Diy LED strip light powered from a solar powered battery bank (for painting/drawing at night)

I like to paint nightscapes and so far headlamps are not working so well for me. I used a portable light bar one night that worked well (on loan) but it was too heavy. I've been through stores looking for the right thing...and harbor freight came close. But I need something lighter weight and less expensive.  Two or three led lights don't cast enough light and 30 led storebought lights are too much light. I have a solar powered phone charger with battery bank (with usb connections) that I now plan to use as the portable power source. I plan to use a pringles potato chip tube as the light housing that can be attached by clips to my pochade (really a mod'd cigar box) on top of a camera tripod. I guess my main concern is weight on the box, so I thought running a cable off a power source hanging from the tripod would be more secure and less likely to fall in my palette (as has already happened). I need help figuring out the circuit board; and also choosing the right white led for color purposes. Any thoughts?

Topic by sreudianflip 


How to put a design on a metal cup?

Hey Guys! So I'm a bit new to this (meaning I'm totally new.) So I'm not sure if this question has been asked before,. If it has, please redirect me to it :) I'm looking to 'personalise' a metal traveller's mug, and just metal mugs in general and i was wondering what options are available? I want to go through the options before i pick the method that i'll use. What i want to do exactly is to put my design on the cup permanently. I've seen someone use a vinyl decal and a powder coating machine, but that's pretty expensive to get over here. So what are the other ways i can do that?  I hope someone can shed some light on this for me, Thanks :)

Topic by AttractiveToast   |  last reply


Difference Between Type L vs Type ACR Copper Coil

Hello everyone,    I was hoping someone can share advice, tips etc. I plan on getting 55gal steel drum & turning into wood burning pool heater. My question is about which type copper coil would work best, and still be safe to use. My son has Down syndrome and is very sensitive to cold water. We just spent around $1500 to get pool ready with a installed ramp for his wheelchair. We called few different pool people about a reg heater they want from $2500 to $3700. Mostly cause it would not be easy install lot of things in way, etc etc. oh and then add monthly bill. I don't mind the pool temp but my son does and he truly doesn't ask for anything. And if I could safely get pool warm enough for him then I want to at least try. so we really don't have the extra cash to go "normal" pool heater way but I've watched allot of vids on YouTube where they took a steel 55 gal drum, turned on its side and put the copper coil mounted inside at the top. These people would be able to increase temp by allot. Its labor involved but I'm home anyhow taking care of my son. I'm looking at using about 100ft. I can get 1/2 100ft of Type L $163.00 and Type ACR for $119.00. Anyhow Type ACR is much much cheaper then Type L.  Is there a real big difference? Big enough to spend the extra cash and use Type L, instead. Or Is ACR still safe to use with the pool? I'm not sure which Type L or ACR but I've read it say it's cleaned inside the pipe. Does this matter cleaned vs not cleaned inside pipe for what I would be using for? here link of place I'm getting https://m.grainger.com/mobile/product/MUELLER-INDUSTRIES-100-ft-Soft-Coil-Copper-Tubing-4WTC2?breadcrumbCatId=7726&fc;=MWP2IDP2PCP Please any info would be greatly appreciated. Truly thanks so much for your time. Thank Lisa

Topic by fst2011   |  last reply


Separate Sand and Water in Glass Vase

I'd like to hear some suggestions for separating sand and water in a 4" diameter glass vase. I'm doing an arduino project that involves having a dyed deep blue mineral oil as a non-evaporating "water" atop about 4 inches of sand in a glass vase. I experimented with drizzling Loctite epoxy and it leaked about 1/4" into the sand, so it wasn't very elegant (created a layered look - dry sand, wet sand, epoxy, water). I'd like the delineation to be as clean, but easily implemented, as possible. Worst case scenario is that I wrap something around the vase to hide the transition, but I'd like to avoid that if possible.  I suppose another option is to stack 2 separate glass vessels, but im struggling with thinking of a good way to do that too... Perhaps this is also a non-issue...I should see if the deep blue mineral oil is even visible if put directly INTO the sand. Thanks in advance.

Topic by JeffF8   |  last reply


Using Radiant Alumipex for Solar Pool Heater

Hello everyone, First time here, found lots of info but have question about using this type of piping. I've noticed most people use either black hose or irrigation pipe. I have extra black radiant heat hose and was thinking it would be much better. Its black hose shell with a thin aluminum shielding then thick white pipe inside. It says rated for 200F - 100psi and is 1/2 thick. Brand name caked Weil-Mclain Alumipex for Radiant 1/2nom 1216 PEX-AL-PEX. Can someone please let me know if this would work. Thanks. Brian

Topic by fst2011   |  last reply


Hydrographic paint and some 6mm slots.

Hi, I need to paint a surface that has some 6mm x 6mm slots. Can a hydrographic film get in there and paint that area? (see picture below). Thanks.

Topic by johanx4 


Door upcycle need help hiding hinge area

I am trying to make a desk out of a hollow core door. I want to fill in the hinge areas before painting or put something there after painting to make them look nice. any ideas? I haven't found any online and I've spent hours looking.

Topic by BrookeF   |  last reply


Is this lion battery bank expensive? 150AH @12-14v

I was thinking about how much would cost making a lion battery bank with enough amps/hours to feed a car audio system (stereo + sub amp). Since this setup would drain around 25-30AH I definitely want a battery bank with around 150 AH capacity to get at least around 4 hours of music at max potency. Woulds this be so expensive? I know that lion batteries are getting cheaper and cheaper, but any idea about how much would this cost? I have made a research on ebay and amazon, I could not get an average idea, and considering many brands lie about the specs, I better first ask here to hopefully get some references. Thanks.

Topic by johanx4   |  last reply


build-a-tank instructables contest!

Hi all you tankers out there! This contest is for people who love tanks and always dreamed of building their own! the 3 winners will be posted on my page! contest ends July 31st.

Topic by Lukethemonty   |  last reply


How to harden cardboard

Hi everyone!  I want to make the initial of a name as a door decoration for my first granddaughter.  The letter is made of cardboard and I want to make it stiff so it doesn't bend with time.  I am going to use wool thread to cover it.  Appreciate any help given!!

Topic by Elisa Martinez   |  last reply


I need help for a coffee table with built-in bluetooth speaker and wireless charging capabilities

Hey people, Hakan here! I'm planning to start a diy coffee table with built-in bluetooth speaker and wireless charging dock. I ll start with electronics and I want to have high quality high volume sound because I ll be using the table also a home theater system. Unfortunately I know nothing about elecronics, can anyone help?

Topic by hakantopaloglu 


What are these tools used for?

Anybody out there have any idea what this set of tools would be used for? I was thinking maybe glass sculpture or clay sculpture work? Wood handles with brass shafts/heads. Approx 9-1/2" long overall.

Topic by stephenj007   |  last reply


What can you make from old desktop (without harddisk)

Hi I have so many desktops that are no longer used.  Hard drives are removed and these machines are just laying in our storage. What can I create using the parts found inside the machines? Any creative ideas? Thank you

Topic by peprat123   |  last reply


how to make snowflake heart

how to make snowflake heart my youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnvoThr2-6rfWITzEUQWTJg

Topic by duongjiangnan   |  last reply


repairing large cracks in an outdoor table

I have a large outdoor wooden table, approx 2.4m long by 1m wide, made of spalted beech. Over time it has dried out and in places there are now large cracks in the surface, about as wide as a finger, all the way through the table top (about 10cm deep). What would you advise as best way to repair these ?

Topic by stevenpeeven   |  last reply


k-line arduino project, speed and brake light

Hello. I have a simple task to achieve, I guess, but I'm stuck. I'm using the setup from the attached image. All I need to do is to read the Speed of the vehicle using data from the obd2 k-line pin, and then to send a command to blink the brake lights when a certain decrease in speed is detected (e.g. more than 2km/h/s). I can not initialize the k-line and I am not able to red anything on the serial monitor on arduino :(. After I manage to read the raw data I am planing to figure out what's the code for turning on the brake lights by just simply pressing the brake pedal. The vehicle is an 2004 BMW E60, but I guess this is not an issue. Question... Are the TX/RX pins connected as it shod on the arduino board? Thank you. Ant help would be appreciated. I need this for a school project and a have a deadline :(((

Topic by CatalinP8 


Hydroelectric Generator

This is my first topic, so I need your opinion - is this possible? I have all of these items.

Topic by AdvanŽ   |  last reply


Joining carpet pieces

I'm looking for ideas on how carpet pieces might be joined together into a whole (e.g. rugs made from carpet samples). The gaffer tape solution which is posted all over the web in tutorials isn't strong, only lasts a few months and doesn't work well with small carpet pieces.  I've successfully sewn carpet piece in the past with fishing line (so the stitches are strong and invisible) however this technique only works well with larger pieces due to the time it takes and amount of work.  Has anyone here tried any other techniques and been successful with both large and small carpet pieces?  My other idea was to use wood glue to glue the pieces to a hessian sheet.  I haven't tested this but the hessian base on most carpet pieces should merge well with the hessian sheet. thoughts or ideas appreciated.

Topic by garrettlynch   |  last reply


need help bending/shaping a sewing needle into a spring-shape

Hello all!    I need help shaping existing sewing needles into spring shapes...and need to mass produce! I have an invention idea for a sewing needle, and after countless attempts at commissioning someone to manufacture for me, I have decided to do it myself. However, as I am a layman I have no idea how to get started!  I had created many prototypes by heating up sewing needles, then wrapping them around screws. I have tried many times to create a machine that could easily do this for me, however to no avail.  Another problem I have is that once the metal is heated and bent into shape, I need a way to possible polish and return the shine...   I have approached many shops worldwide from: sewing needle companies/ spring making companies, cnc, medical instruments, metal artists, aerospace, prototyping companies, 3d printing, the list goes on...  So now i'm back to square one...any help is appreciated, thanks !

Topic by chultzu   |  last reply


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?        

Topic by ischaren   |  last reply


customisable backpack blueprints

Hi there, I have been working on my final bachelor project for my Industrial design bachelor.  I have been working with a certain technique, which allows me to integrate wood into a backpack, which in turn can transform into a low table, for picnicking.  Since I still needed to integrate a digital aspect in the whole design process, I wanted to make a digital program which allows the users to customise blueprints to their own needs. My questions is: in which way, would such a program be helpful for a DIY'er? what does the program need, in order to be useful. (other than changing certain sizes) In the pictures, you can see how the blueprints are interfaced momentarily. with the mouse, you can drag the blueprints and change its sizes. however, I feel there are more aspects which could be integrated into this program. any feedback is more than welcome! greetings, thomas

Topic by thomannanas   |  last reply


Drive Shaft To Pulley

Help! How do I attach this pulley (or any pulley) to a drive shaft? Specifically: This Motor: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00O8UKN7I/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc;=1 To This Pulley: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004RAO8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc;=1

Topic by john.walsh   |  last reply


What's the name of this brass part?

This is on an adjustable length cane, where this thing can be pushed into the inside of the tube to adjust length of the cane, and pushed out by a spring with a "click" sound to lock the length. This is also on kayak paddles to select and lock the angle of the paddles. In fact, this is fairly common and used in many other places... But I don't know its name. I want to use this on one of my project and I am not sure what name should I use to search for the parts. Anyone can help? Thanks!

Topic by ccyg8774   |  last reply


Is Ikea the only place that recycles incandescent light bulbs as well?

CFL bulbs need to be recycled properly due to mercury content, and there are many places: Park districts, hardware stores, Ikea, etc. that recycle CFL bulbs. However, I haven't found any place that recycles incandescent bulbs, I searched online and they say, they don't contain any toxic chemicals and can be thrown in trash and not curbside recycling. However can't the glass be reused to make new bulbs? I am sure they can reuse the glass, and the filament is probably too hard to recycle but the glass could be. I know Ikea recycles incandescent bulbs as well, but why aren't there any other companies that do? Also LED bulbs, I guess dead LED bulbs can either be returned to manufacturer if it has warranty, or in electronic recycle.

Topic by ADRIANT28   |  last reply


Suggestions for painting an Invicta diving case?

So I've got some Instructables in mind for painting a Nerf Maverick. (Wait, you said you were painting an Invicta diving case...) Yes, you're right. The case will be a custom painted case to house a custom painted Nerf Maverick for a Christmas present. However, I have some questions about how to paint it. The case has a rough outside made from what I suspect to be high-impact plastic. The inside is smooth plastic with removable foam inserts and a rubber gasket seal. I know I will have to sand the inside to make the paint stick, but my question is if the outside is already a rough textured plastic, will I need to sand it as well? Also, what paints and finishes do you suggest for painting this case?  The Invicta logo on the back will need to be sanded (although I suppose I could leave it since they manufactured the case). The picture shows what my case looks like, minus the graffiti image. Thanks in advance, and God Bless!

Topic by IrishSnow35   |  last reply


way to recycle plastic bags

I have been looking for a way to recycle the bags i get at the supermarket.

Topic by Kane Measham-Pywell   |  last reply


Mariko Kusumoto

I have been trying to create color stripes in the same manner as Mariko Kusumoto. Cotton and silk thread have not worked. I think I need a different tool to apply polyester dye or different thread. The second image is messy but it was to test the strength of the dye on the bubbles. I think my problem now is how to draw the lines using polyester dye before steaming. 

Topic by jeremyzschau   |  last reply


Any suggestions for improvement for this LED Wind Chimes? FEEDBACK!

Hello guys! Here is an LED Glass Bottle Chime that I had put up on Instructables. Do you have any improvements for the model? any ideas? I would love to here what you think of it, do have a look! If you like it please give it a vote, in the glass contest to show your support : ) Here's the link : https://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Glass-Bottle-Chimes/ Share and follow me! Cheers!

Topic by Craftcorner 


Looking for a 5V valve to be driven by ARDUINO

Hi everybody, I am working on a project to make an automatic watering system driven by arduino. I am looking for a valve which I could operate without any extra power supply but the 5V from the ARDUINO. It would be perfect if the valve could be in the range of the 6mm for tubes connections. As my project will rely on gravity for water movements, I don't want to use a pump or whatever active device. Just some standard batteries connected to ARDUINO. Do some of you know such a valve? I have looked on the net without any success. I have found loads of watering projects using arduino but none with the same phylosphy. If you know one, please let me know. Regards,

Topic by BaptisteL8   |  last reply


12v solar panel/battery setup project- NOT lead/acid

Hi, I have a project that I'm trying to design/build and could use some help/advice with some of the electrical theory. I feel like this should be really simple but I'm having a lot of issues. I have done a lot of googling but can't seem to find applicable answers so I started my own thread. Any help will be greatly appreciated! If I can solve this, I will be happy to write up a detailed instructable so that others can use this information as well.  The short version: Trying to build a lightweight solar panel>battery pack>UHF radio charging setup. Nominal voltage is all 12v. I'm having difficulty regulating amperage between the units. The long version: My friend is in charge of a campsite which needs to have a 2-way radio on at all times. They need to be able to charge these radios on-premise because they are out there for a little over a week at a time. A solar panel seems ideal for this application. The whole charging setup needs to be lightweight since it is a >10 mile hike into the campsite. Ideally, I would like to use an array of NiMH AA batteries because they are small, relatively cheap, and can be replaced easily if there is an issue. I am also under the impression that they handle repetitive charge/discharge cycles well. I am not married to that though so if there is a compelling reason to use lipo or something else, I am open to that. The radio: is a Motorola Radius CP200. The wall charger that comes with it outputs 14v at 1.5 amps. The battery in the radio (according to the sticker on it) is 7.4v 16.21Wh lithium ion. Setup 1 that I've been trying: I have a 12v solar panel charging a pack of AA NiMH batteries. I started with an 8-pack holder but moved up to a 10-pack to increase voltage and total mAH a little. I've been using little voltage regulators in between the solar panel and the batteries as well as between the batteries and the radio. These function as diodes and help me get the correct charging voltage. My problem is that I can't regulate the amperage. The battery pack will pull as much as it can from the solar panel, and the radio will pull as much as it can from the battery pack. What ends up happening is when I first plug the radio into the battery pack, it works fine. But after a couple minutes, the amperage skyrockets to like 3 or 4 or more amps. The voltage regulator hits some sort of thermal protection limit and the whole thing shuts down. I tried throwing this amperage regulator in there as well to keep it below 1.5 amps, naively thinking that it would just affect the amperage and not the voltage. But what happens is when it's in constant amps mode, it just cuts the voltage to compensate and keeps the total power the same. Setup 2 that I've been trying: I thought maybe since I was having issues with the 'smarts' of these batteries charging and discharging, I would switch over to USB battery packs since they have a lot of built-in protection circuitry. I got this solar charger, an older version of this battery pack, and used the same voltage regulators to step up the voltage from 5v to 14v to charge the radio. I get the same issue of high-amperage discharging of the battery pack. I tried using this step-up converter between the battery pack and the radio but it doesn't seem to work or maybe I'm not using it correctly (I can't seem to get the adjustment pots to actually do anything...). It seems like I'm thinking about current wrong or something. Any suggestions or insight into what's wrong with my approaches would be super helpful. If anyone has any suggestions for radically changing my approach, I'm open to those as well. Thanks for reading!

Topic by Cking0987   |  last reply


Ballerina Jewelry Box Project

Hello, I am interested in creating a jewelry box for my niece. The idea is to laser-cut a custom box which I think I can find templates of online and create an SVG file with some art for the laser cutter. I plan to 3D print a ballerina as well. I initially thought of running the electronics with Arduino - but prefer to keep it simple.  I want to have a custom song/melody playing - I was thinking of perhaps some sort of a recording/playback speaker where I can record the song initially and then have it play back - ideas? For simplicity - do you think it is possible to run a simple circuit with a couple AA/AAA batteries, a hinge control (ideas for something that will do the trick and act as a switch are very much welcome too), a speaker, and some sort of a stepper motor/servo to spin the ballerina. I would love to get some ideas and supplies from you. This should be a pretty straightforward, simple project but I don't have much electronic experience and am not sure what to search to find the technology I need. Thank you, KoMoDo

Topic by KoMoDo   |  last reply


What's the right dremel bit for a circle jig cutter? I had problems with this.

Hi, i just made a circle jig cutter for my dremel. I used the included dremel that you can see in the picture below, it basically looks like a drill bit, but it's sharp in the edges, so it can cut to the sides, thing that drill bits cannot do. I tried to cut 3/4 MDF, but it was very hard to do it, I simply had to stop the process after concluding that that's not the right bit for that job. I think I had problems because this bit is for cutting to drywall sheets instead. What do you think? does anybody know what dremel bit should I use to cut circles through 3/4 MDF? thanks.

Topic by johanx4   |  last reply


What's the cheapest company to print custom T-shirts, only front and full t-shirt?

What's the cheapest company to print custom T-shirts, only front and full t-shirt?

Topic by DIAGONALLIS   |  last reply


Project: bead printer

Hey everyone! My name is Michael and I have a project I'm working on: a fuse beads automatic "printer". After I got my mechanical eng. degree I was looking for a project to prove to myself it was worth it. I guess being a maker was my secret ambition, and I felt I needed some project to be proud of.  While babysitting my little cousins and doing some works with Perler beads, I thought to myself: hey! this is cool- I should try making something bigger! and so, as my works grew larger, I began to wonder- can I make it automatic?   What are fuse beads?  These are small beads made from plastic that come in various colors, and can melt under a regular home iron. Its a kids toy- you place a pattern on a mat, iron it- and get cool results. google it!   What is it supposed to do?  The idea is simple: place individual beads of various colors on a mat full of small spikes according to a pattern. sounds simple, doesn't it? I think its good to first look at a 2 color (black-white) simple scheme and try to print it on a small part of the board. Once the mechanical part is finished, the real programming will start.   Some numbers:  The beads are about 5[mm] in diameter and in height. A typical board is 30X30 spikes. A piece could usually contains 2-10 main colors.   !!STOP!!! Before you read my concept, I would like to know- how would you try to make this project? I have had this idea in my mind for over a year now, and I'm looking for new ideas.   The concept so far: As I've mentioned, its been a long journey already. I am far from having a working prototype and am open to suggestions. The "printer" I designed is similar to a CNC machine: a tube has 15 beads in it. The tube is moved above the board, placing the beads. Refill will be done manually since I wish to prove the mechanics first. I made the printer with Lego and an NXT controller and engines, simply because I had it at home. I tried making a 2 axis motion using a rack and gear (with transmission), moving a tube with beads in it. To my dread, the beads do not like falling off when placed on top of one another (in the tube), so I used a third engine, converting the rotary motion into linear one, applying a small force over the tube to prevent the beads from falling, moving them to the next position, than letting go. I discovered the engines are not as accurate as I would have wanted, and the results are meh. I will add some pictures at a later time as I need to re-assemble it.     Thanks a lot for reading, and I hope we can make this dream come true- lets have some fun!  

Topic by TheWildShnitzel   |  last reply


How much power need a laser to cut through 3/4 MDF?

Hi. Just wondering how much power need a laser to cut 3/4 MDF in a single pass?

Topic by johanx4   |  last reply


Mosaics and Lead lighting.

Hi all. I am  a new member with tons of creativity inside me. I create stuff from other peoples junk. For many years I have wanted to turn my hand at Mosaics and Lead Lighting. I want to create a beach scene in Mosaic of Shoalwater Bay/ Penquin Island which is near Rockingham, Western Australia. I already have painted a 16 foot by 7 mural of this idyllic part of the world on my lounge room wall. Looks magnificent. I want the mosaic to be at least 4 feet by 3 feet. How do I stop the mosaic from sliding off the mounting board? Do I drill a myriad of small hole into the board so as to give the medium purchase? Also I want to make Lead Light full window coverings, from 2 feet square up to 4 feet square. Are there any members who would like to give me some clues on how to begin? In researching accessibility of stain glass I have not had a lot of success here in Perth, Australia. Maybe I need to go to junk yards? Thank you for reading my request. Anticipation is high that I will actually begin creating my creations. Bretrick

Topic by bretrick   |  last reply


Metal rod stock for furniture (especially loops)

I wanted to make some shelves like this http://www.wedowood.dk/shoerack/ but I have no idea which metal they used or how to bend it. Is there anything strong enough to support even some books that can be bent with pliers? If so, wouldn't it be really hard to get anything good looking? If not, how to bend? I know there are shop brakes, but aren't they only for sheet metal? And, surely you cannot make a 180 turn that small with a shop brake? Also, what gauge/material rodstock to use? Is there some way (even approximate) to relate gauge and material to weight supported?  Many thanks in advance Joe

Topic by JosephS164   |  last reply


Slowest set epoxy? need too much time to apply it.

Hi, I need to glue an acrylic sheet over a wood maze, which size is around 12x24", so there would be a lot of line to apply the epoxy over it, I think it would take me around 15 minutes of even less I am fast and prepared for it, so I was thinking in using a slow set epoxy. Please any info or advice, how slow can a epoxy be? I would be glad with a 45 minute epoxy, but will it really dry until passed that time? thanks.

Topic by johanx4   |  last reply


PVC — one of the most hazardous consumer products ever created

PVC  is one of the most toxic products ever created - seems no-one here realizes this - PVC is NOT something to play around with - esp not for indoors! Google it!

Topic by weitgiest   |  last reply


where to buy acrylic

Hello, I am trying to figure out where to buy glass quality acrylic I can mix myself and make a cube 1ft^3 out of.  also if anyone knows the safety issues. Do i need a fume hood or gas mask?

Topic by AviF3   |  last reply


Help? Chunk glass hanging lamp how-tos

Hiya, I'm a noob. I love the look of chunk glass lamps, and like hanging swag / pendant lamps, but the real thing is ridiculously expensive. So, I'd like to make one. The wiring is reasonably straightforward, any one of the kit things would work fine. Where I'm running into trouble is how to put it together. I know it's going to be heavy, which is ok; Elephant hooks from Amazon claim they can support a hundred pounds if put into a rafter.  What I'm looking for is how to make the thing to attach the glass to. A lot of the existing ones (If you search google for 'chunk glass lamp' you'll find what I'm interested in) use either molded lead or mortar. I'm kind of looking for a slightly lighter weight solution; I'd rather the weight be pretty rather than structural.  An idea I originally had was something like a 3d printed frame, maybe in sections that can snap together with a network of supports to glue the glass to, to allow a thin smear of mortar or clay or something to cover it, so the light only comes through the glass.  I know many of the original ones from the 60s and 70s were lucite vs glass, Big hunks of glass seem relatively easy to find, big hunks of plastic not so much. If anyone has a good source for either or both, I'd love to hear.  Be gentle, it's my first time here. :)  (Tried to attach a file, but I'm at work, and it looks like the network is nuking it. Just search google for 'chunk glass lamp' and you'll find dozens.)

Topic by StarChaser_Tyger   |  last reply


Glass dome / cloche Display

 I am in works of putting together a glass dome with a wood base and a model inside. I am looking for ideas of ways to have the glass dome lock itself onto the base and having the option to unlock.  So I do not want to permanently bond it I'm trying to think of some clever way of being able to have it lock whether you twist or some other way but I'm stuck .  The photo below is similar to the shape of the dome I have acquired as far as shape I will just be using a knob instead of a rope on top and then below that is the bottom base I have which is more like a plate  and not as deep as that first image 

Topic by E-Ren89   |  last reply


My 1st attempt at art

Any comments, good or bad, would be really appreciated. Thanks 

Topic by James Kennedy    |  last reply


steampunk sealant

Hello, I am steampunking a nerfgun for my nephew and the assumption is that he will play with it. I thought I would use an acrylic clear sealant to protect the paint, but when I sprayed it, the paint krinkled -- once it dried, it became hard again. I have two more components to seal and would like to avoid this. (I sprayed the nerf with flat black Krylon spraypaidn (supposed to bond to plastic) and then dry brushed metallic acrylic paint for effect. One internet person suggested I use mod-lodge -- but the instructions say that after applying it, i should use a clear acrylic topcoat. So my question is--should I be using this extra step--or is there a paintable acrylic sealant i could use? What are best practices used by you folks?

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How to Make a Twisted Boutique Hair Bow | by Dzung Mac

My youtube channel will help you make handmade products, DIY crafts such as crepe paper flowers, Quiet book, valentine card/gift, birthday card/gift, christmas card/gift, christmas card/gift,...  It is quite easy . There are a lot of kinds for you to make Flowers: peony, carnation, orchids,.... If you are interested in it please follow/like/comment my channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnvoThr2-6rfWITzEUQWTJg 1 - Make Simple Easy Bow, DIY, Ribbon Hair Bow by Dzung Mac 2- How to Make a Twisted Boutique Hair Bow by Dzung Mac 3- Make Simple Easy Bow, Twisted Boutique Hair Bow by Dzung Mac Thanks for watching dont'n forget Subscribe! thanks so much

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How to make Quiet book | by Dzung Mac

How to make Quiet book | by Dzung Mac 1-How to make Quiet books 1 - Apple tree 2 How to make Quiet books 2 - pizza   3 How to make Quiet books 3 - find similar images   4 How to make Quiet books 4 5 How to make Quiet books 5 to be continued My youtube: Dzung Mac

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how to make paper flowers easy

My youtube channel will help you make handmade products, DIY crafts such as crepe paper flowers, Quiet book, valentine card/gift, birthday card/gift, christmas card/gift, christmas card/gift,...  It is quite easy . There are a lot of kinds for you to make Flowers: peony, carnation, orchids,.... If you are interested in it please follow/like/comment my channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnvoThr2-6rfWITzEUQWTJg 1 how to make crepe paper flower - Sunflower   Easy and beautiful Paper Flowers - Gerbera paper tulip flowers to be continued...

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Help with a cast metal coin instructable!

Need help finding a particular instructable, friends.  I would almost bet body parts that I saw an instructable here that had the following process to it for making a custom fantasy coin or medallion: Use the underside  bottom of a paper coffee cup-mix up a portion of Bondo and fill the bottom recess with it.  When Bondo hardens, pop out the round disc, paste a paper disc onto it then draw out your coin or medallion design.  Carve out your design with a dremel or similar, make a silicone putty mold, then when mold is dry, pour pewter or zinc to make a custom coin. Darken and polish. I know I've seen it, I'm wanting to stick it in my favorites list so I don't lose it again, and I especially want to thank the author for coming up with such a simple process for a custom medallion. Can anyone help me?

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how to make an accordion style clothes dryer?

I was wondering what are the things required to secure the rods in place. and where the wood pieces are fixed and where its not . it would be really helpful if some showed me with pictures from start to finish .

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Snap-fit design

Hello all, The left panel in the image I have uploaded represents aluminium frame, 1mm thick. What I would like to do is design another aluminium or plastic piece that can snap into the inside of this frame (something like the right panel in the image). The frame, once positioned in, would be a permanent fixture. I have looked at different kind of snap-fit joints but I'm not sure on what's the most appropriate design in terms of simplicity and functionality. Another issue is calculating the actual dimensions of the snap-fit joints. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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