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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood4 days ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    sí. podría ser verde si encontró pintura verde. o colorante verde.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood2 months ago
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    Oil paint will take quiet a while... about a week to fully cure. Many people have commented here that they had great luck with acrylic, wood stain, even shoe polish! I'd go with acrylic paint, and make sure you spray a few layers of clear coat over it so it doesn't chip away. That should all take only 2 days to dry. Good luck.

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

    Thanks for reading. Sahre pics if you make anything!!

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

    I've tried this method on flat plexi with ok results. Take a look through the comments... I posted a pic for that result for user "tesla51p", Also.. Under "I MADE THIS" you'll see pics of other awesome things to which people have applied this. Check out FRKS1904 refurbished Nintendo64. It makes me tear up!! But I'll say go ahead!! Just make sure you use a sealant or clear coat to protect the finish if you plan on touching it allot like a drawer pull. Good luck. Share what you find!!

    It should hold up great with a robust paint and a good sealant. I have not built anything with prolonged exposure to outdoors with this method but as I look through the "I MADE THIS" section I see that other have made awesome outdoorsy things. A kind Private Message to them may provide you with any tips and tricks they would suggest. Some of them made things a year ago and would have great advise about long term exposure to elements. Sorry I dont have that answer myself. But please enjoy and invite me for maragrits in the tiki hut!!!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood4 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Really?!? What kind of pigment and what kind of cement? (The only cement I know is already deep blue or purple.) And how long might you be able to work with it?

    Make iron look like wood? (Iron pipe?) I have a blacksmith friend. I'll ask her what would be involved in texturing iron this way. Seems like it might be allot of work. You might have to go through a few rasp files to get one project done. I'm guessing you want to transform the look of an existing iron water or silt pipe into wood. I would skip the surface cutting altogether and just paint it with the best wood grain faux finish you can. But please only take this as my humble opinion!!!! I'd hate to squash someones idea in what could actually look quite awesome.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood4 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    HA! No hoopy frood would be without his towel!!

    Oil will come off if it suffers an impact. Layers will make it durable, but yes, you will need to seal it. There are a few spray sealants out there to protect it from water, UV light and slight wear and tear. If you use oil paint, let it dry for a week. Other paints and dyes will take allot less time.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on gzumwalt's instructable Hummingbird4 months ago
    Hummingbird

    Great Instructable and stunning work!! Well done!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood4 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Great! Since I posted this idea so many years ago... members have come up with various efficient ways of painting the PVC for better results. The great thing about "open source" is that what ever works for you, do it!

    Don't mention it!!

    Thank you.

    Great! I never made it to Eagle Scout, and I applaud those who do! There are a number of sprays, (Krylon is one) that are made specifically to protect painted surfaces outside from both water and UV light. They are available in the same isle as the rest of the sprays. I don't know what look this signage is going for... but also consider an Instructable from a good fellow Chuck Stephens. https://www.instructables.com/id/Making-Faux-PVC-B...Similar idea, different look. Good luck!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood4 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Glad you like it! If your down-pipe needs to be extended using coupling, I believe someone here tried this technique on those as well for a smooth transition. They were happy with the result. Just be sure to use weather resistant coatings, dyes or paints for the wood color.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on 3DSage's instructable 3D Printed Radio That Works!! Easy to Make6 months ago
    3D Printed Radio That Works!! Easy to Make

    A foxhole radio was my first electronics project 15 years ago. I love the journey of discovery and making that it started me on!! I hope this one does the same for someone else!! Great 'ibble!!!! Thank you for posting.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on Leighbells's instructable Stained Glass Feather6 months ago
    Stained Glass Feather

    I'm a glass artist in Pennsylvania. I love seeing other artists include geodes, wood and other stones into their work. Very nice instructable!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood9 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    I would certainly give that a try. Most primers for plastic are in a white spray form anyway so you would be killing 2 birds here. I would file the texture first, spray a nice thin coat (so as not to clog the new grooves you just cut) and then apply your paint of choice. Oil looks best in my opinion... but you can use acrylic for faster drying time! Please share what you discover. I have never tried this on blue plastic. : )

    You could certainly use this on wood cabinets. Allot of cabinets are made of composite wood that is flat with no surface texture so this idea will make it look more realistic. Although, if your cabinets are made of hardwood or something real, you might want to just sand them and use a stain to bring out the natural texture.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood10 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Great!! As much as I'd love to see that, check with local codes and make sure you dont get hollered at by officials. (I dont mean to "rain" on your cool idea!) (see what I did there?)

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  • zaphodd42 commented on brichtl's instructable Transfer Images to Fabric11 months ago
    Transfer Images to Fabric

    The drawing of your dog looks just like my dog!! I would love to try this technique as a gift for my wife. If you are the original artist of that drawing, may I borrow it? It's too perfect!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood11 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Acrylics might work if you first wipe it on with a rag or brush... if only to fill in those scratches we talked about. Then you can "dab" on the paint like a "faux finish" style. Fill a brush or rag with paint, touch it to the surface of the PVC and release it, don't wipe. It will lay a thicker natural looking layer of paint onto the PVC. Acrylics will however scratch and chip off easily so a clear coat spray paint will be needed to protect the surface. Krylon makes a good one, Rustolium as well. Just choose matte or glossy, depending on if you want it not-shiny or shiny respectively. I get allot of cosplay emails for this idea. I'd love to see the finished product!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood11 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Hey Captain! That's a good question! Those grooves I cut into the PVC with the rasp file do all that work for me. The oil paint collects in those grooves and is therefore much deeper than the paint that rests on the surface of the PVC. Deeper paint is darker paint. It works out to trick your eye into seeing faux wood grain along with adding a tactile texture to the surface. Use a rag or towel to apply the paint. Don't press too hard as all that will do will just leave a smear of paint behind. If you ease up on the pressure you apply, you can control the depth of the paint on the surface on the PVC. That will serve to add more color variation and only look more like real wood. And just let those grooves do their job and fill with paint on their own. Enjoy! Thanks for readin...

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    Hey Captain! That's a good question! Those grooves I cut into the PVC with the rasp file do all that work for me. The oil paint collects in those grooves and is therefore much deeper than the paint that rests on the surface of the PVC. Deeper paint is darker paint. It works out to trick your eye into seeing faux wood grain along with adding a tactile texture to the surface. Use a rag or towel to apply the paint. Don't press too hard as all that will do will just leave a smear of paint behind. If you ease up on the pressure you apply, you can control the depth of the paint on the surface on the PVC. That will serve to add more color variation and only look more like real wood. And just let those grooves do their job and fill with paint on their own. Enjoy! Thanks for reading!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood12 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Thank you for reading this 'ibble! I love the look of scumble paint. If you do end up trying this idea, please post those pics!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood12 months ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    That bow looks really good!!! (for some reason, your pic is not showing up here, but did in my email.) So to all those reading this, take my word for it. Is the Grip just more PVC the 2 Limbs are fit into? It looks like you covered it in cloth or leather. Also, I never used RIT before, although it was suggested many many many times in these comments. I hope it worked out for you. Thank you for finding this 'ible valuable! It seems I get more mail from Cosplay creators then most other applications. Which makes me oh so happy!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Usted es bienvenido y gracias por leer. Me encantaría el tollos cuando haya terminado. Saludos desde USA.

    ¡Estupendo! Espero que.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    YEAH!! This came up a while ago and seemed like a good idea. After some experimentation however, the results yielded just a very sanded surface with no wood texture. The wires don't dig deep enough into the PVC to make the wood texture. They also make scrapings too close to each other to differentiate between "gouge and not gouge" if that makes sense. I would LOVE to see a method that makes the rasp file obsolete, at least to help those who want to apply this method to bigger scale projects. For now though, maybe some good work gloves. And as I type this... I just need to say that all of this is completely based on personal style and preference for the result you want. Everything in this Instructable is open for experimentation, change and evolution... the hallmark of Op...

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    YEAH!! This came up a while ago and seemed like a good idea. After some experimentation however, the results yielded just a very sanded surface with no wood texture. The wires don't dig deep enough into the PVC to make the wood texture. They also make scrapings too close to each other to differentiate between "gouge and not gouge" if that makes sense. I would LOVE to see a method that makes the rasp file obsolete, at least to help those who want to apply this method to bigger scale projects. For now though, maybe some good work gloves. And as I type this... I just need to say that all of this is completely based on personal style and preference for the result you want. Everything in this Instructable is open for experimentation, change and evolution... the hallmark of Open Source. I love seeing how others have changed things and gotten great results. So please go forth and experiment! Thanks for reading. : )

    Oh, you can use acrylics. I just prefer not to as the color doesn't look as good as I want. When it dries, it chips off very easily until you spray it with a clear coat. But acrylics are affordable, dry quickly and offer allot of "mix-ability". Alnernatly... alert reader GaryS104 just posted (about 6 posts down) that you can use gelled wood stain. I havnt tried it yet but watching the video... it looks promising. Here's the link again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG6SfN0fPhM

    I just looked this up and WOW! I think I need some. Great shout out GaryS104!! This might solve allot of problems.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG6SfN0fPhM

    Oh, you can use acrylics. I just prefer not to as the color doesn't look as good as I want. When it dries, it chips off very easily until you spray it with a clear coat. But acrylics are affordable, dry quickly and offer allot of "mix-ability".Alternately... alert reader GaryS104 just posted (about 6 posts down) that you can use gelled wood stain. I haven't tried it yet but watching the video... it looks promising. Here's the link again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG6SfN0fPhM

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    HA!! Awesome! I've never seen berry pickers, but it's a great idea. Thank you for sharing and thank you Thinkenstein for his great work in PVC.

    Hmmm.. Interesting. How are you applying the paint to the PVC? I used a rag so I could adjust how much pressure I applied to the plastic. The less pressure you use, the thicker the paint will be... thus the darker the color. You may also want to let it dry for a day and give it a second coat. Experiment with those ideas and let me know how it works. Also, using a rag, (sorry, my favorite tool for this) try a "faux finish" technique. Apply a dab of paint to the rag and "touch" it on, dabbing in spots instead of wiping it on. This will make paint thicker and darker as well. Good luck.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    I've heard of people using wood stain and are quite pleased with the result. I only use oil paint because I can control how thick the application will be, giving it a more varied depth of color through-out. I don't think a fine grit sand paper would be necessary. You want SOME texture on the surface for the paint / stain on which to grab. But I like to tell people who try this... PLEASE experiment! And share what you find. That's the beauty of open source ideas. Have fun!!

    WOW! I would test it before committing to a real steering wheel, in case it doesn't work, I'd hate to see such an artifact ruined. I cant claim to know too much about the materials used in car restoration or even the details about modifying car parts. I like the idea of a wood steering wheel. But if you're going o put your time and money into a restoration job... why not get the real thing? NOT to discourage you from trying, of course!! If you scroll down, you'll see FRKS1904 modified a Nintendo 64 to make a wood finish.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Hey, Juliedf. Good question. Try easing off the pressure you apply to the rag as you wipe on the oil paint. The less pressure, the thicker (and darker) the oil paint layer will be. But yes, by all means, a few layers wont hurt. If you still are not getting the result you want, simply try a darker brown color or mix in a little black with the color you are using. The great thing about oil paint is that the color changes VERY LITTLE as it dries, so what you see is what you get as a final product. And PLEASE be patient in letting it dry. One comment below by user YMRG suggests using "cobalt oil paint drier" a few drops, to speed the processes. In a well ventilated area, maybe even out doors (or near a small fan) give it at least 2-4 days.That being said, you also dont hav...

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    Hey, Juliedf. Good question. Try easing off the pressure you apply to the rag as you wipe on the oil paint. The less pressure, the thicker (and darker) the oil paint layer will be. But yes, by all means, a few layers wont hurt. If you still are not getting the result you want, simply try a darker brown color or mix in a little black with the color you are using. The great thing about oil paint is that the color changes VERY LITTLE as it dries, so what you see is what you get as a final product. And PLEASE be patient in letting it dry. One comment below by user YMRG suggests using "cobalt oil paint drier" a few drops, to speed the processes. In a well ventilated area, maybe even out doors (or near a small fan) give it at least 2-4 days.That being said, you also dont have to use oil paint. I do because it looks most like wood when dry and is most robust against damage. There is a variety of plastic friendly paints and dyes to use, but in my humble opinion, they dry too quickly and dont offer the "organic wood texture" I prefer. If you need more help, please ask! I'll try to get back to you as soon as I physically can!! : ) Have fun and thanks for reading!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    The controller looks sooooo good!!! I love how good it turned out. Great Job! Let me know how the finish holds up and if the color stays put. You should send these pics to Nintendo!!

    I love this idea so much I will have to borrow it from YOU! I have a nice blank slate on an outdoor wall that this would look great cascading down. I'd use hanging vines and succulents to fill in the spaces. But you did an amazing job!!! I can tell you not new to the maker community. Thanks for sharing. I love seeing what others do with this idea.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Greetings! I dont see why it wouldn't work on grey PVC. I'm not sure where you are in the big world, in USA, grey PVC is called "schedule 80". It just means it has a thicker wall than the white "schedule 40" PVC. The rasp file should tear through the surface just as easily on both types. The only other factor I would be concerned about is the color. You would have to experiment on tints and shades of your stain or paint to get the desired look having a grey canvas instead of white. Here's what I would do for best results: Sand the PVC and rub it with acetone (nail polish remover). Spray a few layers of white plastic rated spray paint primer on the surface and let it dry. THEN... use the rasp file and cut into the surface to make the wood texture. After that...

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    Greetings! I dont see why it wouldn't work on grey PVC. I'm not sure where you are in the big world, in USA, grey PVC is called "schedule 80". It just means it has a thicker wall than the white "schedule 40" PVC. The rasp file should tear through the surface just as easily on both types. The only other factor I would be concerned about is the color. You would have to experiment on tints and shades of your stain or paint to get the desired look having a grey canvas instead of white. Here's what I would do for best results: Sand the PVC and rub it with acetone (nail polish remover). Spray a few layers of white plastic rated spray paint primer on the surface and let it dry. THEN... use the rasp file and cut into the surface to make the wood texture. After that... apply your color agent. Again, experiment first to see what works best for you as far as oil, acrylic, wood stain etc with the primer on your PVC. I'd love to know how it works out. Have Fun!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on bryans workshop's instructable Mosaic Glass Light1 year ago
    Mosaic Glass Light

    Very nice work. I'm a stained glass artist and doing mosaic work with grout was my "gateway drug" into the addictive hobby. Your results look beautiful!! Here in the States, we have a glue called E6000. It's readily available online or in craft/hardware stores. It's GREAT for glass. I've used clear silicone to glue stained glass to clear glass for mosaic use and it looks good to. It even obscures the view a little if you don't want a totally transparent look. I like the grout paint idea. The earlier work I did has turned white-ish in places. That will make the finished product look great. Thanks for a great 'ibble!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    YMRG, Thanks for the heads up! Does this additive modify the color or texture of the paint in any way? I think knowing about that will greatly benefit this idea!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    HA! Yeah, I felt a bit petty for calling that guy out. I didn't report him, just asked for credit in the description. I guess I felt in the nature of the spirit... "open source", share and share alike. The idea is getting out there and that's what counts. It's nice to be imitated. It means they like you. ANYWAY... That Looks Awesome!!! The texture of the plastic looks great!! I love the extra knicks and pits you put into it, it adds a level of organics to it. It makes the Nintendo logo look "branded" on, like with a hot iron. I'm glad you enjoyed the instructable. Thank you for sharing and and I am stoked with the path you took to apply this idea. Truly genius. Now go play some GoldenEye 007 for 8 straight hours.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Cool! Making a retro ATARI? I cant wait to see pics! Anyway... give it a few days to a week. (IF you use oil paint.) Others have said that acrylic or even wood stain have worked for quicker drying times but you may need multiple coats for wood stain. I'd put it somewhere with fresh moving air. When it's dry to the touch, apply the clear coat. Be patient. It's worth it.

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  • Color Changing Crystal Staff for Cosplay

    LOVE THIS!! If you're savvy with molds, you could cast a crystal from resin, however it would not have all the natural matrix inclusions that real quartz has. Great job on the PVC wood!!

    You're welcome. I'm just floored that people are using it to make awesome things, like crystal staffs and what-not!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    I never thought to knock down the rasp cuts, I always liked the effect of a deep wood grain. Those rasp "pockets" give a nice place for paint or stain to collect and offer more contrast overall. But what's great about ideas is that they evolve, change, grow. Please let me know how your project turns out.

    That looks awesome!! I'd love to see a vid of the crystal morphing!! I never tried wood stain on PVC. Does it hold up well? It looks like you got great coverage!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Any PVC "dye" you find will probably not be suitable for use with animals and water. I did a bit of research (but PLEASE do your own!!) most results of which say there are chemicals in PVC dye that are toxic. There are plenty of articles that say artist oil paint is safe as it is linseed oil with pigment and some other fixers etc and generally considered safe to be around animals and children. What I would do is find a specific paint you want to use and research that brand specifically. Good Luck. Share what you find!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Is this one of those "wing chun" dummies? To answer your question, I think the paint will hold up, but I'm not sure the PVC itself will. Before you put too much work into it, I would see how much punching PVC will allow you to do to it. Also, wood will react to your body differently than PVC. Will that somehow compromise the effectiveness of the exercise? I am not familiar with martial arts in any practical way, so please understand that as I ask these questions!! Anyway, yes, the paint should be ok. You can always touch up areas that get worn away from repeated contact. AND... please be sure to sand it thoroughly after you file the texture into it. That process makes very sharp edges on the PVC surface. If you punch it or hit it with your skin with allot of force, y...

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    Is this one of those "wing chun" dummies? To answer your question, I think the paint will hold up, but I'm not sure the PVC itself will. Before you put too much work into it, I would see how much punching PVC will allow you to do to it. Also, wood will react to your body differently than PVC. Will that somehow compromise the effectiveness of the exercise? I am not familiar with martial arts in any practical way, so please understand that as I ask these questions!! Anyway, yes, the paint should be ok. You can always touch up areas that get worn away from repeated contact. AND... please be sure to sand it thoroughly after you file the texture into it. That process makes very sharp edges on the PVC surface. If you punch it or hit it with your skin with allot of force, you may cut yourself. I have rubbed my knuckles across that sharp PVC texture many times. Good luck. Post a pic if you make this!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on kludge77's instructable Mosquito in Amber Prop Replica1 year ago
    Mosquito in Amber Prop Replica

    Amazing Idea!! I just got into resin casting and cant wait to do try this out this summer. Thank you for a great 'ibble!!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    If you use oil paint, there will be a reasonable resistance to weather. But to give it a real kick-in-the-butt level of weatherproofing, there are TONS of great clear sealant sprays. Krylon makes several levels of clear sealants specifically for outdoor protection: water and UV. I'm glad you like it! I only ask that you consider the safety of using certain chemicals when applying this technique around animals. I am not an expert here, I just love all creatures that swim, fly and crawl!! : )

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Thanks for checking it out!! Use it wisely!!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    When you make a didgeridoo, you make a bees wax ring to help make a good air-seal for your mouth. I dont think you'll need to worry about that for a Peace Pipe. But I'd love to see it when it's done!!

    Thank you!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    I never tried it on the joints, sorry. I'm sure with a little persistence it would work out well, although I dont think the shape of the joints would look convincing as naturally occurring wood. Good luck if you try it.

    I don't see why this wouldn't work. I've only used it on PVC and acrylic which are harder plastics than those of which toys are made, i.e. ABS or PLA. My advice is that if the toy is hollow plastic, take care in scoring so that you don't tear through the surface too much. You may also need a primer or base coat to get the wood colored paint to look the way you want, especially if the toy is a color other than white to begin with. Good luck!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Tesla, So... using the same exact method for PVC (using my favorite oil-paint as well), I did a quick proof-of-concept on a thin sheet of acrylic. The results are promising. Here's some take-aways: Given the translucence of the plexi, you may want to apply an opaque backing to the plexi, or apply many layers of paint to the front.Use a different heavy file or texture cutting method. The one I use for PVC is great for curved surfaces, not flat ones. (Perhaps a strait blade or even a scratching awl??)Apply the wood texture to the acrylic before cutting the shapes and patterns out. If you use oil paint, set it aside for a week in an area with moving air. (I just love the results oil paint give, better than any other dye or paint others have suggested. Yes it is a long dry time, but ...

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    Tesla, So... using the same exact method for PVC (using my favorite oil-paint as well), I did a quick proof-of-concept on a thin sheet of acrylic. The results are promising. Here's some take-aways: Given the translucence of the plexi, you may want to apply an opaque backing to the plexi, or apply many layers of paint to the front.Use a different heavy file or texture cutting method. The one I use for PVC is great for curved surfaces, not flat ones. (Perhaps a strait blade or even a scratching awl??)Apply the wood texture to the acrylic before cutting the shapes and patterns out. If you use oil paint, set it aside for a week in an area with moving air. (I just love the results oil paint give, better than any other dye or paint others have suggested. Yes it is a long dry time, but worth it for the control-ability.) I hope this helps. Work with it and see if it will give you the results you are looking for.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Nixie Tubes!!!! I love Nixie clocks etc. I have never tried this technique on plexi, however I don't know why it wouldn't work. It's worth an experiment. When I built an ATARI Punk Console, I built a case just like yours but covered it in printed wood texture paper with clear coat (to look like an old ATARI). I have some plexi laying around... let me do some tests this weekend and get back to you. This may be a whole new level of versatility for this idea.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on Vyger's instructable Where Marbles Come From1 year ago
    Where Marbles Come From

    Let me tag along with MelanieH66 (if that IS her real name) in saying that I agree with ALL of that! Great 'ible!! I wish I had friends like you!!! It's about time they have a glass contest. And it looks like it's off to an awesome start.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Sure! There are a bunch of outdoor friendly spray protectors to apply to it. You could probably even choose between shiney and matte. Look for them in spray paint isle. Rust-Oleum makes a few.

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  • zaphodd42 made the instructable Glass Jewel Spiders1 year ago
    Glass Jewel Spiders

    My first 3 and more to come! If you have good temperature control with your iron, you can get "bulgy" with the body building. I think forming the legs is the hardest part, so many iterations possible. Again, thanks for puting this out there!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on GarrettS28's instructable Glass Jewel Spiders1 year ago
    Glass Jewel Spiders

    Great 'ibble! I'll be making some of these this weekend. Congrats on being featured!!

    Great 'ibble! I'll be making some of these this wekend. Congrats on being featured!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Obrigado

    Hey NickD! Honestly, just wipe it on! Put a small dab on a rag and work it in. Reapply as it starts to thin out. If you're using oil color, a little goes a long way. Make sure you work it into the grooves as well... an easy way to do this is to rub the oil "sideways" into the groves... around the staff horizontally. But finish by wiping the oil rag vertically to simulate the grain of the wood. A regular size tube of oil paint (like the one pictured in my instructable) could make 10 staffs, maybe more. Also... the more pressure you use in wiping it on, the thinner and lighter it will be. This can work in your favor by helping you achieve an organic look. Apply layers for darker tones. AND!!! If you use oil, give your paint a week to dry. Put it somewhere with moving...

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    Hey NickD! Honestly, just wipe it on! Put a small dab on a rag and work it in. Reapply as it starts to thin out. If you're using oil color, a little goes a long way. Make sure you work it into the grooves as well... an easy way to do this is to rub the oil "sideways" into the groves... around the staff horizontally. But finish by wiping the oil rag vertically to simulate the grain of the wood. A regular size tube of oil paint (like the one pictured in my instructable) could make 10 staffs, maybe more. Also... the more pressure you use in wiping it on, the thinner and lighter it will be. This can work in your favor by helping you achieve an organic look. Apply layers for darker tones. AND!!! If you use oil, give your paint a week to dry. Put it somewhere with moving air and try to hang it so it's not touching anything.So, in the end, to cover your staff, you'll use about 1 teaspoon of oil paint. But i'm sure as soon as you start painting, you'll see exactly how much you'll want to use.Good luck, let me know if you need more help. I'd love to see the staff when you're done!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Thank you! Let me know how it goes.

    Thank you.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    I think it may be difficult to do this to pipes that you cannot remove. If you can take them down first, it would be easier. As far as color, I dont see a problem because PVC water pipes should not get too hot. They shouod not be used to bring hot water to a faucet.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Great Idea!! My father has a beautiful backyard with a slightly unsightly rain barrel. I'd love to see this when you're done!! ps... if you scroll dwon a bit, a girl named Karen made a rain stick...not to be confused with a rain barrel. : )

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Thank you. Let me know how it turns out!!

    PVC should be pretty robust at a few feet long. I'm actually making a small desk lamp right now to hold a stained glass lamp shade I'm working on (using PVC as the neck in a wood base). I think the sleeve idea is a good bet for taller floor lamps!! Let me know if you find a good way to attatch the socket assembly to the PVC.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Muito obrigado!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Is that a hilt at the end? Like a sword? Love it! You did a great job!! Thanks for sahring!!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Great! (I wish your pic loaded, Maybe try a private message.) Did you use oil paint or a different coloring medium? (btw, I'm a huge Calvin and Hobbes fan!)

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    If your lamps where made from thin aluminum and you used very heavy equipment, you could probably texture the metal, but painting it to finish the wood texture is another thing. Could you swap out the metal with PVC tubing of similar size? (That might take some work.) It juts might be tricky to do this with metal. Maybe... an angle grinder for making the texture, use a metal primer and then paint in a few colors. But all that is just a guess off my head! Let me know about the metal you want to do this to. Maybe I'll have more ideas.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Oh, THAT'S what the hammer looks like. Yeah, I would make that one.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Well... as much as I'd love to hear about someone using my PVC-wood idea, you might want to look into maybe resin or silicone casting for a hammer, the ENTIRE hammer. You would get one solid lightweight strong piece. The mold medium would pick up allot of detail. There are quite a few ways to do this: "Composimold" is a reusable casting agent, "Instamorph" is a mold-able reusable plastic, "Easy Cast" is a cheep resin that makes great results. Look into those... and pick up a new maker skill! OR... use one of those to make just the head of the hammer, with PVC as the handle. I've used all of them, I'd be happy to point you in the right direction if you like the sound of it.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    I dont see why not. The PVC would be a bit lighter than wood. Just make sure you give the paint a long time to dry, or your gloves will be stained. How would you make the head of the hammer? And then affix it to the PVC? Let me know.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Stained Glass Moravian Star Ornament1 year ago
    Stained Glass Moravian Star Ornament

    Great Question!! There is a lead free solder, which is used primarily for soldering items that are to be worn as in jewelry, pins, skin contact etc. Lead solder is safe as long as you practice safety when using it: Use a fume fan when soldering, wash your hands after soldering and don't eat, drink or smoke while soldering. Don't rub your eyes and touch your face or mouth before washing your hands. Honestly, I work with people who have been doing leaded stained glass for decades. They do have their blood tested once every few years for heavy metals and have never had a problem. If you have any reservations about having that small amount of lead in a decoration, go ahead and use lead free solder. Keep in mind lead free solder is a bit more expensive and is a bit more challenging to ...

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    Great Question!! There is a lead free solder, which is used primarily for soldering items that are to be worn as in jewelry, pins, skin contact etc. Lead solder is safe as long as you practice safety when using it: Use a fume fan when soldering, wash your hands after soldering and don't eat, drink or smoke while soldering. Don't rub your eyes and touch your face or mouth before washing your hands. Honestly, I work with people who have been doing leaded stained glass for decades. They do have their blood tested once every few years for heavy metals and have never had a problem. If you have any reservations about having that small amount of lead in a decoration, go ahead and use lead free solder. Keep in mind lead free solder is a bit more expensive and is a bit more challenging to use. Higher heat is needed to control it. I hope this doesn't sway you against picking this up as a hobby, (if you don't already solder for fun or work). Here is a link to a publication from Berkeley NationalLaboratory on soldering safety.http://www2.lbl.gov/ehs/ih/pdf/safeSolderingFinal....Enjoy! I'd be happy to help with any other questions you may have if you give stained glass a try!!

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  • zaphodd42 commented on inspiretomake's instructable Meteorite Ring1 year ago
    Meteorite Ring

    White noise (Ella Vos).

    I think I'll have to add this to my hobby list! Amazing video! (I even downloaded the song for future listening.) And thanks for teaching me about meteorite etching. I have a few in a case from which I'd love to develop the Widmanstatten patterens more. Great work, I cant wait to check out your channel.

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  • zaphodd42 commented on zaphodd42's instructable Make PVC Look Like Wood1 year ago
    Make PVC Look Like Wood

    Let me know if it works!! Try a few layers of it. Let it soak and dry.

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