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Hey guys, I have some amazingly amazing news, and some terribly depressing news.

The good news first: I'm almost done with my Cotton candy machine that I have been making since the beginning of the school year in my Unique Projects class. This means that within one week I will be eating cotton candy, and LOTS of it.

The bad news: I haven't recorded any steps (taken pictures) and am really close to finishing. I do have a CAD file that I made, and still know all the materials I used.

Now, my question to you: Do you think it's worth putting up an instructable if I don't have any pictures of the process. (the pictures that I'm lacking are primarily the lathing, tapping, and dismantling of a toaster processes)

Thanks,
-Josh (Muffinator)

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T3h_Muffinator (author)2007-03-19

I'm sorry, I kind of lied about when the instructable would be up. It probably won't be up until the Monday after next. This weekend is my sister's batmitzvah, so I won't have any time then, and next week I have to start filling out some more summer research program apps. Sorry guys! If you want, I can publish the unfinished instructable and you can watch it grow, but I don't really like the idea of turning people off of the subject just because the instructable isn't finished...

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Ah..the joy of bnai mitzvahs...are your services as long as ours? (way too long)

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They probably are (from 8:30 till 1 = 4.5 hrs)

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T3h_Muffinator (author)2007-03-17

GUYS! IT'S DONE! AND IT TASTES SOOOOOOOOO GOOD!

Victory really is sweet =P

Just a by the way, this will be the first* documented homemade cotton candy machine on the web. I am so honored!

*Based on my search abilities, let me know if you find one anywhere else

-T3H_MUFFINATOR!

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I'd be glad to! pm me with your info

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I've got a feeling it wouldnt be as good when it got here as fresh cotton candy...

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Probably not, but it would have historical significance!

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T3h_Muffinator (author)2007-03-16

YES! Tonight my cousin came over and we "hardcored" the machine. EVERYTHING is done (except for the outer ring that catches the cotton candy, which should be really easy to make)!!!!! Will be finished TOMORROW! Instructable will be posted.... by monday, probably!

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Congratulations. I wish my school had a class like this. Can't wait to see it.

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T3h_Muffinator (author)2007-03-13

Another status update: Everything is set, to go. All I have to do is solder wires from the heating element to two copper pads on the motor shaft and make two brushes for said pads to provide electricity for the heating coil. I really, really, really hope this works.....

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ewilhelm (author)2007-03-07

There are some Instructables where it's important to show exactly how it was done and give all the relevant parts because people will duplicate it. LED throwies and Shake it like a Tic Tac are great examples.

There are also some Instructables where you just want o give the flavor of the project (pun intended) and inspire others build their own creations. Your cotton candy machine sounds more like this types. Check out my Ice Proa for what I think is a great Instructable despite not having a tremendous amount of "how to."

In general, if you're passionate about the project, the Instructable will turn out great.

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T3h_Muffinator (author)2007-03-07

Just updating my status, I finished tapping the last two holes today. I will assemble the entire machine in class on Friday. I just realized that I will be in West Point on Friday for Science Olympiad, so I won't be in class that day.... The machine will be completed on Tuesday of next week.

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LasVegas (author)T3h_Muffinator2007-03-07

Have fun at West Point! :)

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T3h_Muffinator (author)LasVegas2007-03-07

Dude, You have no clue how awesome it is there.... unless you've gone before.

That's where they host the NYS competition for High School Science Olympiad every year. Last year one of our girls almost got knocked out by a cadet from stepping on their "graduating field", a large plot of grass that only cadets can walk on. There ARE snipers on the roof, and they ARE willing to fire.

Lucky for me, last year I was wearing a ghillie suit because my school doesn't have a mascot ( The "swamp monster" became our mascot). I got a lot of smiles from the cadets, who just so happened to be carrying Glocks.....

I'll be sure to have fun, just for you Las.

-Muffinator

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Drackar (author)2007-03-07

If you have the CAD file..you could, if you don't feel up to hand drawing or disassembly, simply take the CAD file apart and put it back together in steps with screen shots...won't show all the hand work, but it could give a good idea to the construction method.

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sam (author)2007-03-06

Even if you don't make an instructable, post it up in the forums with lots of pics!

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Danny (author)2007-03-06

plz do post man i lurve d candy floss

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trebuchet03 (author)2007-03-05

If you can't take it apart for pictures.... hand sketches ;) Not in mspaint or similar, but physically draw out sketches and scan them ;)

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That shouldn't be a problem, I made everything "cleanable", so the three main pieces are held together by screws. Thanks for the tip though =)

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LasVegas (author)2007-03-05

I'd like to see an instructable for it. If you could, at least; Disassemble the unit and show the custom parts as individual steps, describing how they were made. Show each stage of re-assembly while explaining the operation of the parts as they come together. Finally, a video demo of it producing gobs and gobs of yummy Cotton Candy!

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T3h_Muffinator (author)LasVegas2007-03-05

Alright, I'll do my best. Also, just as a warning label, I taught myself how to use the lathe at my high school because none of the teachers knew how to use it, so my craftsmanship is probably going to be pretty poor. Hopefully my machine works!

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