Budget for Zombie FX?

Hallloo. I am trying to come up with a budget for make-up and gore FX for a decently funded Zombie movie. Usually I work with an existing budget, and I've never done anything this extensive. There are 8 dessicated zombies, a few of their heads explode, one human head is destroyed with a sledgehammer, drill-bit in the eye, that kind of thing. Any advice, past experiences, memoirs, etc. would be wonderful. I'm a sculptor by training, so that's how I'm looking at this project. Like gross kinetic sculptures. Yikes, and away!

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Budget Bowl Lathe

I salvaged an AC motor from an old water pump I found on the side of the road and want to use it to make a simple lathe for turning green wood bowls and cups.  I was thinking about using a floor flange as the face plate, a nipple for the shaft and pillow bearing blocks to support it.  This assembly would be driven by a v belt and controlled by the speed controller from a jig saw.  I attached pictures of the components and a simple cad drawing of the assembly. Do you think this would be functional? Any recommendations?        

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Cheap projects

I just recently joined Instructables, and I'm looking for cheap (not necessarily simple) projects that involve mechanics or making anything out of easily found materials. Something like LostRite's hidden blade or this Mechanical Hand. I'm in high school and don't yet have a job, so many of the projects i find are out of my budget. Thanks for any of your suggestions!

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How to Shoot a War Scene on a Tight Budget

See how to use just three people to create a full war scene complete with explosions within four days.For the shooting anyway. Still not clear how long this took to assemble in post. via Neatorama

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Looking for homemade candy recipes!!!! Answered

Me and my friends are looking for some extra money and decided that we were going to try to sell some homemade candy. We are looking for some easy-ish recipes, but we are willing to try some harder ones too. We are on a pretty (very) low budget. Maybe $25 or so. So, if you know any recipes personally, or the URL's to some other recipes online, please include them in your answer. Alternatively, you could private message your recipes and info to me on YouTube. My channel is TNTutorials. Please do your best to contribute. We are doing our best to save up money for some personal goals, and the civilians in my neighborhood are candy heads, so we thought that this should work. Please take this seriously, and try to contribute! Thanks!!!

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How can i make my room cooler looking with a small budget?

I am a male Freshman in High School and i want my room looking less childish. it is a small room (12'x 12') with an open closet 2' deep. I cant do much furniture but small details(lights, items etc.) are open. Please help.

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How do I make a wedding cake posy?

Hi everyone. I am making a wedding cake in June and, because the couple are doing it on a very tight budget, I need to DIY as much as possible I have no idea how to make a posy. Preferably using artificial roses. I need help to make a budget topper that looks a million dollars (or pounds).  I would also need help with the same but using fondant. Can anyone help?

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How can I make a small rolling mill for my silver, the ones sold commercially are way out of my budget? Answered

I want to make a rolling mill that is adjustable and will roll out silver for silversmithing. It dosen't have to be elaborate just strong.

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thermocole strength

Hey guys,could you tell me how i can strengthen thermocole board(i mean make it strong enough to hold a a dictionary)? dont suggest using another substance like wood or hard cardboard cuz where i stay these stuff ar waaaay off my budget.

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Rain Barrels:am making a youth garden,1000 sq ft in a park. Only have a small toolshed roof to collect from. Any advice?

Our budget is tiny. Can't find free or cheap food-grade barrels. Anyone ever done this by recycling hot H2O tanks?

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Green bamboo

I am sewing some window blinds for a friend on a very tight budget. I'd like to know if I can use slim bamboo canes straight from the garden as a weight. It will be sewn into a cotton fabric channel at the bottom of the blind. Or should I be only using dried bamboo? ie I am hoping that it wont go mouldy??

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Do it exist a way to homebuild a suitable (working) bandsaw for modellers? Answered

Since I'm a young modeller, and ALWAYS on budget, is there any suitable (viable) And EASY WAY to homebuild a (working) bandsaw for modellers? The one (cheapest) I've found are on the 150 EUROS circa, (*) but won't be as precise as I need. ANY CLEVER IDEA????? ciao to all! Mario (*) whoa! out of money!!!!

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Students build giant robot from old truck

Chinese students built this awesome robot sculpture for their graduation project. Almost all of the parts come from an old truck and the total budget was 300,000 yuan. The final robot is almost 32 feet tall and weighs over 8,800 lbs. Giant robot via TechEBlog

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How to make a cool-looking DIY canister filter for a 10 gal guppy tank with a college student budget?

Hi everybodyi'm a newbie for diy project but i would love to give it a try. ok, so my hang on the back filter for my 10 gal tank just stopped working. i started to google for a diy filter and found a cool site to make a diy canister filter. here is the link: http://www.petfrd.com/forum/articles.php?action=viewarticle&artid;=87&page;=2however i just wonder if anyone had tried it. if you did please respond back to me with a detailed step-by-step instructions on how to assembly one. in addition, please tell me where i can get the materials for the lowest cost. i guess in this economy a college student like me just can't afford to spend too much. btw i'm in san diego ca if that helps... thanks a lot for reading my questions.best,tino

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What is something I can make this summer? Answered

I would like something that i can actually use or is valuable. Maybe make power. I am up for all suggestions, my budget is about $50 but may go higher because i am going to mow lawns this summer.

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how to find the right used car for me? Answered

All right  guys and gals i need to find a good used car in the atlanta area but am having the hardest time doing so if any one knows on a good reliable honest search engine ect. for used cars within a certian make modle and budget please let me know. thankyou, fidgety

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How to make a giant Magna Doodle to use as a white board?

 I want to go about making a giant Magna Doodle to use as a white board in my home office. It would help cut down on the number of pens I use as well as that awful ink smell. Overall, more better for the environment and hopefully for my budget. Any ideas on how you would go about doing this?

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I'm looking to buy a simple, sturdy sewing machine. What's simple to use, and easy to afford?

I want to buy a sewing machine to use for beginner-to-intermediate projects. I want something simple to use, but sturdy, and affordable. My budget is $150, but preferably less. I don't need a lot of bells and whistles. I'll be using it mostly for hems and piecing fabrics together, possibly denim, but mostly flannels and jersey. Can anyone recommend a machine?

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Any scale- model makers?

Hi, I am the art director on a very low-budget but so-far amazing movie. I want to make an inexpensive but professional looking model of an observatory. So far, I am thinking of using sculpey. Can anyone please help with some leads? I know I could put this together, but instructables, websites, or comments about materials or construction would help immensely. This website is full of resourceful people. Thanks!

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Soda Bottle Skylights

I love ingenuity, so I wanted to share this link to an article on a Brazilian machinist who makes skylights from water filled pop bottles. I'm not sure if these would classify as a budget solatube or a twenty first century deck prism.There's also a video, but it's in some obscure foreign language. Portuguese i think.I might add one to my shed...

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I would like to build a simple toy barn and stable for my 4-year old's toy horses. Tools and budget are limited.

All of the plans I find onlline are expensive and complicated, and IJ don't have a band saw or router. I just want to build a simple, open-roof barn and stable, maybe a small table as well, for my little one's toy horses. I have a drill and hand tools, and some woodworking talent. Any ideas?

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How to make doll house fixtures and furniture for a Queen Anne Style doll house?

I have to finish and furnish a large Queen Anne style dollhouse for a fundraising project for our local hospice. I have a limited budget and a number of volunteers who would like to help. One ideas was to make items to furnish the dollhouse as a  craft project to be made during a church retreat. I am looking for ideas and instructions for things that people can help make during a weekend.

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I need to charge my laptop while on a tour through the americas. Is there any way i can hit 40 watts using my bike? Answered

 I don't have a massive budget for a sweet solar panel. So i am curious to see if there is any way i can get the kinetic energy of my tires to capture enough power to at least charge my batter while i ride. Small, lite simple & robust are all important factors. Any ideas?

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how can i make a realistic green leather jacket thats size 12 trying to make a green leather jacket?

Im trying to make a green leather jacket but they are realy expensive and they are girl style im a boy im size 10 or 12 all the stores i know of can be goodwill but they don't really have kids leather jackets and i dont want the punk ones either im trying to make a ben 10 alien force costume with it and there is also a craft store where i live i have a budget of 5 to $10.00 any tips?

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How do I stop condensation from appearing on a cheap styrofoam cooler?

I'm building my own dehumidifier (future instructable if I can solve this problem) and I realize that buying a good cooler is probably most sensible but I am on a budget and the copper coiling drained my funds (Only 15, no job, and my parents don't want to spend a lot on something they don't think will ever really work, hopefully I can prove them wrong). Anyways, the crappy cooler I have will have to do for the time being. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

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I want to decorate some plastic slider pencil cases for use as Family Reunion favors? Does anyone have any ideas? Answered

I would like for the decorations to be either "Family" or "Reunion" related. I plan to do 80-100 of these for varying age groups between 5yrs. and 80yrs. The cases come in various colors and will be filled with items useful to recipients according to gender/and age group, or something anyone could use one, such as personal toiletries, crafts, cosmetics, etc. As of this time, I'm not sure exactly what will go into them, since my budget is tight, but I would want the items to be useful. Any ideas on this part would also be appreciated.

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Does anybody know how to replace fabric on a sewing basket/box?

I want a really pretty sewing BASKET (I could do a plastic box kind too). ....but I really don't like the lame fabric prints on them...except one at walmart that has peacock feathers ...its ok...but it's defective. I would really like to know how to take one apart and replace the fabric. I would just buy one and try it but I dont have the money to buy one and possibly mess it up or not be able to put it back together. Right now because of my budget Im not able to do that. Thank you for time. Leah :)

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My friends are making their first movie!

Some close friends of mine are wrapping up their first self made feature length film titled "The Aviation Cocktail" and I have to say what I've seen so far is pretty darn impressive. It's amazing what they've done with the budget they have. The writer/director is the husband of one of my co workers- we've worked together for eleven years so it's really fantastic to see all their hard work finally come to fruition. Dave is an extremely talented individual and it shows in the trailer. The trailer is here- http://www.indiegogo.com/propeller They've set up a website for the film here (no real content yet)- http://www.theaviationcocktail.com/

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Freezing Grand Central Station

A couple hundred people created an event in Grand Central Station in NYC simply by freezing in place. The event was coordinated by Improv Everywhere, a group that has managed to create some wonderfully amazing events with good coordination, a lot of volunteers, and not much else. Who needs a big budget to do something this fun and memorable?The plan: Get a couple hundred people to freeze in place in GCS for five minutes. People stopped mid-conversation, mid-stride, even mid-paper drop.The execution: Flawless. Improv Everywhere pageNote: my landlord participated in one of their events at a Home Depot. He loved it and if you're near NYC, check out one of their events in the future.

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what is the best(in your opinion) all inclusive resort in jamaica for under $2500?( ten night stay)? HELP!?

Hi Im going to go to jamaica with my mom and my best friend who has never traveled anywhere out of nebraska and Iowa in 2016 Im looking at a 4 grand budget all together for everything so I want to spend under three grand for a all inclusive resort My preferable range though for ten nights is $2500 This is all your opinion and It does't have to be a five star resort but it does have to be a 3 star or higher my preference is beachfront and please tell me how the food at the resort is if it is good or bad remember OPINIONS COUNT HERE.

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where is a good place to buy U.S.A made T-shirts for a cheap price(under $4.00 each) online? Answered

I recently have started selling my hand painted shirts at local markets. I bought my original shirts from a company now out of business, and my supply is starting to dwindle. I would like to buy U.S made or organic, but most of the shirts I've seen cost way more then my meager budget will allow.   Mostly I'm looking for extra-large, large and medium mens or unisex sizes. Anybody got any ideas where to look locally or online? 

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How might I heat a basement space with solar heated water running through radiant underfloor tubing?

I live in the northeast and have a basement meant to be used by the kids as a hang out and studio space. It's cold. I'd like to heat it cheaply and environmentally. My preference is to use radiant floor heating with hot water supplied by a solar water heating system. I need to build both. I've seen great ideas for heating the ground and upper floors but I'm snagged on how to adapt any of them to a basement space. Oh, and I have practically no budget at all - tubing to be purchased but most everything else scrounged/salvaged/adapted. Any helpful suggestions?

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Creating my own Christmas Tree

I am a university student in a foreign country and I live in a VERY small room...however, sentiment has kicked in, and I want my own christmas tree!! However, I do not want to spend money, I am already on a tight budget, but I also want to craft it myself! I did find an instructable on making a christmas tree out of real tree clippings, but I do not think you can find any real evergreens in Cyprus at least near my place. I also found another tutorial on making the tree out of 300 mountain dew cans, but hello, I do not drink THAT much of beverages :P Do you have any ideas on how to make my own christmas tree cheap and creatively?

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Computers Used to Heat Conservatory

Waste Heat to Be Used by Conservatory ------------------------- Heat generated by the Univ. of Notre Dame’s high-performance computing department is being used to heat a local greenhouse. The department has placed a containerized data center next to the Ella Morris and Muessel-Ellison Botanical Conservatories and Potawatomi Greenhouse in South Bend, Ind. The waste heat generated by working servers is piped into the greenhouse where it is used to keep succulents and other desert plants warm. CleanTechnica.com reports the university is expected to lower its equipment cooling costs by $100,000. The city will save $70,000 it spends to heat the conservatory. The use of the waste heat is part of the Botanical Society of South Bend’s plan to help make the greenhouses self-sufficient due to budget cuts. ------------------------------ Pretty smart. Picture is of my "brain cactus".  

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how do i refinish old beaten splintery loft floors, inexpensively?

My floors are in terrible shape. they are old, there are holes, uneven planking, chipping paint, often provide splinters, and are very hard to clean. they need to be sanded down, painted, and sealed. however hiring a professional is far beyond my budget, and am here looking for ideas on how to do it myself. note, ive considered renting a floor sander, but have been advised against it for 3 reasons: 1) very expensive 2) very messy 3) possibility that the professional grade floor sander might further damage the floor, by ripping up loose planks, or chipping the old wood. its been suggested to me to try using a palm sander, but that seems to take FOREVER. id like to seal the floors. any creative approach is helpful. thanks!

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No Electricity and No Stream; How Can I Move Water From Well?

I have raw land, in a State Park, which has no access to electricity or running water (stream or otherwise).  I am trying to build an aquaponics farm, however I don't have access to electricity for a well to deliver water to the system, or to the air pumps for aeration.  Any advise?  I need to know how to get water out of the well, and how to aerate the water for the fish and plants, without electricity.  I looked into Solar PV and wind turbines, and they are out of my budget. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Update *03/08/13* Thank you all for the wonderful help and suggestions.  I am going to try several of these to determine the best fit.  Also, please keep the suggestions coming, I will continue testing methods, even after setup.

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Rip-offs from designers

We've all seen it, and for a lot of people, it's why we're here: simple, neat, easily-executed ideas presented as high art or grand design, and sold at jaw-dropping prices. The latest example I've come across is these coat-hooks.  Cut from brass and stainless steel, they are going to be "launched" at the London Design Festival but Visuallyod. A launch event.  For coat hooks? Cut and bent from a bit of brass sheet? I shudder to think of the price as well - there's no price on their own website, but they charge £490 ($750) for some sticks cast in pottery and tied together with old string. Anyway, rant over (for now).  What examples of rip-off design have you seen?  What examples have you copied? EDIT: Sudden thought - even if you haven't made them yourselves, what are your favourite examples of Instructables recreating designer rip-offs at budget prices?

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ink jet printer to cutter?

Ive got an ink jet printer that bust on me a few days ago, and ive always wonered if it would be possible to replace the ink cartrages with a cutting blade and use it as a vinyl/cardboard/anything else you can think of cutter. my school had a vinyl cutter which i used a lot, but i dont have access to that any more. the only problems i can see are things like "how can i get the blade to come off the paper between letters etc? how would it cope with changes in direction? could it be programmed to follow a line instead of the side to side action?" if this wouldnt work, anyone got any other ideas for a cocked up ink jet printer? shame to waste it. attach a laser?? lol. a really budget laser cutter. could the motors and rails be used for anything else? its got a scanner attached too, but i cant think of a use for that, other than turning it into a SAD lamp (seasonal affected disorder). i think it would be bright enough. ideas?

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Designer seeks collaboration with Electronics/Tech Guru for Installation

Hi,my names Dan and I am a Designer (and current MA Product design student) interested in submitting an entry to this:http://www.onedotzero.com/submissions.php (deadline for the show in september is May 29th)During my MA came up with a concept and design for an interactive installation that I would like to enter into the above event which will be installed at the BFI southbank in London.Basically, the project will involve the use of Electronics (sensors, microcontrollers, maybe some programming) to trigger light and audio, for an experiential installation.I need someone who can help me construct the kit list,and help with the 'how to' part of this project, thus enabling us to submit a Budget. If chosen we would then go on to install the project on-site.A UK/London based collaborator would be preferred for ease of commuting/meeting if this were to happen and our project selected.Someone from the site who knows their away touch sensors/controllers, LED and other electronics wiring, with perhaps a smideling of programming , who likes getting involved in creative and design based projects should contact me in the first instance to find out more:Role is not paid, but opportunities would abound!Heres hoping!danskimanuk(at)yahoo.co.uk

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I want to put an electric motor on a 4-wheel bike- (beach bar cruiser) i`ve got ideas but could always use more!?

I own a surrey(4-wheel bike) that seats six and i want to put an electric motor on it.I am on a really limited budget so i need to do this as cheap as possible. I need to get enough power behind this thing to run about 2 miles and it doesnt have to go fast either- if i can get it to top out at like 5-10 mph that`d be excellent. I was thinking i might use a washing machine motor(approx. 115 volt AC // 10amp) with 1 or 2 12V deep-cycle batteries and a 12V-120V AC/DC inverter. I`m no electrical engineer so i could you guys`s input/advice/opinion on whether i`m heading in the right direction and if this has any potential at all. I`m staying away from a gas-powered motor because i think the cops in my town will pull me over if they see/hear a gas engine on a 4-wheel bike. The real goal here is to get me & my friends to the bar and back without pedaling our asses off. Any advice would be greatly appreciated-

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RGB LED Bathroom shower light project problem. ?

I finished two bathroom reno's with the exception of the shower ceiling light. I started off by cutting 3 1/4: square 304 stainless steel plates and drilled out 4 holes in each for the rgb. Then assembled the rgb's into the housings and sealed them with hot glue. Then figured out the resistors based on 12 V which if memory serves me right they were 470 ohms and soldered them in parallel. Then I soldered the connectors and hot glued them so they wouldn't come in contact with each other. After installing the ceiling tiles I drilled 2 1/4" wide X 2½" deep holes through the kerdi membrane and sealed a plastic cover with foam insulation in the attic. Then I roughed in rgb cable from one hole to the other, with a home run to the controller. I tried doing a rough in trial run and it worked until one of the rgb�s burned out since they came in contact wth each other. I could actually hear it fizzle. Anyone have any suggestions on how I can make this work or are there retrofit rgb units that will fit the opening without breaking the bank? Each bathroom has 6 rough openings. That would make it 6 x 2 = 12. I'd like them to be rgb leds and be controlled via 12V adaptor and controller. If I need to start over again I have a budget of $150.00 if a another unit would work better. Thanks

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Help!! Hydro power

Hello! I need step by step instructions which shows how to build a hydro power system. I have to do this for a small hostel in the mountains. It needs to make 12v atleast and will use a alternator.I will need lots of help from you guys to build it all.Particulatly on the runner(what type for best efficiency,how to build it, cost, tools)and on the housing for the turbine(what material to use,it will have to be very durable and strong).I am an electronics expert so no need to explain to me what is what. Include a circuit which can charge a 12v battery bank . I am aware how a rectifier can be used to convert the alternator's AC to DC.I would like the rectifier circuit too.Added bonus if you show me how to make a housing for the turbine.Also I would like a homemade charge controller circuit too.The controller will have to have dump load options as well.If you can give a good way to water proof the whole thing... Kudos to you I will need all the plans for this project Alternator, Charge controller ,Blades, How to best wire battery bank etc. Please explain what materials to use etc. And please be aware this will be a rather low budget project.I prefer maximum efficiency and please do not worry yourself about where i will get flowing water etc.And please post your own pics if possible.It may not be possible for me to use power tools and a welder,I prefer simple tools, if not, no problem.

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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?

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Illuminated Moon?

I want to make a Moon for my wall behind a coyote I have. ( Taxadermied-- sorry animal lovers-- I didnt kill or stuff it-- I rescued it from an antique mall).   I want it to be fairly large... at least 36 inchs diameter. Bigger even,  would look soo awesome !    I want it to look as realistic as possible.  I want to control on /off.   It would be really cool if I could dim it up or down-- depending on my mood... or use it like a glowing nite light,  whoa,  that would be so cool.    I can't figure out what type of material to use for that size... or the material I thought of,  doesnt come in the size I need  ( to get at least 36 in.diameter.) And I'd like to keep the depth of it fairly shallow . ( I know ... I want alot here ) I thought about a drum head thing that they make drums with or to replace drum heads,  but I can't find them big enough.   I thought about that kind of plastic that looks whitesh, opaque... but I can't find it wide enough.  I want my moon to glow... not look like I got a piece of plastic or paper that's been cut round and stuck some small christmas lights behind it --- actually,  I did do a small version of that and it looked stupid.  I thought about using a hula hoop  for the circular part... but then, what can I use to cover that? --- paper maybe?  thin paper?  where can I get thin paper that wide?  I figured I can dab some paint on it here and there to give it craters, dimension..etc..  I'm pretty creative in that department.   And,  I thought about getting a bed sheet... but then there's the lighting dilemma.   I don't know.. I'm stumped. All you creative and smart people on Instructables.... can you help me give my coyote the moon he needs to howl at?    I'm depressed and frustrated that my creative idea can't come to frution.  Oh, did I mention I'm on a small budget?    Thanks ya'll from this Florda Girl.   

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need ideas on greenhouse

Hi there,I live in Boston, MA and I am looking for some advice on Greenhouse construction for winter gardening only (and vegetables that are appropriate for that as well). I am looking to build a greenhouse that I can put up in the fall and take down in the spring for growing a winter garden. It will have to be able to be taken apart into its components and stored in a shed in summer months since my family has no need for it then. Due to the fact that it will be used in the winter, it will have to be highly insulated and have a heat sink that will be able to help maintain a constant growing temperature for the plants inside. Ideally I would like to avoid expending much energy heating the greenhouse. I am, of course, also doing this on a budget. Here is what I have come up with so far. 1. I will use triple-wall or 5 wall polycarbonate panels for the walls of the greenhouse2. I have found a few insulating products that look like they could be useful3. I am thinking of using a solar collector water heater as part of the heat sink- easy to construct on my own : https://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Thermal-Water-Heater-For-Less-Than-Five-Doll/ that could circulate hot water into the heat sink4. I am learning about heat sinks and thinking that I want to use the simplest design and organic materials (mud, rocks, or water) to hold the heat during the day and release it at night.5. The greenhouse footprint can’t be larger than 8’ x 10’ 6. I prefer the simplest construction that meets my needs (and the easiest to put up and take down)Questions that I have:1. What are the possibilities for using compost as a source of heat?2. What about a PVC frame?3. How would I circulate hot water through the heat sink?4. What are methods to reduce daily management of the project?5. Types of hinges to use?6. What type of material should I place the greenhouse on?- it will be sited on the concrete area around our swimming pool and I don’t know what sort of insulation is necessary after that. I had the idea of wood pallets with insulation inside them but that may not be enough at all.7. Any ideas of ways to re-use materials to do this cheaply and reduce waste?8. Any suggestions on the optimal shape of the greenhouse roof/sides to increase heat retention and circulation of warmer air.9. Any suggestions of retailers that might have the materials that I am looking for.Some links that have been useful so far:http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/solar-gh.html#storagehttp://growerssupply.com/farm/supplies/cat1;gs1_greenhouse_building_materials;gs1_corrugated_sheets_panels.html

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Venus Zine Craft-off Contest

Got a clever handmade gift idea? Does it cost less than $40 to produce? Want to share your project with the world? If you answered yes to these questions, you should totally enter Venus Zine’s 4th Annual Craft-Off Contest, a competition pitting the craftiest in the land against one another to come up with the best, most creative, most fantabulous DIY creations imaginable ... on a budget.Winners will be chosen from the submissions received, and the best projects will be featured in the winter 2008–2009 issue of Venus Zine, on newsstands December 1. Winners will receive a four-issue subscription to Venus Zine — additional prizes to be announced (keep checking back!). Winners will be featured fancy pants–style in the magazine (photo and bio and all) in addition to venuszine.com.RULES SHMULES- Your project should be an innovative, unusual creation using materials whose total cost does not exceed $40. We’re looking for jewelry, clothing, home décor, furniture, bags, accessories, bath and body works, pet goodies, and whatever else you can think of. Try to come up with unexpected uses for objects, or put a new spin on an old favorite. Surprise us with your boundless creativity. The mission is to create gifts to give during the holiday season, but your project doesn’t need to be holiday-themed.- Your entry consists of two parts:1. Digital photographs of your project: We will not actually run your photos, so don’t worry about doing a high-tech photo shoot. Instead, we will conduct our own photo shoot for the magazine.2. A set of instructions for assembling it. How-tos should be concise but sufficiently detailed so that Venus Zine readers may replicate your work. Please include a materials list that gives the approximate cost of each material.- Any Venus Zine reader is welcome to participate, whether you’re a DIY businessperson or just have a flair for the crafty. Unfortunately, if you’re related to a Venus Zine staffer, you cannot apply. (You know how it goes – we wouldn’t want it to look like we’re biased.)HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR BRILLIANT IDEA- E-mail jpegs of your Craft-off Contest submission along with how-to instructions to craftoff@venuszine.com .- All entries must be received by September 18, 2008, to be considered. We will notify you if you are a winner.- You may submit up to five projects.Ladies and gentlemen, fire up your glue guns, rev up your sewing machines, and show us what you’re made of!PRIZESInterested in applying to be a Craft-off Contest prize sponsor? Get in touch with Anne Brindle at anne@venuszine.com for details. Keep checking back! Prizes will be announced soon.

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