Altered Barbie in San Francisco

It's time for another Altered Barbie exhibition in San Francisco - perhaps the best thing that's happened to Barbie since her introduction over 50 years ago. Here Barbie "breaks out of the mainstream American concept of beauty and social stigma. The new Altered Barbie metamorphoses and naturally blossoms into a diversity of attitude, social roles, politics, and culture expressed through the medium of art." If you've seen lavonnesbarbies at Maker Faire, you already have a good idea of what you're in for.  If not, check out the great gallery hosted at Altered Barbie and find out more about the upcoming exhibition!

Topic by scoochmaroo 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

i am building a alter

I want to shoot electricity from point to point about 3 feet safely across a table top is this possible

Question by john esterholdt 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Hilarious: Altered-Perception Sports

I saw this video of a Japanese game show where players try to play a game of soccer with binoculars strapped to their heads: It made me think: what other kinds of games could you have, where your own perceptions were the challenge? Fisheye lenses over each eye? Periscopes? Let's hear some ideas; maybe we can come up with some cool, brand-new Instructable ideas.

Topic by nagutron 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

I have 15 pairs of jeans that I cannot button at my waist! How could I resize them so that they do fit?

My jeans fit in the legs and I can even zip them up! However, the extra poundage I have gained since giving birth is haunting me now. LOL These jeans are expensive designer brands so giving them away or throwing them away is NOT any option! I am looking for some ideas as to how I can alter them to fit me at the waist area..I appreciate any and all the help you can give me!

Question by cherigirl29 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How to alter the code in this LED chase

Hi,here is the code i have for a chase controlled by a button. When the button is engaged (held in) the chase runs. When the button is released the chase stops. My question is how can I make the LEDS appear to go haywire when the button is released and not simply go off. // A chase controlled by a button int Button=2; //button assigned to pin 2 int timer = 150; // The higher the number, the slower the timing. int ledPins[] = { 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 }; // an array of pin numbers to which LEDs are attached int pinCount = 8; // the number of pins (i.e. the length of the array) void setup() { Serial.begin(9600); pinMode(Button, INPUT); int thisPin; // the array elements are numbered from 0 to (pinCount - 1). // use a for loop to initialize each pin as an output: for (int thisPin = 0; thisPin < pinCount; thisPin++) { pinMode(ledPins[thisPin], OUTPUT); } } //turn LEDS on void loop() { while (digitalRead(Button)==HIGH); { //delay (10); Serial.println("LOW"); } while (digitalRead(Button)==LOW) { Serial.println("HIGH"); for (int thisPin = 0; thisPin < pinCount; thisPin++) { //turn leds on digitalWrite(ledPins[thisPin], HIGH); delay(timer); //turn leds off digitalWrite(ledPins[thisPin], LOW); } //turn leds on for (int thisPin = pinCount -1; thisPin >= 0; thisPin--) { //turn leds off digitalWrite(ledPins[thisPin], HIGH); delay(timer); digitalWrite(ledPins[thisPin], LOW); } } } many thanks, Frank

Topic by frankhiggins 8 years ago

Alter a dress (BARELY too small) with a side zipper?

I have this dress that is just BARELy too small in the bust area.  Its a strapless sweatheart neckline dress.  It has boning a side zipper, so I am not sure what to do. Originally, I thought I would just add some ribbon up the back.  Since its strapless with and really loose once its past the bust area (BRAIN FART, I cannot think of the word...) the ribbon would only lace up about 6 inches in the back.  BUt the zipper is on the side, so I dont know what to do. also, the dress is a sheer fabric, with two layers and will not be the easiest to sew.  And, it has boning. Any ideas?

Question by Bansteatt84 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

altering sewing patterns: general and specific q's

I'm currently working on a hoodie using a hoodie pattern, but i'm hoping to convert the hood into an obnoxiously oversized collar. and for the future, are there any general rules in making/altering sewing patterns?( i got my pattern from #543 the hemmed hoodie. it was the closest to what i wanted)

Topic by yokotei 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Is there any way to amplify a smell without altering it?

I need to find a way to make a weak smell stronger without using things like fans.  The smell is good but you can't smell it unless you put it right under your nose.  Is there any chemical or something that can do this? Thanks. EDIT- the smell in question is deodorant.

Question by DJ Radio 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Has anyone hacked a bread machine controller circuit?

I've got an old Breadman (TR333) bread machine and it's still chugging along.  The newer models have more useful programs (like Jam and Pasta) but have horrible flimsy baking pans.  What I'd like to do is reprogram my old solid bread machine to do these new programs.  I've seen the hacks to roast coffee in the bread machines but I don't think they mess with the controller circuit.  I think they just re-wire them to mix constantly and point a heat gun at the beans.

Question by tewharau 9 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Anybody know artists that use altered scale in their works?

As in where small things are big and big things are small. It's for an art project and I have to have some artist research.

Question by FerciousToaster 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Alter a small solar water pump to run off battery ?

I bought a small smaller pump off amazon (1.2 Watt Solar Power Water Pump Garden Fountain - for fountains, waterfalls and water displays)  the solar panel is crappy and very finicky ( cheep) and does not hold a charge .. I was hoping to alter the power source to another solar panel or add another panel that comes off those solar lights that holds a change .. Alternatively modify to use a battery source with a on off switch ..  I know I don't need to alter the pump just want a continuous  power supply. Current Specs that cam  with the unit : solar power supply 7 v 1.2 w ( if that !) power of pump 7v , 1.1 w/ max lift 100 cm / size of solar panel ( 100mm x 100m x 25 mm) / max outflow quality of pump 180lh max water height 30 60 cm ( if that!) 

Question by Raszpberry 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Site software priorities -- aesthetic alterations vs. repairing functionality?

(Yes, this is a rant.  "Suggestions" are implicit in my complaints...) I am curious as to where the rather long list of known and reported bugs falls with respect to priorities regarding the I'bles server software. For the past few weeks, it has been clear that I'ble staff are "experimenting" with altering the appearance and available features of the sites pages.  Switching information around, removing primary category links, eliminating classified lists within categories. Certainly developing and deploying new features, which add value to the site and thereby (hopefully!) increase revenue, should be a high priority for limited staff resources.  However, it doesn't seem quite so obvious that removing features, or tweaking things like font size and color (which for accessibility should be under control of the browser, anyway), really deserve precedence over repairing problems that have been known for months or years.

Topic by kelseymh 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How new data can substantially alter interpretations -- placoderm evolution

An article in Nature (PDF below) reports on the discovery of internal embryos in placoderm (armored fish) fossils. Besides being interesting, these otherwise mundane discoveries have the possibility to radically alter our interpretation of the origin and relationships of early vertebrates. Here's the "News and Views" editorial on the research article, which is more accessible to non-specialists than the original paper.

Topic by kelseymh 10 years ago

How can I alter a suit after extreme weight loss?

I had breast cancer, and a double mastectomy. Lost 50 lbs in all, and now none of my clothes fit! I have several nice blouses and jackets, as well as pants, that are way too big for me now. My insurance canceled on me, so I can't go to a tailor or buy new - will have to live to 200 to pay all the medical bills! I can take up sleeves and hems, but my jackets and blouses are way too wide across the shoulders/back, and my pants? Well, I look like Bozo the clown. Can anyone assist in how to best take in for a good fit? All help appreciated! All I can wear right now are sweats... :-\

Question by fiberarts 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Dress too small in the bust, zipper wont go up - can't alter?

Hi there, I'm going to a party dressed as Tinkerbell and my friend has the perfect green dress to lend me. The problem is the fit is off in the bust area. The dress was made for her and so is not a standard size. I just tried it on, and it looks great from the front. BUT I can't zip it past my bust, which is much larger than hers. I can't alter the dress as it is not mine, so any ideas on how I could hide the back without it looking too obvious? It might help that I'm wearing wings...

Question by MegsSA93 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Want to c ontact the guy who has done the Tie altering thing ... but

There is no way on here I can find to make contact with other members. Either if the guy in question can contact me through the owners please or someone can direct me to how to contact other members ... either would really really be helpful for me (and this ace site too). Thanks, M

Topic by Chav-tie-guy 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Fibre optic tree?

I want to run my Christmas fibre optic tree without the motor.  Would I have to alter anything, its lamp is 15w 12v?

Question by eileenlilley 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

I want to replace or alter the crystal oscillator on my UNO as part of a electronics suicide workshop

I want to replace or alter the crystal oscillator on my UNO as part of a electronics suicide workshop, look at it as circuit bending i guess. I want to know approximately what could happen- is it going to run a simple standalone program, I think serial and flashing will not be possible  post-lobotomy but i can load the program before i bend it. The processing speed will be the same but any Millis() or clock functions will be way out? Will it just trip over its own feet and crash? I have heard interesting things about using your finger over the solder spots to make it run at 60Hz etc...Anyway i will experiment but i wanted to get some predictions from people who know this stuff at a more fundamental level! Cheers!!

Question by oliverkellow 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

How does a transistor work??

My understanding of a transistor is that the electrical current applied to of the pins alters the resistance of the other two pins, allowing electricity to flow or stopping the flow. Is that right?

Question by redbaron1234 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Bacteria excrete oil

Looky!Scientists in sunny CA have genetically altered bacteria so they eat garbage and excrete crude oil. They plan to be in commercial production by 2011. Sweet!

Topic by Lithium Rain 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Looking for some suggestions to repair an guitarist anime figurine, Alters Azusa Nakano is her name. Answered

I have an anime figurine made by alter. She is a Azusa Nakano with a cool guitar. A very cute figurine I must say.Anyway uh, she took a little tumble and her guitar got slightly damaged, specifically the tuning knobs up top did, four were lost and one was damaged a little. So I am trying to figure out how to make new knobs, how doable is this? They are roughly 1.6ish mm in diameter pearly white discs that have slightly sloped edges, so they are circles but rounded on the corners instead of perfectly flat. Oh and they are super thin.there is a little stick attached to the disc which connects to the guitar. So in short I am trying to figure out how to make little white plastic lollipops. I can paint some parts if I have to, or use a little metal if it is safe. Any suggestions? Sorry for bothering you all. I am a noob, i know, and I bow to your greatnesses. :P? Oh the included picture is her with her guitar intact. It is one someone else took, not of my figurine but rather the same make, so I am not claiming credit for the awesome photography, but what I am looking to make are the white things up top. I ordered a set of jewelers drill bits and some steel wire which I think might help out a lot. Also my dad is a model railroader and I was thinking his skills may help me where I fall short. Anyways thanks in advance.

Question by JonPWills 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

LED 'screen' that will toggle between two images for cheap? Answered

I'm looking to make a prop soon that is basically a backpack with a small screen on it. Said screen alters between two states: green with a smiley face, or red with a rather angry looking face. I am looking to make it so I can alter said screen between the two states, for as cheap as possible. My first thought was to have three pieces of plexi: one with the smile, one with the angry face, and one blank, putting the blank one in the middle. Then, light the edges of the other two with the corresponding colors. However, I don't know how well that would work, or if there is a better option.  Thanks in advance! 

Question by DoctorWoo 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

NES/SNES Emulator on Unmodded PS2 or XBOX

Does anyway know of a simple, easy to use and set up, nes and/or snes emulator for the ps2 or xbox, without modding or altering the system in any permanant way?

Topic by wingman246 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Download PDF option missing

I have been away for sometime and noticed that the layout has greatly altered. My question is where did the download PDF button get to? I have searched several instructables and have not been able to locate it on any posting.

Topic by Kenshin_x56 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

How can I heat my unheated basement using the existing hotwater pipes but without altering the hot water system? Answered

My basement is freezing as it doesn't have a radiator. Its does however, have two 3m hot water pipes from the central heating system above running accross the ceiling. How can I use the heat from these without altering the hot water system? I was considering encasing them in ducting and using a 12v fan to blow cool air in one end and warm air out of the other. Thoughts? Would painting them with a specific paint help? I need ideas. I'm FREEZING! :D

Question by Tassle 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

How might I alter a greenhouse paraffin heater to burn more CO2 and less heat, please? Answered

I've built a few things since coming across this site, one of which is a basic hydroponic table for salad greens. I have a paraffin-based greenhouse heater, but I want it to burn with less heat. Do you know if this is possible, please? Alternative suggestions are welcome, with the aim of burning natural fuels to produce CO2. The heat is not needed during these warm days (although it is turning a little colder outside the greenhouse!) I have had a look at 'professional'solutions and they run to about US$500 which is far too much cash. I also checked to see what they did different to a normal burner but other than saying they burn lean they are not helping any further. I'm guessing they burn lean by allowing less oxygen into the fuel/air mix? Thanks for stopping by.

Question by kevinhannan 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

We need to alter our chicken house gate to allow chickens to pass through but not wild birds. Answered

We have covered the whole structure with bird-netting to keep wild birds out of the chickens' food, with some of it draped over the gate opening to within about 30cm of the ground.  We need to be able to get in and out of the full-height gate easily ourselves, as well as allowing the chickens to go in and out freely.  The trick is how to do that without allowing wild birds to also pass through. I thought of leaving the netting draped over most of the open gateway (we shut the inwards opening door only at night time) and then having a smaller gate at the bottom that the chickens can push through at the bottom 30cm, perhaps made of a cafe-blind cut into strips and fixed to a rod attached across the lower part of the gate. Alternatively, we could cut out some of the lowest horizontal bars of the gate and replace them with a lockable flap, hinged at the top. Any ideas of what the flap could be made of that the chickens would be able to freely pass through and wouldn't be frightened of?  I made a doggy door in another gate out of the lid of a plastic storage container but the chickens don't go through this (and I don't want them to learn how). I would appreciate any suggestions. Cheers, Mandy

Question by mandyc1965 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

I want to make a soda bottle terrarium for this little sapling I have. Help?

It is a little evergreen/pine I think. What should I do to alter a regular soda bottle terrarium to better suit my little tree? Thanks in advanced!

Question by Kenta-Rin 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Police searching a computer put a 'black box' between the computer & drive, to read, but not write, alter or erase data.

How do you build such a device? I wish to add a second hard drive to my ThinkPad A22m laptop, for a protected archive of books, websites, programs, and pictures. I want to have a switch so that at intrevals I can add files, but if a virus got loose in the computer it could not get into the archives.

Question by Johenix 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Where can I post a photo of my completed project from someone else's instructable

Where can I post pictures of my completed copy of someone else's instructable. I think it would be useful to see other's modifications, alterations, expansion of ideas, augmentations, combinations of instructables, etc.

Topic by JimRD 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Where is the manuel tire pump vaccumn sealer that used to be on this site?

The manuel floor tire pump for bikes etc was shown to be altered to suck air out instead of forcing air in. It could be used to seal jarsof dry seeds etc. I could not download it the other day and now I cqn't find it.

Question by zenniagirl 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

simple machine to provide/create movement?

Want to use/alter or create a machine which will produce simple repetitive movement (for instance, to power the arm of a dummy (to shake it) or to move a dummy's head back -n- forth) for halloween.? help will be much appreciated! have no idea how to go about this & not a lot of skill (but probably have the necessary equipment)

Question by kbaleigh 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How do you make doll clothes?

I'm going into making porcelain dolls. I want to make clothing for them that is outstanding. Can I use people patterns and just alter the measurements? If there is anyone out there who is experienced in making doll clothes and has a few tips I could use that would be great! 

Question by OstudiO 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Well I was burning some disks and I just started wondering if anyone knew if when you burn CD's, does the reflection from them alter in any way? Would it change if it was just audio? Just visual? Text? Anyone know? I'm really looking forward to using some of the old CD's for an art project.

Topic by A good name 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Halloween Costume Help

I decided to be Marilyn Monroe for Halloween and I have a long pink dress that I am going to alter to emulate Monroe's pink dress from the film Gentleman Prefer Blondes. Does anybody have any ideas how I could do this? The three main things that I need to do are get rid of the rhinestones in the middle, make a bow for the back, and get rid of the straps.  I know how to alter the middle but have no idea what to do about the bow or the straps. Any ideas for how to make the bow would be very appreciated. I know that I could just cut the straps off but there is no support on the top whatsoever and the top is a little loose on me. The material is silk so if I just cut off the straps I'm pretty sure the dress would just fall off. Any ideas are very appreciated!  

Topic by rrkrose 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

LED Capacitor Issue?

Ok, so i have a non alterable power source of about .75 volts. I need it to power a 1.8v red led. I don't want to use the joule thief to accomplish I hook up a capacitor to store energy, then transfer it to the led? or how can i get the led to fully illuminate? THANKS!!

Topic by Joe426 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

Sewing Machine Retrofit

Just ran across this blog post by someone who has altered his sewing machine for significantly improved performance, and several modes of operation. I particularly love the mode where the needle follows the pedal, up, or down.  You basically make one stitch at at time each time you press the foot pedal.  Want!

Topic by rachel 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How to calculate projectile distance of a trebuchet? Answered

Hi! After looking on the net for calculations to predict the distance of a projectile launched by a trebuchet, I've not found anything useful. There are many variables and each one can be changed to alter the projectile distance and velocity. I am looking for a simple way to calculate this without calculus.Thanks again.?

Question by 3.1415 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Different colours & stats in members info tags

p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0.0cm; font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman; } div.Section1 { page: Section1; } I have noticed that different members have various colours as a bottom bar on their avatars, also that there are differences in the info & stats in each one. Would I be correct in believing that these are some kind of indicator as to the input of each individual member & that the colour & stats will alter as the member becomes more involved such as publishing ibbles & leaving ratings?

Topic by Nostalgic Guy 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Can i use a GE inhaler?

Is it possible to inhale adeno associated viruses full of genes i want in my bloodstream, without affecting my lungs? Also, if i want a constant supply of altered red blood cells, can I inject AAV into bone marrow and have my red blood cells replenished with mutant ones?

Question by supergeek1218 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Is there ANYTHING I can use old dial up modems for (other then dialing up the internet)?

Any old, or unique ideas on what I can do with them?  I have one that is fairly fast (an old cable modem) one that is medium fast (an old DSL modem) and one 56k plain vanilla dial up.

Topic by Goodhart 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 months ago

How about a random button?

What if the developers were able to incorporate a random button that would send you to any user created page on the site? I feel like it's rather boring to keep looking through pages of these amazing creations and alterations but it seems endless with 6,000+ pages to look through. I feel like this would be a pretty neat idea. What's your feedback on this?

Topic by BwapNubs 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Can we reuse fused CFL's with automobile headlamps or any other bulb considering there is a PCB in the CFL's.

Is there a possibility to reuse fused CFL's of 23W,15W.9W etc. With the PCB in the CFL can we possiblly connect an automobile headlamp and make it glow with a few alteration and/or additions. What is the power output in voltage of a CFL. Sombody please suggest a way to reuse fused CFL's in any way.Thanks

Question by Vijapa 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Pulse Knex Ball Machine

This is Pulse, a Knex ball machine that I built because I was BORED AS HELL. It has two paths, and a newly-designed ball rack at the bottom of the lift. I also altered the ball claws on the chain lift. If there are a lot of requests for instructions, then I may make instructions. PICTURES: Enjoy! -phrasmotica- Here's the video:

Topic by DELETED_phrasmotica 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

does anyone know of a good ultrasonic sound emitter i can make?

Working something that found in some old text to test a theory but need a nice small hand held design for a ultrasonic sound emitter where the frequencies can be altered by the turn of a knob can anyone help please direct me to a good link either here or to some other sight.

Question by maskofdarkness22 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Manual no more?

Well, I'm looking to find a cost effective way to alter my manual wheelchair (9000 xt) to make it electric. I don't need to go super fast, I just want a project to keep me busy, as I am a disabled vet with nothing better to do. They say I don't qualify for a big electric wheelchair due to my mobility currently. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Matt

Topic by moxeus 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Is there any way to permanently change the finish (color) on a shower-head? From Brass to Bronze? Or Chrome to Bronze?

I would like to get a Grohe Freehander ( ) shower system for my bathroom, but all the fixtures I have are aged copper or aged bronze.. The fixture comes in chrome, nickel or polished brass, the cheapest being the chrome or the nickel. Is is possible to alter the finish after I purchase it?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

desk for lounge chair arm?

Looking for a way to mount a small desktop to a lounge chair arm WITHOUT altering the chair.  Have seen things like this... ...but prefer something a little larger, like the tablet desks you find on lecture hall seats.  Any ideas?  Or if you've come across an Instructable to that effect, please post a link.  Thanks!

Topic by chaburchak 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Reading the max voltage of a low duty cycle PWM?

How do I measure the maximum voltage reached by a very low duty cycle PWM signal without having to alter the signal. The multimeter shows no reading or gives a very brief wrong reading and falls back to zero. I don't have an oscilloscope. Are there any other alternative set-ups to measure just the voltage in this case. Please suggest.

Question by raftor 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago