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I'm a refugee from Los Angeles, living in backwoods Puerto Rico for about 35 years now and loving it. I built my own home from discarded nylon fishnet and cement.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable Styrofoam Concrete18 days ago
    Styrofoam Concrete

    The fake rocks are sacks sewn of fishnet, filled with trash, with the fishnet then plastered with cement (1:3 mix cement to sand). If water gets in through a crack, it should hopefully find its way out through a crack, or you could drill drain holes in them. I have never noticed the rocks being full of water; definitely not enough to fill the whole rock. The insulation fiber sounds like a good idea, except for the possibility that the wet cement might react with it during curing. Some fibers, like basalt, need buffering by some chemical to protect them from the caustic cement while it is curing. If you don't know about basalt fiber products, check out basalt rebar on Youtube. It also comes in chopped fiber, twine, and cloth forms. From what I have seen, it is a stronger fiber t...

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    The fake rocks are sacks sewn of fishnet, filled with trash, with the fishnet then plastered with cement (1:3 mix cement to sand). If water gets in through a crack, it should hopefully find its way out through a crack, or you could drill drain holes in them. I have never noticed the rocks being full of water; definitely not enough to fill the whole rock. The insulation fiber sounds like a good idea, except for the possibility that the wet cement might react with it during curing. Some fibers, like basalt, need buffering by some chemical to protect them from the caustic cement while it is curing. If you don't know about basalt fiber products, check out basalt rebar on Youtube. It also comes in chopped fiber, twine, and cloth forms. From what I have seen, it is a stronger fiber than fiberglass is.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable BERRY PICKER6 weeks ago
    BERRY PICKER

    I don't have ABS pipe available to me where I live.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable BERRY PICKER6 weeks ago
    BERRY PICKER

    PVC pipe comes in 10 ft. lengths. If you need a shorter pole, cut it shorter. I doubt you would much need a longer pole, and a longer pole would be harder to transport in a car.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable Artist's Brush Holder2 months ago
    Artist's Brush Holder

    Glad you liked the idea. Clothes pins can be modified in different ways to adapt to bigger brushes. Jaws can be extended by gluing the jaws of other pins to the outsides of them, for example. I imagine that could handle most big brush handles. I don't know what problem you would have with oil brushes, other than the exposed reservoir of solvent. Offhand, I would imagine a glass jar with a lid. Remove the lid and save it for storing the used solvent when you are not in painting mode. Most sediment should settle. Make a new lid out of something like rubber exercise floor mat material (type with interlocking edges is what I use.) Poke a small hole in the material to push your brush handle through from the bottom side, until the brush hairs are off the bottom of the jar. Frictio...

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    Glad you liked the idea. Clothes pins can be modified in different ways to adapt to bigger brushes. Jaws can be extended by gluing the jaws of other pins to the outsides of them, for example. I imagine that could handle most big brush handles. I don't know what problem you would have with oil brushes, other than the exposed reservoir of solvent. Offhand, I would imagine a glass jar with a lid. Remove the lid and save it for storing the used solvent when you are not in painting mode. Most sediment should settle. Make a new lid out of something like rubber exercise floor mat material (type with interlocking edges is what I use.) Poke a small hole in the material to push your brush handle through from the bottom side, until the brush hairs are off the bottom of the jar. Friction with the rubber should hold the brush. The rubber should seal off vapor loss.It might get complicated with more than one brush, so maybe it's not the best idea. My mother used to store oil house painting brushes wrapped in plastic wrap in the freezer, to cut down on clean-up. I guess it worked. Some objected to seeing brushes in the freezer, though.

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  • Silicone Rubber Sculpture Techniques

    I'm no expert on the different types of silicone. I used what I could get in local hardware stores for sealing windows, etc.

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  • "TERMITE NEST" CITIES -- the Next Generation

    The rebar is easy to bend by hand. If it is not, you can look for better mechanical advantage, like using a piece of pipe to extend your leverage at the end of the rebar.

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  • Hypotooter -- a Mini-musical Instrument

    Go ahead and try it. It might work.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable Rubber Drum Heads1 year ago
    Rubber Drum Heads

    It has been a long time since I did these. Glad you like them. They eventually broke on me and I replaced them with pieces of rubber floor mat somehow. I used the 100% RTV silicone. Some brands seem to end up stickier than others, but they tend to lose the stickiness over time. Play, experiment, have fun.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable Bend PVC Pipe1 year ago
    Bend PVC Pipe

    Much easier to buy the square PVC drain pipe that is available than to try to make it.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on zrotholz's instructable Flarinet- a DIY Musical Mouthpiece 1 year ago
    Flarinet- a DIY Musical Mouthpiece

    I love it! Bravo!

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable BERRY PICKER2 years ago
    BERRY PICKER

    Good job. I love the wood look.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable Styrofoam Concrete2 years ago
    Styrofoam Concrete

    Thanks for the info.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable Silicone Rubber Fish Sculpture2 years ago
    Silicone Rubber Fish Sculpture

    The standard colors for silicone are clear, white, black, gray (silver) and brown (bronze). For other colors you have to mix powdered pigments with clear silicone. The advantage to store bought colors is that you can extrude them directly from the cartridge. If you mix your own colors you have to mix them on a palette and then pack them back into a cartridge, or smaller syringe barrel. I have used the empty silicone cartridges as storage containers and dispensers for acrylic paints. Never tried repacking them with silicone. You can mix small batches of colorized silicone and paint it onto your base silicone for painterly effects, and to economize on pigments. Normal paints don't stick to silicone. You can paint with pigmented clear silicone, though. Silicone sticks to silicon...

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    The standard colors for silicone are clear, white, black, gray (silver) and brown (bronze). For other colors you have to mix powdered pigments with clear silicone. The advantage to store bought colors is that you can extrude them directly from the cartridge. If you mix your own colors you have to mix them on a palette and then pack them back into a cartridge, or smaller syringe barrel. I have used the empty silicone cartridges as storage containers and dispensers for acrylic paints. Never tried repacking them with silicone. You can mix small batches of colorized silicone and paint it onto your base silicone for painterly effects, and to economize on pigments. Normal paints don't stick to silicone. You can paint with pigmented clear silicone, though. Silicone sticks to silicone. I was seeing dinosaur skeletons when I did this fish, but never got around to it. Hope you get to do the project. Share the results if you do.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable Bend PVC Pipe2 years ago
  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable Square Melodic Cluster Drums2 years ago
    Square Melodic Cluster Drums

    I no longer have these drums. I don't have any decibel numbers to give you. As I recall, they were loud enough to be useful. Sometimes larger diameter drums don't have the volume you might expect. They don't have to be square. Just get some material and make a set to get a feel for them, and to see if they are loud enough for you.

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  • Hypotooter -- a mini-musical instrument

    Thanks. Good luck. The syringe tooters are the simplest place to start, but when you want to move up, try making a silicone rubber mouthpiece. https://www.instructables.com/id/Silicone-Rubber-T...

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  • Hypotooter -- a mini-musical instrument

    Glad you like it. Every change you make to the body changes the sound, so tooters can create quite a variety of sounds, since you can stick them on all sorts of bodies. I put one on a trombone, and it sounded like a trombone -- except no need to use the trombone slide to make the melody.

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  • Silicone Rubber Sculpture Techniques

    Hi Mina, Silicone sticks like crazy to some things and not so well to others. You mention the "sticky" surface, which tells me you are talking about fresh silicone, and you may be referring to silicone on the hands. Just wiping the best you can with a napkin, or rag is probably the best way. A thin film stays, but eventually wears off. On glass or metal, if it hardens up, you have to cut it off with a knife. Don't get it on your hands to begin with, if you can. Use tools, like a palette knife for working with it.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable Bee Hive in a Bucket2 years ago
    Bee Hive in a Bucket

    I like your angle on this idea. I hope you get a chance to try it out sometime.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable PVC -- It's Great for Inventions2 years ago
    PVC  --  It's Great for Inventions

    Hi Ian, You are out of my ballpark here, but I would be tempted to shape the wheel directly, maybe carving the teeth with an x-acto knife into the edge of the wheels. Maybe you could drill the center hole, run a bolt through it as a shaft for a drill press chuck and file the wheel as it spins, to center the circle, and then sharpen up the knife as much as possible for the detail cutting of the teeth. Probably would take more time than it is worth, and might not work, at that. Good luck with whatever you try.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable Custom Head Base for Mask Making2 years ago
    Custom Head Base for Mask Making

    This project came from a desire to have my head fit properly into the masks I make.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable A GEODESIC SPHERE MODEL2 years ago
    A GEODESIC SPHERE MODEL

    You want me to count them for you? I wouldn't want to take away the fun of exploration you are having.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable PVC -- It's Great for Inventions2 years ago
    PVC  --  It's Great for Inventions

    You contemplate an experiment that I would not perform. I have no experience melting PVC, but I doubt it would get runny without first catching fire, especially if the escaping gasses are close to the flame. I imagine that, industrially, the viscous material is pumped into molds under pressure. You would probably be interested in this link. www.preciousplastic.com

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  • Silicone Rubber Sculpture Techniques

    Try it to get a feel for how much working time you get. I color clear silicone with powdered pigments. Cheap powdered colors for cement can be found in some hardware stores. More expensive colors come from art supply stores. Mix them with the silicone on a palette with a palette knife. No paints stick well to silicone rubber. If you want to paint it you have to use clear silicone and a pigment.

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  • A REBAR TRELLIS - for Home and Garden

    Thanks for the feedback. I'm here for free consulting if you need me.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable BERRY PICKER2 years ago
    BERRY PICKER

    Sorry, not interested. You get handy with DIY hardware projects through practice. I want you to be handy even more than I want you to eat blackberries.

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  • Silicone Rubber Sculpture Techniques

    Thanks HaydeeJ. Very nice of you to translate this for me.

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  • Silicone Rubber Sculpture Techniques

    Is there a translator in the house? Good luck exploring the material. Have fun.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on chrisnotap's instructable Diy Simple Soda Bottle Mousetrap3 years ago
    Diy Simple Soda Bottle Mousetrap

    The beaten path to your door starts where? Nice idea. Our rats are about twice as big, so might need another size bottle.

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  • Thinkenstein commented on Thinkenstein's instructable PVC -- It's Great for Inventions3 years ago
    PVC  --  It's Great for Inventions

    Sounds pretty toxic, risky, and potentially damaging to the solar cells. It might not even melt to pouring consistency.

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  • Aluminum Foil and Foil Tape Sculpture Techniques

    I have been thinking of using a turned wooden mold and hammering over it to make tootophone bodies like horns. As far as the smaller features go, you can try hammering the foil over a quarter as an experiment. Crumpled foil has too much texture of its own, and hides the details. Put a skin of foil tape over it first and you can pick up a lot of the details. I don't think you can ever duplicate the details that cast metal can get using this technique, but sculptures you make with this technique do end up looking a lot like cast metal.

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