Blank Nutcracker Figurine?

Just wondering if anybody knows of a place I can find an unpainted wooden nutcracker doll? I want to make a personalized one for a family member for Christmas. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Script I Wrote

This is a script i wrote for my graphic design class for a video project im doing. this is the first time me doing this. i didnt give the actors names because i wanted it to relate to people wathcing it and say "oh that sounds like me..." I was wantting to make something emotional that would motivate people to keep pushing on even when times are hard.( i will have pictures of story board up latter) hope u enjoy it :D By: Nick Melinich Female Actress *(voice spoken in her head, not out loud. More the actress talks, the more emotional she gets. By the end of her line, the actress will be sitting with her knees pressed into her chest, arms wrapped around her legs (like she is hugging for comfort), and lower part of her face buried in-between her knees, back facing the door, on the ground crying .Monolog show what the actress is experiencing, like getting bullied/ getting bad grades/ sleeping at the her desk/ and feeling alone.)* “I can’t… take this anymore… everyday just gets harder and harder… bad grades … no one to talk to…getting picked on……. Feeling alone… I can hardly sleep anymore, my new bed had become the desk im at, and my pillow is a cold hard text book… I feel like im losing control, my life is just slowly slipping through my fingers… when I attempted to stretch my hands to its full extent, deep into this dark abyss. Trying to grasp motivation/hope/happiness…no matter how much I try… I always to come out with a handful of disappointment… what’s the point anymore… in coming to school… im just set to fail anyways… no matter what…” Actor Enters the Room *shot will show the actress in the middle of the “year book” floor with her back towards the door, sitting (like in previous scene). Camera is eye leveled with her. Actress looks like she hit “rock bottom” with hair messed up on one side. Actor creeps in slowly to check on the actress. When the door clicks behind him the actress will be startled by it and jump and turn around to face the actor* ACTOR “Hey… are you all right?” Actress *turns and slowly walks away, arms folded* “just go way…” Actor “no, you seem like you need someone to talk to” Actress “(pauses, shallow breath in to chest) I can’t do this anymore…” *sobs* Actor “do what?” Actress “(quiet, monotone voice) school/ all this work/grades/ life/ just everything…(slowly raises voice) its all just to much, I question why I even come in at all, there’s nothing to look forward to, there is no one I can talk to, there is nothing for me… im alone… I give up!” *goes back onto the floor, full face into knees, crying.* Actor “You’re not alone… im here, there are teachers here that care… you have friends that care, your surrounded by people that care and are willing to help… if you give up now, you will be throwing away all of the years that you have spent learning…  you wont be able to do anything with your life… and that is when you will be truly alone… even though the hard, challenging times. You have to keep pushing through, even though there is no sign of hope.” Actress *slowly turns towards actor* “­your right…” Actor “don’t worry about it “ Actress *walks up and hugs him* “thank you so much” Actor *pulls away from hug, looks at her and smiles* “do you want some help with your work?” Actress *wipes her face dry of tears and smiles back* *Says in a sad tone, but more happily* “(pauses) yes I would.” Ending shot *actor helps actress out with her over bearing work, and cheers the actress up and gives her that motivation to work again*

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Any Suggestions?

So I recently did an instructable on Liquid Light emulsion, (a darkroom technique for printing on objects, link posted below).  I'd like to do more projects with this, though I think it may take  some time.  But while I'm gathering my materials to make a darkroom, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions of what I should print the images on or what images you think would look cool.  HELP!! https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Darkroom-Liquid-Light-Emulsion/

Topic by KathyTackettPhoto   |  last reply


Silhouette Cameo Black Friday Discounts

Remember that great Papercraft Challenge we ran with Silhouette a while back, where they gave away a CAMEO as the top prize?  Well, now Silhouette wants to share some great discounts with all of Instructables for Black Friday. These are the details for the Silhouette Black Friday discounts: Visit http://silhouetteamerica.com/blackfriday.aspx with promo code INSTRUCTABLES for: 1 Silhouette CAMEO® plus 1 copy of Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition (MSRP $349.98) for $229.99 1 Silhouette Portrait™ for $179.99 40 percent off at silhouetteamerica.com The discount is good through the whole week, so even if you're anti-Black Friday or Cyber Monday, you can still benefit from some great deals.   Not sure what  a Silhouette can do for you?  Author mizunohadouken made an entire Stealth Iron Man Costume which snagged a Grand Prize in the Halloween contest!   What will you make with yours? (Offer only valid at silhouetteamerica.com. Expires November 30, 2012. Rain checks not available. % discount excludes Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Portrait™, downloads, download cards, subscriptions, and gift cards).

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E-book: Cooking Material. Could molecular gastronomy help discover new matter?

AN INGREDIENT IS A MATERIAL! Using this e-book "Cooking Material", starting from your own familiarity with cooking, you’ll find inspiration to create material from a recipe. Please watch the book trailer (if you don't see the video, please click on this link) Is it possible to make dough with sawdust instead of flour? Caramelize glass crystals like sugar? Freeze-dry a string of wool so it resembles spaghetti? Today, industry innovation has made it possible to transform traditional materials into diverse states. Liquid wood for furniture manufacture, textile spray for auto interiors, and metallic foam for experimental prosthetics are all examples of familiar materials that have been altered into new, more efficient forms. Are these “special” recipes edible? Not at all! What is their use, then? For one, disseminating the elementary knowledge of chemical-physical reactions taking place in different materials, while maybe you will discover a wall plaster or a jewelry clay or something else useful—and allow your imagination to move freely. Molecular gastronomy adds scientific knowledge to our traditional cooking savoir-faire. This science allows to explore matter through new eyes: so grab you mixer and get cooking, get experimenting! E-book: Cooking Material. Could molecular gastronomy help discover new matter? on iTunes Store or Amazon.

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Candle Holders from Patching plasetr, Drywall compound

Every year we buy candles and it seems the candle holders we have are too big or too small to hold the candles securely enough. At this time last year, I was doing a lot of fixing up using various types of plasters.  So I just mixed up some of the compounds into big balls and stuck candles into them. I took out the the candles. And when they dried, I had candle holders that worked. I liked the concept but tlack the artistry to work this up into a simple, safe, pleasing project. 

Topic by Wilmette   |  last reply


What do you think?

Yesterday, I followed a jewelry workshop. This is the result, what do you think?

Topic by emilyvanleemput   |  last reply


Junk Art

Can any member please post some junk art lessons here on instructables ? I attach a picture of a head made by Mr.Gabriel Dishaw. As you see they are making great things. please teach us. http://gabrieldishaw.com

Topic by goldenshuttle   |  last reply


HELP!!!! I need to rescue my mural!!!

My husband and I donated time to a friend's business to paint a huge mural on the interior of their restaurant. It looks like the business might have to shut down, and we are trying to figure out if there's any way to rescue pieces of the mural. It was painted with acrylic paint, over plaster, which is over brick. There are some portions painted on plywood -- those will be easy to save. It's the stuff painted on the plaster that I am concerned about. I have considered transfer medium as an option but I don't know what kind would work best, and I've also considered wall surgery, but it seems like the plaster would just crumble. HELP!!!! Link to pics of the mural below. It took FOREVER to do. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetomatopizza/sets/72157629193389337/

Topic by KedaDibandion   |  last reply


Taxidermy idea

For a while I've asked that when "the cats" die I can have them to turn into Davy Crockett Hats, with the tail hanging down at the back. This is because: -They have nice tortoise-shell fur -What else do you do with a dead-cat -How many Davy Crockett Hats have you actually seen? When I was discussing this today, I was asked about the cat's head... which gave me the idea of having the head and paws on with an mp3 player and speakers in the front-paws. So you'd have an Mp3 Cat Hat, that looked like you'd got a cat clinging to your head, with it's front paws in your ears. It's a bit mad, but I think someone would buy one. Maybe mouse-mouse-minded people might make one? Or it's a knitting/crochet project. L

Topic by lemonie   |  last reply


Updated information on woodblock printmaking

Just read through the woodblock printmaking advice. The article does not give the artist's name but there are a few bits that I would like to add. First: there is an oil based ink made from soy that is non-toxic and easy to work and clean up. T.N. Lawrence and a London based printmaking supply company both sell Akua inks. This is wonderful ink with terrific colours in addition to the blacks. Second: buy the best carving tools that you can afford and keep them sharp. A dull blade will cause all kinds of carving problems. Third, instead of buying great hunks of wood at enormous costs, think about buying a decent plywood (1/2" at least to minimize warping). I like to use poplar but ask your local lumber supplier for advice. Soft wood is easier to carve but harder wood gives a finer line. Fourth: use the thin Japanese papers for the best results. Ask for sumi-e (ink painting) paper. One can buy it in rolls or sheets. Fifth: instead of covering a book with a towel and risking the wood moving, use a bench hook. Cheap to buy and cheaper to make you own. Essentially it is three pieces of wood screwed together.  Google the word or just ask at your local art store. Check the image. Sixth: have fun but be aware that this art form can be habit forming.

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Amigurumi doll

Http://www.google.com/imgres?q=amigurumi+naruto&um;=1&hl;=en&sa;=N&tbo;=d&biw;=1366&bih;=596&tbm;=isch&tbnid;=OA233Gg8zSorxM:&imgrefurl;=http://craftydork.blogspot.com/2010/08/naruto-uzumaki-amigurumi.html&docid;=SkfbdeXelRzg8M&imgurl;=http://i940.photobucket.com/albums/ad242/JennyDork/Custom%252520Amigurumi/DSCN5871.jpg&w;=448&h;=592&ei;=3OutUMeIK4aRhQedmYGICA&zoom;=1&iact;=rc&dur;=161&sig;=112930114174837872069&page;=1&tbnh;=139&tbnw;=100&start;=0&ndsp;=25&ved;=1t:429,r:11,s:0,i:120&tx;=27&ty;=117 Hi Everybody,  I'm new to this forum and I was wondering if I could get some help... It'd be very much appreciated. So Ive just recently taken up amigurumi and Ive done some basic things like poke balls and mario mushrooms, easy enough. However,I want to move on to makng dolls. In particular I want to make a Naruto doll like the one in the link Ive attached. Im finding it difficult to find a pattern for this exact shape of doll though, and also I think I would like to make it smaller anyway.... would anyone be able to give me any advice on this? Actually if anyone knew of any video tutorials on making this shape doll that'd be even better. Also, regarding the colour change in the body, I know how to do a basic colour change where you would have say a row of red and then you change it to white so that the whole next row is white, but if you look at this doll there's a line of black going vertically up his torso and Im not sure how I would go about this type of colour change? It seems complicated? Like I said I would be sooooo grateful for any help anyone could give... I want to make this for someone special :) Thanks guys :)

Topic by radfordr   |  last reply


Thin blue line paracord bracelet

Hi everyone! This is my first question; I've been lurking on here for a whille now & love all of the instructables!  My question is (& I apologize if this has been posted somewhere else): does anyone have instructions on how to create a "thin blue line" paracord bracelet?  I've found several youtube videos (which I haven't viewed yet, if there's one that's better than the others, please let me know!), but I prefer written instructions if possible. Thanks so much!!

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Yeast fermentation for composting solution?

I threw some hay off my lawn and some green weecds into a garbage can, some sugar and yeast and formented it to slug beer but the slugs did not like it. It then fermented further to vinegar, and a crust of green "Mold?" covered it. seems to have protected the vinegar from further fermentation. I tried a second bigger batch ( morning glory weeds) with less sugar but after a few days of good fermenting it went rotten and stinky. So there are probably thresholds for sugar content. Would the yeast be a way of adding fertilizer to organic gardens? Yeast can (I think) convert urea and nitrate to protein. Perhaps some green stuff has enough sugar to work without sugar addition. vine prunings? maybe. The first batch, i put bleach in to kill off microbes before I added water and yeast. Perhaps hydrated lime would work instead of bleach and also get the ph good for yeast fermentation. This might be a cheap way of liming your garden. (Here in victoria, hydrated type s lime is cheaper than limestone for garden addition. (But it contains more calcium!) The "yeast tea" or vinegar tea could be used on the garden and the weeds could then be transfered to normal compost or used as mulch. It might be an alternative way of using diseased materials of composting seedy weeds to kill the seeds. Brian

Topic by gaiatechnician   |  last reply


learning to create pictures with seed beads

I want to learn to create art using seed beads and I don't know where to begin.  By art, I mean actual pictures that you would hang on your walls like you may have seen done with m&ms or jelly beans lol.  I hope someone can lead me in the right direction.  I don't know if you use fabric or tear away paper or what, I just know I want to learn to do it.  Thank you, Alison

Topic by alison528   |  last reply


no nose photoshop halloween tut

Hi i recently made this instructable Halloween for this contest , but its stuck in filters XD and isnt getting any looks or critiques. So, if you like the photo i attached go check out my link and instructable.  

Topic by sircaptaintigerotter   |  last reply


cricut machine

Hello fast question, I have a cricut expression, and unfortunately since it no longer words with "sure cuts a lot" or any of the other custom software applications, does anyone know if I could simply hack the machine to accept usb commands from the computer to cut custom shapes?

Topic by kalboon 


what's a good adhesive to sticking tinfoil to plastic?

I want to use some foil wrappers leftover Halloween candy for decorations but my initial attempts either peeled off or never quite dried.  What's a good adhesive to sticking tinfoil to plastic? cheers, flashj

Topic by flashj   |  last reply


How would this halloween costume be made?

Hey all! I saw this picture at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=380883055319134&set;=a.102107073196735.4429.102099916530784&type;=1 and wondered how that costume could be made for a guy... Any advice? Thanks! (I wouldn't be making it this year, but maybe next...

Topic by schumi23   |  last reply


Support Star by buying a t-shirt

Star needs help covering her court fees for the "hoax device" that she was wearing. You can either send her money by paypal directly or you can buy a shirt and $5 of the proceeds will go to Star.If your order is over $15, you can get $5 off by using this coupon: SPREADSHIRT3000Since the lightweight shirts are cheaper, I bumped the price up a bit so you could use the coupon for one shirt. You save money and another $1 goes to Star.Let me know if there are other shirt styles that you want. Or you can design your own shirt by clicking the "Create and Sell a t-shirt with this design" button. Be aware that it may not look so hot on a colored shirt since it's a digital transfer. click here to donate directly click here to see the shirts

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Be one of the Chicks! - Flyff Antilles' Star Wars Costume Contest - entry deadline Jan. 31th 2013!

Hey, costuming chicks, friends and fans, :-) just finished your Halloween costume and are thrilled by the recent big news of the Star Wars future that awaits us all in the next years? Or your girlfriend is loving to dress up as the ultimate Star Wars chick? Then I’ve just the right next challenge waiting for you: “Be one of the Chicks!” - What does that mean, you ask yourself? That means I’m hosting my own Costume Contest and you can be part of it! - What for? The winner will be featured as the model of an exclusive piece in my ongoing series “Imperial Recruitment 2″. As the winner you may choose the costume and motive you’re shown in – only Imperial costumes of course! ;-) - What you have to do? 1. Build one of the Chicks’ costumes seen in my artwork! * 2. Get some nice shots of you wearing it! 3. Send in those shots via email to flyff.antilles@googlemail.com till January 31th 2013! 4. Make all your friends and fans vote for you and your costume, once the voting phase has started in February 2013! Go, get your inspiration on my deviantART gallery! Good luck! * Only shots of costumes build after one of the girls in my ongoing series “Imperial Recruitment 2″ are eligible to participate in the contest! http://flyff-antilles.com/

Topic by FlyffAntilles 


Sustainable housing development

Is there anyone that has gone through the process of setting up a sustainable housing development, preferably in Australia, but would be happy to learn of some expriences elsewhere. I've built my own house but am now considering to setup a project to build more efficiently - perhaps get 15 to 20 people together and buy a larger piece of land which would be lot more efficient to build on - with share facilities etc.

Topic by icecreamguru 


Wrist mounted...

I need some help. I need ideas on how I would make this. Basically I want to make a wrist-mounted pistol (fake).   If you've seen Assassins creed before, they use a hidden blade that is spring loaded. Also this was in Sherlock Holmes (professor). What I want is is to sit on my wrist and when I push a button behind the pistol, it ejects it forward so i can grab it. I apologize if I'm not being clear.

Topic by Serdano 


Doodle with Pattern Background

So I had a problem choosing a pattern that I was going to decorate a notebook with. I looked up patterns and designs on Google images, but most were either all too complicated or just not appealing to me. So I decided to create my own design. I had a few guidelines for the design: 1. It had to reflect my personality somehow. 2. It can't be too complicated 3. I had to like it, of course. I looked around for inspiration on Google and Ikea, and found this design where it was a feather with stripes surrounded by lines, circles, and curves. And it hit me, a picture surrounded by different patterns. Since I'm Asian, I immediately thought of a cute panda. Then, I google searched a tutorial for a panda, drew it, and behold, a panda! After that, I thought that it needed more, so I started drawing random ovals behind it. The ovals looked too plain so I thought about adding more, with patterns! I drew a variety of patterns in the ovals/circles and the picture is my result. If you look close enough you can see my other attempted patterns on the back of the paper, including feathers and toast. I'm just random like that. Pip pip toodley doo!

Topic by t0ast-tastic   |  last reply


Structure.

Hey, how're you doing? I need some help. My Halloween costume I'm making needs a structure that is either self stabilizing, or can roll. I know how to make it roll, but it would be amazing if it could stabilize.  I'm going to be holding the structure with one hand, so I need one side heavier than the other, but I'm not sure what materials to use that are effective and cheap. Please help! Thanks! (PICTURES in order: Abigail Original picture, Abigail Issue #1 of comic series, Quick Sketch of the costume)

Topic by RoadkillJoe667   |  last reply


Fiber contest

Can we use loose fibers (roving) for the fibers contest or does it have to be spun into yarn first? Thanks

Topic by flyingpuppy   |  last reply


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.

Topic by meplusyou 


What Is Your Favorite Genre Of Music

What is your favorite genre of music? Who is your favorite artist? What is your favorite song? This is basically my attempt in seeing how many people like what type of music and if rap is becoming more popular than anything else (it's all I see on TV anymore). Please answer these questions or ask more about music in general here. This will also help me get to know you all better and hopefully cause more people to join this group.

Topic by Dr.Paj   |  last reply


Does anyone know what this is?

I cound this antique flag holder that i have had for years, i was wondering if anyone could tell me what it is,

Topic by characterzer0   |  last reply


Too many volts from a bike generator

I took a treadmill motor and hooked it up to an excersize bike in order to charge a 12v battery and power an audio system.  Unfortunately, it worked far better than I ever hoped and is pumping out 75v at a max pedal, 45v on an easy ride.  I've looked into various charge controllers, but they only charge batteries close to the input voltage, and step-down voltage changers take it directly down to 12v, too low to charge a 12v battery.  Any suggestions?  Thanks.

Topic by EastsidePrep   |  last reply


Help Me to Make a Flower Using Crystal

Please Anybody can help me to Make a Flower using crystal. several crystal items were in shop. so pretty. then i though to make one. please share with me. thanks. Note. i am a new one to this forum!

Topic by mnms1983   |  last reply


Projects over the summer?

Have any of you got any big projects you are going to work on, or any ideas of cool projects that someone could make over the summer? Because i would like to build something over the summer but i have no ideas yet.

Topic by TeacherOfTheWays   |  last reply


How to Add a Name Into A Crocheted Blanket

I'm halfway done making a good sized granny square blanket and I was wondering if anyone knew how to go about adding a name to it.  Would I just chain a super long chain and try to form the letters I need?  I want a cursive style look to it. Any tips would be greatly appreciated! Zurichko

Topic by zurichko   |  last reply


Magnets, Magnetism, Field lines ???? An expert is needed for green wind power.

This is best placed in the green group as it is for the production of green electricity, but I think that it would not be out of place in the science section also. I have an idea, quite probably not an original one but an idea all the same. It came about as we go camping as a family and have been off the grid a few times. Basically we have had no way of charging our electronic devices for longish periods. Solar power I hear you cry, well that is all well and good if you live in a country that has good sunlight, but here in the UK it can be unpredictable and not produce enough charge to power modern devices. I am mucking about with dynamo’s on the bikes (pedal ones) and wind up devices. Something I am looking into is things like wind power or improved dynamo power. The basic principal behind all of these forms of power production is that of passing a conductor through a magnetic field to produce a potential difference on that conductor. Simples (reference to meerkat advert http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBu0OtC6m9g). It has been a very long time since I have done anything like this (way back in school all those years ago) so please stick with me on this one. If I remember right the principal theory is that 1. The higher number of conductors (or loops in the coil) that passes through the field lines causes the voltage to be higher. 2. The stronger the magnetic flux the higher the current production within the conductors. This is a bit basic to some of you I am sure but I still need to get it out to confirm my thoughts. If this is wrong please correct me, as the title says, an expert is needed lol The bar magnet field lines project from the N end and loop back to the S end in this fashion Image 1 Putting two bar magnets together with N and S facing gives a field pattern like this Image 2 Now this is where I need the most help with. Toroidal magnets produce a different field pattern, and as far as I can make out from the internet it looks like this Image 3 & 4 What I want to know is what happens when you put two toroidal magnets on top of each other, what happens to the field lines then. I have thought that there are a few possibilities on this, the first is that the circular lines will extend to encompass both magnets creating like an hour glass formation in the cross section. The second is that field lines will combine/intermingle between the magnets and create a figure 8 pattern. In either of the two possibilities the field strength will be increased to what could be considered a focal point between the two magnets. So with the technical thoughts out of the way and progressing on the assumption that I am correct so far my thought of a high powered dynamo is this. A central shaft that is spun by wind or other means, attached to this shaft are disks like platters on a hard drive, attached to those platters are the toroidal magnets. The magnets are aligned and spaced to give maximum condensing of the field lines between the upper and lower platter. In the centre of the two (or more) platters is a fixed platter, not attached to the shaft and is stationary. On this stationary platter are the coils, fixed into position. Image 5 The coils are shaped and could be something like the voice coils out of a hard drive, which would be good as they would determine the size of the platters, being key stone shaped they will fit together to make a ring of coils. Image 6 The whole idea is based upon the maximising and focusing of the field lines from the magnets to a point producing the maximum amount of energy as the coils pass through the lines. I also think that due to the shaft being turned having little resistance or weight that even small amounts of wind energy would be able to turn it to produce the desired outcome. Now this is where I ask you all to comment and take my thoughts to bits where I have assumed things that are wrong. I have no problems being told where I am wrong as long as it is not in a nasty way. Cheers all

Topic by Batdragon 


Reverse Global Warming the DIRTY way

1)  We are put carbon into the air by burning fossil fuels.   What are fossil fuels?  Plants that were buried eons ago.   How can we reverse the trend?  By burying plant matter, thus sequestering CO2 from the air. Fortunately, there is a convenient way to do so. Put lawn waste and paper in a landfill.  Paper is mostly made from tree farm trees. They'll replant to grow more. New trees absorb CO2 from air.       a)  Bury paper. Don't recycle it.    b)  Bury lawn waste, don't mulch or compost. 2) Since people do burn stuff to keep warm, travel, and do stuff in general, is there a way to do this without as much effect on climate? Yes. Global COOLing happens when particulates (smoke) reflect some sunlight.   So the laudable efforts to produce cleaner emissions from cars, powerplants, etc, also prevents the effect of global cooling.   Ironic that  a filthy smoke belching 1800s smokestack which lead to respiratory problems, etc, would also put out particulates that block some sunlight.      a)  make smoke, not clean exhaust. I welcome responses whether you agree or disagree.  To be perfectly honest, I'm not sure if I agree myself ! Just putting it out there.

Topic by Toga_Dan   |  last reply


come look around

I was advised by another member to invite people in forum to come look around my page and sites - I think if you go to my page website is listed there...gotta go run to the job job :( :( but feel free to stop in

Topic by originalsbykaty   |  last reply


Treehugger gives Instructables Two Best of Green awards

Woohoo! Treehugger has given Instructables TWO of its Best of Green awards! Honus won a Best Gadget Hackaward for his Solar iPhone Charger - you may remember it as a winner of the Earthjustice United States of Efficiency Contest.  Congratulations Honus! Instructables is also named as the Best DIY Website. We'd like to thank the cool folks at Treehugger for the award - we'll keep doing our best to deserve it.  Hooray for keeping it green!

Topic by fungus amungus   |  last reply


glass table? (is this where this goes? :D)

I recently obtained for a fair price a cut piece of glass from goodwill. its rounded slightly at the sides and greatly at the corners. at the widest point it is approximately 52" by 24". its 3/8" thick-its fairly heavy as you could imagine. I mean i can pick it up by myself but its worrying me what to build the actual support out of. I was thinking to have 2 tubes pipes or cylinders at equal distances from the right and left edges-it would be at least 10 inches away from the edge on each side, leaving what, 32 inches in between them? Now my question is whats the cheapest way of doing this. i didnt THINK i would use PVC, but i dont have the slightest clue how much it could support, so idk. Aluminum tubing is cheap for smaller sizes, is that better? Id give a weight estimate but im terrible at estimating things based off my senses so thats a bad idea. Maybe you can get an idea off the dimensions. I can spend at max 15 bucks for PVC or aluminum. oh, and the desk is gonna be around 30 inches tall. so 5 feet is just enough. Also, what would be a good idea to place the cylinders on top of for balance? At this point, all i need to do is keep the glass 30 inches off the ground with ~3 feet of space for me to slide my chair into (although its really not a neccessity because itll be out alot anyway.) with a 15 dollar budget. any sugestions?

Topic by abkarch   |  last reply


some art with sketchbook express

I created this tonight while playing with some of the features of sketchbook express (free on apple store) Tell me what you think.

Topic by thematthatter   |  last reply


I need to make fake hipster glasses

Hello.  In two weeks, I need to look something like this guy: http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/mythbusters/meet/gallery/mythbusters-adam-savage-bio-2-324x205.jpg I've already got someone doing Jamie Hyneman.  The only problematic bit for me is the glasses.  See, I already wear glasses, and my frames aren't that thick.  So, in maximizing authenticity, I'd like to do a DIY-conversion for my glasses to make them look like Adam Savage's hipster glasses.  Here's my working hypothesis.  I get some kind of thick, lightweight, cut-able material and cut it into two parts, with a groove lining the inside.  Then I glue the two halves together, fitting around the frames of my current glasses. I'm thinking my best option for a material is thick posterboard - the stuff that's sort of foamy in the middle, with card paper on either side.  The foamy bit would make it easy to carve a groove and fit it around my glasses. Here are my current blueprints: Would love to fish for a few more ideas, though, before I dive headlong into this.  Are there any other materials that might do me better, or a better method altogether?  Input of any sort is appreciated!

Topic by Histidine   |  last reply


Tardis Console

I'm wanting to bend a piece of acrylic into a cylinder. About 2' dia and 4' high. Any suggestions?

Topic by writer55   |  last reply


Help needed Can you tell me how to make this?

Can someone look at this link  http://coincrafters.com/attendedpennypress.htm and let me know if you can tell me how to make one of these? thanks in advance 

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Game pieces for life size Operation game

This is for a halloween carnival and will be used over and over again, so I would like for it to be fairly sturdy.  I thought of cutting insulating foam and using it, but it would probably break easily.  Other ideas I have had: bondo plastic styrene sheeting (yard sign material) cardboard plastic dip (dip foam pieces in it?) great stuff foam I would like for the pieces to be white, fairly sturdy, about 1" thick or so.  Nothing is jumping out at me as inexpensive and durable. Thanks for any help!

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Halloween Costume Help

I decided to be Marilyn Monroe for Halloween and I have a long pink dress that I am going to alter to emulate Monroe's pink dress from the film Gentleman Prefer Blondes. Does anybody have any ideas how I could do this? The three main things that I need to do are get rid of the rhinestones in the middle, make a bow for the back, and get rid of the straps.  I know how to alter the middle but have no idea what to do about the bow or the straps. Any ideas for how to make the bow would be very appreciated. I know that I could just cut the straps off but there is no support on the top whatsoever and the top is a little loose on me. The material is silk so if I just cut off the straps I'm pretty sure the dress would just fall off. Any ideas are very appreciated!  

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My profile picture is lame. Help me be less lame, win 5 years pro membership!

I’m looking for an avatar/logo/awesome little chunk of artwork to represent me on Instructables and other places such as YouTube and my blog. I’m not very good with the whole art/drawing/creative logo thing so I need your help in making a recognizable symbol that I can love and cherish for years to come. I’ve seen some great stuff produced by Instructables members so I’m hoping you guys can work your magic on my avatar/logo/awesome little chunk of artwork. Some criteria: -I should be able to “remix” it easily by being able to switch out what it’s holding, changing the colors, add different headgear to it, etc. -I would like a simple, cartoon style logo. Though your intricate details and shading skills may be amazing, they sadly don’t have a place in my avatar/logo/awesome little chunk of artwork. -I would prefer if it didn’t have any words. -All work needs to be your own. I have the same Google as you and don't need you pulling stuff from there for me.  Some other members who have great examples of this are Kiteman (of course), monsterlego, and even the Instructables Robot himself (check out the Food, Outside, and Technology categories) Ideas Right now I’m thinking an octopus could be a cool thing because it has a lot of tentacles and it could represent the diverse projects I like to do but I’m open to any designs. You can check out my profile and Instructables that I’ve posted to come up with your own idea but I don’t necessarily want a logo that represents only LEGO or origami unless if it has a lot of potential for general use. I’m Here to Help If you have an idea but want to run it by me before taking the time to make it, just leave a comment and I’ll let you know what I think. Also, if you post a design I’ll leave a comment and let you know if there’s anything you can do to improve it and/or what I especially like about it. Any other questions that weren’t answered here are completely welcome as well. Conditions If your design is selected as the winner, you will receive a quantity of five (5) 1 Year Pro Memberships to Instructables. I will need a file of the design before the prize is awarded. The design will become my property, I will have all rights to it, and I will be able to use it in any way that I like, including altering it. Pretty much you will have bragging rights and 5 years worth of membership but the design will be mine.

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Yarn work Question

Hello! I'm Jordan the Knitter and I'm new to instructables. This website is amazing! I thought it would be fun to start out with a question. Is there anything you would like to learn in the realm of yarn work? I've been working yarn for about eight years. I spend a good bit of time avoiding homework by instructing others and making my own designs. 

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rotating gardens

Does anyone have a tutorial or know where I can get drawings for the ring-shaped garden that has been shown on Stargate: Universe? There is a website that sells them but the $2,000 asking price is ridiculous!!

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Help! Terminal Artist's Block Is Eating My Brain

Does anybody have any tips or techniques for breaking out of  a spell of artist's block? I've been somewhat uninspired for a couple of months now, and it's making me crazy. I'm dying to create something, but every time I go out to the studio, I just wind up staring at the tools & materials for an hour or so, getting frustrated and leaving. I've tried just starting to work in the hopes that the materials would tell me where they wanted to go, but the results have been less than satisfying. If it's helpful, my current areas of interest are kiln glass (with an emphasis on recycling old bottle & window glass) and copper enameling. What have others done to get out of a creative slump? Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

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Robot costume arms idea?

I am building the robot below for a Halloween costume. I am building the head, upper and lower body, arms, and shoes out of silver painted cardboard. But as for the arms and legs I need advice as to what to use. I know the material used in these pics has a name but I am clueless as to where to find them and what it called. The costume should be flexible enough to dance (AKA wave my arms in a worm-like motion) at a Halloween party. Any tips or ideas? Thanks in advance. If you want I'll make an instructable once I figure it out and build it if you ask. PS I am 5 feet 8 inches, and My arms are not too fat or too thin, and I am 14 years of age if you care.

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Request: Light up wall switches

I was wanting to know if anyone has made anything like this wall.  http://internetsiao.com/light-up-rocker-switch-art/ If so, please let me know how. I'd really like to make one. 

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