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Articulated Wings: CAN YOU BUILD? (Instructables Link Included)

I am looking for someone to commission to create/ build the articulated wings found on the below YouTube video.  Instructables link is available in the video. If interested, what would be your fee and turnaround time? Thank you, Joye joyebmoore@gmail.com https://www.instructables.com/id/Articulated-Wing-Framework/

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Maker Faire In Gainesville Florida! 2012

Greetings everyone! I am Patty Lipka with the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention located in Sunny Gainesville Florida! We are hosting our first annual Maker Faire on Saturday April 21, 2012 at a HUGE facility!  We will have plenty of room, indoor, outdoor, water, electricity, state of the art in every aspect!  Most important, PLENTY of parking too! We are on the lookout for Makers, Creators, Inventors, Artists, Crafters, Chefs, Food innovators and ????  If you would like to be on our email list and receive our event updates, and application please drop me an email and I will be sure to get you on our E-List for our Maker Event! Welcome to sunny Gainesville Florida! Cheers! Patty Lipka Program Director Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention plipka@cademuseum.org

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New Online Marketplace for Disabled Crafters

There is a new online marketplace which contracts with disabled individuals to sell their high quality, homemade crafts on his/her behalf.  Please stop by http://www.craftedelegance.org I am disabled due to a chronic illness and have been unable to find an employer to hire me to work from home, so I created this online marketplace to sell my glycerin soap and opened it up to other disabled crafters as well.  I take care of the business aspect of selling your crafts and your only worry is to make your crafts and ship them directly to the customer when you are notified someone has bought your product.  Be sure to stop by our forum and read our blog as well.  Our forum has two levels to it...one for the general public and one for the crafters.  It is a way for us to support each other in our everyday struggles with our individual chronic illnesses or physical impairments. 

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New contest for all you crafters!

Http://www.greenwala.com/greenwala_contests/all/5-Choose-to-Reuse-Sponsored-by-Hewlett-Packard-HPFor all you nifty crafters out there, Greenwala just partnered up with HP to add on to their green-themed contest with the Choose to Reuse contest. Participants upload a photo of their latest refurbished creation.As an example of some things people have been submitting: a soda tab halter top, vinyl record potting plants, old shower curtain turned into a rain coat, etc.The winner of the contest will win a new HP mini laptop and a printer! Plus Greenwala is donating $500 to the nonprofit company Acterra http://www.acterra.org/For more info or to submit click on the link above!

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Megan Reilly: singer, crafter, quilter, Instructabler

Megan Reilly recently joined our community with How to Make a Patchwork Quilt.  What you might not know about Megan is that she is not just a crafter (quilter, painter, and mother. . . ), but also an acclaimed singer songwriter!  Her crafting background is apparent in the very title of one of her upcoming tracks, Sew the Threads into Your Heart. I love being able to share stories like this of successful professionals doing amazing things who are also inspired by the Instructables community.  Megan is super excited to share a track from her upcoming album, The Well (click here!) and we look forward to seeing more projects of hers here too.  You can learn more about Megan at meganreilly.com, and by following her here on Instructables!  Welcome, Megan, and thank you for sharing your craft and your music with us.

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Featured Author: Mark Montano

I just got to interview crafter extraordinaire Mark Montano, check it out here.  If you have more questions that I didn't ask here's the place to voice them!

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Eco-Crafters -- Are You Skilled At Repurposing Trash Into Treasures?

Greenwala, the online green social network, recently posted an article asking creative crafters to share details on any repurposed fashion items that they've created: http://www.greenwala.com/community/blogs/all/1276-Creative-Crafters-Share-Details-About-Your-Repurposed-Fashion-Projects Well, if anyone out there has a project that they're particularly proud of, please e-mail me via Greenwala with a brief description of your creation (along with a photo of it if available) and I'll feature it along with many other community creations in an upcoming DIY Fashion post.*********************************************************************************************************Also, they're running a few creative DIY contests that will probably appeal to everyone here.One in particular, called "Choose To Re-Use," just asks entrants to upload a photo of the most creative reuse of something you would have otherwise trashed. The most unique entry could win a new HP 110 XP Notebook and a Deskjet D2660 printer! They also have contests for an eco-themed t-shirt design, best recipe and tree hugging photograph, but I thought that people here would really like the "Choose To Reuse" theme the most. Just thought I'd give everyone the heads up!!

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Eco-Crafters -- Are You Skilled At Repurposing Trash Into Treasures?

Www.greenwala.com (an online green social network) is looking for crafty DIYers to share their repurposed project ideas with them for a future article. Might be a great way for people here to gain exposure -- here's the article link -- http://www.greenwala.com/community/blogs/all/1344-Creative-Crafters-Share-Details-About-Your-Repurposed-Fashion-Projects'''ALSO, www.greenwala.com has a few new crafty contests running, but one in particular is called "Choose To Reuse".It asks participants to photograph an original repurposed design of their own creation.Here are some examples of what other contestants have already submitted:1) vinyl record garden planters2) shower curtain turned into wearable "hoodie"3) old sink turned "hand-tiled bird bath"Take a look at the rest of the entries here and then gear yourself up to submit your own cool, repurposed design -- http://www.greenwala.com/greenwala_contests'''The most creative reuse will win a new HP Mini 110 XP Notebook and a Deskjet D2660 printer!Good luck and have fun!!

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Need some help with a University project "Young talented crafters"

Hello! There are people from all over the world here, probably I will find some help. My sister is an Art Design student and now they are working over a project about young talented crafters from all over the world. She needs to find 50 names, it seems a lot but the world is so big :) If someone can give a name of a talented person I will really appreciate it! Google gave us some results but it's such a pain to search the web, lots of irrelevant results.  Any crafting talent will do, paper craft, ceramics, wood, wire etc, etc.  Thank you in advance for all replies! 

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Calling all Crafters: The Hub Network's Halloween Costume Contest (US)

Anyone with a little imagination can get involved in the Hub’s Halloween Bash Costume Contest, where we’ll search for the best DIY and handmade Halloween costumes in the country! After submitting photos and/or a video of your costume from 8/16-9/29 we will bring 50 semi-finalists (one from each state) to Los Angeles for a star-studded nationally televised event with celebrity judges, hosts and performances (Martha Stewart is the Halloween Expert Lead Judge this year!). There they will compete to find out who will win each of the six costume categories and take home $1,000, or win best overall costume and take home the grand prize of $25,000 and a chance at a walk on role on the Hub Network’s show, “R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.” For further information or to enter a costume, visit: http://www.hubworld.com/halloween

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whats some of ebays homemade bestsellers? Answered

Im 13 and somewhat a good instructable "crafter" and i need some money i can do it off of ebay but i dont like the buy-n-sell stuff suggestions?

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Tumblr suggestions?

So, I'm just starting to get into this Tumblr thing (I know, behind the Zeitgeist, but still...). Do you have any suggestions about who to follow? I'm looking for Makers, crafters, and other creative folk.   Oh, and I wouldn't mind a few followers myself... (These are my "new" goggles.)

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Pop Up Card Theme Ideas

Hi, I am new here and am looking for theme ideas for the inside of a standard basic layer Thank you pop up card for a colleague and am having "crafter's block". They are in the telco industry, but I sense they would prefer something out of the box.

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Questionnaire for Dissertation

Hello to one and all, I was hoping if all you great makers and crafters out there could help me with my university dissertation about the rise of the maker movement in the last decade. If you could find the time to answer my short questionnaire, www.surveymonkey.com/s/5P2KBB2 this would be most appreciated. Thank you Ben C

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SF Maker Faire Entry Deadline Extended

Did you forget to apply for a Maker booth at the 2008 SF Bay Area Maker Faire?The deadline has been extended to March 19, 2008 so get your application in now!Instructables will be there, as well as lots of your favorite artists, crafters, roboticists, techies, and performers. Join us!

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drupal to a drupal commerse and paypal craft ecommerse shop?

drupal to a drupal commerse and paypal craft ecommerse shop? I seen drupal installed it. I installed the drupal commerse modules listed and turned them on fallowed the sugjestions updated it. Now the stores button and product adding and adding pictures and publishing it and making paypal work with it would aid crafters and artists. A step by step of this could be awsome.

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Stony Brook Mini Maker Faire

CALLING ALL: MAKERS, Long Island INSTRUCTABLES AUTHOURS, CRAFTER'S, ARTIST's, DESIGNER's, and MORE!! Stony Brook University will be hosting our first annual Mini Maker Faire on Saturday April 20, 2013. This event will be open to the public, and is planned for Stony Brook Universities expected students day. We expect a big turn out with a lot of people, specifically new students and their families, on and off campus students, community members, and more!! We currently have an open call to local Makers, scientists, engineers, and Crafters alike. If you would like to take part in this great event, either holding a table, doing a demo/presentation, or giving an interesting talk please reply here and I will get back to you with all the information needed to get involved. Also, if you have any questions please feel free to ask and I will get back to you asap! We are looking for anyone with fun projects, great ideas, and more!

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Toilet Paper Cores -- Rolling Out Of The Recycling Bin & Into A Very Creative Rainy Day Craft Project!

Finally, dead trees everywhere will revel in a life well-lived (above and beyond being flushed down the drain). This is a very original way to use the inside of toilet paper rolls and will probably appeal to parents, greenies, artsy people and crafters alike. Fun stuff!

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Indie Craft Contest

Now's the time to strut your stuff, crafters!The Craft & Hobby Association is giving you the opportunity to present your work at the CHA 2009 Winter Convention & Trade Show! The Show will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA from January 25-28, 2009. So get innovative and start stretching those creative chops. You can enter up to five projects.More info via: CRAFT

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An Exhibition of Mechanical and Artistic Wonders!

Now is the time to submit your Applications to sell your lovely wares at The Great Hand Car Regatta and Exposition of Mechanical and Artistic Wonders in Santa Rosa, Ca. This one day event will feature live music, sideshows, food and human powered, rail-bound and artistic racing contraptions of all sorts. We hope to have a large area devoted to independent Crafters and Makers. Please download an application and peruse our site at www.handcarregatta.com lovely, just lovely!

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Inspired by Instructables

I always loved making things, since I was a kid. But I’ve never thought that I would become addicted to making things, well, in this case ‘addiction’ can be considered as something positive! Anyways, I can’t thank instructables enough for everything. Instructables has helped me in improving my crafting skills, becoming more passionate about crafting and becoming more inspired than ever! Ibles getting featured, winning contests, works being appreciated, getting to know awesome makers from all around the world… I was and still am enjoying all of it. But sadly, I’ve seen only 3 or 4 authors in instructables from my country (Bangladesh). They’ve posted a few ibles but they don’t seem to continue. So, one day I decided to open a maker community in my university. My aim was to gather all the makers from every department of my university and build a crazy maker community and last but not least, encourage them to start sharing their ideas in instructables. When I started to tell everyone about it, some were interested, many were confused, a few were not interested and most students liked the idea but didn’t have time or making/crafting skills.  Well, there have been ups and downs but finally… I met a demon (a friend, who thinks that he’s a demon -_- ) and he helped a lot in opening the club. We went through all the formal procedures for opening the club, we named it ‘SUST Crafters’, SUST is the short form of my university name. We’ve requested for a room in the university center to build our workshop. Our summer vacation starts from next week, so we have to wait until the vacation is over to start making things. I’m very glad that finally we have a maker community and I really hope that the members are passionate about making/ crafting. I want to thank instructables for all this, because the maker club in my university never would have happened if it wasn't for instructables ^_^

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Mini Maker Faire: North Carolina

Maker Faire makes its way to North Carolina this summer!  Join other awesome makers, crafters and doers June 18th at the NC State Fairgrounds.  Last year's presenters spanned everything from arts & crafts to engineering and hacking.  This is one event you don't want to miss.  If you're in the area, check it out - it's only $4! - and be sure to share your pictures here! Get more info at Maker Faire NC Maker Faire North Carolina June 18, 2011, 10am-5pm NC State Fairgrounds  

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Those Who Make - a video series about makers

Tonight I found an amazing website. I was reading the Etsy blog, and they had this video: I was floored. How cool is that? SUPER COOL And so I found my way to the Those Who Make website. The videos are stunning, and they show a bit of the process of impressive makers - everything from pottery, sewing, leather working, woodworking, and even food! Have a look and share your favorite video. :D Right now I'm having a hard time making up my mind. So happy I found this.

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East Bay Mini Maker Faire!

East Bay Mini Maker Faire is next weekend in Oakland! There will be lots of great performers, presenters, makers, crafters and vendors at this year's faire, all ages welcome.   The Details: When: Sunday, October 14, 2012, 10 am to 5pm Where: Park Day School, 360 42nd Street, Oakland, CA  and Studio One Art Center, 365 45th Street,  Oakland, CA  94609.  Faire entrance is at corner of 42nd & Opal. (Please see Attend page for more info Hope to see you there!

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need help with LARP weapon design and construction

Hi crafters.  I'm in need of help with constructing a larp weapon, fighting fan, that could open up with a press of a button or pull of a lever N close itself upon releasing it. could any help me with the design of the mechanics n gear system I could use to make it work? It should not be of electronic nature though. Here I attached a drawing of how the weapon should roughly looks like . i'm thinking of using rounded edge aluminium flat bars(looks like flat metal ruler) as the bone for the 'blades'. Really appreciate the help.

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Handmade Nation Film

Buying local for many means buying handmade objects that are designed and fabricated with ingenuity, grit and love. Handmade Nation documents a movement of artists, crafters and designers that imbue traditional handiwork techniques with a punky do-it-yourself ethos informed by modern aesthetics, politics, feminism and art. The film explores the burgeoning art community of indie crafters that is fueled by creativity, determination and networking. First-time director Faythe Levine traveled the U.S. to capture the tight-knit community, conducting interviews in the studios and homes of noted and independent artists. Levine also details how Web sites, blogs and online stores have spurred a once underground movement and how crafts have expanded to connect with the greater public through boutiques, galleries and fairs.Following the screening there will be a discussion with Lisa Congdon, owner of retailer Rare Device; Derek Fagerstrom, Craft and DIY Co-editor at design*sponge and co-owner of The Curiosity Shoppe; Natalie Zee Drieu, Senior Editor of Craft magazine; and Stephanie Syjuco, fine artist and professor.Selling their work will be the following artists and vendors: Dutch Door Press, Diana Fayt, Cara Lyndon, Miss Natalie, Mittenmaker, Nous Savons, Sharon Spain, Woolly Hoodwinks, Zum, The Curiosity Shoppe, Little Otsu, Needles & Pens and Rare Device.March 11, 2009, 7:30 pmMezzanine, San Francisco, CAPhotographed by Micaela O'Herlihy. (65 min)Tickets are $8 for SFFS members and $12 for non-membersHandmade Nation San Francisco Film Society

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Looking to make my own holiday viewing glasses ala Holiday Specs ....

Looks like a simple enough thing to replicate,lol. But I need a more seasoned paper crafter to help me find the right material(s),please. I was thinking that there was prolly a vellum that'd do well to replicate the kaleidoscope effect they give to the season's light displays. Anyone know of such a thing? Or have other ideas to the same ends?Thank you so much for any help you can offer:) I'm rather infamous for bigger ideas than I have skill sets,lol. Maybe some day you'll have a crafting block and I could return the favor,lol.

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Open Day at Hackerspaces in the Netherlands (and elsewhere!)

This weekend is a great time to visit your local hackerspace, especially if it's participating in the Hackerspaces Open Day. Most hackerspaces in the Netherlands will be and it's worth checking one out. More information on this here: https://hackerspaces.nl/2015/03/28-maart-2015-jaarlijkse-open-hackerspaces-dag/ (in Dutch) Our local hacker- and makerspace, Hack42 in Arnhem, will be open from 10:00 to 22:00 and we have a great programme with something for everyone: lockpicking, computer security, a fun kids activity, free books, lasercutting, 3Dprinting, and soup. All hackers, makers, tinkerers and crafters are very welcome to visit! https://hack42.nl/wiki/Open_dag (in Dutch)

Topic by Moem  


Soft Circuit Build Night 11/12

Instructables build night returns Thursday with a wonderful evening of fun for crafters and hackers alike. Oh yes. It is soft circuit build night! Bring whatever soft circuit project it is you are working on, thinking about working on or even not working. If you need inspiration, we will have a number of tools, soft circuit materials and supplies on hand. This is a great chance to meet and mingle with local makers. Share tips. Gossip. Canoodle (okay... maybe no canoodling). The event kicks off around 6:00 PM @ Remake Lounge Crocker Galleria 50 Post St. Suite San Francisco, CA (Ground level near Sutter St. Entrance!)

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Carl Zimmer's Science Tattoo Emporium

Underneath their sober lab coats and flannel shirts, scientists hide images of their scientific passions.Writer Carl Zimmer wondered aloud whether many scientists have tattoos that reflect their science or other geeky interests, and the response was an emphatic yes. He's posting the photos and stories of scientific ink up at the Science Tattoo Emporium. Today's is a gorgeous backpiece of the tree of life, belonging to a grad student in zoology at the University of Melbourne.Of course, now I'm curious -- do any of you makers, builders, tinkerers, and crafters have geeky tattoos? If not, what would your tattoo be? Carl Zimmer writes a fascinating science blog called The Loom along with other science journalism.

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BUST Spring Fling Craftacular, NYC

This looks like fun: the BUST Spring Fling Craftacular.It's an indie craft fair + dance in Brooklyn, NY on April 27.From their website:You are cordially invited to BUST Magazine's first ever Spring Fling Craftacular in Brooklyn! Save a dance for us and 50 of the finest indie designers and crafters at our Spring time craft fair and 90s themed dance!While shopping, sip on spiked punch and strike a pose at our Spring Fling photo studio (crowns and corsages provided) while dancing to the hottest jams from the 90s. $2 admission enters you into the Craftacular raffle featuring over $2000 worth of prizes!DATE: Sunday, April 27 from 11 am to 9 pmLOCATION: The Warsaw in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 261 Driggs Avenue.

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Attempting to create a traveling arts, crafts, and music festival.

Hi! My name is Miranda and I'm trying to start up a traveling arts, crafts, and music festival that will tour America for one year. PLEASE CLICK HERE I've worked in the production industry for the past few years and I feel as though there aren't enough festivals that really showcase independent artists/crafters/musicians. I'm using Kickstarter to raise funding in order to make this happen. If you aren't familiar with Kickstarter, it's an all or nothing crowd funding site where you present a project and have people make a pledge. In return for making a pledge, you offer a reward. I'm offering some great hand made rewards and I would love it if everyone could check it out. Thank you so much.

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Crafting Speed Challenge Happening Now

Instructables teams up with tophatter.com for the   Crafting Speed Challenge. Enter any crafty thing you’ve made and you can win a $100 credit at tophatter.com! Get ready to share your awesome crafts right here! Tophatter.com is a live auction site where crafters can buy and sell cool creations or supplies. It really works, too. After we heard about it a few folks from Instructables have already bought and sold a few things. So if you’ve made something and haven’t found someone to gift it to you should check it out. As an extra bonus, Instructables members get $10 off their first purchase of $11 or more by going here. But for now you should get some pics of your favorite ready and share them in the contest. Hurry, it closes Feb. 25!

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How do you explain yourself, as a maker, to people outside of your community?

Seriously, you've been asked this over and over throughout the years. If you've ever tried to explain to a family member or friend what you do in your spare time (or for work), you've run into this question. How do you explain being a maker, crafter, hacker, builder, tinkerer, or whatever your self imposed title might be? Have you found something that tends to work, or do you still fumble with different explainations every time you get asked this? Either way, please share how you describe what you do to people who are so removed from your community that they just don't understand the usual, "I make things" response. Watch on YouTube More info can be found on the blog.

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Applications Open for Bazaar Bizarre Maker Faire

Woohoo!Applications are now open for Bazaar Bizarre Maker Faire!!!By now I hope you are all aware of the awesomeness that is Bazaar Bizarre. Pair that with the absolute madness of Maker Faire and you've got one a**-kicking event!So shake your tailfeather and show your stuff this year at the only bazaar this bizarre. Stop by the Instructables booth while you're there and pick up a sticker!Check out the details:Bazaar Bizarre at Maker FaireSaturday, May 30th: 10AM - 8PMSunday, May 31st: 10AM - 6PMAbout Vendor ApplicationsApplications for Bazaar Bizarre will be open from March 9th to April 1st 2009.Final notifications will be April 6th 2009.Bazaar Bizarre wants to support handmade crafters, small business owners and emerging artists in the indie craft community. For More Information and to apply Proceed To This Page

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Looking for Makers to do Research Interview

Hello! I'm doing research on people who make things (artists, hackers, crafters, etc.). I'm a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon and an intern this summer at Yahoo Research. I'm talking to people about one of their projects where they tried to make something new, something they hadn't tried before. The interview is about how the project got started, where they found helpful information, interesting things that happened, how they felt about it at the end, etc. The goal of this research is to understand the role of online resources in the process of making. Would you be interested in participating? The interview is about an hour or so. If you're in the bay area, we can meet in a convenient place for a casual conversation about your work and experiences. If you're not in the area or that's not convenient, we can chat on the phone or over IM. We have gift certificates to thank participants for their time. Contact me via instructables or email me at goodatmakingstuff@yahoo.com with any questions at all.

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Quilt-in for charity

Want to make beautiful quilts for charity? Host a quilt-in event! Author auntwrenny tells us how the Crafting for Charity Club holds a quilt-in every year, getting a bunch of crafters together to make quilts for groups in need.  This past year, they made an incredible 15 quilts in 12 hours, then distributed the quilts to homeless people in the Des Moines area. See the Instructable for suggestions on publicizing, organizing, and running your own quilt-in!  Auntwrenny covers everything from soliciting donations, setting up different quilt-making stations, great jobs for kids, and the importance of keeping your volunteers well-fed! Inspired?  Want to run your own event?  Have other great ideas for charitable crafting? Be sure to leave a question or comment on the Quilt-In Instructable! This post has been sponsored by Pepsi. The Pepsi Refresh Project celebrates the people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive effect on our world.

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What is one thing you know now that you wish you'd known when you started?

I got a chance to pretend to be media at the recent Mini Maker Faire in Vancouver and jumped at the chance. I put together five very open ended questions I thought people might benefit from hearing the answers to. One of my goals was to show that whatever people call themselves, be it quilters, crafters, hackers, builders, or an assortment of other names, we all have similar underlying goals and stories. You can find a lot more information about what I did and why I did at my website, along with a link to an extended cut of the video. I did want to share the short version of the video with everyone here there, as this is the first project I've ever done like this, and I'm incredibly proud of it. Link to YouTube

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Maker Movement Gaining Recognition

Tim O'Reilly has some really nice things to say about Instructables and our community of people building things and doing it themselves over on the O'Reilly Radar post Maker Movement Gaining Recognition.In addition, what today is "do it yourself" is tomorrow's big business. The hacker building homebrew robots shows us something about the future of robotics. The crafter incorporating technology into traditional crafts shows us something about how computing is becoming pervasive. The folks playing with laser cutters and 3D printers are telling us something about the future of manufacturing. The folks hooking up sensors to tie physical buildings to their analogues in Second Life are telling us that the future may not be in virtual reality but a new kind of augmented reality.For a long time, Tim has had success identifying trends by looking to hackers to see what they're up to and how the problems they're solving will soon become mainstream. So, what problems are you working on right now? What's you're next Instructable that's poised to go mainstream?(The image is from our July Show and Tell.)

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Signal-to-Noise Ratio Not Good

Dear Instructables.com: Look, I respect Instructables.com's right to make a buck as much as that of any other site that proffers user-supplied content, so please don't misunderstand this comment.  I'm not decrying the presence of ads on Instructables.com. I'm bothered nonetheless.  Until recently, when I landed on the Instructables.com home page, I would see two columns of fascinating, deliciously creative projects.   When I visit the site now, I find that the page is dominated by ads.   Dominated?   Yes.  Now I have to scroll before I see *any* actual Instructables.  Now in the interests of full disclosure, I'll confess that I've got a mere 800 pixels of vertical resolution to work with, but come on folks, no Instrucables above the fold?  Really?  And I've noticed with some dismay a growing number of featured projects from external commercial sources like This Old House (of which I am a *huge* fan, btw). I'm not calling for a moratorium on ads on Instructables, or anything absurd like that, but I do feel that the kind of projects that make this site truly great (those from individual makers, crafters, and builders) is beginning to get crowded out.  Keep the ads, by all means, but please keep the spirit of personal creativity in focus as this amazing site evolves. Thank you.

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Maker Faire: Call for Entries

Maker Faire is holding auditions for Maker Faire on March 8. Have something you want to show and haven't already submitted it? Try wowing the Maker folks in person in San Jose. See also: Call for Makers Calling All Makers - Auditions for Maker Faire 2009 to be held on Sunday, March 8 In preparation for this year's event, a team from MAKE magazine (www.makezine.com) will be scheduling 15-minute appointments at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, March 8th, from noon to 4pm, to preview, and meet with, potential makers, crafters and inventors from the area. "We're looking for anyone who has something fun to share, something they've made with their hands," explains Dale Dougherty, Publisher & Editor of MAKE magazine. "It can be practical or impractical--it could be something simple like a creative costume or maybe some handmade jewelry. Or it could be something wild like a bike with ten wheels, or a dog-powered lawn mower. Whatever it is, the more creative and imaginative, the better!" Audition Details: When: Sunday, March 8th, 2009 (noon - 4pm) Where: The Tech Museum of Innovation 201 South Market Street San Jose, CA 95113-2008 (408) 795.6225 Admission: FREE Contact for Auditions and to schedule a 15-minute appointment: Sherry Huss, (707) 827-7074 or sherry@oreilly.com

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Turbine

I searched the engine for turbines and ventilators, cos in summer it's kinda hot here. And today my room-mate used a tool-box to keep the kitchen's door open, so that we possibly get sum air/wind coming through the kitchen's window and the corridor to cool the rooms of each one of us, but i guess i need an idea of a ventilator. Say, not a usual one like my ceiling ventilator that hardly compensates my comps' heat, but a kinda turbine that i can build and hook onto our kitchen's window. If i had more of them, i probably could stream the wind systematically through all rooms. (what i think about is a litle bit like water-pumps); air in these times is not moving, but you need air's movement to cool, so i have to get the air moving and a "kit" that you can build, eventually amplify to get a "bigger one" of the ventilators (for the main stream from the kitchen). I wanna stream my flat with air ! My room.mate went in a min ago and he said, i should try it in my room - sure, but i got my ceiling ventilator and that one sucks the air from abnove to push it downwards, but i keeps stayin the same air, cos it dun move it from outside the house to inside and out again. Umm, sry, i've drunk a lil bit and it was really a weird day today, so sorry, if it sounds weird. I just wanna get rid of the heat in here and wanna do my part as crafter against the condition as it is. So, if you got any idea, would be great...

Topic by Luziviech  


A better version of Etsy without the resellers

Etsy has made it pretty clear that they don't plan on closing down the high volume resellers that list cheap imports as "handmade."  Helen Killer (April Winchell) of Regretsy wrote an excellent explanation of why this amounts to bait and switch on Etsy's account. http://www.regretsy.com/?s=bait+and+switch Most people go to the site thinking the majority of what they'll find is handmade.  Real makers, crafters, and artists post their items at a reasonable price considering how long it took to make the items.  Customers go to the site to find a specific item, search for it, and find a bunch of cheaper options listed with the handmade ones.  The cheaper items are often listed as handmade, and customers don't often do the extensive research to find out 1. how long a handmade version would actually take 2. the cheaper options were made in a factory overseas.  Considering that handmade was Etsy's big selling point, they have no reason to believe they're being duped by a reseller. Etsy also prohibits "calling out" in their forums, and often ignore the private reports of resellers.  Even if you have proof that the exact "handmade, unique" items in a seller's shop can be purchased for next to nothing elsewhere online (and in huge quantities), you're not allowed to mention it in Etsy's forums in order to warn others about what they're really buying. So far, shopdelighted.com is very small and new, but I like the clean interface and their promise to never allow reselling except in the case of crafting supplies.  I might be a naive idealist, but for now I believe that this site will actually keep their promise.

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Kansas City Area DIY Exchange

I - INTRO Hi everyone! My name's Tom Deslivres, and my wife and I recently moved from France to the Midwest, in the Kansas City area. We've been able to meet makers, hackers and crafters from all over the area and thought I'd turn to my favorite online makers community to try and meet even more of you creative people out there on Instructables. I'm also going to put down here the info for spaces that are publicly accessible, as well as local news and resources. It'll be a central hub for myself, as well as you if you need it! And of course, if you spot something I haven't listed here, let me know so I can update this topic. II - KANSAS CITY AREA MAKER- AND HACKERSPACES CCCKC https://www.c3kc.org/ Address: 11224 Holmes Rd. Suite 115, Kansas City, MO 64131 (inside DeVry University) Open house: Friday evenings HAMMERSPACE http://hammerspacehobby.com/ Address: 440 E 63rd St, Kansas City, MO 64110 Open house: Thursday evenings, 6PM to 9PM BLACK & VEACH MAKERSPACE [OPENS EARLY FEB. 2016] http://www.jocolibrary.org/makerspace Address: 9875 W 87th Street, Overland Park, KS (inside Central Resouce Library) Access: Freely accessible during Central Resource Library opening hours SCIENCE CITY MAKER STUDIO http://www.unionstation.org/sciencecity/attractions/maker-studio Address: 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108 Open house: Tuesday evenings III - LATEST NEWS [COMING SOON] IV - RESOURCES [COMING SOON] V - ​[Reserved]

Topic by thirtythreedown  


The Bearded Ladies Present: Shop Austin

The Bearded Ladies Present: Shop Austin Independent designer, craft & fine art showcaseDate: Saturday April 18, 2009Time: 11:00am to 5:00pmLocation: Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 Tickets: in advance $8, at the door $10.Website: www.TheBeardedLadiesPresent.comEvent Info:The Bearded Ladies Production Co. is set to produce its first show in Austin, Texas. The 2009 event will be a craft fair, fine arts festival, and independent designer showcase all wrapped up into one. By featuring the best vendors in Austin, The Bearded Ladies Present: Shop Austin will provide shoppers an opportunity to find one of-a-kind gifts, unique accessories, fashionable attire, home decor and more. Shoppers can browse the work of talented artisans who buck the trend of mass-production by offering handcrafted goods that are finely constructed and very unique. These independent entrepreneurs are locally based, but also come from surrounding areas to participate in what is sure to be a fun family event filled with items you can't find anywhere else. The first thirty shoppers to arrive at the event will receive a goodie bag stuffed with great giveaway items from vendors and local businesses. Shopping begins at 11:00 a.m., and admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door; parking is available near Saengerrunde Hall. The Bearded Ladies Present: Shop Austin is currently accepting applications for vendors. All local crafters, independent designers, and fine artists that want to broaden their customer base are invited to apply. Let all of Austin know what you have to offer and join The Bearded Ladies Present: Shop Austin! Vendors to apply go to: http://www.TheBeardedLadiesPresent.com/apply_here.html

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Leah Buechley and Instructables Written Up by Forbes: "A Blinking Fashion Statement"

Instructables members Leah Buechley, Plusea, and enlighted got a nice mentions by Forbes in A Blinking Fashion Statement.For all their talk of breaking glass ceilings, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton have nothing on Leah Buechley.In the several years since she first sewed a circuit board to a T-shirt, the 31-year-old University of Colorado computer-science researcher has done a lot to bring gender equality to the world of do-it-yourself, perhaps shattering a certain silicone-based ceiling once and for all."The tinkering group has always been a boys' club," says Buechley, referring to the DIY movement's loosely formed faction of tech geeks, gear heads and circuit wizards who tinker with electronic gadgets in basements and garages across America. At the same time, she says, the arts-and-crafts contingent (think knitters, sewers and silkscreeners) has traditionally been a more feminine domain. ...True to their fashion roots, DIY wearables are not always practical. A recent tutorial on Instructables.com gives readers a step-by-step for making what the author calls a "wearable waste of energy": a sweatshirt affixed with a glowing light-emitting diode (LED)."It's not purely functional," says Syuzi Pakhchyan, author of the new book Fashioning Technology. "It's functional and aesthetic."..."Turn your favorite clothing item into a wearable waste of energy!" writes Hannah Perner-Wilson in her tutorial on Instructables.com. The project is as much a teaching tool as it is a fashion statement. Perner-Wilson takes readers step-by-step through how to use conductive fabric, pressure sensors and a vibration motor to make a final product. She also encourages fellow tech-crafters to think about making the shirt less wasteful: "Solar cells are an option," she writes.More news and press about Instructables here.

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Bazaar Bizarre Maker Faire Vendor Applications Available

Attention crafters!Want to sell your wares at this year's Maker Faires as part of Bazaar Bizarre? Here's the info.The Bazaar Bizarre is a juried craft fair that selects vendors based on various elements such as:IndividualityDIY-sensibilityQuality of workDiversity of ProductsMAKER FAIRE AUSTIN DEADLINEApplications are being accepted from July 12th to July 29th 2008. You will be notified as to whether or not you are accepted by August 5th 2008.SAN FRANCISCO DEADLINEApplications are being accepted from July 12th to August 15th 2008. You will be notified as to whether or not you are accepted by August 21st 2008.Where and When Is This Event?Maker Faire Austin is a two-day event being held the weekend of Saturday October 18th & Sunday October 19thThis Bazaar Bizarre event is happening as a part of Make Magazine and Craft Zine Maker Faire Austin 2008. The entire event takes place at the Travis County Event Center and Fairgrounds drew over 20,000 attendees.Please see http://makerfaire.com/ for more program informationBazaar Bizarre San FranciscoSunday November 30th 2008 10:00am - 5:00pmWhat promotional opportunities are available?Cross-Promos, Giveaways and Advertising opportunities may be available. Email us at sf_info@bazaarbizarre.org if you have any interest participating in these kind of opportunitiesAre you looking for volunteers?Yes! Please contact us for more info at sf_info@bazaarbizarre.orgPlease put VOLUNTEER in the subject title.Please go to application pages for more information.Maker Faire Austin APPLICATION LINK San Francisco APPLICATION LINK Thanks again for all your support! We are excited to put on these events and look forward to reviewing your application! And please help us spread the word about Bazaar Bizarre and Maker Faire!Bazaar Bizarre Organizers

Topic by canida  


Instructables at the Maker Faire!

Here you go! We spent two days talking to hundreds, maybe thousands of people about the site. We were amazed at how many people had heard of us, and used it regularly, but never quite got round to joining. We were proud of the number of other Makers who were members of Instructables. We were pleasantly surprised by people presenting crafts they had learned from instructables, and were telling others about the site. We met the very nice people from Sugru.  We met the slightly manic folk from various Hackerspaces.  We met the dedicated folk from SciCast.  There were people knitting neurons, soldering badges, hacking the Kinect, battling robots, playing tennis on bicycles, controlling fire with sound, playing music with Tesla coils, building an electric Mini, chasing small children with wheelie bins, performing the thermite reaction in their bare hands, building a temporary home from "Sold" signs. Hannah wrote an Instructable. There were automata, robots, ancient computers, amazing materials, musicians, artists, crafters, and hackers. There was a giant cardboard spider, a self-balancing skateboard from this site, a water-cooled armchair, a fire-breathing dragon, 3d printers printing 3d printers, and hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people all interested in Making Cool Stuff. Have a look at the photos - the image-notes are still buggy, so if there's one you don't understand, just ask. Oh, and the members we know we met were... Spartacus. Insomniac. XenonJohn (and his self-balancing skateboard!) Aidy22475. Sweavo. Oopstudios (I don't think I spelled that correctly) Spikeuk. Podling. JamJarcollective (I could have watched their ball-coasters all day...) Greensteam. We probably met more than that - if I missed you off the list, please let me know! The first of the videos...  

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Brighton Mini Maker Faire (UK)

Brighton Mini Maker Faire is on again: Saturday 8th September, at the Corn Exchange, Brighton After a hectic, noisy, debut in 2011, we're back for more, in just a few weeks. We've got more makers, more workshops, more space, and possibly even more noise than last year. This year we're taking over the Corn Exchange, in the centre of Brighton, for a day of making, hacking, crafting, music-making, and more. There'll be flying quadcopters and fighting robots, 3D-printed dolls and interactive teapots, bizarre music machines, and – maybe inspired by the Olympic spirit – a fair few novel sports, from musical ping pong, to pedal-powered Scalextric. And you'll be able to take part in workshops from the Science Museum (for kids) and Technology Will Save Us (for everyone), as well as learning new skills from makers and crafters like soldering, felting, copper-etching, jewellery-making, Kanzashi and mosaic-making. We'll even teach you how to weld in 5 minutes! We've also got some special speakers lined up for the afternoon, so you can hear from some of the UK's most renowned makers about their work. And in the evening, we're hosting a Maker Faire After Dark party in the Dome Bar, which promises to be a great way to unwind after the day, meet other makers, and share what you've seen and learned. Brighton Mini Maker Faire is free to get in, and a great way to spend a day out with your family. Still not quite sure what to expect? Here's a short video from last year. And some photos: photo one and photo two by Adactio, and photo three by Rain Rabbit For more information, including details on how to book a workshop, and more on the After Dark party, go to: http://www.makerfairebrighton.com See you there!

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Need Ideas For Collapsible Lightbox For SECRET Engagement Idea :)

So, I've been dating a wonderful girl for a while now and in the relatively near future I would like to pop the question. I have a clear idea of how I'd like to do it but need some expert crafter advice to pull it off. My idea is a fairly innocuous guerrilla art installation which was inspired by the Banksy paintings he surreptitiously installed in museums. I want to surprise my lady by taking her to a museum and having an accomplice quickly deploy my idea in gallery for us to "stumble upon". My idea is for a lightbox, suspended from a tripod. The illuminated box will have pictures of us on all six sides and the top will open and the ring will be inside. I've made simple decoupaged cardboard lightboxes before, but this time it needs to be something collapsible which will fit in a messenger bag or something similar. My current thinking is to have the six sides of the box be plexiglass squares attached to one another with hinges. The sides would all be hinged to the bottom center piece. The front and two sides would then fold up to make the front and sides of the box. The rear piece would be two lengths of plexiglass attached to fold up and over making the back and the lid of the box (see very rough sketch below for my idea of how the pieces would be hinged). What I'm looking for is suggestions on: What materials to use for the box itself and types of hinges (is plexiglass/lexan a good idea?) and how to attach the hinges to the box (glue?) A way to make the sides all stay up once they are folded into place (I was thinking perhaps loops on each side piece you could slide a small dowel through or something) And anything else you might want to suggest. Again the goal is to be able to bring this thing in without attracting attention, assemble it very rapidly, and be able to break it down quickly once everything is done. If I can pull all this off I'll document the process and post it here. Ideas?

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