Watermelon Sticks




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An apple corer is a great kitchen tool. This Instructable applies one to a watermelon, but a corer also allows serving various other fruits or vegetables in an original way.

Using this conventional apple corer gives cylindrical shapes up to a length of approximately 7.5 centimeters max (3 inch) and a diameter of 18 mm (0.7 in). A watermelon gives a really nice result because the rind can be cut out as well, resulting in a layered color pattern as can be seen in some of the pictures.

The cumulative mass of the sticks amounts to approximately 70% of the initial weight on the watermelon slice (dependent on the space that is left in between the holes). The leftover part with the holes is perfectly fit for human consumption: don't waste it.

The resulting rounds or cylinders can be used in various configurations, for example as standing sticks (see Step 1), as an Instructables' logo (see Step 2) or as 1.4 dpi matrix characters (see Step 3).

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Step 1: Standing Watermelon Sticks

Cut the watermelon in thick slices. The top and bottom part allow making little pillars with the rind still on it. The middle slices give pillars that are red from top to toe.

The next step shows the Instructables' logo made from watermelon pixels.

Step 2: Instructables' Logo

Although the resolution is not high, one might discern the Instructable's logo in this picture. In order to obtain as many pixels as possible the melon slices should be rather thin (approximately 1 cm or 0.4 in).

The next step shows how to easily write letters using the watermelon rounds.

Step 3: Writing in Matrix Fonts

These 1.4 dpi matrix characters allow writing any word or sentence, as long as you have enough space (and watermelon) available.

Step 4: License

This Instructable is being made available through a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license.

Republishing this Instructable is allowed, provided it is being attributed properly (cite the name openproducts, link to www.openproducts.org, www.instructables.com/member/openproducts, or the original Instructable. For other arrangements send a Private Message through the instructables member page (www.instructables.com/member/openproducts).

If this design infringes any rights then refer to Article 28 in the Terms of Service (www.instructables.com/tos.html).

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    Glad you like it... You might also appreciate the Filled Cucumber Rounds (CC BY openproducts, 11 July 2014)!


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Btw. what's that article 28? When I look at the Instructables ToS it ends after §20.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Well observed… Thanks for notifying. You refer to the text ‘If this design infringes any rights then refer to Article 28 in the Terms of Service’ in Step 4, a sentence that was inherited from earlier openproducts’ Instructables. Indeed that Article 28 doesn’t exist anymore, I must admit that I missed the latest update of the ToS (5 June 2013). The original Article 28 in the ToS (last updated 1 February 2012) referred to ‘Copyrights’ and stated: ‘Instructables respects the intellectual property rights of others, and requires that the people who use the Site do the same. It is our policy to respond promptly to claims of intellectual property misuse. If you believe in good faith that your work has been copied and is accessible on this Site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, you may notify us by providing our copyright agent with the following information in writing: (…)’. What I particulary liked about this text was Instructables’ intention to ‘respond promptly to claims of intellectual property misuse’, in which I interpreted ‘intellectual property misuse’ in a broad sense, i.e. also referring to the concepts published in my Instructables (some of which have innovative aspects). In the current Article 19c of the ToS (dated 5 June 2013) a similar text has been narrowed down to solely copyright: ‘(…) notifications of claimed copyright infringement should be sent to Autodesk's Copyright Agent (…)’. So I’ll surely have to adapt the text in my previous (where applicable) and future Instructables.

    I saw that one. I was thinking more along a traditional slice standing upright rather than the cross section.

    If that makes sense.