Material to wrap a project with?

I am building a project that has dimensions of roughly 2 inches by 2 inches by 1 inch. There are plenty of LEDs, exposed wires, etc. that I want to cover up. Does anyone know of a material that I could wrap this in, perhaps a sort of heat shrink for it all? It does not need to be protect it from being submerged underwater or form a protective barrier for being dropped. Hopefully something a little more professional looking than bubble wrap. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Material to retain heat

Hi everyone,: I thought of something I could make for an Instructable. To keep the idea until I publish, I'll exclude the actual idea. I need a material for this project that will retain heat from a microwave oven for ≥20 to ≥30 minutes, Ideally Id like to keep the Temp around 180 degrees Fahrenheit. What can I use for this? We all know metal cant go in the microwave. Ideas??Thanks,Jari

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does anyone know where i can get any of the below materials for cheaper than normal???? Answered

-A vacuum chamber, preferably in a spherical shape -A roughing vacuum pump capable of reaching at least 75 microns vacuum -A secondary high vacuum pump, either a turbo pump or oil diffusion pump -A high voltage supply, preferably capable of at least 40kv 10ma - Must be negative polarity -A high voltage divider probe for use with a digital multimeter -A thermocouple or baratron (of appropriate scale) vacuum gauge -A neutron radiation detector, either a proportional He-3 or BF3 tube with counting instrumentation, or a bubble dosimeter -A Geiger counter, preferably a scintillator type, for x-ray detection and safety -Deuterium gas  -A large ballast resistor in the range of 50-100k and at least a foot long -A camera and TV display for viewing  -Lead shielding

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Searching on instructables

This is more of a sugestion to the people who run instructables. It would be really cool if you had a materials search as well. I know it would require some sort of entering process on behalf of the posters, but i think it would be neat.

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Searching on instructables

This is more of a sugestion to the people who run instructables. It would be really cool if you had a materials search as well. I know it would require some sort of entering process on behalf of the posters, but i think it would be neat.

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Any ideas for achieving a Bakelite appearance?

Hey guys. So I'm in love with Bakelite, but not with the price of the raw material. I also want to form my own projects with a Bakelite aesthetic and don't want to deal with shaping such a fragile material. My question is: does anybody know of a recipe for making Bakelite? I also don't have much in the way of workspace or tools, which I'm guessing makes the manufacture of real Bakelite rather difficult. Because of this I'm willing to settle for something that isn't Bakelite but has a similar appearance. Any ideas about how this can be achieved? I've thought of maybe adding sawdust, dye, and finely ground plastic into clear resin, but I'm not sure if that would really look like what I want. What do you guys think?

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Selectively magnetized (hemi)sphere

Hi everybody! I'm looking for a way to construct a hemisphere, - maybe 1.5" to 2" in diameter - ideally with no moving parts - where any of a number of areas on the surface could be magnetized at will I thought of having an array of tiny electromagnets starting from middle and radiating to under the surface, but frankly, that would take a long time, and I figure there would be insulation issues. Any suggestions?

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Where to get basic materials

Anyone know a site that lists what household item contain useful materials to use in various instructables? I'm not explaining it too well but I live in a small town and can't get many of the materials needed to make things like the LED cubes, so I was hoping there was a site that tells where I can find things like LEDs, 100 ohm resistors or momentary button switches in everyday objects. like NiChrome wire in toasters or 330volt capacitors in disposable cameras.

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what kind of material should i start with to make prototype bluetooth headset casing ?

Looking to take apart a bluetooth headset and rebuild it to look completely different, maybe going with metals or even plastics not sure would be easier/cost effective. 

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HELP WITH PIEZOELECTRIC EXPERIMENTS?

Hi, I am a researcher and I am interested in the piezoelectric qualities of certain materials, specifically quartz or bone and wondered whether anyone had experience of passing sound through quartz/crystals/animal bones? Is it possible to use one of those material to carry sound? I know that glass windows can be used as large bone conducting speakers, just wondering if anyone has any experience of this? I haven't done any hands on experiments myself as I am still at the research stage. Any advice would be appreciated and a big help! Thanks

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moving message display materials?

Aside from leds and microcontroller, what do i still need in order to make a moving message display?

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Odd wedding ring materials?

I was thinking about getting a wedding ring in the future and i am not the kind of person who likes to be traditional. My girlfriend is worth everything to me so a ring that would be worth almost as much as her would be a diamond ring made out of osmium, iridium, osmiridium, or platinum. i know that these are all in the platinum family (group) but would any of these make good materials for a ring? i would like an unusual material that possibly has some cool properties (like osmium has a cool blue tint). P.S. i know that osmium when oxidized has a smell and is toxic (and will cause the skin to turn black) i also know that platinum is a "traditional" wedding ring material and therefore can be made into a ring but the others i am unsure about.

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Material to build Project Box? Answered

I've finished a couple of circuits and I keep bumping in the same problem. Making a decent box for them. Its hard to find anything ready to use and i'd rather make my own stuff. What your advise on wich materials to use to build stuff?   I think it would be an awesome instructable, having someoen explain how to make your project a little bit more permanent with its on caseing. Acrylic tends to be a bit expensive. someone suggested ABS plastic but i cant seem to find anyone selling ABS plastic sheets near by. Thanks!

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"New " old material for experimentation.

This video is about Nitinol memory metal engines that are basically Stirling heat engines and work on a very low temperature difference. I first say this material while watching a video on the founder of 'The Venus Project'. He had small spring that he would stretch out of shape and the heat it - it would come back to its original form and shape. I thought it was neat but didn't see the potential of the material. This video is from a 1970 CNN broadcast  - when CNN was news instead of a propaganda machine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GfYlRakZ6Y The material is available on the web somewhere as others have purchased it since I showed them the video. At this point in time I am more of an information messenger and unable to partake in experimentation. So have at it guys and gals. God Bless

Topic by strmrnnr 


Braided Wool Rug materials

I have the "ingredients" to make a great braided recycled wool rug: for years I saved wool fabric, bought wool slacks and skirts at Goodwill, etc, then cut them into strips, sewed them together, and pressed them into beautiful balls of wool, all ready to braid into a medium-sized (I think) rug. I didn't feel like doing the braiding part, so I tried finger crochet with the wool. That also works, but it will make a smaller rug (think several door mats). Still no motivation to finish this great recycled project. So, all this prepared fabric could be yours! You could also knit thick, cozy wool slippers. No instructions included for any of these projects; feel free to write your own instructable. Colors include navy blues, lighter blues and grays with a little red thrown in here and there. 11 balls total. Name your price, and pay actual ground shipping.

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Simple way to make a vibrating resonance speaker? How does a vibrating resonance speaker work?

Hi, I'm wondering if there is a simple way to make a vibrating resonance speaker?  Possibly out of house hold materials?  How does a vibrating resonance speaker work?  Thanks in advance. :D

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Transparent Electrical Insulator Film

For a project of mine I need to apply a <1um thick film that is electrically insulating, but transparent to UVC & UVB (and preferably up to visible). Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Could really use an instructable on how to solder copper and/or brass?

I have tried for a long to find a tutorial on how to do classic copper and brass soldering. I mean, is it anything like electronics soldering, at which i am fairly apt at? Do you use a a rod or a torch? ...How to mend a broken copperpipe? make the most classic pipejoints? How to mend a broken brass lamp that has lost a thingie? What kind of solder does one use for different materials? In all it's simplicity I am looking for an entrance level tutorial into the subject, explaining what basic tools one need and outlining how to do a few simple things.

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Ideas for waterproof palm m500 case mod? Answered

I want to make a new body for my palm m500. (old but beloved) The motherboard and chips and everything are on a single slab. (http://www.directfix.com/category/_M5TAKEAPART.html) I want to make a slim (around 0.46 inches, the original thickness) case that is waterproof (as in i can use it in a swimming pool) and shock resistant, but i'm clueless about what materials to use. any ideas? i sort of want to do this on a shoestring budget...

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would this be a good reflective material for L.E.D.S?

If you have any other suggestiones on a reflective material that would be good for L.E.D's please provide. this is the link of the material http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/MIRROR-CHROME-VINYL-SHEET-ROLL-15-WIDE-X-FEET-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem3ca0d7d354QQitemZ260396536660QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

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Who owns material / posts on reddit?

I was just wondering, people post all sorts of cool stuff on www.reddit.com, but who actually owns the material? Am I allowed to use it, or is it copyrighted to someone else? Does the person who posted the material own it, or do they give up ownership when they post it onto the internet? Anybody know?

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best solid material that dissolves in water? Answered

I need a solid material I can easy get, it should stay solid when exposed to air, for long periods, and when it comes into water, it should dissolve. What material would be the best choice? edit: It should stay firm for about 5 years. When in water, it needs to dissolve as quick as possible.

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Is there a way to make a Electroactive material at home? Answered

 What I am looking for is something that acts like a muscle. The material contracts when electricity is applied to it.  Any ideas?

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What is the recommended material for REAR-PROJECTION?

Having an older rear projection unit that has a rather horrible front panel which reduces the available brightness, what sort of material is recommended as the "screen" if I convert this into a table with IR sensors built in?

Question by Treknology   |  last reply


Best material for an rc car body? Answered

I bought a nice futaba controller set from Hobby Town USA and built a RC Hovercraft with it. It was a failure, so I took it apart. I now would like to tackle something easier, like an RC Car. There is less worry about weight on one of these, like there is on a hovercraft. What would be the best material to use to build the frame? I was thinking PVC, but I'm no expert. Thanks!

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Laser cutting a spring - choice of material? Answered

I have a scheme that requires a flat, non-conducting spring. Acrylic it too brittle for my needs, but I know that some plastics can, when cut with a laser, give off fumes and gases that will damage the laser cutter (eg PVC gives off gases that will cloud the mirrors). What materials would you recommend? (I've attached a quick sketch of the general shape of the planned spring.) EDIT: I've added a rough sketch of the project - a torch, cut from acrylic. The four projections are to bind it together with an elastic band.  The switch operates like a syringe.

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Building a camera from recycled material

Not sure if this goes to the right section, if not, Im terribly sorry and tell me why I'm wrong so it doesn't happen another time. For a project I'm going to build a camera capable of taking picture (no duh) build with old materials. For my documentation process I was looking for anything that anyone already did, to inspire me and learn more about the building process. I found a lot of guides about pinhole camera and I wish to know if the process is the same if Im going to use a len. Naturally I would say yes and I would make the hole as big as the diameter of my len, or less and maybe I was wrong thinking that. The photography paper Im going to use is 10x13 centimeters and I would adjust the distance of the paper from the len. Also, I would like to know if covering part of the len (let say it's  5 diameter and 4 diameter is covered) is going to do anything to the outcome. The size of the len was never discussed in my lesson. Thank you.

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Huge problem involving invincible materials

Ok I'm making a few projects and the cutoff for one of them (the bottom end of a bullet shell casing) is a perfect piece in the puzzle for another, i need a hole drill through it, so I got the drill of doom out and the apparent uber go through anything drill bits and the metal ones, I went to drill in to the bottom of this using the firing pin impression as a starter guide (it was dead centre) And at first I thought this was all going smoothly, and as I spun the drill up to full speed there was plenty of metal shavings coming out, I stopped for a look because a bit of distance had went by and there was a tiny dent in the subject, the drill bit however was noticeably shorter than before... the same bits as the ones we use for drilling out flint tubes in antique lighters, they're tough (it was bigger bit in this case but same type) so I tried the bog standard metal work bit it made no difference to the hole and was shredded away similarly. First of all what the hell is that striker made of and second of all what the hell drill bit can get through it, I knew they were tough, I couldn't be assed cutting one with just a hacksaw blade so i did it with the drill as a lathe...

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How do I make a hollow resin casting?

I have no access to rotational casting machines nor do I have the ability to build one. Is there a way to create a hollow resin casting at home with basic casting materials?

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Suggestions for bonding PVC sheets to ABS sheets, for composite armor?

I have a crazy idea for making tough plates out of thermoplastics. Does anyone have any ideas for bonding PVC to ABS plastic? Two materials will add to the strength and durability of the plate. If possible I would also like to sandwich some kind of fibers in between the two plates, such as carbon fiber. Does anyone have any ideas on this? I was planning on heat forming the sheets, then maybe pressing them together at high heat, but an easier method would be appreciated. 

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What kind of materials will pool chlorine oxidize?

I know that pool chlorine is an oxidizer,it is easily found but I want to know what kind of materials will it oxidize?Sugar?

Question by bylerfamily   |  last reply


What are the solid materials that dissolve in a liquid substance?

Other than sugar and salt I need 2 examples 

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exact materials needed for a servo motor build

Ok hello everyone im back again ive got everything built but my servo motors i need to make atleast 126 of these ive got the gears of all different sizes i just want to build my on motors so if you could just give me  materials list of what i need to the very smallest of materials id be greatfulll and i will make a instructablle on how to build what im building. thank you very much  oh by the way it has to be materials for a very high torque motor with very high revolutions

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what are the materials needed to create a solar panel?

I want to create my own solar panel, but i don't know how to and i don't know the materials needed to do it, pl's u can help me by send the answer to this e-mail address (rapsonyoungrapper@yahoo.com). Thanks and God bless.

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Looking for a double pendulum and/or material to make one?

Where do I get the material to make a chaotic double pendulum. In fact I have a very tight time schedule - need this for delivering a lecture - so was wondering if someone has a double pendulum that they can provide (I tried chaoticpendulum.com but its all sold out). Thanks.?

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What is a good material for making prop guns?

I've been getting into prop making and want to try my hands at it. I'm rather handy and time and detail don't bother me.

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Waterproof background material for photographing marine specimens?

A bit of background: I'm working on improving the quality of photos that get passed my way.  A little bit of effort on the part of the photographers could save me countless photoshop hours on my end and likely preserve more useful information in the process!  I'm hoping the DIY photographers out there might have some advice. The details: Photos are of marine creatures (therefore the subjects are necessarily wet and probably muddy!), taken at-sea (so the material needs to be fairly easy to pack up).  Can anyone suggest a material/product that is waterproof (gets wiped/cleaned between specimens) and is flat (not shiny)?  Both black and white will be needed.  I've used plexiglass but get a lot of glare, and one cruise used a piece of black cloth with the kind of result you see in the photo.  Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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what kind of materials are used for building a chasis? Answered

The chasis of my robots are nothing but popsicle sticks connected by hot glue but it does nothing but jam the mechanical parts and short circuit the electronics tell me what can be used as a robot chasis and how to connect it together

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Which casting material should I use?

I have been sculpting in wax and then making plaster or silicone molds to make multiples of some fairly detailed model toys. I intended to then pour in liquid latex and create wiggly bendy toys, but unfortunately latex doesn't dry inside the molds. It doesn't seem to matter how long I leave them when I open them lost of the latex is still liquid. I am looking for a replacement. Something durably bendy and low cost that will dry in a mostly enclosed mold.  Any Ideas? Please bare in mind I am in the UK. 

Question by moogle123   |  last reply


What material to use to mill iPhone case? Answered

I am going to attempt to make an iPhone case out of metal as part of my local shop class. I have most of the milling (I think) worked out, not entirely sure how it will result due to the thin walls of the case, but its a project :) I am wondering what metal I should use to make the case. Titanium would be cool, but the solid chunk of titanium block used would cost around $100. Not really my idea of affordable. So I have the choice of either aluminum or steel/stainless steel which are around $15 to get a couple iPhone-sized bars. Any recommendations on a strong metal that might survive being milled to tight tolerances? Also, I will most likely be milling this on a Benchman XT mill, if that helps any.

Question by astroboy907   |  last reply


How to Build combat suit? What materials are needed for bulletproofing? Cheapest materials that can be used safely? Answered

I have some designs I'm mainly looking for recommendations and references for the materials needed. Also need some advice on kinetic energy replacement for high drops and jumps. Frame material needs to be light weight and strong. Outer armor will be interchangeable. Weapons are still in development more posted later. Also all metals must be nonferrous.

Question by DaVinciStein   |  last reply


HOW-CAN-PASTING-CFL-AND-WHAT-MATERIAL-USE-FOR-THIS ?

I started cfl assemblying bussines .but i have some problem i cant fix cfl peasting ...plzz help what kind off material use can fix 

Question by manishn15   |  last reply


What material is best suited to produce good acoustics? Answered

I'm planning on building the Multi-Use Media Pod shown here on instructables, but I don't want to make it out of cardboard. I want to go a little high-end on this model, and in addition to making it bigger, I want to use a material that will produce the best sound and acoustics. What should I use?

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generate electricity on application of wt without piezoelectric materials?

A mat which generates electricity when people walk over it. it should be of normal ground leb=vel with no extra height and no smart materials being used.

Question by Madmacx   |  last reply


Do leds contain toxic material such as arsenic or lead? Answered

I heard something about LED light bulbs containing lead or arsenic. Does this apply to LEDs like the small kind?

Question by MarS10   |  last reply


where can you get the materials for hot ice???

On the instructable "hot ice" it sed u need sodium acetate and i dont know where to get it plz tell me!?!?!?!?!

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