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  • How to Grow Borax Crystals

    Wow! Thanks for answering! I asked this question three years ago. I've had another grandkid and moved house since then! Cheers.

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  • Clackers: the Toy of Doom

    I would have been less than ten years old when I was given a set of these. They were made from a pair of 2.5 cm (1") diameter STEEL BALL BEARINGS!!!! They were attached to a rather flimsy plastic cord which was crimped into a cup retainer which was then GLUED to the ball bearings. Even I could see they were a disaster waiting to happen. I played with them once and then they magically disappeared though I think my Mum was more worried about the windows than my health. How did we ever make it out of the seventies?

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  • Corrugated Cardboard Lamp

    Cardboard Tiffany lamps!!! Absolutely fantastic and insanely beautiful. How about building the shade around the outside of a disposable clear plastic salad/party bowl for additional strength and saving a piece of plastic from landfill? Thank you for sharing.

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  • Recycling CDs Into Race Cars

    Wonderful to see these again. When I were a lad back in the '60's we called them tanks and made them out of cotton reals, a slice of candle, a rubber band and matchsticks. The candle slice was in the place of the bottle top and "geared" them down to a slower speed than your racers. They looked fantastic trundling across the living room carpet. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Battle of the Bands: Theremin, Organ, & APC Synthesizer!

    Hi, just to say that my Mum had those hedgehogs though she preferred CMOS for musical toys. Great work and thanks for sharing

    Hi, just to say that my Mum had those hedgehogs but she preferred CMOS for musical toys :) Great Work thanks for sharing

    Hi, just to say that my Mum had those hedgehogs but she preferred CMOS for musical toys :) Great Work thanks for sharing

    Hi, just to say that my Mum had those hedgehogs but she preferred CMOS for musical toys :) Great Work thanks for sharing

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  • Oncer commented on rabbitcreek's instructable Toast Talker
    Toast Talker

    Ahhhhh... you got there before me. That's what I immediately thought of!!

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  • If it's all about the tilt switch why not just a buzzer and a battery? Certainly be cheaper than a $35 microprocessor. Though I slouch a lot so I would probably end annoying many other people with my buzzer!

    $35 is for the programmer sorry! $11 for the Atiny

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  • Night nightSleep TIGHTmind the bed bugsDon't bite xx

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  • I've got a 5A USB charger/power supply so this thing would probably take off!Check the maximum amp rating of your DC motor first.

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  • Well I knew a cajon had a snare wire inside but never knew it looked like that.Thanks for sharing and voted.

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  • Thanks. Never found a viable source of tines for mbiras.

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  • That sounds fun. Look up e-bow schematics. Generally a couple of coils (pickup and transducer/exciter) and an LM386 amp. Probably have to beef up the transducer as original designs are for strings not gurt lumps of metal.

    What was the metal wand you cut up for the tines? Is it stock strip or just something you had? Thanks!

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  • Oncer commented on Mad Gyver's instructable DIY Time Control Machine

    Cool! But why an arduino? Any oscillator would do and be cheaper wouldn't it? 555, 40106.And also, since I have to put up warning signs at work when we use strobe effects, people with photosensitive epilepsy beware.

    Oh of course, I missed the accelerometer. Thanks!

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  • Why can't you have this sintered?

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  • Voted for! But how hot is "pretty hot"? Within the range say of a sugar thermometer? It's just I can see me doing this and ending up with a puddle of PVC with extra sand!

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  • Oh I wish my cats only brought in mice! How to upscale this for rats...

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  • How about actual dried flowers pressed between the acetate and acrylic? Or would they fade over time?

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  • I remember adverts for 'bonephones' in the 70's. They went round your neck like a travel pillow.

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  • I'll never have to whistle for my keys again! Voted.

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  • So... this isn't how to get a sync from a vinyl track to trigger a sequencer in time? If all you want is a clock signal why not use an optical sensor and a disc of alternate light and dark bands? You simply move the sensor from one area to the next to get different tempo clocks.

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  • Oncer commented on Paige Russell's instructable Homemade Energy Drink

    And this is why they serve jello in hospital! When you are sick and cannot eat then any calorie intake is important, even "empty" calories from jelly and all it's hoofy goodness.

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  • Pardon me for being British, but is Elmer's clear school glue a PVA type glue?

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  • Voted for in plastics! No vote for photography?In theatre we use the same system to animate lighting effects - look up flicker wheels (KK wheels) for use with gobos.

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  • Thanks for getting back! Enjoy your studio.

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  • Voted!Oh I so need my shed back! (I know it's your studio but I'm British and a bloke so it's a shed!). This looks a fantastic build but I've never built anything that had to be lived in and watertight so a couple of questions if I may:I noticed you didn't have a waterproof membrane over the OBS? Is this because it isn't needed or did further cladding materials provide this? I ask because I really don't know!In the same vein you didn't use a vapour membrane on the inside of the OBS. Again is this not necessary? OBS, like MDF and other particle boards, gas out some fairly unpleasant chemicals over time so I assume when I see "vapour membrane" it refers to that. (I did once have a row with my partners son when he announced he was going to build his daughter some bedroom furniture …

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    Voted!Oh I so need my shed back! (I know it's your studio but I'm British and a bloke so it's a shed!). This looks a fantastic build but I've never built anything that had to be lived in and watertight so a couple of questions if I may:I noticed you didn't have a waterproof membrane over the OBS? Is this because it isn't needed or did further cladding materials provide this? I ask because I really don't know!In the same vein you didn't use a vapour membrane on the inside of the OBS. Again is this not necessary? OBS, like MDF and other particle boards, gas out some fairly unpleasant chemicals over time so I assume when I see "vapour membrane" it refers to that. (I did once have a row with my partners son when he announced he was going to build his daughter some bedroom furniture from MDF). Again I ask because I really don't know.Thanks!

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  • You would never know you are not a native speaker and am embarrassingly mono-lingual. With the weather problems you had I just assumed you where in the UK!

    Voted for in all three categories. Thanks for this and can't wait to see how you finished and kitted out the inside. Is there a part two?

    Sorry!! That was supposed to say that I am mono-lingual, not you Sebastiaan.

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  • Oncer commented on 5Volts's instructable DIY LED Dual Clock Tower!

    Hi, great project and voted for. What temperature did you have the heat gun on to bend the acrylic sheet?

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  • Oncer commented on TinkerJim's instructable Wooden Finger Engine

    Never found out what happened to Granddads tools. He'd been a carpenter since before the Great War from furniture to building trade. Maternal Grandma, on the other hand, thought herself above the treadle and had an ancient motorised Singer that went like billy-ho!

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  • Oncer commented on TinkerJim's instructable Wooden Finger Engine

    This is a lot of fun, but the first thing I "saw" when I watched the video was my Mother's treadle sewing machine...

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  • How thick was the sheet you demonstrated with? 1mm, 1.5mm?Thanks.

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  • Oncer commented on datenkrieger's instructable Analog Sequencerbox

    Seven years down the line but how are munging the two 4017's together? I've seen several schematics for this and on investigation have found comments to suggest none of them work so am curious.

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  • Oncer commented on MartijnS8's instructable Lamp Base Socket

    Spoilsport!

    That's for connection to a wall plate. This is a trailing socket for connection to the end of an extension cable.

    And I suppose it's cheaper than bulb and socket needed to make this which I actually don't see the need of in this day and age!

    I think there were two separate charges - one for lighting and one for sockets that might power domestic appliances. Very often the iron would be plugged into the lighting circuit as this was a comparatively low power device which would not damage the circuit but would allow you to enjoy the lower tariff for a time consuming chore. In my parents home in the UK there was a ceiling lighting fixture in a corner by the window which my Mum always claimed was where the iron would have been plugged in.I think certain episodes of The Waltons showed the grandmother ironing with the iron plugged into a lighting socket.

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  • Love your cat and get it neutered.

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  • These are lovely. Thank you for sharing! How long do they last? Do they deliquesce? Would a coat of shellac help preserve them? Thanks!

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  • Voted for by the way.

    If you are going to use stored rainwater for consumption can I suggest a UV steriliser.

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  • Oncer commented on Mad Gyver's instructable DIY LED Spinner

    Sooooo... have fidget spinners lasted longer than hoolah hoops yet?

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  • Oncer commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Best Ginger Beer

    Well as far as I am aware, in the UK at least, ginger beer has always been non-alcoholic and suitable for kids - lashings of ginger beer anybody? Ginger ale is a slightly more grown up version (still non-alcohol) and is sold as a mixer for alcoholic drinks.Ginger beer is called ginger beer because it is (or can be) a yeast process involving fermentation. This will produce a small amount of alcohol but not enough to be a problem unless you must avoid alcohol for cultural or religious reasons, such as the mormon guy and his dry ice to avoid the fermentation.When I was a kid we once made ginger beer at home via fermentation and very good it was too. However we did not take into account the secondary fermentation in the bottle, which all exploded bar one or two, including one that blew up in …

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    Well as far as I am aware, in the UK at least, ginger beer has always been non-alcoholic and suitable for kids - lashings of ginger beer anybody? Ginger ale is a slightly more grown up version (still non-alcohol) and is sold as a mixer for alcoholic drinks.Ginger beer is called ginger beer because it is (or can be) a yeast process involving fermentation. This will produce a small amount of alcohol but not enough to be a problem unless you must avoid alcohol for cultural or religious reasons, such as the mormon guy and his dry ice to avoid the fermentation.When I was a kid we once made ginger beer at home via fermentation and very good it was too. However we did not take into account the secondary fermentation in the bottle, which all exploded bar one or two, including one that blew up in my sister's handbag (purse)! Be warned.

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  • http://www.jameco.com/Jameco/workshop/diy/atari-pu...Some more info from Forest M. Mims III

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  • Oncer commented on Paige Russell's instructable Sun-Dried Tomatoes

    Thank you for this. When I have seen sun dried tomatoes in the shops they have been in oil. Would this be another layer of preserving or just because it's really really nice?

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  • Dried and fresh lavender - lots of antibacterial agents, smells good and helps you sleep!

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  • Fantastic! Thank you for sharing. I did always think soap production was an industrial process (an idea that I got from making soap in school - boiling fat and alkalis anybody?) and I didn't know you could buy bases and add your own bits'n'bobs. Thank you again!

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  • Actually if you try bigger outlets like RS, CPC, Farnell or Rapid you can get polyester film caps quite easily and in hobbyist numbers i.e. half a dozen or even one. Just check what multiples they are sold in but most places will sell one or small multiple of through hole passive components. Tell them I recommended them and they will go "Who?". By the way try gooooogling for "tropical fish" caps.

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  • Oncer commented on Felix_H's instructable Glowing Bedside Lamp

    A truly beautiful object. Thank you for sharing. Voted for!

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  • What's wrong with spit or dish soap? Either is better than something that will damage rubber, though in a hospital setting perhaps not spit. I generally end up making cable arrays that need to go through various grommets and spit hasn't let me down yet.

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  • Truly beautiful. Voted for. Also loving the simple control circuit. Not everything has to be arduino.

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  • Great! Do I assume that this will only work on unfinished - unwaxed/varnished? I feel one would have to remove a finish on a piece of furniture and then re-finish it after. Very useful to know. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Oncer commented on randofo's instructable Octave Up Pedal

    You can plug anything into it - just remember it's built for low level signals from a guitar's pickup. Your keyboard probably has line level output which is high in comparison to a guitar. Start with the volume of the keyboard turned down and slowly turn it up 'till you hear the effect you want.I used to own a Hohner Pianet-T which was a tine piano and had a guitar level output so I used a lot of guitar pedals in a chain directly after it. Could make a hell of a racket!

    Nice build! Will definitely be taking the Circuit Board Class.

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  • Oncer commented on ctx1985's instructable Bottle Cap Brooches

    If you google "crown corks" you can buy new unused in a variety of colours very cheaply. Perhaps not the re-cycled ethos but then again I never see that type of bottle cap in my household re cycling.

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  • Oncer commented on AroundHome's instructable Seed Starting Rack

    Thanks Gumby!

    Hi guys this is a great idea and voted for in garden and woodwork. One little question is about the choice of fluorescent as a grow light - does it have sufficient spectrum of light for growth or is it just a bright source for initial germination?

    Thanks for that. I was thinking of adverts I'd seen for LED systems sold for growing garden herbs on the counter top in the kitchen but I suppose for germination just a good bright light works as Gumby said. Thank you!

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  • This is fantastic. As a Brit and the son of a butcher I say kudos to you. Just a couple of points, 'cause I'm that guy. Bangers and mash doesn't normally turn up on a breakfast menu in the UK but why not I don't know, it tends to be regarded as luncheon, high tea or dinner/supper. And I can't think of anyone who boils British sausage. That simply doesn't happen. We buy our sausage - fresh or frozen - raw and it is then fried or baked in the oven from raw. Even where we might incorporate sausage into a stew or casserole we brown them first in a frying pan. Why? Because we are wierd brits!

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  • These are beautiful and voted for. However, and I hate to be the party pooper, please be careful in the choice of metal for jewelry. Modern brass is a different composition to older/antique brass and is almost certainly going to contain nickel. Nickel is added in small amounts to improve flow and initial casting and patina improvement but will leach out. Copper itself is the next culprit for skin irritation or at least green skin. Using silicone tunnels is a great idea for stretched lobes but perhaps investing in some surgical steel 316L wire for making simple ear wires might be a good idea for those folk who don't have 16mm stretchers like me in their lobesPlease don't be offended. I have had problems in the past with jewelry materials and on a couple of occasions have bought piercing je…

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    These are beautiful and voted for. However, and I hate to be the party pooper, please be careful in the choice of metal for jewelry. Modern brass is a different composition to older/antique brass and is almost certainly going to contain nickel. Nickel is added in small amounts to improve flow and initial casting and patina improvement but will leach out. Copper itself is the next culprit for skin irritation or at least green skin. Using silicone tunnels is a great idea for stretched lobes but perhaps investing in some surgical steel 316L wire for making simple ear wires might be a good idea for those folk who don't have 16mm stretchers like me in their lobesPlease don't be offended. I have had problems in the past with jewelry materials and on a couple of occasions have bought piercing jewelry that I was informed was surgical steel. When sterilized and worn they put me in some of the worst pain in my life at the site of the piercing. I took them out and put the original jewelry back in and the relief was immediate. So, that wasn't 316L!

    Like I said I don't want to be that guy, but the time I put fake surgical steel in my septum I was in that much pain I thought I might lose part of my nose never mind the piercing. Taking it out and putting the old jewelry back was like a switch that turned the pain off. I never found out what the metal was and was too busy then to take it back to the shop. I've never had a reaction like that since. But I don't want to scare people. I have several piercings including septum at 5mm and a stretched lobe and I wear lots of jewelry so please don't think I'm a po-faced meanie!

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  • This is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing and voted. I'm amazed that you can get a dapping/doming set like that from your local hardware store or any kind of silversmithing tools! I can only find these things in specialised stores in the UK and I can only think of one that still has a store you can visit (used to be known as Manchester Minerals with a shop in Stockport). But probably wrong as usual.

    I did some silversmithing years ago in my early twenties and started out with some files, piercing saw and a burnisher. Heat and soldering was done at nightschool (= learning annexe?) where we also had a polishing mop. My favourite piece that I made was a chunky D-segment ring that I pulled the stock for and soldered up for my Dad. I have it now, alas, but it doesn't fit my porky fingers. Maybe this will spur me on to re-make it. Or at least pay a jeweler to resize it for me! Thanks.

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  • That is a lot of work but I bet they are great. One question - salt in with the yeast and sugar? Obviously this gives a good rise but seems counterintuitive as I was always told salt is added to kill the yeast off after a certain time. Salt is added to dry ingredients but to add it to the wet seems odd but obviously works. Voted in snacks and breakfast.

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  • If I could find a square of carpet they haven't already trashed!

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  • This is fantastic but my cats always behave as if allergic to sisal. Never go near the stuff no matter how many scratch posts we've tried over the years. I'm kinda used to the idea that my bits of Ikea will be permanently shredded.

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  • Well your other instructables are quite intractable!

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  • Nice try but what people really need is a BS detector, since, unfortunately, all things now appear true for any given value of truth.

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  • I've seen this technique with a pair of scissors as well.

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  • These sound lovely but I would be tempted to use fresh grated ginger rather than dried ground ginger.Is all rice gluten free?

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  • Great 'ible and I love the fact that it looks like the thing the captain's yeoman used to hand to Kirk to squiggle on. Deliberate?

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  • Don't you get food parcels? When I am invited to visit my British friends in Germany I am sent a shopping list for: Yorkshire Tea;cheddar cheese (cheapest supermarket);thick cut bacon;Colemans shepherds pie mix(!!!);Biscuits (supermarket biscuit barrel selection).Not exactly gourmet stuff, but what they miss.

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  • Burnt butter is a flavour all it's own...Thanks for this recipe and the video is just great for a Brit like me who always wanted to try "American" pancakes.

    Hi Matt,here from your crepe 'ible. So it's quite a thick batter we're after, thicker than crepe/"British" pancake batter. That's good to know. I've always ended up with a thin batter when I've tried for "American" pancakes before. Not good!Thanks.

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  • Gentleman Matt you are a star! Thank you.

    As a pescetarian I haven't eaten bacon in 25 years but bacon in the UK can be a bit hit or miss with cheaper brands deliquescing in the pan and never getting crisp.

    And what day was washing day? Monday in the UK, when we would get a one pot meal for supper in the days before automatic machines.If you whisk the flour and egg first and then add milk a drip at a time I find it's easier to get a smooth batter.

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  • Oncer commented on shazni's instructable Narnia Book Sculpture

    Love this and voted for.One word of caution - you might want to include a resistor with the LED to protect it from over current.And some books are for cutting up - ghosted celeb autobiographies, cookery books aimed at slimmers (Slimming is for losers! Er... quite) and anything by Jeffery Archer.

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  • And is bacon with maple syrup a thing or just on the Simpsons?

    If you did an instructable for American pancakes for us Brits I'd be your mate for ever!

    Crepes and British pancakes are essentially the same thing - flour, egg, milk and melted butter batter. No raising agent. British people will use plain flour (all purpose flour I think in America) but the French may use something a bit more exciting for the flour - buckwheat? Also perhaps some cream or fromage frais.And let's not use canola oil - let's have BUTTER!

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