Sustainable living made easy

Sustainable living is easy and cost-free if we can only open our eyes and look around us. They are many things which we can make use of and make them into beautiful items. It would be ace with these items are useful too. Please support this cause by frequenting our site and even donating. www.projectfidgetyfingers.blogspot.com

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JAck in the box toy

Has anyone hacked a Jack in the box? I've spent 2 hrs with paper drawing up mechanisms, but it'd be nice to see what they use for the toys without buying one. Any help? Greg

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Throwies reimagined - Really I did tried :) :| :/

Seeing other forms of making interactive throwies, eg using microchips impresses me.However i think it is important that we try parts of the B.E.A.M philosophyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BEAM_roboticsNamely keeping things simple, and avoiding the use of microprocessor.The component of a interactive throwie is that it has1. Power storage2. Trigger3. Circuit4. LED5. (optional) Power collection of radiant energy.I like to see more suggestion on ways we can address each issues.But to kick start the issue, can you see if my idea is feasible.essentially for my prototype not-yet throwie, I used a circuit from http://unconventional-airsoft.com/2003/11/16/momentary-fan-switch/#more-21to create a throwie that on sensing motion, doesn't flicker but turns on for a while.By ensuring that i use few and simple componants, i hope to keep cost per throwing down.Unfortunately my problem is that using a resistor to keep the capacitor from draining too fast from the base, actually decreases the voltage drop to an unacceptable level at the led.On my end it is unsolvable for the moment. Maybe you can work out how to make a cheap throwie, that can still do these functions or more.Any ideas how to solve this?Other Ideas for throwies1.Open and attach a switch to a barometer, to have a air presser passive trigger.2. A leave shaped pad with two conductors that do not touch, to act as rain sensors. (Resistance increase when leaf dries)3. Is sensitive to infrared radiation from side, so that the throwie is trigger-able by other activated throwies. (As well infrared devices)4. Has a short loop of coil to recharged capacitors, by outside induction.5. If activated rarely, uses a tiny single solar cell to charge capacitor.6. Has a hook to be easily collected for recycling. (Using a simple loop of wire on a pole [Like a dog catcher pole] )7. A single thermistors in series with led.8. A tricolour LED, and a Two light resistor. One LDR acts to sense if it is day an night, if night a low power light is activated. Only when an object strays near, and reflect light into another LDR, does the throwie get triggered at all.9. A throwie triggered by vibration.10. A throwie that responds to radio waves.

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Ideas for the laser-cutter contest

I don't have the time or materials or I would attempt it myself. What I'd like to see is a laser cutter mounted to a line-following robot. It could be made to cut out designs you've drawn on various media. Whether it was cutting cloth or stone, I think it would be a great innovation and I'd love to see someone successfully build one. Another fun idea would be a laser-cutter-brander. It would be a predesigned mark cut with a single, stationary laser (or laser assembly rather). It could be used to put your mark on wood, plastic, etc. Better than heating up a piece of steel, I'd reckon. I just figured I'd post a couple suggestions, since I seriously doubt I'll be able to put anything together, especially within the timeframe. Please PM me if you make one of these, cause I'd love to see how you do it. Anyone else have an idea that you may not get to actualize?

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I s this a good idea?

Um i'm thinking of putting a cheap LCD display digital alarm clock in a small hardcover book with the LCD and buttons popping out of the cover, DO you think this is a good Idea? I think it will be good for the competition because it reuses two things, a unwanted book, and a lame looking digital clock. Both of which would be thrown out by any sensible person. PS I looked and this hasn't been done before. Please post suggestions and comments.

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The lure of the laser cutter

Keeps me coming back for more! I don't even know how to use one. But I do have projects that would utilize the laser cutter. I plan on submitting either 1 or 2 and I think people will love em. Look forward to seeing the amazing ones, the ones cast a light on things you've never even thought of or noticed before, like EMP shopping cart locker.

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Aryana - Intro

Hello everyone.I am new here on instructables. I am mosaic and ceramic tile artist, and will post more on those arts later. Ok, now I put up my first one & I really want some critical feedback. It is Designing a Mosaic For my next instructables, I want to do more intricate proceedures- so I need to know if my process images/notes are good - or do they need work?

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HEAT SEAL or vacuum seal

Been looking all over the net for help on this, thought maybe someone here might be able to help. I need to mock up a DVD package for a DESIGN class and wanted to do something based off the Special Edition SAW DVD case in which a red liquid was trapped floating between to layers of transparent, flexible plastic. In this space it could be moved by pushing it through the plastic. So does anyone know a way i could accomplish this on my own? Vacuum sealing? Heat sealing?

Topic by 333Design 


metal laptop

Just finished "Idoru" by william gibson.The main character has a laptop with a cast aluminium case made from reclaimed soda canswirh semi precious stones as switches and buttons and reclaimed ivory keys. I suppuse its possible to do, but difficult... but wouldnt it be deadly? Anyone ever tried that?

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Trash Can Trama

I want to build my own version of Trash Can Trauma from the Halloween edition of Make magazine http://makezine.com/halloween2007/trashcan/I got some props and the trash can and was wondering the best way to power it Electrical or pneumatics? if pneumatics are the best way then I can buy an air compressor from Harbor Freight tools for $100 Any advice would be greatly appreciated

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Flight Patterns

This is a video of all of the flight traffic in sky. It is very beautiful. VideoHome Page of the site.Thanks

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Missed Out on the Halloween Contest? There's More to Do!

The Halloween contest has closed for entries and the judges are going to be going through all of the amazing entries, but there's more! We have the Mash-Up Contest that we're running with ReadyMade and the Laser Cutter Contest with Universal Laser.Here's a quick rundown of what can be entered for each:Mash-Up ContestEligible entries: Take two or more different items and combine them in some new and creative way. You've now mashed them together for a mash-up! It's kind of like Voltron coming together, but with plastic cartons, CDs, VCRs, stuffed animals, and whatever else you have lying around instead of mechanized lions.Prizes: Coby Personal Media Player + Michaels gift card, sewing machines, and VPX Black & Decker tool sets.Deadline: Nov. 25Laser Cutter ContestEligible entries: Anything totally awesome. Really. There are no restrictions on this one.Prizes: 40-watt VersaLaser VLS3.50 laser cutter worth over $15,000, laser-etched plaques, laser-etched Leatherman Juice S2, and t-shirts.Deadline: Dec. 16

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Yay! Another Cool New Ad!

Advertising sucks. Billboards are crap and here in the bay area we have one that's lit with LEDs and can be seen from miles away.But this... this is good. Rube Goldberg-style ad by GuinnessThere's an annoying ad before the ad (how meta!), but it's worth it.

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The Perfect Costumes for Pillaging

This is me and my sister as pirates. We made pretty much everything from scratch, most parts are made from Simplicity and Vogue patterns. It was SO much fun. One of the photos is (obviously) hyper-edited, but the rest are untouched. I'm in pink, my sister is in black. A few costume tips: - Start early. This gives you time to shop around for cheap fabric and trims. Most of these fabrics came in at $2 a yard or less. - Have a teammate. Two people are more convincing than one somehow. - Think creatively about patterns. Look at costume patterns and normal clothes patterns for parts to use. Combine things from multiple patterns - we used 4 different patterns for this. - Too much is never enough. Layer, add decoration, add parts, whatever.

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Carnivorous Nights Taxidermy Contest Winners (NYC)

Check out the winners of the Carnivorous Nights Taxidermy Contest, held last Friday in Brooklyn! Neat stuff- I'm sorry to have missed it.If you live in the NY area, you still have a chance to see one piece: the winning entry will be on view for the next month at Obscura Antiques & Oddities, 280 East 10th Street Between 1st and A East Village, New York City.

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Precision PVC saw

I could use a little help. I'm looking for some way to make fairly precise cuts in 6" PVC. ( Don't ask, it's complicated. But not pressurized or anything dangerous. ) I tried a side cutting bit in a drill, it worked but wobbled side to side too much to make decently straight cuts. I'm thinking something like a jigsaw, but much smaller, also right-angle style would be good. I've been checking out this site for awhile now so, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, I don't want to make one out of an Altoid's box ! :) Any ideas ?

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my pumpkins for photo contest

I did 8 pumpkins this year and tried some really ambitious stuff that seemed to work out pretty well. I have included 2 videos because it adds to the photos. I will not do an instructable on the flaming pumpkin because it is already all over the net and is not my idea.The sculpting techniques are inspired by pumpkingutter.com I thought the techniques would be way out of my league but I just tried it for fun and it worked well.

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My Shirt is Design of the Month

So the shirt I designed for Star was chosen as the design of the month over at spreadshirt.com.Sweet! design of the month - October

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Instructables visits Etsy: 12 November, NYC

Eric and I are visiting Etsy Labs in NYC for Craft Night on November 12th. Come visit us!Details here.

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need help

I want to start doing several of the projects that are here but i wanted to know if someone can tell me what i'm i going to be needing example leds resistor(what resistance) etc.......... its cuz i'm goin to order them online from some site please help

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Robo-jack-o-lantern

This is our front porch decoration for tonight. I wanted something a little more robotic for Halloween this year and this is what we're going to have. We just need to secure the bowl a bit more because it holds our leftovers pretty often. I just finished it up and don't have any lit up shots. I'll try and get some done tonight. Update: OK, got some night shots.

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Painting with Light at the Halloween party

My friend Zack and I set up a light painting station on one corner of the deck at last night's Halloween party. We had some flashlights and some LEDs to play with and a lot of the images came out pretty good.Check out the full flickr set.

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Bumblebee Transformer Costume

Materials included a couple of foam camping bed rolls... and a bike helmet. Then we used a hotknife from a craft store to cut and sculpt the foam sheets. We used a low temp hot gluegun to put it all together, then coated the parts we wanted to look shiny with polyeurothane.This type of foam accepted spraypaint well, it didn't eat it at all as it would with styrofoam.

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Photos

I have a scanner how do I scan negatives of film and convert to pics do i need special software? I have successfully inverted them but how do I make them look better they are OLD pictures from kodak safety film so there isn't going to be an extremely good quality anyway but I have paint shop pro and several other programs,I just dont know exactly what I should do.

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Photographs from negatives on my computer

I have a scanner and I am trying to scan negative pictures and turn them into photographs.What is the best way to make them look good???

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Instructables Halloween Party: What are you going as?

Heres my sweet costume, what are you going to be?

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Sticker business cards

Check out these sweet business cards + stickers that our new intern bofthem made for me. I've been handing them out like candy at the various conferences I've attended in the past week. Everyone loves getting stickers!

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debranding

Anyone here ever get samples from maxim? Recently they now send them in cool little boxes that says maxim and attention electrostatic sensitive devices. I want to get rid of the maxim logo and just keep the static warning so that I can have a cool clear project box that tells people that if they open it that they should be careful because of the static electricity. The text feels slightly raised to the touch. I do NOT want to scratch up the box. BTW, small question, anyone ever have trouble adding notes to pictures? Whenever I create an instructable I have to add it in preview mode, but once in a while I can do it in edit mode. For example I had to post this topic and edit it to add notes to the picture.

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Hallowe'en turns educational - free masks to download.

Feel like mixing Hallowe'en fun and science?There's a new website about the five kingdoms of life, with a Hallowe'en theme and masks you can download and make. There's a bat, bacteria, fungi, a pumpkin and more on the way.You can imagine the doorstep scene:"And what have you come as, Billy?"Oh, I'm a Basidiomycota, Mrs Ponderosa, a genus of club-fungus that includes both edible and highly toxic species.

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ReadyMade's archives online. For free!

One of my favorite magazines, ReadyMade, has made its archive of projects available online for all to see and use. This is awesome news. I'm a bit late in posting it, but if you haven't seen it yet, check it out.ReadyMade's archive

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neon mirror

Http://www.suck.uk.com/product.php?rangeID=23anybody feel like trying to make a much cheaper lookalike version of some of these cool neon mirrors that i found?? would luv to hear how it goes.. and how hard it would be! i would have kno idea!!!!link to pictures below!!http://www.suck.uk.com/product.php?rangeID=23

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BBC Four did an Instructable: How to make a camera obscura

I wonder if they know that they did?For some reason the video-embed says the video is no longer available. It is, I just watched it.The link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xcv4CxQ1I-A But, if that doesn't work either:An Italian photographer takes over a room in a Venetian palace. They cover all the windows in opaque black plastic sheets. They wait a moment to let their eyes get used to the dark, then cut a hole in the plastic, about 3 inches square.An image of the view outside appears "magically" on the wall opposite - upside down, but perfect in every colourful detail.

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Castable Clear Acrylic

I was wondering if there was a clear two part acrylic that I could use to pour into a mold and encase a smaller object. I just found my first four leaf clover, and would like to encase it in a clear acrylic cube. Thanks.

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Looking for Heat Resistant Flexible Material

I am trying to find a heat resistant material that is flexible... I am trying to make a pull down shade to attach to a tension rod, that will make my home more energy efficient... This means It will also need to be thin enough to roll up into a small roll... It needs to be reflective or at least block out all the sun... I work nights and sleep through the day, and have trouble sleeping when the sun gets through...

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Tattoo Madness at the Maker Faire

My favorite moment from the Maker Faire.A guy used an Instructable of mine to design his tattoo!

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halloween photo contest

I made this costume for hallloween

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Portable hole?

I recall there was an instructable about making a portable hole, or optical cavity with lights in it. As far as I knew, it was used as a coffee table, but I can't find it now. Has it been removed?

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epiphone mandolin

For i while now i have been wanting to get a mandolin. something that is reliable, will somewhat stand the test of time and stays close Close to the price of $130 USD. One that i'm likeing the sound of is as follows...Macro Not Found:http://www.guitarcenter.com/shop/product/buy_epiphone_mm20_mandolin?full_sku=518689%2e118 If anyone has had any experience with this product or has a better suggestion please let me know.

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stone cutting

I have yet to use a laser to create my work. I wish I could and if I did, this is what I would create: switch plate art, I call it"splart" right now I use diamonds and carbide on old Ohio barn slate. This is created with disposible hand drawn templates. A fine wet surface grind to finish and a coat of waterbase poly. A very basic "instuctable," This is my entry. I am: http://www.splart.com

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Halloweenibles: Modded Robot Picture Decorations

Modded Robot Picture Decoration: Now presenting "Pumpkinstien" Ok per Canida and our conversations in the "How to Enter the Halloween Contest" comments I am braving the first steps with my quick down and dirty "Modded Robot Picture Decoration" Let me know and mark your comments with a "Love It" or" Hate It" No hard feelings if you don't like it so don't be afraid to speak your mind. It you have a Modded Robot Picture post it, perhaps they will have a"Worst" and "Best" category as well? Have fun with your "Halloweenibles" Mr. Rig It

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Forbidden Lego

Projects developed by Lego designers that were deemed inappropriate for children. From here: http://nostarch.com/frameset.php?startat=flego

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Steampunk(?) Batman

I first came across Elseworld Batman on Brass Goggles(a steampunk website), described as a steampunk Batman. Although he's actually from WWII and the goggles are arguably the only "steampunk" thing about him, I am still tempted to put him in the category. I have an instructable for the costume and was curious, not just if I should add it to this group, but also if anyone else would dare call this "steampunk".There's also a picture of some other goggles I made, and am thinking about doing an instructable for them as well, let me know what you think. Thanks.

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How To Make an Oregami Swan

Step 1: Take a square shaped piece of paper and fold it in half so that their is one diagonal from one corner to its opposing corner and then open it flat. Step 2: Without turning the paper over fold the lower edges of the paper to the center so that it makes a kite shape. Step 3: Turn the paper over then fold the lower edges again except this time fold the edges over so that each one fits along the crease of the other. Step 4: fold back the edges that were folded in step 3 so that they crease down the center of the narrow kite shape. Step 5: Fold the Bottom up so that it comes just below the top of the paper. Step 6: With the part that was just folded up take a small section and fold it down for the head. Step 7: Fold the paper in half length wise. Step 8: Lastly pull the head and neck of the swan up and there you have it...TADA!!

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A Little Detail Awareness Training For Ya

You know the drill, find the five differences. Click here for the interactive version

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What are you going to be for Halloween?

So what are you going to be for Halloween (as in what costume are you wearing.) Also what are you going to do for Halloween, are you going to stay at you house and give out candy, scare little kids, or go trick or treat with your friends?I am going to go trick or treating with my friendsI have also come up with a costume design which is a transformer costume that actually transforms! Unlike the costly imitation costumes at the store. Here are some pictures of it but it is not quite done yet.Also i was wondering if anyone would like to see an instructable on how to make this kind of costume?Its kind of like this but not as good: Please comment!!!

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Prizes

I don't want to brag, but I won runner up prize in the science contest (yeah I won a runner up prize!) and I have not gotten my stickers! I want stickers! lol, also I want the patch. When will it ever come?!?

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Halloween Props

Hi I need to get motion sensors to stop working in store bought Halloween props and have it run all the time its turned on? Can anyone Help Please???

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Denizens of San Francisco - Coolest Art-Space Ever

Heya,My girlfriend just told me about The Frankenart Mart. It's a communal art-space/store with a really unique business model. I don't know about you, but I think this is really a great and interesting idea. I hate to say this, but it's so... like... ::GASP:: .... Art Gallery 2.0Any which way, they're changing up the theme of the store next weekend and they are inviting people to drop off work (in case anyone is interested). I think I might drop something off.

Topic by randofo 


Creative Advertising that Works

When the first ad for Sony's Bravia came out I loved it. It was set in my city of San Francisco and the sheer beauty of seeing hundreds of thousands of bouncy balls going everywhere was amazing. I forwarded the link to lots of friends and we all talked about it. I still watch my old 20" CRT at home for movies, but I do have a soft spot for Bravia should I ever decide that I really and truly need a big HDTV, which isn't likely any time soon.So when the second ad came out I was thrilled. It had exploding paint and colors, but it lacked the magic. It felt forced and the fact that elements were digitally removed took away the handmade quality that really helped the first one connect.Yesterday, the third one was released online. I think it's a step back in the right direction. I highly encourage you to check out the official link, but here's a youtube version with crappier color.What do you think? If you haven't seen the other ads, check them out first. So here's the order: - bouncy ball ad from 2005 - paint ad from 2006 - bunny ad from 2007

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