Entry for the gift exchange

My skills include: cooking, sewing, sculpting, zookeeping / herpetology, painting, puppet-making, electronics hacks for Halloween Here's a link to my featured Instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Convert-a-bird-feeder-into-a-wild-bird-waterer/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Recycled-Denim-Shopping-Bag/ What I'd like to make for someone: I love gift exchanges but I lived in apartments for many years, so I know that sometimes it is best to receive a memorable but consumable gift. For my gift entry, I will create special chocolates from a custom sculpture designed for the recipient.  I have been casting art in chocolate for several years.  First, I make a sculpture using special food-safe clay.  Then I take a mold using special food-safe silicon mold material.  And finally, I cast the sculpture in chocolate, using powdered sugar as a mold release.  You tell me what the recipient likes and I'll make the sculpture to match their interests.  I can also cast one piece in acrylic if that would be desirable, so the recipient will have a memento after the chocolates are eaten.  Note, however that after I cast with acrylic, the mold will be unusable for food, so it will all be a one-of-a-kind food art experience.  Transient, impermanent, never to be repeated. This process is incredibly flexible, so use your imagination.  Imagine a big chocolate Cthulhu surrounded by little chocolate Cthulhu minions.  Or a flight of diminutive chocolate butterflies.  Or a bust of lincoln. Actually, I don't think I'm that good a sculptor.  Maybe I could do Beethoven. I already have created molds for large and small Venus of Willendorf, several small calaveras, a tiny bite-sized penis, a delicate dragonfly, several sizes of scarab beetle, an ammonite fossil, and a large spider.  I can send a box of any of those, or create a new one.   The Venus of Willendorf are very popular with my friends.  The ammonite fossils were a hit at the office.  What design would you like? I'd be willing to make this size gift package for someone (choose all that apply): (S,M,L) S or M (I don't think I could refrigerate L sized chocolate for a trip in the mail.) I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else: I don't want anything larger than a hat rack, unless it is for outside. What I like: Art, light toys, knitted Cthulhu beasties, things that have been made more useful than the original designer intended What I don't like: Things made from trash that still look like trash I absolutely can't have: (due to allergies, pets, etc) No foods except for unflavored chocolatey chocolate.  No herbal concoctions, soaps, essential oils, or anything like that.  I have lots of plant and food allergies. Type of thing I'd love to receive: wall art, light toys, sculpture, anything with a zombie theme, anything that has been more useful than the original designer intended Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? No, because I will have to ship the chocolates with dry ice and I'm just not sure they would let me do that, plus it would all melt sitting in customs and be a big unattractive lump by the time it arrived. Confirm that are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have the approval of a parent or guardian:  I am older than 18. (opt) Here's someone who can keep a secret that knows what I like, in case you want to PM them with questions: I will cast a few chocolates today and post better photos later.

Topic by weiblen.c   |  last reply


1 inch glass rods

I have 8 glass rods, 1 inch diameter and 4 to 6 feet long.  Believe it or not, they were rods in the master closet of a 60's house we purchased 10 years ago.  I still can't think of anything to do with them, but would love to make some kind of garden installation.  We are VERY skilled.  Any ideas greatly appreciated.

Topic by charlottenc   |  last reply


Creating Multi Source power to store in batteries and convert for home use

 I am planning on using multi source electricity producers to store in batteries and convert to 110/220 AC for home use. I am going to set up as many generators as I can, including solar panels, wind generators, water flow generators and heat flow generators. I am building an underground storage room for the batteries. What would be the best batteries to use? What do I need to be able to use my generators to charge the batteries (I am thinking I will need a separate battery charger for each battery, but what do I need between the generators and the chargers?) and then how do I convert the DC to AC and hook it up to the house? As I will be doing this a little at a time, we will be using electricity from the power company at the same time. As we save money on the electric bill with the power we supply, we will expand our own generation of power, until we no longer need to buy electricity. Thank you in advance, Michael C. LaMay

Topic by MichaelL255   |  last reply


Prism Selection

I thought I posted this already but now I can't find it. wanting to build a pair of these for my dad http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/261411580635?ul_noapp=true&chn;=ps&lpid;=82 but with the lenses articulated so that he can move them wherever he wants. trying to find a prism that would work correctly without inverting the image (I want it to be disorienting, but......not that bad)

Topic by crapflinger   |  last reply


paracord bracelet d shackle

Hi, I've made a few paracord bracelets mostly with the plastic buckles. I bought some stainless d shackles and wondering if there are any dangers using the shackles? Mainly getting the bracelet caught on something. I would think the plastic buckles would break, where the metal d shackles won't. I see a lot of bracelets with the d shackles. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Topic by nightowl66   |  last reply


How to make custom dental tray?

Greetings, There is an instructable on how to make a cast of teeth. https://www.instructables.com/id/Cast-Your-Teeth-for-Halloween/ I would like to know how to make dental trays from the casting to use for teeth whitening instead of the generic trays that come in whitening kits. Thanks

Topic by NeuroPulse   |  last reply


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! 

Topic by ucandoitcraft   |  last reply


Floating Garbage Island Twice the Size of Texas Aimlessly Spins in Pacific Ocean

The largest dump in the world isn't outside New York or London or Shanghai but in a desolate stretch of the Pacific Ocean nearly a thousand miles from the nearest island. Held together by a slowly rotating system of currents northeast of Hawaii, the Eastern Garbage Patch is more than just a few floating plastic bottles washed out to sea; the Patch is a giant mass of trash-laden water nearly double the size of Texas.Full Article:Plague of Plastic Chokes the Seas in the LA TimesQuick Blurb:Oceans of Garbage on Vestal Design

Topic by noahw   |  last reply


Challenge Mitch

Is there some aspect of woodwork that you would like me to explain in an instructable?   I'm by no means a woodworking oracle, but I do like a challenge, so have a good discussion amongst yourselves and see if anything comes out on top.   I'll keep my eye on things, but I don't want to interfere.

Topic by WOmadeOD   |  last reply


How to bend plastic optic fiber ?

Hi, I have 0.75, 1 and 1.5mm plastic opic fiber that I am using for my project (which will be the topic of my first instructables ;) ) I need a way to bend the POF in right angle. I don't care if the bending raidus is not very important (spec says max radius is 10 time diameter, 15mm radius is ok for me, and I don't care if I loose a little brightness). I want the POF to stay bend after I have bent it : it must keep the curve I gave it for at least 24 hours. I manage doing something not so bade (but really time consuming) by heating the POF with an hair dryer. I wander if anybody has a better tested idea ? (in the meantime, I'll try putin it in boiling water to see if it kep the shape once cooled). Regards, tReg.

Topic by treg   |  last reply


Thoughts on a prototyping device

Hey I'm a college student trying to create a specialty extruder to aid in prototyping, possibly to be used along side a 3D printer.  Attached is a CAD mockup but we're in the process of building this.  The applcations are fairly broad at the moment and if you think of a cool way to use long pieces of plastic for modelling, crafts, art, whatever, please let me know. This is my kickstarter and I'm trying to get any feedback you have, thanks! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...?ref=discovery

Topic by saudade-pigeon 


Welding as a craft subject listed under crafts and also some nice welding projects

Let's add Welding as a craft subject listed under crafts and also get some nice welding projects.

Topic by geezerbeast 


Envelope making

Help!! I need measurements to make an odd sized envelope using the Martha Stewart scoring board. So I need the top and bottom of the envelope to be 5.25" and the sides to be 5". What size paper should I start with (I’m assuming not a perfect square since the needed measurements are not the same), and what measurements should my A and B score lines be? Thank you for your quick reply because I must get these invitations out in a few days and I am not even finished with them yet!

Topic by DebbieT31   |  last reply


Nerf Modifications and Paint Jobs.

Hello, I just thought I'd share the last few months of completed work with my fellow makers! I'm addicted to modifying and painting Nerf guns now because its something you put a lot of time into that is used regularly. It doesn't gather dust or become a paper weight like my previous model car hobby.  Anyway enjoy, and thanks for looking! More pictures can be provided if you're interested. JonnyBGood

Topic by JonnyBGood   |  last reply


Gilding a ...Wasp?

I have a  vision for a project but am unsure what would be the best means of achieving it.  When I was a kid, I had a bug collection. My grandfather found a perfectly preserved wasp in his garage and saved it for me in a plastic syrup bottle lid. Over the decades all my other insect specimens crumbled (I was a kid, so I just had them loose in a school box without proper mounts) but this wasp is STILL intact and perfect inside the syrup cap more than 20 years later! My grandfather was very special to me, and I was toying with the idea of somehow metal plating this wasp to turn it into a pendant. I have no experience with metal working and don't own the stuff to do it, but i'm open to purchasing materials if my goal even seems realistic.  It is a fragile exoskeleton, which probably limits what I can do in terms of casting  I have wondered about brush coating it with fiberglass resin (to strengthen it) and then painting it with gold leaf, but many of the faux gold leaf paints out there are pretty crappy looking.   Fearing I might just end up destroying the wasp, I've also thought maybe I should just get a Ryker mount and hang him with the rest of my legit insect collection, though it is not posed properly and is likely waaaaaay too old to be re-relaxed for posing. If any experienced jewelry makers, gold leaders, or entomologists have thoughts on how to successfully gild this wasp (or why not to), I welcome your ideas! Thanks in advance.

Topic by ashleyjlong   |  last reply


Neon / fluorescent / phosphorescent ingredients for ceramics

Hi all, Just wondering if anyone knows of any minerals, or products that will produce a visible fluoro colour in daylight, or phosphorescent in the dark. I want to be able to either use these as glaze or as stain for clay slip.

Topic by jarris   |  last reply


lost wax casting: what material is the best for pouring metal into?

So I made a rad Yoda wax figurine recently and I'm looking into converting him into a aluminum via the lost wax casting method. I've seen some other instructables on casting the metal into plaster of paris, but that doesn't seem to preserve the very fine details that I want. There are a few other methods I've seen on other forums, like mixing fine sand with plaster and making a ceramic mold...I have even wackier ideas like using fireproof cement, but I haven't seen anything online to support using it...what other ideas can you think of that don't involve expensive investment powders I have to buy online? 

Topic by jtrainer1   |  last reply


Make something from these parts?

It's my mum's birthday soon (December) and I was planning on making her something out of these various parts. Any ideas would be appreciated, or (possibly) more things I should get to make something look better. Thanks!

Topic by dansassin   |  last reply


Glow in the dark paint for styrofoam balls

Hello, I made a Zelda-style fairy (as seen in this guide https://www.instructables.com/id/Zelda-Style-Fairy-In-A-Bottle/). I was thinking that I might be able to give the styrofoam ball a little more character when not lit up if I could give it a light coat of paint. If there's a glow in the dark paint I can use for this, even better. I don't want to add so much paint that it will smother the light when it's switched on. I know spray paint will melt styrofoam, so that's out. Would I be able to sort of dry-brush acrylic paint used for miniatures onto it? I have a few pots of Citadel paint on hand, or I can always run to the craft store. Heck would food coloring work? Or is the whole idea more trouble than it's worth? Thanks for any help Dave

Topic by DaveOfMutilation   |  last reply


What have you made using TRIM SEAL TOOL

I'm considering purchasing one, but do not make model airplanes. I'm wondering what others have used them for with regards to weapon or armor making. Is it worth it to get one?

Topic by charris.memory 


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

Topic by fungus amungus   |  last reply


macePod - The procession project

Hi Art+Tech lovers Is it possible to track a simple object and calculate it's distance with an Arduino + (Arduino-)camera. I would use a simple tele lens so the distance between the camera and the object can range between 0.5 and 10 meters. The camera can be mounted on 2 servo motors for pan-tilt movement. Everything sits on top of a 2m pole, carried by a person.  And best wishes for 2016! Philippe

Topic by sysArt   |  last reply


Simple Trick for Drawing Proportioned Human Figures Freehand

I discovered a simple system that makes it easier to draw a human figure freehand with well proportioned and positioned body parts. This video will show you how to do it (very easy). Basically you draw 3 overlapping stars and they show you the proportions. To make the figure look taller / skinnier move the 2 main stars a little further apart. Or if the person looks too narrow move the 2 main stars closer together. Towards the end of the video I show a couple other pieces of artwork that I could show you how to make if you want.

Topic by Jaycub   |  last reply


Help about homegrown crystal

I want to grow a crystal which is something written inside it and when you put some light on it, text will reflect on wall. is it even possible? any idea about how to do it guys?(also ladies :D)

Topic by ashbazg   |  last reply


About making Single Board Computers...

Hi guys! I just wondered how can I make a custom Single Board Computer... I am interested to make a custom 8 bit AVR SBC and 32 bit ARM SBC (Must I learn even with the 16 bit architecture?) in a cheap way and without the aid of Raspberry Pi and Arduino. I have these questions: - There is any book or else about learn making Single Board Computers? - Where can I find the components for the board? - I can program and I know a few of many languages (C,C++,Python,Javascript,HTML5,CSS,PHP,MySql). Must I make an OS for everything for make my board work or I can make a "bootable software" (like a MP3 player)? And again,there is a book or else for learn this? Thank you for your time!

Topic by MichaelP170   |  last reply


Make a bunk bed

I decided to make a bunk bed for my room as it is small and I need a desk.  I'm a beginner at woodworking and I need some help. I have made some "plans", I will put 7x2m stakes, 4x1.40m each around 10cm x 10cm wide. Each horizontal stake will have a angle bracket under ( https://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Corniere-dangle-a-charge-lourde-avec-une-nervure-150x150x65-mm-galvanisee-sendzimir-1-unite/8062988/article.html ). Each horizontal stake next to another will a a angle bracket between. Is spruce wood a good choice ? Or maybe I should choose a stronger one ? The bed must support 2 people ( around 140kg ), do you think it's strong enough ? Material : 10 x https://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Latte-en-epicea-rabotee-3000x17x36-mm/1009912/article.html 9 x https://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Bois-massif-de-construction-100x80x3000-mm-epicea-sapin/8099466/article.html  20 x https://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Corniere-dangle-a-charge-lourde-avec-une-nervure-150x150x65-mm-galvanisee-sendzimir-1-unite/8062988/article.html Total price : 239 CHF Sorry for my english.

Topic by servietsky777   |  last reply


Arduino Sms

Hello,  I'm completely new to Arduino and wondering if anyone could help me.  i'm doing an art piece on communications and interactions around the world.  Each person will have there own led light.  Whenever people contact me from around the world eva text or call (preferably through wifi), I want they're light to flash for a few seconds.  No idea what parts I need and how to achieve this.  Hope this makes sense to anyone and have any advice for me? 

Topic by CiaranM8 


Ways to recycle shredded paper?

When I was packing a few parcels for my family I used some of the shredded paper from my "office" to fill some empty space in the boxes. I wondered what uses are there for shredded paper besides filling. What are your ideas?

Topic by blkhawk   |  last reply


Wood burning stoves

Can anyone help me find a place or outlet for a mechanical  device that will open and close a flap on a wood burning stove for letting in  solid fuel into the burner ,this to be operated by a electrical or clockwork timer.Or a idea to make myself,

Topic by Stanwebb10   |  last reply


Text onto soda can

I'm trying to apply some text onto the material from a soda can, but I don't have the neatest handwriting and it's not even meant to be a normal font. What are some good ways to apply some guidance for me when I go to actually scribe onto the material? The end result I'm aiming for is a box similar to this one; https://www.instructables.com/id/Drink-Can-Tinwork/ but with the Sith Creed written in one of the Star Wars fonts, and most of the visible work being done by a dremel. I've thought about making a stencil, but I'm not sure I can reasonably cut some of those shapes at the necessary size. Toner transfer may be an option, but I am not too familiar with that process.

Topic by Bobmonkey07   |  last reply


PC Case Mod Vintage Cola machine help!

Hi! I'm looking to make a pc case modded after a vintage Vendo 1950's Coca Cola machine. The problem i'm having is fabricating the front to look authentic.  eBay has been a help getting coin returns and bottle openers, but i don't know where to find (or how to make) larger pieces I may need. I was wondering what materials I should use, and are there sites that sell 1950's style grills, chrome parts or metal sheets. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Topic by PeteR4   |  last reply


How about my painting.

Hey guys, pls check my paint and suggest what should I prepare.

Topic by Mary Suu   |  last reply


What can I make

I have about 40 wood blocks, 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".  I don't know what to do with them.  Don't want to send to recycle.  Not really sure if they are recyclable.  I'll attach a photo.  

Topic by carolb4   |  last reply


Christmas Present: Post Apocalyptic Scale Model Help

I know that Christmas is a little over two months away but I need help. I'm making my older brother a post apocalyptic scale model car as a present. I have a 1/12 scale model of a 1969 Camaro Z-28 and I want to cut out the back and put model oil drums in it and a mini gun on the roof, but that's just for starters. I just wanted to know if the mini gun I picked out would fit or if it would be too big or small. Any other suggestions would also be awesome, I want to get this started real soon. Please help. Car: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DVNG1BA?psc=1&redirect;=true&ref;_=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00 Guns: https://www.scalehobbyist.com/catagories/Objects/m134d-minigun-on-m3-tripod/LRE00035060/product.php?s=0&t;=7&u;=4&pg;=2&ppp;=48&sb;=stocknumber&so;=a&e;=0 Other: http://www.megahobby.com/wwiigerman200loildrums4plastickit1-35lionroar.aspx

Topic by Fallen_Siren   |  last reply


Pixel Art Help

Hi I was wanting some help with my pixel art. I'm trying to make a game based off on the League of Legend characters. However I was having trouble trying to create them. I feel that they don't look like the "champions" so I was wanting some advice, help or you guys try to show me how you would make it. The following pictures are pictures of the champions and what I have drawn so far. Below are the models of the Champions: Arcade Sona, Arcade Miss Fortune, Arcade Riven, Arcade Hecarim( havent made him yet). Pls respond asap i could use all the help i can get!

Topic by SteelShadow104 


Tips for finishing cut bottles

I bought my boyfriend a Kinkajou Bottle Cutter and Bottle Cutting Inc. sandpaper kit because he was interested in recycling bottles into drinking glasses, candles, etc. He was really excited about the handmade gifts he planned to make, but the sanding/ finishing of the bottle rim has turned out to be such a laborious process he's only finished one glass in 6 months. The sanding papers range from 80grit to 220, I believe. It just takes so long to get a nice smooth edge that your arm is killing you and it's difficult not to give up before achieving a truly professional result. Anyone out there have tips or tricks to make the finishing process faster or less tiresome? Any secret tools of the trade we should know about?  We don't have a garage or big power tools to work with, though I've considered seeing if maybe there's something we could rent for a day(?) I've also looked into BC inch's new "diamond' sanding pads but we're hesitant to drop more money into the project unless we hear those are totally amazing. I welcome your thoughts!

Topic by ashleyjlong   |  last reply


Selling Art

Does anyone here at Instructables sell their art at Redbubble? http://www.redbubble.com/people/josehflm

Topic by Josehf Murchison   |  last reply


Folding coffee table?

Hi instructable community. I am currently graduating, and I own a 484sq. feet (45m^2) apartment. I have the basics and am quite grateful for what I have. however, I belive that a coffee table is almost a necessity. The problem is that if the table isn't wide enough, it won't be of much use, and if it's too wide, it will occupy too much space and will be in the way. That's (hopefully) where you brilliant minded people come in. I was thinking about a folding coffee table that will be thin, and when I have company over, I pull on it or something and it widens up so it can comfortably hold a few glasses and maybe a book or too. I have added a few images of the area that the table will go. The couch is 2m in length (6.56167979 feet) so you can get a generall image of the room. The couch is on a slight angle, so the small plant can fit behind it (it's on a chair so it can get sunlight),  so I can move the couch around a little for a bit more room. Please keep in mind that I do not have many tools, but I know how to work with raw materials, It will just take a little more time (instead of an electrical saw, I have a hand saw. Same job, takes longer). Also I don't have alot of spare money and I can't find "special" items (for example, ball bearings, and pivot and swirlly stuff are out of the picture). I know it sounds quite bizzare but I would like some help. It doesn't HAVE to be a foldable table, but I would prefer it to be, because the couch is also a bed, so if someone comes over for a couple days, I need to be able to "hide" the table to open up some space.  Worst case scenario, I'll make a small(ish) chest that will double as the table. Thank you for your time reading this message. I will be glad to hear from any of you!

Topic by GeorgeK31   |  last reply


Mandalorian costume ideas

Mandalorian costuming ideas, thoughts, and suggestions. Be helpful and supportive. Make on.

Topic by MandalorianMaker   |  last reply


art: bowling balls

I began collecting a few bowling balls with the intention of making decorative art in my flower beds. I have a neighbor across the street who undoubtedly has so much disregard for me that he reported me to the city code enforcer who said bowling balls were against code. I had a supervisor come and look at my yard and the bowling balls and he said it is art. The other code enforcer has required that I "anchor" them down. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm sure no matter what I do the neighbor will not like it. He hates my trees. I have humongous oaks and lots of plants and shrubs. He has complained for 16 years now. He sits on his front porch and watches everything I do. He reported I had rats. They found the rats nest on his property. He claims the termites come from my home. Believe me, I have a small brick ranch that I do all the upkeep on. I think he just can't stand it that he can't tell me what to do like he does the rest of the neighbors. I'm a woman-maybe that's his problem. Anyway, how do I "anchor" my bowling balls without taking away from the art of them in my flowerbeds? Please help me. I want to abide by the city codes.

Topic by Bluejean1   |  last reply


pcb board desinng

Hi im creating my pcb but i have 2 555 timers and its getting too complicated,all wires are overlaping and its a big mess i would appreciatte if someone can help me with the dising,thanks very much,

Topic by NelsonN2   |  last reply


How to make a cardboard dvd box set ?

I would want to make a dvd box set made of cardboard to store 4 slim dvd cases or 2 regular dvd cases? Can someone explain to me how to do this or give me a lay-out or something? I want to make a box like the example below with a thickness of about 30mm. A box like when you buy a full season of a tv series. Do you understand me? Btw sorry for my bad english but english isn't my native language :-s

Topic by DELETED_Nameless001   |  last reply


Copper inlayed wood

Hello, I'm new to working with wood, and I want to find a way to inlay pieces of copper into small pieces of wood. Can someone explain how I might do this. I want the copper pieces to be flush with the wood, and I like an element of spontaneity, so I'm wondering if its possible to pour molten copper into a crevice on a piece of wood. If it's not how can I at least get the piece of copper to stick into the wood? Thanks for any thoughts. 

Topic by kpryce   |  last reply


Active Sound Generator

Guys, does anybody know how to make an "Active Sound Generator"? It produces an amplified engine sound and the car sounds louder. In retail it costs about 2000€ that's why I would like to built my own Active Sound Generator. Any car fans who can help me out?

Topic by KolerR   |  last reply


how to make ood mask

I was wondering if anybody had any ideas on how to easily and cheaply make an ood mask, ive already got the translator ball worked out, i just need a way to make the face, thanks in advance.

Topic by zaronas   |  last reply


Growing roses from seeds

I have a pair of nice, perfumed roses that are getting quite old now. This season one of them produced a nice fruit containing 8 seeds. It is a light pink variety and I also obtained some seeds from a white perfumed rose. Last time I did this was with my grandfather and I was still a little kid LOL The common way of multiplying your roses is by grafting them onto a fresh stem of some wild or low quality roses. The reason for this is quite simple: A "manufacturered rose" is usually designed to look pretty and show certain other features, but not be a strong plant. When using seeds it all comes down to how strong the original mother rose was, not the stock it was crafted on. In some cases you end up with a little bush rose in other cases with something that grows so high that the stem will break in strong winds. But for the lucky few cases that do work good you are paid off with a beautiful new rose. For next couple of weeks the seeds will stay in the fridge to aid germination but if it works out I will take pics of the progress and document it all in an Instructable - but it will be about a year to finnish as roses grow slow from seeds. If I don't forget it again I will also show how to graft one rose onto another to get a bush with different varieties in one.

Topic by Downunder35m   |  last reply


How to treat acetate (transparency film) to avoid ink from chipping

Hey y'all! I've got an odd issue with some transparency film that I'm sure one of you will be able to help me solve! I have a book of prints which I've been inkjet printing on to acetate. It's a lovely book, but the issue I keep running into is that the ink will rub off should someone or something happen to scratch the "wet" side of any of the prints. The prints also gather dust on this side, which after a while makes for a very dusty book! Does anyone have any idea of a treatment method (maybe a spray or a varnish) that would seal in the ink, protecting the prints from dust and scratches? I realize I could just print it on another type of photo paper and probably not have this issue, but I'd like the prints to be translucent (it creates a layering effect that's important to the finished book). Any suggestions gladly welcomed! Best, M

Topic by mbelle1   |  last reply


Has anyone here built their own Hollander Beater?

Hi all of you builders and shakers, I love papermaking and using arts therapy in education. Hollander Beaters are huge, efficient pulp-making machines, but their awesomeness is crippled by their price tag. Plus you can't have them in a townhouse or transport them for educational workshops. I've heard of artists building their own Hollander beaters in miniature, transportable form (ex the Little Critter, Cherub, Oracle) and if they can do it, well, maybe someone on here can do it too! Does anyone know how to get plans for assembling a DIY Hollander beater, or of anyone who has built one for their own studio, or where I might go to get parts for this project? Thanks in advance!

Topic by EllisonM   |  last reply


Where to buy art supplies in bulk online ?

I am an art teacher and planning to start summer art workshops. I want to buy art supplies in bulk for my students. I have heard that ASWexpress - http://www.aswexpress.com/ is the best place online to get all premium supplies at best price. Has any one joined them ? Any suggestions would be of great help.

Topic by jacobjackson   |  last reply


Help: Mask wanted!

Hello and once again welcome to my mask making shop. Now i'm in the mood to create masks this day, but i don't know what mask to make this time. The images from 1 and 2 are the comparisons of a spring trap mask i made a few months back, but unfortunately it hadn't been too well thought out since it's a slant instead of a bulk of the mouth. That being noted i was thinking either i can redo Springtrap's mask or try out other masks. Remember, this is all on opinions so just let me know what you think and i'll try to make a mask that anyone would be interested in seeing as an instructable. Thank you for your time and have a grand day of creativity!

Topic by Mr-Toytel   |  last reply