sum it up:
- Make something new
- Document it and post it on Instructables by 9/21
- Post a new comment here with a link to your post

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Zaphod Beeblebrox (author)2009-11-23

i wish i was here when this happened......wil there be another anytime soon?

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Goodhart (author)2009-11-23
my cordless drill holder was a step in a new direction for me, for sure.
 

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gaiatechnician (author)2009-11-20

My new instructable is about designing new kinds of collectors for solar cookers with very cheap equipment.
Anyone can join in
But I have a problem. How do I keep the plastic reflective strips in place when I am making and adjusting the model? (See the last steps of the instructable).

https://www.instructables.com/id/Method-for-designing-reflectors-for-unattended-sol/
And for a vague idea what the finished products might look like, check here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holmdel_Horn_Antenna
Brian

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lemonie (author)gaiatechnician2009-11-20

Blu-Tac / Plasticine / double-sided tape?

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gaiatechnician (author)lemonie2009-11-20

Sorry, I meant something for behind as I adjust the curves. 
double sided tape is certainly an option for sticking the mylar onto the thick bendy plastic of the strips though.
Double sided tape might also work for holding them to whatever "scaffolding" I put behind, come to think of it. 
Blu-tac? might be worth a try to stick the back of the strips to the "scaffold.
I thought something would come to me over time. It didn''t.
thank you.
Brian

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Bigev (author)2009-10-30
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Goodhart (author)2009-09-30

I didn't get to finish mine, even now *sigh*

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They're all older and are all along the same theme. That's not quite the point of the exercise.

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they are all new for instructables too.

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they all have the same theem but they are the group i entred as new as they can be and plus

("NEW") Geocache-Log-Container

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fungus amungus (author)2009-09-08

Here's my own: Bacon.

This is new for me because I didn't eat bacon for about 15 years. I seriously don't get excited about regular bacon. Only when someone showed me how to make some amazing bacon at home did I see what all the fuss is about.

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Emsaid (author)fungus amungus2009-09-08

Patched!... ... i think...

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fungus amungus (author)Emsaid2009-09-10

I could, but patching myself seems kinda weird.

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Emsaid (author)fungus amungus2009-09-10

yeah, but do you get one?

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fungus amungus (author)Emsaid2009-09-10

It's up to me since I made the whole thing up. But I'll say no because even though I try to enter as many contests as I can, I can never win. It's all very Sisyphean.

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what does that mean Sisyphean

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So thiz comp is about posting somethign you've never done before. And stretching your limits! I posted a reply because I didn't want to post a new comment, saving that for my entry

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DJ Radio (author)fungus amungus2009-09-12

Oh, you can't win because you're an admin!

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Gorfram (author)fungus amungus2009-09-18

But if you can't patch yourself, what happens if you spring a leak? :)

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Goodhart (author)Gorfram2009-09-19

Well, that just Depends on the type of leak LOL

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knex_mepalm (author)2009-09-20

This is my one: Linkhttps://www.instructables.com/id/Salivating-Powder-Powder-that-makes-you-have-sali/

Going into the kitchen and dfoing things were new to me!
I posted a link yesterday, but it went unnoticed

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Thx! Its nice of you to do these competitions about "not usual" things!

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Goodhart (author)2009-09-21

Blast, every time I try something, something else gets in the way....this time it was my back problems.....I just can't win it seems....

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wenpherd (author)2009-09-20

building a boat was new to me

link

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Goodhart (author)2009-09-05

I am fairly awkward with mechanical things, mostly because I have so few tools for it and so have not really done much in this area, and so I will need to be very eclectic when it comes to putting things together that didn't go together before. If I can find a small toy motor, I think I have something right up this alleyway :-)

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2009-09-17

I found my motor, and a few gears, if I can get everything to fit into the toy (since this is all mechanical, and just barely electrical) it would qualify I think, BUT I may not be able to finish it in time, and I would rather have accomplished something new, then just made the attempt.
I am having troubles with my back, and I can't sit, stand, nor lie down for any real lengths of time....the pain killers aren't helping, and the insurance company has delayed the tests that will tell the docs what they need to know as far as treating this.

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DJ Radio (author)2009-09-03

It can be ANYTHING??? Even a knex gun? ;-)

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=SMART= (author)DJ Radio2009-09-03

Dj seriously.. the contest is called "Make Something New" sooo uh maybe make something new ?

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DJ Radio (author)=SMART=2009-09-03
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NO NOT A BLOODY K'NEX GUN AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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NO NOT A BLOODY KNEX HATER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously, stop it, its f**king annoying.

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there are just so many of them.........................................

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What? You think this site will be overrun by the sheer numbers?

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The Ideanator (author)DJ Radio2009-09-06

Too late, already has been.

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RMConstruction (author)DJ Radio2009-09-16

Yay! All knex lovers who see this reply to this comment with a 'Yay!'

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Kiteman (author)DJ Radio2009-09-03

No, it means use a completely different skill-set.

If I made a K'NEX gun, that would be new. You should make something out of card, or electronic etc.

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DJ Radio (author)Kiteman2009-09-03

I thought fungus said the definition of "New" is completely up to the person. My definition of "New" is something that is recent and fresh.

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fungus amungus (author)DJ Radio2009-09-03

Just for you, DJ Radio, I'm not going to allow any Knex guns.

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