Advice on lost wax casting

I am looking at the cheapest way to begin casting pewter with the lost wax casting or with creating rtv silicone molds and it looks like dental wax is generally the same as jeweller's wax. I would like to know if this product looks suitable for carving for lost wax casting: http://dentala2z.co.uk/PRE10379/en I would of course melt it to make blocks to carve from. It looks like it would do the job, carving wax seems to be really expensive in whatever form. Im also looking at using silicone and corn starch. thank you

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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? 

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Softening Candle Wax (lost wax casting)

Well, I made my first lost wax casting yesterday using lead, and a Plaster of Paris mold. It worked great, except that I didn't have enough lead. But, after searching on the great web, I realized that the wax I used was much harder than what the sculptors use. Why is this? Is it a different type of wax? I searched Google, and couldn't find anywhere to get the wax I needed. Maybe I typed in the wrong name. I don't know. I'd much rather use my own wax, as my mom has a stockpile of large-er sized candles that softened and deformed in the Florida sun. How would I soften it, other than heating it in water? Is that water method thing how they normally do it? I'm really into melting metal, and want to do more casting, so can someone help?

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Mold venting for lost foam metal casting

I've been casting small aluminum statues using the "lost Foam " technique. My success rate has been about 60%t070%because of the aluminum freezing in the long narrow parts of the mold. The statues are human figures so the outstretched arms and legs sometimes are not complete. Am now considering heating the mold to reduce this problem. Any suggestions will be appreciated

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Package not here yet!!! Answered

Yeah, i got a package from a contest and i put my address and all like on the 15th of December so I've been waiting for almost 2 months now but my package hasn't arrived yet I got it from this contest: https://www.instructables.com/contest/pocketsize/ And this was my entry (look under third prize): https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Dice-From-Paper/ Anyways, if anyone can't help me here do i contact Instructables directly through help???

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how do you make a dice holder?

Just for regular dice, so they dont get lost

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I was in the process of submitting my first instructable, but where did it go? Lost it.

I was in the process of submitting my first instructable, and was far from ready with it. I thought I could go on to edit it as long as I wanted. Had made some steps, had uploaded some photos, pressed a submit button. When I pressed 'view the instructable' it showed as if it was ready, but without the photos that I had uploaded. How can I get it back to edit it further, and where did the photos go?This is what it looks like:https://www.instructables.com/id/EQ7GELNFRTXGAHB/

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Help me translate this how-to?

I found this how-to on a different website, and I really wanna try it, it's just that the instructions are kinda confusing. It's about how to resew a tshirt. I start to get lost around step 4, and then I'm completely lost thru the end. Could someone reword it for me? Thanks!http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/t_shirt_reconstruction_she_shirt

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Metal eyeglass arms have lost their coating, what to use to re-coat them?

Hi and thanks for reading my question. I wear reading glasses and have had some pretty good luck with a pair that I purchased at CVS approximately four years ago. The only thing that has went wrong is that the clear-coating, that used to cover the inside of the glass's "arms" has worn off, from the rubbing of the inside of the arms against my head as I put the glasses on and take the glasses off. Does anybody please have any suggestions about what I should use to re-coat the arms of my reading glasses? Thanks again for reading my question and thanks also to anybody that can please offer me any suggestion(s)! Dan

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1590d master lock won't open?

I just got it and I can't open it to change the combo, and the lock didn't come with a combo, so I'm kinda lost with how to open it. Got any ideas?

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I have a Samurai Shark knife sharpener and dont know how to use it Answered

I bought a Samurai Shark Home Smart knife sharpener and lost  the instructions.  You put it on the edge of a table and draw the knife blade down, 1 time on each edge.  it has teeth on one edge and can be adjusted, the other end is just a razor to open boxes, etc...  It works great, when you know how to use it, but now my feeble mind cant remember how its done and I lost the instructions.  Can someone PLEASE help me I cant even cut an apple.  Thanks for any help I can get!! Sally G

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Is there any technology that can help people to smell and taste?

Recently, my mom had a concussion and she lost all senses of smell and taste.  Is there any technology out there that could possibly help her to regain these senses like a hearing aid helps you to hear.  Thanks!

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Drafts

I've been struggling with Drafts since the update. I have lost all my drafts, although it still shows them as there, and every time I click on my drafts, it takes me to the homepage. (www.instructables.com)Does anyone else get this? or have a fix? I've cleared instructables cookies, and it makes no difference where I try to access my drafts from.

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3 phase bldc motors as a turbine. i am quite confused on how to determine which leads to us or how to configure them.

Ive got some electrical backround but dc seems to be where i get lost.  these motors i have were used in some sort of factory.  the motor has three leads and a ground. any help would be greatly appreciated

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Sketchbook Customizing Help

I purchased a pretty standard black sketchbook with a hardcover, and I had this really cool idea of lining the entire back with 2 rows of metal studs. The metal studs are the kind with four prongs that are meant to pierce through whatever material, but with the said material in this case being the spine of a book and all, im kind of lost for ideas. does anyone have any ideas how i can do this?

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recycling plaster of paris used in glass casting

Actually it is a question again on same topic but the way the plaster has been used here may change the way it can be recycled. I use plaster of paris to make moulds for glass casting.I want to know if the plaster from these moulds can be recycled since they already have been heated for 24 hours in 800 degrees temperatures. Are the properties lost once heated that high?

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Can I use plaster-of-paris as a mold material for making an aluminum casting?

I do not have access to any proper mold making materials, only items that can be found in a hardware store or a pharmacy. I would like to know if I can use plaster of paris as a mold material for a simple pour type casting using a lost wax type method. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Sunglasses Lamp

This nifty lampshade uses 40 pairs of mirror shades to create one blinged out lampshade for your room. Points are lost for using new shades and for the ridiculous price tag of $1,600, making this a great possible remake project. More points are taken away for the bizarre claim of reflecting 80 times its surroundings. OK, I know what they meant, but it sounds like this is some light amplifier instead of a collection of cheap shades. Linkvia Make

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Want gum wrapper baby booties

How to make gum wrapper (or candy wrappers) baby booties ? A friend of mine actually saw a pair of gum wrapper baby booties but lost contact with the maker. So I know they can be made. I hope someone out there can help. I will buy a pair if you have them or buy the plans to make them. Any help with this will be greatly appreciated.    Thanks  Bob T. Contact at:   robert@thompson01.com

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Has the member population decreased? Answered

Usually, my view counts are in the 100's in just a day... I lost my camera awhile ago, and totally stopped posting for about 3 months. After I bought a new camera and started posting again, my view counts are at only 11 after 2 days! Has anyone else noticed this? is it possible my 'ibles aren't making it to the "Explore" section? I never see them there...are they hidden from the author?

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Removing Gorilla Glue From Skin Answered

   Has anyone found a way of removing the brown 'Original' Gorilla Glue from skin.  Earlier today I picked something up by the wrong side which I'd just coated in the stuff.  I've just spent 20 minutes washing and scrubbing my hands as per their FAQs and have just about lost the stuff, but has anyone come up with a miracle way of removing it? Note that this is the brown foaming polyurethane glue; not the cyanoacrylate type.

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My bag fusing always wrinkles. I don't get that nice somewhat smooth look...any suggestions? Answered

I'm making a book bag out of fused plastic but my plastic keeps crinkling up and wavy it also curls up one way. Not that somewhat flat sooth look I see in tutorials. Any suggestions on how to fix this problem? Is my plastic fabric I already made a lost cause? If so how do I prevent this from happening again?

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Shading Rug hooking wool with Tide detergent?

Tide detergent:  I took a rug hooking class a number of years ago, and one session was all about dying.  The woman had a special technique for shading the wool using TIDE detergent (and it HAD to be tide).  She would have one color of a wool, and then soak it is tide, and then add more water and soak the next piece of wool to make a lighter shade.  I have lost the actual instructions.  Does anybody know about this?

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Instructablart

I thought It would be fun to have a thread dedicated to instructable related art, like the robot's long lost cousins thread but encompassing all the different bits of instructablart out there, yes my name for it is prounounced IN-STRUCT-A-BLART that's it spelt phoenetically (kind of) There are a lot of things out there, including many members avatars, If they were all posted here an album could be made for them (I'd even host it)That's only the start and is inspired by whatsisfaces additions to the robot family...I figured the guitar would be orange and black looked better with it

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Does anybody have an alternative to a faux-hawk?

It's for Halloween, so it'd be temporary. I'm a girl, and my hair goes to mid-back. It can be a bit hard to control. I would like something resembling a faux-hawk, mostly because I want it up and noticeable/different, but I wouldn't be able to do that myself. Either an alternative, or perhaps a way for me to just give myself a faux-hawk. I don't have the first idea how to go about it. Thanks in advance! Note: If it helps, it's for a small party, and I'm going as either a kid from the 80s or a Lost Boys-esque vampire.

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Starting to wean my pup at 3.5 weeks

Mother is drying up a little now as puppy has started nursing only 5 mins every three hours. He is refusing to lap or bottle feed, wanting mum only. He eats raw beef mince, Advance Rehydratable Kibble and tin meat - I alternate. He is not interested in water. I am concerned as I had 10 live pups - The vet and I lost 9 in the first 2 weeks as they were too weak - fading puppy syndrome am told. The remaining pup seems to play a little and barks at his mum but is not as playful as previous litter. What to do??

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Chinese Knotting

Chinese knots are, in some ways, similar to Celtic knots. Each knot represents a particular traditional Chinese form, and in many cases are representative of Buddhist precepts like the continuation of life. Chinese knotted jewelry usually incorporates a main jade or stone centerpiece and jade, stone, coins or glass beads. The cord from the knots usually is extended upward to make a lanyard for a necklace, but with some bracelet styles the knot or knots are extended around the wrist with a macramé style knot. Chinese knotting was nearly lost as an art form. In recent years, several books teaching knotting techniques have been released. The cord used in making the knots is readily available at craft or fabric stores. Josephine Knot (Chinese Double Coin Knot) http://www.bridgat.com

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I have 2 computers that open in BIOS only, I cannot get them to boot up to windows can you help PLEASE? Answered

The first one is a IBM 300GL 6287 97U Everytime I try to turn it on it boots to Bios only and will not go to windows. I set new administration password and a new power on password but it still will not boot up. I am at a lost with it. The second one is a Sony VIAO PCV-100 and it is doing the same thing. Does anyone out there have any idea on what I can do to fix them. I know they are both old machines but I would like to get them going and try to upgrade them when I get the money. The IBM was built in 1999 and I think the Sony was built around the same time. Can someone please help???

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How should I make a right side wing using only the left side?

I have a little ceramic figurine. IT'S LEFT wing (opposite of one shown) is broken and has been lost. Now, I want to somehow use IT'S RIGHT wing (pictured) to make another left wing for it, through casting, molding, clay baking, using foam or whatever. I don't have access to anything high tech. Basically foam, clay, etc. but no molten metals or anything. Any ideas? I mean, it would seem simple enough to just make a mould with the existing wing and use it as a mold to make a new one, but the wings are obviously mirror images of each other, so not only are they on the opposite side, they're sort of reflected. Here is the wing I have, I need to create the other. Thanks,

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How can I alter a suit after extreme weight loss?

I had breast cancer, and a double mastectomy. Lost 50 lbs in all, and now none of my clothes fit! I have several nice blouses and jackets, as well as pants, that are way too big for me now. My insurance canceled on me, so I can't go to a tailor or buy new - will have to live to 200 to pay all the medical bills! I can take up sleeves and hems, but my jackets and blouses are way too wide across the shoulders/back, and my pants? Well, I look like Bozo the clown. Can anyone assist in how to best take in for a good fit? All help appreciated! All I can wear right now are sweats... :-\

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Beginner Jewellery maker. Question about gold/silver plating

Hi there, I'm starting jewellery making as a complete beginner and want to use Metal Clays to do this as it seems one of the easier and cheaper ways to make jewellery at home. I looked into lost wax casting, but there are no studios or workshops near where I live to do this. I really love gold jewellery, and was wondering that if I used bronze, copper, or silver clay, am I able to plate it too? I've seen those electroplating kits online, but I was wondering if it would work after I've finished making my jewellery piece with the clay.  I've also seen videos about 'silver accenting' copper clay... Is this just basically like coloured base metal (costume jewellery), or is it real sterling silver (i.e high end costume jewellery). Any insight anyone can provide is very much appreciated! :) Erika

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Where can I find a/an (ideally black) watertight fabric that could be used for a solar water heater?

I'm in sunny New Orleans, and we are encountering a ridiculously cold snap.  I don't keep my house too warm, so I'm dying with electric heater cost.  Since I know my windows are one place where a lot of solar might be collected, and energy is lost, I am trying to find a way to collect passive solar energy. The idea is to sew several tubes into watertight fabric in a design like a radiator, and then fill them full of water.  The idea is that this will absorb the heat from the sun and then, as night falls, act as insulation against the cold.  And I am hoping that I could hang them in the windows of my house and remove them when it warms up. Does anyone have a suggestion for watertight fabric that I could use for such a project? Thanks D. Adrian

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Grippy stuff for sports clothes

Hi hi, i have an old pair of cyclist's leg warmers. they have lost some of their elastic action, and they fall down almost straight away. I went and bought some new elastic to sew onto them, but also wanted to stick some gripper stuff on the inside. The gripper stuff is found on most knicks and cycle shorts now; it's some sort of silicone or rubber that grips to your leg. I don't know what exactly it is, so didn't want to go out to the hardware store and just buy some tube of silicone, only to find out it irritates the hell out of my skin or just doesn't do the job. I tried a (big) sewing supplies store, but they had no idea what it could be. Can anyone help? I'm in Australia. I saw that in the states you can buy elastic with the gripper already on it, which is a bit of a pain. The gripper stuff is used by skiers and canoeists too... Cheers, Ben

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Newb questions - magnets behind mirror!

Hi! I'm incredibly new here and already in way over my head! Hope this is the best place to ask this. I wanted to create a mirror that is magnetic to hold tweezers, nail clippers, etc. -  lots of little metal cosmetic bits that get lost around my home. I can't attach magnets to the items themselves because they are too small - would it be feasible to glue some rare earth magnets behind the mirror? Or will I just get a giant chunk of mirror embedded in my face? :( I'm trying to spruce my home up on the cheap and keep the small space organized. I have a sampler pack of rare earth magnets from lee valley and some framed mirrors already. If this is feasible could anyone tell me how far apart I should be spacing the magnets?  I feel like such newb! I guess I am one. But anyway, I humbly beg at your feet! Please help! Thanks folks!

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IKEA Bathroom furniture hack...can you help with the legs?

I have an old set of drawers from IKEA for the bathroom. It has three drawers, and I think we bought it 15 years ago. It's laminate but I sanded it and painted it. The legs, however, are wooden blocks with metal screws that come out to adjust the height of the piece. The screws were once covered by metal covers. Here's a pic of a kitchen thingy that has the same thing (yes, too lazy to go take the pic, wait for it to go thru with dropbox, etc.). I've lost three of the four metal covers so all you see is the wood coming down then a longish screw. What I thought I'd do is make somewhat flat polymer clay "stones" that stack with the screw that goes through them. I'd have to bake the clay with the screws, the "stones" in a stack, to make it work. I had originally thought of using regulare stones and driling holes in them but It would be a disaster---they all need to be the same exact height or the cabinet will be wobbly. Do you think I can do this?

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Can I make an uninterruptible power supply for my furnace?

So, last winter, my area got TONS of snow, very cold temperatures ( I spent 20 minutes dropping droplets of water on an iron railing and literally watching it freeze), and then we lost power. Our furnace runs on natural gas, so it would've worked, except that the fan inside it and also the ignition system (I'm pretty sure) wouldn't work without power. I'm thinking of getting maybe 10 or so surplus marine/car 12 volt batteries and a high-power inverter, and running the furnace off normal 120 AC, until power goes out, then a relay ( or some solid-state circuitry) would trigger the batteries ( in parallel), which would charge either off of a solar panel outside, or wall power once the power was back on. Also, the furnace has what looks to be a pretty basic motherboard inside of it, would I need an inverter that makes a really sine-y sine wave for that, or could I get away with a cheap square wave one? Also, it's wired directly into its own circuit, though I'm pretty sure it's still 120 V. Comments, advice, etc. is welcome. Thanks!

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My girlfriend's father caught us making out in her backyard at 1:00 am. He was pissed. What should I do?

My girlfriend and I have a very happy relationship. We couldn't see each other during the day, but decided we really wanted to hook up that night. Her parents go to sleep at 10:30, and she decided to sneak out and I'd meet her in the backyard, since her house is in walking distance.I told my parents I was going for a walk around the block. I left at 11:00 pm and said I would be home by 11:30, which is the curfew when minors have to be off the streets.I get to her house and 11:10, she quietly sneaks out and we meet up. I had intended to leave and be home on time, but soon found ourselves making out under bright moonlight and we just couldn't bring ourselves to end it.Soon I start getting phone calls from my parents. My cell phone is vibrating in my pocket but I didn't pick up. Quite frankly I was too lost in the moment to care.I ignore the calls for a while. After a long time, we're both terrified to hear the back door open and her father come out!He says, calmly but obviously pissed. "---- come inside. And you best go home."I slip away without a word, obviously pretty spooked. I get to the end of her street, and check my cell phone. It's 1:00 AM!!My parents called the police and reported me as missing! I got to the end of her street, and a police cruiser picks me up for being out after curfew.They contact my parents. I wasn't arrested because I explained to the officer the situation, I was with my girl, we lost track of time, honest mistake, apologies, etc. My parents call my girlfriend's parents. Her folks are obviously not happy with me. I've had my cell phone service disconnected, and my girlfriend doesn't have Facebook, e-mail, or any way for me to contact her.I need to know----1. How to make amends to her parents2. If we can continue our relationship with her parents hating me3. How to manage this whole clusterf**k situationPlease any advice will help! This just happened yesterday so I need to act. I'm really crazy about this girl and we have a great relationship, it'd be a shame to lose it.Thank you so much to everyone!-IR

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Wood stains, oils, finishes - Help me figure out what I need, please

I'm currently working on a coffee table inspired by https://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Coffee-Table-From-Reclaimed-Wood, and I need to help figuring out how to treat the wood. I love the way the table in the instructable turned out, so something similar would be great. basically I want to emphasize the natural beauty of the wood, not cover it up with color. But I would like the final product to be a bit darker than what the wood is right now. I'm considering oil or water-based stains, danish oil, and other similar products, but I know very little about them. Do I want a stain? Is Danish Oil the same thing as a stain? As far as I can tell, the product in the instructable was water-based, semi-gloss, but doesn't have a color on the label, so it must be a clear coat? It definitely darkened the wood, but perhaps that's normal for a clear coat? Other considerations: I would love for this to be as easy as possible, and environmentally friendly. If we can keep fumes to a minimum that would be great. :-) I also don't want anything that looks glossy as I think that looks kind of fake and doesn't keep with the spirit of the natural wood. I'm totally lost, so please help me out if you can. I'm happy to answer clarifying questions! Thanks in advance! Josh

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Oddball Question, how could you stop a Clearblue Digital pregnancy test result from fading away after 24 hours? Answered

My wife and I had the pleasure of discovering she was pregnant.  We used the new ClearBlue digital pregnancy test which at first i though was gimmicky, but after realized how awesome it was.  We used several other non digital tests and the results were very faint.  Anyone new to this might be left wondering.  But, i digress... The Clearblue digital activates but having the test strip section dipped in urine.  As it wick ups the fluid it activates a "moisture sensor" of some kind, the test activates and you get a little animated digital hour glass.  After several minutes it will say "Not pregnant" or "Pregnant" followed by how many weeks your pregnant up to 6 weeks.  This was very clear and concise test, not squinting of the eyes.  The down side to this test though is that it only displays the results for about 24 hours, then disappears.  Yes I know its slightly bizarro to keep a pregnancy test, but... its one of those memory things.  Anyway, the question I put out is how to keep the test result from not disappearing?  Sure a larger battery capacity, perhaps with a redundant system built, thats the easy part.  Whats tricky is i believe the test strip.  Its most likely measuring a current drop or gain which is whats activating the test.  As it dries out, current is lost and the circuit ceases to work.  Or the saturated test strip corrodes the sensors, perhaps even the battery just dies after 24 hours, though this seems sketchy.  Any ideas would be great

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The Quest for Authenticity

Every so often I get a bit lost in thought about the word "authentic" and how it applies to the world around us. I've seen lots of people who fought over what is authentic in the States and Japan. It probably happens elsewhere, too, but that's where I've lived.So many people are in the hunt for what is authentic in the world. There is a constant complaint of modern objects being too plastic, even if they aren't made up of plastic. So wood and organic foods become almost fetish items. They are seen to be inherently closer to the source. This is not a bad pursuit and to me it is close to the hunt for meaning in the world, but the desire to hold something up on a pedestal and worship it can lead to false idols.What reminded me of this today was a story about an exhibit at the Vatican Museum where classic statues have been recreated with what they imagined how they were originally painted. The results are often bizarre. Caligula in the image below looks straight out of Akira.full storyIt can be hard to have the images of the marble statues that we know match up with these colorful images, but they are part of the same world. So what is now more authentic? The white marble or the primary colors? What about the creaky old chair that is never used any more versus the new chair that is simply using modern methods to the same end?It all leads to some more questions, too. Is authentic an elitist ideal or a purist one? Do we seek our own identity by aligning it with something else that nobody can copy?It's all fun and games, but I have to go and take care of more family errands and go out to eat while I'm out here near Boston. I hear the clam chowder at the local restaurant is amazing.

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Power the American nation with waste food!

A new study shows that the energy used to produce the food wasted by Americans is greater than the energy stored in the oil and gas reserves around US shores. The situation is probably worse than the study suggests, since the only data available on wasted food was from 1995, when 27% of all food was wasted.  Since then, food prices have fallen, and waste has probably increased. Michael Webber and Amanda Cuellar at the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Texas at Austin calculate that this is the equivalent of about 2150 trillion kilojoules lost each year. That's more than could be gained from many popular strategies to improve energy efficiency. It is also more than projections for how much energy the US could produce by making ethanol biofuel from grains. Obviously, Americans (and every other similarly-wasteful society - we're just as guilty in the UK) should be doing their level best to reduce their wasted food, but it also strikes me; there is gold in them thar bins. Rather than persuade hundreds of millions of lazy "Westerners" to change their ways, why not exploit them?  Why not make money off them (or at least, save your own energy costs)? We already have a bus driving around for free, and a car running on garbage.  Can you come up with a house-hold scale scheme? Could you cut your energy bills to zero, just by collecting other people's garbage for them? Could you set yourself up as a supplier of motor fuels (gasoline or diesel replacements?  methane?) Come on, iblers, do your thing! New Scientist article Oil data The study itself. (I have attached a PDF of the study, if you're interested.

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help writing a story?

I know that this type of question has been absolutely done to death (where did that expression come from anyway?) but I have a premise for a science fantasy story. I have a skeleton of an Idea of what the story will be, but here's what I have so far. Time: unspecified. Disaster: sometime in the distant past, a disaster the likes of which hadn't been seen since the biblical day's of old was swiftly falling upon the land. Somewhere in in the middle of the pacific ocean, a poisonous green fog begins to seep off of an unremarkable island, volcanic in origin, about a square mile in size. This wouldn't have been a problem, since such a small amount of fog would have eventually lost itself in the vastness of the planets atmosphere, and the stuff it was made of was largely biodegradable through a variety of ways found in nature. So it was sensationalized for a while, with the usual kerfluffle, and then it was quietly forgotten as some new crisis arose, banished to the shady corners of science, with only the ocassional visit from some obscure science foundation sponsored trip. And that was that. That is, until, somebody noticed it was growing. And  sure enough, it seemed that, contrary to what the specialists said, it was slowly, steadily, patiently growing, getting thicker and thicker. Eventually, (about four years) an expedition was chartered to go into the now opaque cloud. Here is one adventurers account of what it was like. " After a looong and boring flight, we neared the destination. Looking out, all I could see was what looked like a big greenish-brown mound. the truly weird thing about it was that it's edges weren't very well defined and looked like what you would expect something like a giant cloud of steam would look like that was left to dissipate, but there was a definite edge to it that billowed like a great sheet of canvas in the wind" Note: this is not the end of the story and setting, just my present atention span. I promise to include more of the setting and premise in the comments, but for now i'm completely fried. 

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How do I talk with my crush and what should I do?

I love a girl in school and we are both really shy. She looks at me all the time and I learned a little bit about girls body language and I found out that many signs show she loves me.We rarely talk with each other. Once there were exams and I did it so bad that I thought I would fail and go from school so I gave her a love letter with the help of my friend ( I wrote me name on it) and she was smiling with her friends, then I was gone with me friends when suddenly her brother (who is in the same school and class with me) called me and told me that the principle is calling me. He was really angry. When I went to the principle my crush was talking with her. The principle asked me about the letter, at that time I saw sadness on her face and she wasn't looking at me (she looks at me from far and not when I am near her) the principle told me love is not allowed in this school. After that I lost hope and forget love and thought she hated me but she was still looking at me from far away. We don't talk. and I think she still loves me and gave the latter to the principle because of her brother ( who hates to see boys talk about his sister ) so my questions are: 1. does she loves me.( she looks at me from far away and laughs when I am near her but she runs away from me when she brother is near by) 2. Now that I have told her I love her I can't talk because she already knows everything so how do I talk with her. 3. I she know I love her and still doesn't talk so what should I do now I am confused and please give me good answers that help me not the ones that discourage me.

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i had this really weird dream with the person i like? Answered

Just to start it off, it was a really fudged up dream, and I'm not sure what it's supposed to mean. I've been looking around and i think i know dreams are like your subconscience regurgitating everything you see, hear, and well just everything but this is just...something else. So basically the dream starts of with me walking out of the subway and for some weird reason I feel that some guy, lets call him bob for now, is following me, few minutes later when i walk out of the road i see the guy thats following me (like in third person) so i start running, then I see the girl i like randomly in the streets and I for some reason I brought her with me cause we were in danger or something. Then out of no where bob decides to randomly pop out in front of me so we ran up this construction building. Then again out of nowhere, i randomly have this master person protecting me and hes trying to shoot bob but bob shot him and he was like "carry on it would be safer for you" so we went down the construction site building thingy, and theres some weird ritual that makes some random other guy, lets call him ben, control your mind. Then the girl like contributed in the dance ritual thingy and i was like "noo don't we need to go" then bob comes back so i tried to bring her with me but she slapped me (lol) so i ran and ended up in the middle of an intersection and randomly 4 bobs popped out of nowhere surrounding me and they were like getting closer then i woke up. i had this exact dream 3 times in one night and woke up 3 times as well, well i did sleep for a really long time (11 hours) if that has anything to do with it. So I am just really lost on what this means, if it even means anything..

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The Kids Are Alright

Via The Sietch BlogIf I asked you if giving up your car and plane travel (permanently) was a sensible solution to global warming, most people of adult age (lets say 20+) would have a hard time doing that. However the next generation, the ones who are really going to be screwed by the ill effects of the global climate crisis see things a little differently."new generation of green teenagers are prepared to support radical measures to help the planet, says a new study.A survey of 16- to 19-year-olds by the Future Foundation found more than one in eight (13%) supported a ban on travelling by air for leisure purposes, while one in 10 say they would back a ban on cars if global warming continues to worsen.Almost 10% even say they would be prepared to take part in guerrilla activities carried out by environmental groups.Meanwhile others - primarily girls - are so eco-conscious they have developed a whole new strand of teen insecurity: "green angst", defined as anxiety about one's eco credentials. Others said environmental awareness even influences their choice of friends and partners.The report was conducted on behalf of the National Lottery to inform funding of environmental projects."It might sound like these kids have lost their minds, supporting guerrilla organizations?! But when you consider the kind of world they are going to inherit it makes perfect sense. If you knew that your parents generation was going to leave you a doomed world, you might be a little pissed. No one wants to grow up to inhabit a mad max movie.According to the study released today by The National Lottery (UK organization), half of 16-19 year olds (50 per cent) want plastic bags banned completely, 71 per cent think that unnecessary packaging on food should go, and 13% per cent want a ban on traveling by plane for leisure purposes. While a quarter (24 per cent) think there should be increases on the taxes and tolls affecting cars, one in ten is prepared to go even further and would support a complete ban on cars if global warming continues to get worse.Read more here.

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beat him or let him mercy? Answered

Ill start out saying that i can really pack a punch, when i was in 3rd grade these two kids were throwing rocks out me i charged at them planing to tackle him, the other one ran, but he held up fist so i lost control of myself so i just speared him them punched him 2 or 3 times in his solar plexus which he imddelyty was passed out so moved to his face and it took three or 4 techers to just get me off him, took 7 to calm me down, i promised never to do that to anyone ever again unless i was threatend, well these guys got me so angry that they even made other people, friends and other graders ignore me because the other people thinks its true, they did not threaten me fyi, so i dont know what to do they even made a person hit me  but me and him r kinda chill right now/ we keep r distance, but he was talking about my clothes and mocking me saying that i got from dollar general and then i said " well things all even out because you got your parents from ebay" then he said all no you did not just go there and he did cause it, but he turned AROUND TO EVEN MAKE SURE A TEACHER WAS NOT LOOKING AND PUNCHED MY RIGHT IN ME ADOMENAL i was getting ready to pounce back but remeberd my promise but didnt  but ill just get to the main point today coming back from the feild trip i had to use the restroom well the only one was the one on the bus, so i went there, not knowing i was being followed, and when i was their he/she blocked the door so i could get the door open so i was trapped there for (thankly to god) for only 10 minutes because the teacher came looking for me. but i think it was gage, who is APPERNLTY my friend and hes been really rude to me lately and to all my friends just because i dont just talk to him (i try to be nice to many people but they just talk smack about me sometime) so he even admitted and no i will not tell a teacher.

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How should I tell him I'm crazy for him!?!

So I've known this guy for like a year. One night this spring we started talking and we had a really good connection. Since then we've been texting each other and we've been pretty good friends. Then one day my best friend's brother's friend found this note i wrote a while back and it said that i really liked him and all of this and that. After that he hung around a lot more. We used to go to school together but never talked and he graduated a few years back. I like him a lot and pretty much have felt that way since... like last fall (even though i used to like him in school too- we kinda lost touch) We only see each other on the weekends because he's got a job a few hours away and I have school, sometimes I don't even see him at all. But Every time we see each other we always catch up and laugh and have a pretty good time together- like really good friends (I try to talk to him but i get nervous and don't know what to do so I can tell he has a hard time finding things to talk about with me in person, that's why I never call him.) ---what i mean is I'm pretty shy... Last weekend he came over and we laughed and had a really really good time to make a long story short. I always end up telling myself that we're just friends, and I'm pretty sure that he's doing the same thing. (My best friend tells me that it's obvious that we both like each other) A few months back I suggested that we should hang out some time - just us, and he agreed... we just never really got around to it or made any plans...  anyway, lately I've been thinking and i think that I want to just flat out tell him how I feel this weekend but I'm not very optimistic and definately not quite sure how to do it, and I don't want to ruin a good thing. Please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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A bit of poetry

A lot of my classes involve creating stories and stuff....My favorite is poetry,which is why I always choose it as assignement. (We get to chose how to write about a toic that the teacher gives us)Here I'll post a bit of my poetry (which is not to be considered great)Haiku:I am a pencilI leave my mistakes behindYou get the point, right?Orange Leaves fallingin a twilight autumn noonA sight to beholdThe gentle dog sits,playfully rolls around, andbows for his masterRain falling from skyThe clouds weep for a lost friendThe sun has not comeOk, I have a challenge for you. I wrote some poetry...but its in spanish....Find out what it means..WITHOUT using a translator!I'll post one today: Mi EclipseTe fuiste......te fuiste y no volviste....Me dejaste solo y desconsolado...... Me has abandonado.....Te he llorado, te he extranado..... y aun te llamoMe has dejado en la oscuridad. Como la luna, me has tapado la luz hacia el alma, y me has privado del calor en mi corazon.Camine en la oscuridad, ciego y desconsolado he caminado. Busque y busque, pero no encontrado la esperanza que buscaba...... Mi corazon apunalado ya no podr­a caminar mas.....la herida era demasiado. Cansado de buscar, me sentia en la oscuridad, esperando lo que nunca iba a venir.......pidiendo lo que nunca iba a obtener.Ya no aguantaba mas..........Necesitaba ver algo. La oscuridad ya era demasiado pesada.....solo queria salir de esa pesadilla....Quise ver el dolor.......Quise ver la luz.Me corte y me rasgue......¦ Quise ver el dolor.......Quise ver la luz.Llegue al lugar, pero no vi la luz.....solo mas oscuridad. Pero esta oscuridad era diferente.....No era pesada.....Era callada....Habi­a luz.....pero no brillaba......Estaba confundido..Ahi­ vi la luz....... Ahi­ vi una luz en medio de oscuridad. Su hola aclaro el di­a y se llevo las nubes. Ahora podi­a ver......Ahora podi­a ver....Mi eclipse habi­a pasado. Ya podi­a ver la luz. Ella era mi nueva luz.Ya no te necesito, pues he encontrado un nuevo sol.I'll add more poetry later, as soon as I find my notebooks. Feel free to post your own and comment if you like.

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The animatronic project Is finished

Here my instructableMy Animatronic Mod ProjectIn 2003 I made a casemod MONSTERMOD ( picture 1), Just a creature sculpture tearing out of a PC case.And It Didnt Move . So , I want the next MONSTERMOD to MOVE.Maybe to tell me that I have email.... Picture people's PCs having Heads .There favorite movie star or rock star maybe a animal. Maybe like Hal from 2001Space Odyssey .But, My animatronic Mod Has no A.I. But maybe one day. Im programmingthe 16 servo movements into the PC and press the play to play the movements a lipsync routine.Well, For Over 2 years now I have been working My Animatronic Mod.My Animatronic Mod is a floating creature head over a desktop case.( picture 2 IMG_1383.jpg)It controlled my a 2 Mini SSC II (http://www.seetron.com) this allow the computer to control 16 RC servos.16 RC servos = 16 Movements .I made the teeth out of dental acrylic, The samething denture are made of.Teeth and fangs are made 1st in tooth color dental acrylic and shaped.Then are placed in dental wax .,the mold is a silicone putty is place on the teeth allow to setup overnight.To demold the wax is melted away with boiling water leaving the teeth in the silicone putty sockets.This is called the lost wax process.( picture 3,4,)After I made the eyes out of dental acrylic ,Which is a molded ping pong ball is 40 mm .In half 20 mm sandwhich in between the 2 halves is a metal small metal ball 10mm give me a ball joint and socket.The iris is a painted metal washer. The veins are silk yarn And is cover with clear dental acrylic .The white of the eyes was changed to black color ,To give more of a alien look. ( picture 6,7)I molding the finished eyes alginate and casting them in ultracal 30, ( picture 8) Ultracal 30 is the hardest plaster made.And place them in the sculpture.This will be for Proper registration for the eyes in the skull.( picture 9 )I had to sculpt face in Roma Plastilina Clay ( picture 10)and mold it in silicone( picture 11a,11b, 11 ) This molding process called a matrix mold . A layer of water clay cover theentire clay sculpture and Ultracal 30 is place on top of the water clay .After setup ,Its demolded and water clay removed .This water clay has made a space for the silicone.Matrix molda thin layer of water clay is place ( picture 12 ) and made the core A .This gave me the thickest for the skin .Molded core A in silicone and a thin layer of water clay is place in this mold also this made core B.And this gave the thickest of the Skull. Now I have 2 molds.( picture 13,14 )Mold 1 is the Skin moldMold 2 is the skull moldI casted foam rubber in mold 1 ( picture 15,)http://www.monstermakers.com/foam.htmlTo make the foam rubber skin337 gms. base67 grams foaming agent33 grams curing agent15 flow enhancer24 grams gelling agent4 grams ammoniaThe room temp73 degrees 40%Using a Sunbeam MixMaster Mixer1. Speed #1 - 1 minute (to blend all components)2. Speed #10 - 3 minutes : blend all3. Speed #3 - 4 minutes : refine4. Speed #1 - 30 seconds :refine5. Speed #1 - 30 seconds : ADD GELLING AGENT ( picture 16 )6. Speed #1 - 30 seconds : Backturn the bowlFoam rubber can be tricky.Mold 1 was place in a Hot box oven for 11 hours at 125 degrees .= A very soft and flexable skin ( picture 15,16 )Hot box oven 3'x 3'x 3 " plywood box with foil insulation with a single burner. This must be watched.( picture 17,18,19)I casted urethane Plastic from smoothon.com in mold 2.This gave me the Skull,The skull was trimed and dental acrylic teeth and eyes were place inside the skull .The mechanics were place using R/C servos.The skin was painted with PAX ( is a flexible paint). The skin was glue on rubber cement to the skull .And the hair was glued rubber cement also and placed.Hair is from National Fiber Technology ,Hair 1 was Blended Black and Brown modacrylic with White and Brown Mohair and Natural Goat hair.And hair 2 Black with gray texturized modacrylic with Yak and Horse hair.The PCMy motherboard (MSI KT6) and AMD 2500xp video card (MSI 6600)The case is LIAN LI PC-V800B .To make the lip sync move ,I used VSA , Visual Show Automation , http://www.brookshiresoftware.comThis aloud me to make a lip sync animation routine. Synchronize with graphical audio MP3 file.Not only that My Animatronic Mod looks Wicked ,It Talks Back.(Picture 1st floor) ( Picture 2nd floor)I designed the animatronic so I could repair it if needed, And the support pipe is like a swing arm so I can work on the PC too. By removing the back of the skull. Inside there are 2 floors the bottom floor has 6 servos :1 Head Up + Down2 Eyes Up + Down and left + right2 Eyelids1 Jaw2nd floor 7 servos3 right,left and center Brows1 Nose3 upper lip wireAnd also 2 servos are in the Jaw for lower lip wireand 1 left + right servo gimbal= 16 servosWhen uncovered ,Here is 32 feet of servo cable.(picture32 feet )The only thing connecting to the PC and the Animatronic is a modular cable (Lookslike a phone cable). Which is plug into a modular adapter that plug into the PC's serial port . The end of the modular cable plug in Mini SSCII Serial Servo Controller.you would be surprise how many people are into making monsters. Ive beenmaking monsters , masks and makeup fx for 30 years now.I put my 2 hobbies that Ienjoy together.Computers and making monsters.Im a dental lab tech. for 20 years now .I make dentures for a living.Thank You so muchGary WillettTo see Video Demos http://www.youtube.com/willettfxhttp://www.servocity.com..................For Servoshttp://www.nftech.com/ ...................For Hairhttp://www.smooth-on.com/ ............ Silicone,Urethane PlasticbooksTechniques of Three-Dimensional Makeup by Lee Baygan Special Make-Up Effects (Paperback)by Vincent Kehoe Men, Makeup & Monsters: Hollywood's Masters of Illusion and FX (Paperback)by Anthony TimponeStop-Motion Puppet Sculpting: A Manual of Foam Injection, Build-Up and Finishing Techniques (Paperback)by Tom Brierton Stop-Motion Armature Machining: A Construction Manual (Paperback)by Tom Brierton MagazineCinefex

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