Shape shifters?

Has anybody ever solved a square-1 or other shape shifting puzzles? I am considering making a Square-1 tutorial, but was wondering how many people knew they existed or had them.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Square_One_(puzzle) - is a wikepedia description

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Shaping Cupcakes

Hello all! I need some guidance.   I am trying to bake cupcakes, but I want to bake them in the shape of coffee beans. I was considering using egg shaped pans (that usually sell around Easter), but unfortunately, it is not Easter, so they are not selling... Any advice on how to make baked goods in the shape I need? The image came from here.

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strange 3D shapes

I need help to find a 3D shape with 7 sides/faces Any help?? Feel free to name any other strange shapes while your at it.

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shaping plastic bottles? Answered

I need to find a way to shape a rolled  finishing edge with a 14"wide top plastic bottle. I actually thinking about a stainless steel cone that I could heat up to reshaple the edge ....any idea how I could find...make/ do  such a thing?? 

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Cake shaping advice?

This year I've started trying to make more advanced cakes and was wondering how other people shape their cakes?  I know there's the basic way of cutting(for example into flat heart shapes and such) but for the more 3D detailed cakes what's the way to do it? Is it the same way?  I thought perhaps its possible to use a similar techinque that's used for some cake pops, where you mix in a semi sweet icing or thickener into cake to create a dough like texture for moulding but would that be to pastey and not cake like enough? I really want to try shaped cakes but I haven't known how, so if anyone could help it would be very much appreciated! Thank you! 

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can someone explain me why some crystals have different shape ?

I'm a french student (15 years old )and for my final exam of this year I have to make a presentation about the crystalisation. So I'm asking for help to know why some crytals have diferents shapes ?

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new editor doesn't work with net books with "letter box" shaped screens

Since the add pictures pane floats over the page I can't scroll down far enough to reach the submit button. I will no longer be able to submit instructables until you provide a link to the old editor (the one that looks like this), make the floating pane where you drag and drop pictures fixed so I can get to the bottom of it, move the submit button to the top of the floating pane, or make the area in the editor where the pictures a shown able to just have pictures dropped into it without opening up the floating pane.  until then I will no longer be able to add pictures which is useless to both of us. I am using a net book with a 10.1 inch screen, this will be a problem for every small screen that cannot be reoriented the way a tablet can.

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How to make a teardrop shape Killer Klowns hammock?

I want to know how to make a teardrop shape hammock so I can turn it into a Cotton Candy Cocoon from the movie "Killer Klowns" Needs to be teardrop shape & once I put the pink colored cotton sheath over the rope / hook, I can zipp up the cocoon to my head like in the movie. :D

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need help bending/shaping a sewing needle into a spring-shape

Hello all!    I need help shaping existing sewing needles into spring shapes...and need to mass produce! I have an invention idea for a sewing needle, and after countless attempts at commissioning someone to manufacture for me, I have decided to do it myself. However, as I am a layman I have no idea how to get started!  I had created many prototypes by heating up sewing needles, then wrapping them around screws. I have tried many times to create a machine that could easily do this for me, however to no avail.  Another problem I have is that once the metal is heated and bent into shape, I need a way to possible polish and return the shine...   I have approached many shops worldwide from: sewing needle companies/ spring making companies, cnc, medical instruments, metal artists, aerospace, prototyping companies, 3d printing, the list goes on...  So now i'm back to square one...any help is appreciated, thanks !

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Machine that can shape water

The National Maritime Research Institute of Japan has a machine that can create shapes in the water such as hearts and stars. That's just the small one. The larger machine can make much bigger collisions between waves. There's some research around safety here to merit such a large setup, but I'm just happy with the splashes and the over-the-top reactions of the reporters. Always fun to see them shout "sugoi!" and "waaaaaaa!" over and over. via Neatorama research institute Uploaded by hatoyamafandom. - More video blogs and vloggers.

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Text boxes in instructable pictures change shape and position: what to do?

Every time I open my new instructable (high end greenhouse) for some minor editing, or viewing comments, I notice textboxes having moved, sometimes even ouside the pictures. Editing puts them into shape, but next time they are back in the wrong place. This makes the instructable somewhat confusing. Anyone had the same problem, solutions?

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Paper airplane of the future

Make a future paper airplane that are not from the original design. Diffrent shape Works Here are the paper airplane that you should not looks like and copy with: Arc Lite Glider Skywarrior

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Instructables needs a Fitness category

I was browsing and thought that we really need a fitness category or contest because instructables is really about making stuff and and a huge part of fitness is making stuff to maintain health.

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Help! I know that someone knows how to do this!!

Hi all,  I am a home brewer and I have attempted several times, time with no success, to do what I'm trying to do. I have a turkey fryer(A.) that I boil my brew in. In the large stock pot I have a perforated basket(B.) that fits inside and essentially I am trying to create a rigid wire mesh screen(C.) the same size as the basket. Kida like this(D.) so that after I boil my wort, I can pull out the basket and let the grains drain and avoid all of the grain in  the finish product. Does that make sense? The problem is forming the screen and stitching it together.I know that there is a specific way to form and fold the wire mesh and stitch it together so that there will be no gaps and have a strong bond but I haven't figured it out. This isn't brain surgery but I'm not doing something right. Any help would be greatly appreciated. A.  http://www.steaktenderizer.com/images/turkey_fryer_big_tom.jpg B.  https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRdbSoaqGr1j0sBmk9KzT3s-h8ATVsxS2vHw1HlJEt1A7h-yXJ4 C.  https://encrypted-tbn2.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRa1Aokb-kz-jk3g-Hyligq9Npv9it4Nf66FdpCCoW7AAiO6dyg D.  http://xtradedirect.com/bilde_resize.php?multiimages=3∶=144&produkt;_id=249477

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what is the best shape of a parachute?

In my science class right now, we are making bottle rockets. I was wondering what the best shape of parachute to use is. Also, how should I attach the parachute to the rocket?

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DIY sconce diamond shaped.

I've attached a sconce to this post. Does anyone know of a cheap DIY kit to craft such sconce?

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Make odd-shaped gears

This tutorial by Clayton Boyer covers how to make some really funky looking gears. Start with one odd shape and make a second gear that matches it. Really cool and great for anyone entering the Woodworking Contest who wants to add a special touch. via MAKE

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Bass Guitar shape suggestions

Hello there I am planing on making a bass guitar, it is going to be fret-less, most likely have 5-strings, and will probably have a partially hollow body for effect :). but anyway, I am wondering if anyone has a good body shape for it. to keep the results to somewhat my liking, I want you to know that I play a lot of jazz and the like, not any heavy metal, so before you come here and tell me to make it look like a warlock, that will most defiantly not happen ( not to down anyone who likes that kind of thing, its just not me) (note: The picture is not one of the ideas that I came up with, I found it on-line for an example photo. though, i do like it)

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flexible pipe/tube that keeps shape when twisted: how is it called?

My headphones' mic is flexible like this: http://i.imgur.com/wv4Jq.jpg You can bend it anyway you like and it (sort of) keeps its shape. What is this thing (the pipe/tube) called? Also, where can I get something like that of a larger size, or, are there instructables on how to make your own?

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9 inch relaxed S shaped fat fake tounge that can flex under pressure, but will always snap back to original position?

I'm making a 9 inch tounge for a krampus mask, it needs to be an S like shape, be flexible enough to bend but always snap back to position, and Ideas how I can make this on the cheap?

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What do you recommend for wire connectors / clamps for making a Nitinol shape-setting fixture?

I'm weaving Nitinol wire so I have a square piece of plywood with the shape that I'm weaving around placed in the center and the bundle of .7mm Nitinol wire is emanating also from the center.  For clamps I used speaker posts that have hand-rotatable post "screw-collars" and are gold-plated.  However they're really hard to work with and to mount.  They're great because they also have a high-current screw-in wire junction in the back.   Anyway, what alternatives can you think of while requiring a hand-turnable release and clamp of the Nitinol wires (so plain terminal blocks won't work unless you also found a screw with a handle that fits).  There will be about 20-100 small wires used in the bundle to weave the shape.  And the board is about 30cm sq. at the moment so more likely there will be only 20, in order to fit the wire clamps unless you know of a micro method, such as: copper tubes and "nails", which might work now that I think of it...

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Does anyone know of a way to make a paper hole punch in different shapes? Answered

I would like to be able to make some paper hole punches (like a tool used to make holes for paper that will go in a binder), but in different shapes and sizes. I know they would have to be in metal in order to cut paper, but I'm not sure where to start. I understand one can buy paper punches in various shapes, but they are usually expensive and you're limited to what size and shape the manufacturers "think" you want. I also don't want to go with a custom built paper punch, as they are expensive. Any ideas on how to go about making one?

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How to make a special shape tire? Answered

I want to make a tire in a elliptical shape. How can I do it? Is it possible to convert an ordinary tire into an elliptical one? Many Thanks

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Is there a pin or safety pin shaped like this? Answered

I need  small pins shaped like this - a safety pin like thing maybe 3/8 to 1/2 inch diameter.  Do they exist?

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Inexpensive way to cut paper shapes

Hi! I enjoy making paper boxes with cardstock that I normally have just cut by hand with scissors. But I am to the point where I need a simple way that I can cut the paper shapes which doesn't take as long as cutting with scissors and isn't as expensive as purchasing a scrapbook die cutter (which I can't create my own die for anyway). Does anyone have a less expensive idea that might help me? Thanks!

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Rating system's gone pear-shaped...

Lately the rating system seems to be malfunctioning. When I rate an 'ible, my vote doesn't always register.And on this project... (which I rated highly):https://www.instructables.com/id/Building_A_Stereo_Tube_Amp/...with a total of 10 ratings, approx 15 users show up in the "They Like It" box. How can more users "like it" than have rated? Again, my own rating doesn't appear to have counted.I've checked only one other project, but it has a similar disparity between total ratings and users displayed...

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Has anybody ever trained a french lavender bush into an unusual form, once the bottom part has gotten woody?

We were too timid with our pruning and now, 3 years later, well... you know how they get. I'm wondering if there's an attractive way to work with it. I don't like the mindset of throwing away and replacing plants. I get attached!!! Thanks!?

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When should I shape leather for a mask? Answered

I'm working on a steampunk gas mask out of leather currently, but I have some questions. My design is made out of five pieces so It will fit around my face, but I don't know when to shape it. Should I sew the pieces together then soak it and shape it around my whole face or is it better to shape each piece individually then sew them together? I'm punching holes in the leather then hand-sewing it with a leather needle and waxed thread. Any help is appreciated greatly. Thanks, Noah

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mosaic garden tiles with a sheep or a dachshund shape?

I would like to make mosaic garden tiles with a sheep or a dachshund shape. Anyone have good tips?

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I need help explaining the shape of this nebula Answered

Http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2014/10/Butterfly_death_throes This image is the "Butterfly Nebula". I'm having trouble understanding it's shape. According to the accompanying blurb, the shape indicates a "bipolar nebular, where fast-moving gas can escape more easily from the poles of the dying star than around its equator. This creates a lobed structure reminiscent of an hourglass, or, as in this case, a giant butterfly." But... why? Why can the gases escape more easily from the poles?  Why is it harder to escape at the equator? Surely, if it was blasting from the poles, we would see a more linear shape, long "beams" of material shooting out of each end?  This image looks to me as if material blasted away from the equator, but parallel to the poles, almost as if the two halves of the star's surface were peeled apart, like turning half an orange skin inside out. Anybody got a borderline high-school/university level explanation for the shape?

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Best way to shape styrofoam around a sphere?

Hey All, I'm getting ready for my next project, making a Deadmau5 head that replicates his pinhead helmet from last halloween. Since this helmet will require "messing up" and texturing the head rather than using fabric, I was assuming I'd use styrofoam to create that effect. However, I am uncertain as to whether or not I should be buying a hollow styrofoam sphere or flexible styrofoam, or something else. Any help/guidance would really be appreciated. I will be putting the material on a 13" hamster ball. Thanks in advance!!

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Building a custom shaped Compressed air tank

Hello, am looking into the possibility of building my own paintball markers, and wanted to do a custom way of using the air system, compared to most markers. I was thinking either a square shape, but after finding an article that was talking about water and gases tanks and why they are build cylindrical, i realized that maybe that might not be as easy or practical. another possible idea would be a flask shaped tank, but for the design am looking at it would need special commendations, none the less I wish to see if something like that could be possible.

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What are your favourite guns/ gun shapes?

Its me, I have wondered what everyones favourite gun/s and their favourite gun shapes are, so here you go, post away, post pics aswell if you like, but no knex guns, unless they look like a real gun. My favourite gun is the L96 or the M24, I try to base my guns off of the M24, but fail with L96's.

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heavy gauge metal tubing shaping question Answered

You know the "heavy" gauge metal tubing you see on swings and roundabouts in the public play parks? What is that called and how would I bend and shape it without having to go to an expensive, specialist shop, please? Pretty much I want to have a straight part about 3 metres followed by a curve of radius approx 1 metre and another 1m straight after the curve. Thank you for reading me and your time to reply.

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Casting a REALLY complex HOLLOW shape with metal!?

Exactly like casting a 3D print out of metal; I have a airsoft upper receiver which I want to cast out of aluminium cheaply. Made of polymer and quite complex. http://www.evike.com/images/large/Mbody_GP_M4AEGUpper_lg.jpg

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Image Comments Keep Changing Shapes and Places

So this problem is only happening in one step of my Instructable. I have uploaded the pictures and written image comments on top of them in the places and sizes that I want, but as soon as I switch to a different picture or step they reset into different places and sizes. Any tips?

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Shape of coil windings on a axial flux generator

I am making a axial flux wind turbine. I have watched many tuts on YT and researched alot on the net, but there is one thing that is confusing regarding the coil windings: Does the gap in the middle of the coil have to be the size of the magnet? many people do this and many don't, from a engineering perspective, which is better, my understanding is that it is best to make the gap as small as possible, that way you use up most of the magnetic flux. What is the best approach and why?

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Using a laser pointer to display secret shapes?

Hey, all, I'm working on a puzzle for an escape room right now and am wondering if there's any way that I can use a laser pointer to display a number. My hope is that the number is not on the lens of the pointer, but rather is discovered after the laser pointer is shined through a specific spot on a piece of plexiglass. The players are asked to set up a tripod in a specific spot with a specific angle, mount the laser point to the top of it and then move the point around the room. Ideally, as the point is traveling around the room, it will shine directly on a small part of a plexiglass display and then refract a number on the wall behind it. Any ideas on how or if this is possible? Any and all thoughts are welcome. Thanks!

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How to make an L-shaped shower curtain rod? Answered

 How do I make a L-shaped shower curtain rod? I do not mind an industrial look. (raw pipes) The size is 29" x 29". I need to make it by Thanksgiving. I dont want to have to use a support bar, but i will if i need to. 

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How do I trace a 2D shape in SketchUp? Answered

It seems that the only people who make 3D models of 2D plans don't use SketchUp, but I have to use it for this project. I'm trying to trace the plans for my Sig Tiger in Sketchup, but it only lets me make 3D shapes. Is there some trick that I'm missing?

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Text boxes in instructable pictures change shape and position.

Every time I open my new instructable (high end greenhouse) for some minor editing, or viewing comments, I notice textboxes have moved, sometimes even outside the pictures. Editing puts them into shape, but next time they are back in the wrong place. This can make the instructable somewhat confusing and makes it look sloppy. Anyone had the same problem, solutions?

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How do you make a crocodile-shaped cake?

I'm a guy and I've never baked a cake in my life, so I have no idea how to make one look like a crocodile. Alligator suggestions also welcome and encouraged.

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How to project a shape through laser pointer/projector

Hello,  I want to project this specific shape of rectangular with laser. Something similar to what Laser keyboard does, except I don't need all that complexity. Or it's something similar to laser pointer heads with different design patterns.  Please let me know if you have any suggestion. I would like to do this on my own as much as I can. Thank You!

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600 Shots Fan-shape Red & Blue Stars

FireworksSpecification:12*17*170cmPacking:1/1Details:20's * 30 row 7 seconds red/blue stars quick shoothttp://www.fireworkstown.com/memProductDtls.asp?Id=213&pId;=1992If you want to browse this fireworks' video, please click the "video" icon which is right under the product picture to watch.

Topic by victorwu 


Is there any place to get custom-shaped prescription lenses?

I have a pair of goggles of the style featured in this instructable. The problem arises because I am nearsighted and need prescription lenses to see properly. Thus the question: Is there some website where I can give them the particulars of the lenses and have them make the lenses and cut them to fit in the goggles? FYI, they would just be 50mm circles.

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how to build a dresser shaped like a tool chest? Answered

Ok, my son is 2 and has a race-car bed just like every little kid dreams of (my ex-mother-in-law found it for him at a yard sale) I want to coordinate his bedroom around this bed, because it's such a big part of the room and kind of hard to ignore the shape. I saw this kids dresser made by step 2 that's shaped like a tool chest (pictures to be included), and it's really neat and would go great with the garage theme I'm planning, but the only problems are 1) it doesn't seem to hold much, and 2) it's kind of pricey. so I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out how to make a dresser that has a similar look to it. I do have some basic woodworking skills, but not much in the way of tools. I can rent other tools, but I pretty much have a hammer, a drill, and POSSIBLY a circular saw (I'm not sure if we've got one of those). it doesn't have to be perfect, but I really want to try and do this for my son.

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