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In a past life I was a scenic designer, living in New York and building plays and fashion shows. Now, life has slowed down a bit and I'm figuring out how to be a good husband and dad.

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  • blksheep commented on blksheep's instructable How to Play Chess4 weeks ago
    How to Play Chess

    Pawns may only move forward. If they reach the opposite side of the board, they are promoted and then may move backward.

    A pawn can only capture diagonally. This may be a bit confusing, because (when not capturing) pawns move in a straight line forward. Also note, pawns can not move backward. When reaching the other side, the pawn can be promoted to any other piece accept king.

    Thank you. An excellent point that I totally forgot to include.

    Take the pawn off, and replace it with the piece of your choosing.

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  • Theatrical Scenery: Preparing a Scenic Drop

    Without knowing the too much about the project, it's hard to give insightful advice, but below are some things that might make it easier:I would suggest water based paints. Acrylic will work, but I would often use latex house paint and thin it with water. Just be careful. Latex house paint can't be thinned as far as artistic paint. If you thin too far it will look chalky when it dries. Aim for thinning to the consistency of whole milk, or a little bit thicker House paint is nice to use because you can get the paints mixed to the colors you want, without having to try and mix a large batch from a limited selection. Also, I would suggest stretching the fabric on a wooden board and then apply gesso. It will want to shrink, so ensure you are generous with the staples. It would be best to k...

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    Without knowing the too much about the project, it's hard to give insightful advice, but below are some things that might make it easier:I would suggest water based paints. Acrylic will work, but I would often use latex house paint and thin it with water. Just be careful. Latex house paint can't be thinned as far as artistic paint. If you thin too far it will look chalky when it dries. Aim for thinning to the consistency of whole milk, or a little bit thicker House paint is nice to use because you can get the paints mixed to the colors you want, without having to try and mix a large batch from a limited selection. Also, I would suggest stretching the fabric on a wooden board and then apply gesso. It will want to shrink, so ensure you are generous with the staples. It would be best to keep it stretched while you are painting. If you need to remove it from the board so you can place it on the display, wait until it dries completely.If you like using airbrush to create a sky, you can get inexpensive airbrushes and compressors at the big home improvement stores. I used to use auto body airbrushes. Thin the paint to a milk consistency and it should go through just fine.

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  • blksheep followed tomatoskins11 months ago
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  • blksheep commented on blksheep's instructable How to Play Chess12 months ago
    How to Play Chess

    I'm not sure what you mean. You are correct that pawns do not change color when being promoted, but I thought that was clear in the illustration that is with the pawn description.

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  • blksheep commented on blksheep's instructable How to Play Chess1 year ago
    How to Play Chess

    Yes, the rook can move as many places as you like in a straight line until it is either blocked by a friendly piece or takes an opponent piece.

    Yes, pawns can take any piece type in the square they are attacking.

    Yes, the Knight will jump over any number friendly and opponent pieces on it's move

    By moving in a straight line until it comes into contract with an opponent piece. Then it lands on the square occupied by the opponent piece and the opponent piece is removed from play.

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  • blksheep commented on blksheep's instructable How to Play Chess2 years ago
    How to Play Chess

    Actually, that is not correct. Taking the opponent's piece that has your king in check is a legal move.

    Good point. It is not clear in the description.

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  • How to Make a Router Planer Jig for Wood Flattening

    Simple and effective. In my opinion, the best kind of Instructable.

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  • DIY Magnetic Hand-Saw Guide - Extremely Accurate Cuts!

    Great idea. Thank you for posting this. A simple and elegant solution.

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  • blksheep commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood3 years ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    It's a thick paint that becomes like a thin rubbery membrane when it dries. The stuff I found was used in roofs to improve water tightness. You can put on a bunch of layers and it becomes like a sheet of rubber. Pretty cool stuff. Found it at the big box home improvement stores.

    Very nice write up and finished product. I have used elastomeric roof paint on pvc to create wood textures before. Fast, but not as convincing close up, nor as durable

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