what should I use to make fake cookie crumbs?

I want to make fake cake/cookie crumbs that will be bendable and not crack once applied to a surface. Any ideas?  I sure appreciate your thoughts.

Posted by golfergirl 4 years ago


Where can I get (faux) leather for cheap?

With all the steampunk instructables involving leather, it begs the question of where I can get some leather. Real or fake, I don't care, whichever is cheaper.

Posted by greynolds1 7 years ago


Faux Window

I'm looking for ideas to make a fake window for my cubicle at work. Ideally, it would be lightweight and provide something other than the flourescent lights above. I really like the look of Bright Blinds (see attached photo). I'm thinking a DIY version of that with maybe a poster with a view behind the blinds? I'd love some input on how to go about this project! Thanks!

Posted by gharper1 6 years ago


Faux-Telescope Idea

Could mounting a pair of binoculars serve as a telescope capable of viewing the moon in detail? Not that in Phoenix, AZ there is any night sky... the binoculars' specs are 7X25 376/1000YDS 125M/1000M Thanks.

Posted by Doom_Goat 11 years ago


Share your most embarrassing or funniest story.

Confess! You have been guilty of a faux pas at some point in your life. My "dope!" moment was when I responded one night to a work order to the campus police station. I went to the officer's lockers and saw what looked like a small cologne bottle. The bottle was painted black and had no label. I sprayed the contents directly on my face thinking that I was going to smell good. I did not know that it was mace and, that I just sprayed it in my face. I was incapacitated for a few minutes. I was found by my coworkers, blinded and disoriented, trying to find my way around! I was the butt of a joke for quite a while. Well, when you too stop laughing, you may start confessing. 

Posted by blkhawk 6 years ago


problems with my comments especially on my own instructibles.

the comments that i posted on my instructibles in response to questions are missing or have been removed and there is no explanation as to why they weren't offensive and were just answering peoples questions and they're gone please resolve the bug. here's the insrtuctibles where it happened https://www.instructables.com/id/Faux-Silencer/ , https://www.instructables.com/id/LOTR-Moria-Orc-Helmet/

Posted by cyprian916 8 years ago


Designer RatWear

A neat, rather disturbing bit of rat-based faux-designer wear:TransRatFashionA project by Kristofer Paetau, Rio de Janeiro, 20075 pieces of fake Chanel fashion accessories made out of taxidermised rats:a rat-bra, a rat-slip, a rat-handbag, a rat-handkerchief and a pair of high heel rat-shoes.Note that the webpage is decidedly NOT work-safe, or suitable for those underage. This picture tells the story pretty well on its own.

Posted by canida 10 years ago


Easy Chocolate Truffles, Mother's Day Ideas, Sew a Custom Bag

  Easy Chocolate Truffles Mother's Day Ideas Sew a Custom Bag Guy's Guide to Buying Flowers No Sew Duct Tape Pouch Double Chocolate Cheesecake Make Bath Bombs DIY Faux Pearl Necklace Waterproof Tablecloth Apron Sewing Spa Slippers Cook an Impressive Meal Kids Wall Art Paper Bead Bracelet Hands-Free Book Pillow Gifts for Women

Posted by randofo 8 years ago


Simple LED question... if you know how to do the math!

A few years ago, I found a plastic pumpkin with a "faux flame" set up inside of it. I liked the idea of it and am trying to replicate it to make a few faux flame torches around my backyard for halloween this year. The idea is that there is a small 12v fan near the top of a tube. There two or three leds glued around the top of the tube. The fan blows a flame shaped piece of fabric up and the leds light it up to look like fire. (possible future instructable?) Unfortunately, I don't know much about circuits and the math of electricity. I found a small fan (12vdc .13a) and 2 red leds (2.6v). I hooked them up in parallel with a 12v 1amp wall wort coverter but nothing happens. I have done a little reading online and wonder about needing a resistor in front of the leds. I wanted to hook it up in parallel to get the fan to work at full speed to make the fabric really blow. From all the circuits I have seen online, this one seems really simple, if I knew what I was doing. Can anyone draw me up a simple diagram? What am I goofing up on here? Thanks! Matt

Posted by mckeephoto 10 years ago


flour shooting flower

watching this again inspired me to try and make my own, but can't find too much online in the way of ideas how to do it. any of you have any ideas how I could construct one? in the video he mentions it being co2 powered and the base is a faux sunflower. I was thinking about trying to start with a base from a cheap 20$ paintball gun. does anyone have any tips/hints before I get started on this? it was also suggested to buy one of these: http://images.halloweencostumes.com/squirting-sunflower.jpg and put flour in that, reloading could get tedious though.

Posted by rundevil 7 years ago


Build Night LEDs at Numurkah Secondary College

Numurkah Secondary College hosted is first ever Instructables build Night, featuring LEDs. A fun night was had by all, making different projects, playing with the laser cutter, 3d printer, vinyl cutter and attaching LEDs to everything including small children. Throwies were a very popular project, also a couple of sound modulators were build on the night, and a chaser that was designed for florescent tubes was converted to LEDs.  The monkey Light, and blinking faux neon signs were a hit will the little kids, and big kids alike. Thanks to Instructables for supplying the LEDs and batterys and also to Instructables member 'motoring'  for organising the night.

Posted by liquidhandwash 4 years ago


Electroplating Non-Metals

I'm looking for input on the process of electroplating non-metal materials. I have never electroplated before and am open to trying the traditional method or the paint on plate solutions that are available.  I'm just uncertain where/ how to begin and what to buy. The hurdle is that the items I want to plate are not metal to begin with.  One website I read seemed to suggest that painting the object with a paint that contains metal flakes (like Liquid Leaf faux gold leaf, which contains soluble copper) would be enough to get a paintable silver plate to bond. Anyone have experience to weigh in with?  I welcome suggestions for techniques, favorite products, etc.

Posted by ashleyjlong 2 years ago


December beard-off!

January 2012   Sculpted! Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun and shared their real and faux beards in the comments below! It was fun to see all the different variations and everyone who posted will be sent out a pack of Sugru! Here's the results of our in-house beard-off: frenzy went for the Deron Williams fade kazmataz had the classic milk-moustache  mikeasaurus and StumpChunkman did mirrored MonkeyTail's  lamedust went all out with the technicolour rainbow Way to go everyone! December, 2011 November saw many men grow moustaches in support of prostate cancer awareness. For December a few of us at the lab are going to keep the facial fur tradition alive and attempt a beard-off! For the next few weeks we're tossing out the razors and documenting the madness! After, we'll sculpt them into weird designs and then post the results and let you decide who you think has the best/worst beard. This beard-off isn't just for the gentlemen either, the ladies of Instructables have also volunteered to participate with faux beards, knitted beards, or anything else! We're starting with how we look now, then updating later in the month with how our beards are progressing, then how they look sculpted in a ridiculous way. Here are the Instructables staff participating: Participant  | Start (December-Beginning) |   Beardy  (December-End)   |    Sculpted (January 2012)     frenzy kazmataz N/A mikeasaurus StumpChunkman lamedust X Members can join in the fun by posting pictures of their crazy beards in the comments below. Every member who posts a picture of their beard (real or fake) will be sent out a single Sugru pack and an Instructables sticker! Hurry, these things are itchy and are going to be shaved by January 2012!

Posted by mikeasaurus 6 years ago


My day job in fast motion.

I have my own business painting murals and doing custom art for clients in commercial and private spaces. Here's a time lapse I did a while back. Thought it was fitting here in the art section. This ceiling is roughly 16 feet by 14 feet in size, and the center of the ceiling is about 17 feet high. I actually painted this ceiling twice because the original owners sold the residence and the new owners wanted a new and different mural in the space, about twelve years apart. A master sketch of the whole ceiling was created, and then each main detail was sketched a second time as a close up so I knew exactly what was to be painted.

Posted by bart245 8 years ago


Macworld 2008: What do you think?

Macbook Air, faux-GPS on the iPhone, $20 for an iPod Touch upgrade, apple TV 2, movie downloads. A lot of stuff was announced today.What do you guys thing about it?My only thoughts are that I wish that apple would put the multitouch feature into the Macbooks and Macbook Pros. I am also going to get an iPhone now that it has the location stuff in Google maps. I still wish it had GPS though. Also, with the Time Capsule announced there won't be as much need for an application that a friend and I made to do the exact same thing with any network drive. Check it out here, iTimemachine. We also have a couple other apps so look at those too!

Posted by Einsteins Circuitry 10 years ago


Steampunk Mobile

Some great ideas come from taking a completely new gadget and making it something that looks like, and in this case sort of works like, something from the 19th century. This steampunk cell phone concept has no display. No 3G. No data plan. No games. It doesn't even have a dial pad. You make your calls with binary-coded punch cards, steampunk.All you get in this rugged brown package is an earpiece, (possibly faux) gauges, visible screws, and a spinning number-counter. Oh, and a hole punch every time you want to order a pizza.The project was developed for O2, aiming at the RPG player market (really!). I don't think it works. It would be cool if it did, but I don't think so...UnplggdOriginal designer

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


Audio playing on page load due to ads????

So I just opened a few instructables from the latest email newsletter, which is always fun.  I have about 8 tabs open.  And then... some random audio ad starts playing at full volume. Something about oxygen network.  Of course I have no idea which instructable page is playing the ad, so I can 1) wait it out while the audio ad plays, or 2) close tabs one by one to see which is the offending page. Why in the world would instructables.com allow audio ads on their website?  I understand if they require user interaction (explicitly clicking to start audio).  But instant audio as soon as the page loads is an awful web faux pas.  If this were more common place, I'd either block all instructable ads (which would be detrimental to the site, I'm guessing), or just stop visiting (which would be detrimental to me :(  ) I really hope this is just a mistake and gets fixed.

Posted by jumpfroggy 8 years ago


Anyone have ideas for a (soon to be) defunct laptop?

Hello everyone! I have recently gone from lurking on instructables to throwing some replies in and decided to take it a step further and start my own topic. My apologies if I post this in the wrong place or for any other faux pas. Getting to the point. I currently have a hp touchsmart tx2 which I might have dropped a time too many and is starting to make all kinds of sounds that you really don't expect from a healthy laptop. I think this would be an indication that it is only a matter of time before it craps out on me so I have started shopping around for a new laptop. The only question that remains is: What do I do with a dead laptop? I am thinking of re-purposing the swivelling touch screen and take the rest apart for part but I am curious to know what interesting ideas the people on the interwebs might have. So let me hear it, What would you do with a dead laptop? The more creative the better! (although some degree of feasibility is of course welcome).

Posted by FoolishSage 7 years ago


LEGO Sandcrawler

LEGO and Star Wars fans, get ready to have your mind blown! Flickr member Marshal Banana has created a scale replica of the iconic Sandcrawler, as seen in A New Hope. There are LED's inside and out, faux weathered exterior, an operable ramp that drops down and even a crane that can lift cargo and place it on a conveyor belt inside. And yes, it moves. The entire project took 9 months to plan and build. Here's some quick facts about the project, taken from his YouTube video page: Dimensions: 96 cm long, 100.5 cm long (lowered main ramp) Weight: ~20 kg Part count: over 10,000 Power functions: 4 xl motors, 5 m motors, 4 receivers, 4 battery packs, 22 Lego LED-lights Powered radio-controlled Functions: driving: forward reverse steering main ramp: up and down crane: up and down, in and out conveyer band: forward and reverse You can check out his Marshal Banana's Flickr page and see some amazing pictures of the inside of the Sandcrawler, as well as some of his other work.

Posted by mikeasaurus 7 years ago


Hard to upload pictures to Ible

When I make a step by step Ible in the new editor, it takes me an enormous amount of time to upload the pictures (like a whole day!). A lot of uploads will "hang" and must be aborted for the uploader to continue with the next picture. When I upload them again they might work that time or not. First I thought it was because I always upload huge pictures, but when I made the pictures smaller (less then 500 kb) the problem still occurs.  After many tries, I managed to get them all uploaded, but it doesn't really invite me to do a new Ible. Making the Ible takes more time than doing the project this way. In the old editor you could write the Ible while the pictures where uploading. In the new one you can just wait. It would be great if the uploading could happen in the background again. Writing the text takes me some time, because English is not my first language. I am using a Mac with Lion and the newest version of Safari. This problem occurred with the writing of my last couple of Ibles. In my last Ible https://www.instructables.com/id/Faux-paining-copper-plating-effect/ was especially picture DSC06149 a real adventure to get uploaded.

Posted by kenyer 4 years ago


(newsletter) Seed Bomb, DIY Sunscreen, USB Cigar...

Sign-up for this newsletter: Welcome back! Check out our 4th of July Guide, and use the long weekend to finish some Instructables for these awesome contests!We've got three fantastic contests this week, so get to work turning your great ideas and half-done projects into finished Instructables and enter!Pocket-Sized Contest - Think small, and win a custom laser-etched Leatherman!Get in the Garden Contest - Enter any Instructable with a gardening theme and win an awesome computer-controlled indoor composting machine from NatureMill!Art of Sound Contest - Share any music or sound-related Instructable, and win an incredible custom hi-fi tower set with subwoofer, monster speakers, and more!! Lego Combination Safe Altoids Travel Games - Pocket Size Fun Make Faux Rocks Homemade Stickers Keep cool and cook up some tasty food this weekend! Win a custom laser-etched Leatherman! Audio Cassette Loop Crocheted Eyeball Homemade Sunscreen DIY Under-Cabinet Lighting Make a Seed Bomb Recover an Old Bicycle Seat Chocolate Pasta Personalized Garden Stepping Stones Win a cool computer-controlled indoor composter! Win these custom hi-fi speakers! 4-3/4 oz Ultra-light Backpacking Kitchen Business Card with Mints Fretless Guitar with a Glass Fretboard USB Cigar Flash Memory Sign-up for this newsletter:

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Gilding a ...Wasp?

I have a  vision for a project but am unsure what would be the best means of achieving it.  When I was a kid, I had a bug collection. My grandfather found a perfectly preserved wasp in his garage and saved it for me in a plastic syrup bottle lid. Over the decades all my other insect specimens crumbled (I was a kid, so I just had them loose in a school box without proper mounts) but this wasp is STILL intact and perfect inside the syrup cap more than 20 years later! My grandfather was very special to me, and I was toying with the idea of somehow metal plating this wasp to turn it into a pendant. I have no experience with metal working and don't own the stuff to do it, but i'm open to purchasing materials if my goal even seems realistic.  It is a fragile exoskeleton, which probably limits what I can do in terms of casting  I have wondered about brush coating it with fiberglass resin (to strengthen it) and then painting it with gold leaf, but many of the faux gold leaf paints out there are pretty crappy looking.   Fearing I might just end up destroying the wasp, I've also thought maybe I should just get a Ryker mount and hang him with the rest of my legit insect collection, though it is not posed properly and is likely waaaaaay too old to be re-relaxed for posing. If any experienced jewelry makers, gold leaders, or entomologists have thoughts on how to successfully gild this wasp (or why not to), I welcome your ideas! Thanks in advance.

Posted by ashleyjlong 2 years ago


Looking for constructive critism

I have not written an 'ible in a long while, but was recently so inspired I wrote...   https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-A-2D-Infinite-Runner-with-Unity/ Luck would have it that a game contest opened during my building of the first prototype (pre write up, to get things all worked out), which spurred me on even more. Anyways, I am wondering how I missed the mark completely, not even worth a feature. I have had way lesser projects featured....and well, I was only inspired to write this to share. Anyone who has been writing here for any amount of time knows that you need to be featured to be seen. I gave detailed step by step instructions with many pictures well commented...or thought I did. I did something original (Not many game making tutorials here, only 2 other unity ones, and they are on older versions.) I thought the demo game download was a nice touch.  So I am curious for suggestions on how I could spruce it up enough to be considered as a feature. I believe that people would enjoy the topic, and more importantly, I feel people would like to make this or use this as a springboard to their own version. Was using the robot a big faux pas? I see so many other features that use him and thought it was a good idea. Is the game itself that visually unappealing? Perhaps foolishly , but I love the look....I was...even more foolishly...proud of it. It wasn't something I just knocked out, but rather something that a lot of time went into. Time that was truly wasted if it is never even seen. Discouraged. Any suggestions  to how to make it better would be welcome.

Posted by fjordcarver 4 years ago


Softening bone? Make pliable for slight forming.

Hello! :)  I am hoping someone can help me. I carve   faux claws, fangs,and bone rings.  There are times I wish I could soften the bone, as when carving a claw from a rib bone, It would be nicer if I could remove the marrow , soften the bone and bring the 2 curved ends together, or when making rings using sections cut from a thigh bone, I end up with piece's  that are odd shaped and too thin walled to carve out room for a finger.  If I could find a way to soften the bone i could squeeze the bone some to get a usable round shape ,(after bracing and letting dry.), and I would have more usable maternal  I remember when I was growing up, we were up in the villages and a VISTA volunteer came for the summer. He had in his room a bone in a bottle, not soft, but hard , no cuts in the bottle . Us kids tried to figure out how he got it in there as the bone was a little bigger than the opening. Before he left he finally told us he had soaked the bone so it was pliable and able to fit through the smaller opening, once inside it went back to it's shape and dried hard again.   For the life of me I can't remember what it was he soaked it in. If anyone knows, or has a idea , it would be greatly appreciated if you would let me know.   Have a great day, or night ( I know I spend hours here when I can't sleep and am "Night owling". lol ). I love this place!! :) :)    Leo4613   :)

Posted by Leo4613 7 years ago


(newsletter) USB Power Strip, IKEA Hack, Macbook Upgrade...

Aug 28, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! Want to teach the world to craft? Then check out theCraft Skills Contest from our friends at Lion BrandYarn, Singer, and Stitch Lounge! Share your skills to win a sewing machine, crafting books, and yarn! Instructables HQ was attacked by zombies! See all the gruesomepictures and video here, then drag your reanimated corpseover to enter ourzombie caption contest.Upcoming... Speaking of zombies... we're also putting together the biggestand best Halloween contest ever! October will be heresoon, so start working on an elaborate costume and creepy decorations! Youcan also get a head start on our Faberge Egg Contest,where you could win a Sonos sound system and have your egg displayed in New YorkCity! Strong wall-mounted bicycle repairstand by headdead How to illustrate your Instructable by KaptinScarlet Amazon Kindle e-ink ScreenTransplant by blakebevin Faux Stained Glass by goosezilla Instructables HQ attacked! IKEA Hack-a-Lack by arne hendriks Easy Spicy - Yummy Baked Tofu by homesteadcat Build a simple Marx Generator by Plasmana Balancing Robot by vahid_you2004 Backyard Terrace by carkat Computer scroll wheel with bearings by 42ndOddity Portobello Burger with Grilled Feta by itschrys Upgrade Your Macbook Hard Drive by lamedust Top 10 Instructables tohelpget ready for class USB Controlled Power Strip by toymotorhead Gift Box from a Cereal Box by blightdesign How not to block cameras by randofo Revive an older din 5 keyboard by MasamuneX Now go make somethingawesome, and I'll see you next week! -Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest Finalists

The winner has been announced here!Instructables and [www.ulsinc.com Universal Laser] are happy to announce the 14 finalists in the Laser Cutter Contest. Ten of the finalists were selected by judges at Instructables.com. The other four finalists were the Instructables that had the two highest pageviews or ratings as of Monday morning, Jan. 7.The authors of these Instructables are all in the running to win a VersaLaser worth over $15,000. Now we turn the voting over to you. Click on the "Vote!" buttons below the Instructables to submit your vote and help decide who wins the grand prize. You can vote for more than one Instructable and voting closes Jan. 31. Judge-selected Finalists(in alphabetical order) Autonomous Foosball Table Build a Greenland Kayak Build a Wind Harp! Build yourself a portable home - a mongolian yurt Extreme Business Cards Giant Fresnel Lens Deathray How I built a carbon bike frame at home (and a bamboo frame too) How to Enter the Ghetto Matrix (DIY Bullet Time) Laser cutter, start slicing stuff for under 50 dollars Laser Image Projector Ratings and Pageviews Finalists How to Make a TRON Style Lamp: The MADYLIGHT How to build a sit down driving arcade cabinet The Spiral Data Tato -- A Curiously Complex Origami CD Case Blu-Ray Laser Phaser! Second Place The authors of these Instructables win a robot t-shirt and a laser-etched plaque. Listed in alphabetical order. 30 minute USB microscope The Ambience Enhancer Autonomous, Wirelessly Controlled Hovercraft Conductive Glue And Conductive Thread: Make an LED Display and Fabric Circuit That Rolls Up. Cool Wave Ring Dollar Store Parabolic Mic Handcut inlay A Home Power Plant - Wind Power Generator Revised How to Make a Color-Changing Lighted Faux Fur Scarf How to make a pair of Angel Wings How to Make an OAWR (Obstacle Avoiding Walking Robot) Make DIY Vanilla Extract "Quicksilver" Retro-Future Scooter from appliances and scrap metal Solid Wood Digital Clock The Stirling Engine, absorb energy from candles, coffee, and more! Squishy Breast Stress Relief Toy TiggerBot II Robot Tube Amp Rebuild (and Mod) U-Disp - The Digg (tm) display (Open Source)Wooden Gear ClockThank you to all the judges: ewilhelm, jesse.hensel, PT, randofo, intoon, canida, noahw, stasterisk, fungus amungus, lebowski, T3h_Muffinator, and bofthem.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


"Miracle Liquid" - Electrolyzed Water

Http://articles.latimes.com/2009/feb/23/business/fi-magicwater23I think someone with more time than me should see how to do this most efficiently and see if it work!The article:Sounds like the old "Saturday Night Live" gag for Shimmer, the faux floor polish plugged by Gilda Radner. But the elixir is real. It has been approved by U.S regulators. And it's starting to replace the toxic chemicals Americans use at home and on the job.The stuff is a simple mixture of table salt and tap water whose ions have been scrambled with an electric current. Researchers have dubbed it electrolyzed water -- hardly as catchy as Mr. Clean. But at the Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica, some hotel workers are calling it el liquido milagroso -- the miracle liquid.That's as good a name as any for a substance that scientists say is powerful enough to kill anthrax spores without harming people or the environment.Used as a sanitizer for decades in Russia and Japan, it's slowly winning acceptance in the United States. A New York poultry processor uses it to kill salmonella on chicken carcasses. Minnesota grocery clerks spray sticky conveyors in the checkout lanes. Michigan jailers mop with electrolyzed water to keep potentially lethal cleaners out of the hands of inmates.In Santa Monica, the once-skeptical Sheraton housekeeping staff has ditched skin-chapping bleach and pungent ammonia for spray bottles filled with electrolyzed water to clean toilets and sinks."I didn't believe in it at first because it didn't have foam or any scent," said housekeeper Flor Corona. "But I can tell you it works. My rooms are clean."Management likes it too. The mixture costs less than a penny a gallon. It cuts down on employee injuries from chemicals. It reduces shipping costs and waste because hotel staffers prepare the elixir on site. And it's helping the Sheraton Delfina tout its environmental credentials to guests.The hotel's kitchen staff recently began disinfecting produce with electrolyzed water. They say the lettuce lasts longer. They're hoping to replace detergent in the dishwasher. Management figures the payback time for the $10,000 electrolysis machine will be less than a year."It's green. It saves money. And it's the right thing to do," said Glenn Epstein, executive assistant at the Sheraton Delfina. "It's almost like fantasy."

Posted by elnino2783 9 years ago


Public domain, Creative Commons etc. musci sources wanted

My latest film project is in the style of a fantasy epic- think LotR, Narnia, that sort of "party of brave adventurers battle evil in a non-specific setting resembling mediaeval Europe" thing. It's in post-production now, but while we are ok for visual effects and editing we really need some music. To keep options open regarding public performances, we make sure to use music that doesn't infringe any copyrights- the last film only used original compositions and public-domain soundtracks.For this film we need public-domain music in a fantasy genre. The links below illustrate the sort of style we are looking for. Public domain recordings would be great, but freely-reproducible scores would be ok as we have a couple of talented musicians in the group who can play pieces with limited instrumentation, but sadly no full orchestra!The best answer will receive a Best Answer, probably a patch if the answer leads to some good sources, and possibly (at the discretion of The Powers That Be) a credit in the film.Rousing orchestral musicSadly we have little hope of reproducing music like this, but any public domain not-too-recognisable pieces would be absolutely great.Celtic-sounding flute/whistle music... is something we could actually play. Recordings would be better, though.Faux-mediaeval stringsOh, what I'd give to have a cellist on board. Oh well.Slow reflective piano melodiesNot quite as "folk" as the rest but would give great colour to the sad moments in the filmHarp musicNo, we aren't going to rip off the Braid soundtrack. I know, it's a shame. The only harpist I know is busy studying for her veterinary medicine degree so doesn't have time for our stupid projects.Of course, if anyone plays in any of the above styles and feels like hooking us up with a score or a recording that we could use, you would be the coolest person in the history of the world.I may be abusing the phrases "public domain" and "creative commons" here- I have tried to sum up what the copyright issues are and our stance on them, but essentially we need music we can put in a derivative work and potentially show in public.

Posted by PKM 9 years ago


Homemade Holidays Winners Announced

Instructables and CRAFT Magazine are happy to announce the winners of the Homemade Holidays Contest!While most people are out there trying to buy the perfect item, many of you were working to make the perfect gift and we love you for it. The personal touch of a handmade gift shows your creativity, and how much you care.Once again we were delighted by the variety of Instructables that were submitted. The entries just keep getting better and better -- just one look at the winners here shows that! Even though there are first, second, and third prizes, all of these Instructables deserve a look. Be sure to leave comments and pictures so the authors know how much you appreciate their hard work! First Prize Winners The authors of these Instructables win a CRAFT Boxed Gift Set, an Instructables robot T-shirt, a CRAFT T-shirt, and a laser-cut Robot holiday ornament. (in alphabetical order) Flat Zipper Bag and Wallet How to Make a Color-Changing Lighted Faux Fur Scarf Make DIY Vanilla Extract! Second Prize WinnersThe authors of these Instructables win a one-year subscription to CRAFT Magazine, an Instructables robot T-shirt, a CRAFT T-shirt, and a laser-cut Robot holiday ornament. (in alphabetical order) Crochet a Baby Penguin Amigurumi Fiber Optic and LED Minature Garden Light How to Make a TRON Style Lamp: The MADYLIGHT How to make a unique tile picture for less than $3! Make a Custom Lift-the-Flap Book for a Toddler Third Prize Winners The authors of these Instructables win CRAFT: Volume 5 and a laser-cut Robot holiday ornament. Due to a tie, there are 11 winners instead of 10. (in alphabetical order) Bat-Mobile hanging toy Chinese Dragon Pull Toy Give a real "fallen star" Grow your own Magic Crystal Tree How to make Candles! How to make Pixel Cookies! LoveBox - The box of love make your own cookie cutters Metal Embossing Stylish Santa Hoodie Venezia Napkin Rings Slideshow/Video Prize Winners The authors of these Instructables win CRAFT: Volume 5 and a laser-cut Robot holiday ornament. (in alphabetical order) french market bag Homemade Apple Jelly How to crochet a DS case My Shadow Knit Piano Scarf Jackobs Ladder Optical Illusion Toy The Pirate's Secret Scarf Portable CD Pouch PVC Cello Unisex Neckwarmer Wooden rings Thank you to all the judges: arwen, natalie, ewilhelm, randofo, canida, rachel, reno_dakota, noahw, fungus amungus , and nagutron.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Roof deck over synthetic membrane: water intrusion?

Oops, so I posted this in Outdoors before I found Home. Double posting is irritating but it's kind of relevant to both... I'm new to the forums here (long time reader, infrequent poster), if I just committed a major faux pas, gimme a heads up and I'll take one of these down! Anyway, so the back door of my 3rd floor apartment opens on to what amounts to a raised back yard; the only problem is that this "back yard" is the roof of a 2 story addition to the brownstone I live in, and I'd rather not put my foot through a very expensive roof. I've been looking into decking, and right now my plan is a contact-only solid frame all the way around the perimeter of the roof, with a lip extending over the edge of the roof (to supply stability without puncturing the membrane) connecting to the actual frame of the deck which would of course be placed over the top of the brick walls of the building. From there I was going to face the deck with synthetics, probably with struts placed along the horizontal struts of the roof connected to both the upper deck and sub-deck cross bracing (depending on what materials I use/can afford and their relative strength). My hope is to find a way to make the deck in modular pieces that can be removed for when the roof inevitably needs to be resurfaced. So basically it would be large squares (or irregular shapes, whatever) that would sit on top of the struts/cross bracing with the help of a few screws and provide the deck surface. What I'm worried about is water intrusion at the contact points, such as around the edge of the roof and on top of the studs in the middle of the roof. I know synthetics are much more resistant to this type of failure than older materials, but are they impervious? Where do the pros put contacts so water doesn't leak into the floor below? Even if you minimalize it, the deck will have to come into contact with the roof at some point, or you've found some fancy new way of building I'd love to hear about. A few other thoughts are footprint: the building is an 1890 Richmond row house, could this be done with a small enough profile to increase the value of the property without damaging the "drive by" value? (I was picturing an iron railing to keep the project semi period, and this roof actually connects to the big hulking wooden fire escape, so it wouldn't be marring a virgin landscape) Also, do you think any building codes in the country would allow L bracing and big old bolts to hold the structure of the deck together instead of end-nailing the boards? It would make removal for roof work a lot easier. For the corners, would it be better to miter the ends at 45 and run a bolt through the two of them, end nail an L joint or use a thick metal l bracket and a few bolts to hold the joint together? That was kind of an intense post, I'm just looking to shoot the breeze a little bit with anyone who has any thoughts. Everybody always has their perfect way of doing things, on such a big, high pressure job (if this goes south I'd be poor AND homeless!) I want to really chew on the idea a little bit first. Thanks to anyone who actually read this far!

Posted by Macadaciouse 10 years ago


Steampunk Volkswagen anyone?

Dear Fellow Instructable Steampunk aficionados, I'm starting plans for my biggest steampunk project ever... a steampunk Volkswagon Beetle!;-) We haven't bought it yet, but my wife and I are heading to Brazil for the summer, and are planning on buying an old VW Beetle, (or a "Fusca" as they affectionately call them locally), to bum around in a sleepy beach town. These cars were once very popular in Brazil, but have been replaced by far more fuel efficient, and largely ethanol powered cars. So an old Beetle can be had for cheap... And my wife has given me the okay to go ahead and steampunk it out to my hearts delight! My initial plans are for purely cosmetic changes. (I'm not planning on installing a steam-powered engine any time soon, although that would certainly be cool;-) I've seen Jake Von Slatt's photos and videos of his steampunk car project, but I thought I'd check with the folks on Instructables to see if anyone has any suggestions. (And when I say anyone, I put heavy stress on my German steampunk colleagues;-) All suggestions (and photos) are welcome! Please post here... Will keep you posted on my progress. Best, Winged Fist Update: 6/27/12 (An eventful day) Today we became the proud owners of a 1975 Volkswagen Beetle! The body is a bit beaten with a few signs of rust, but I'm told that the engine is sound, the electrical work is good and the tires are pretty new. If all goes as planned, I'll get to drive it for the first time next week, when I arrive in Brazil. (Then let the steampunking begin;-) Today I also became a member of the VWoodies user group on Yahoo. Lots of great pictures and inspiration for modifying an old VW Beetle. And the moderator, Senhor California, has an amazing 70s model Beetle he has completely modified into a Woody, which he keeps in Brazil! (In my opinion it has quite a steampunk flare to it). And not coincidentally, today I received in the mail my Hula Girl bobble dashboard ornament, and my California Pacific VW Parts and Accessories catalog from jbugs.com It's looking like this car is going to take on a steampunk/woody/surfer theme... Update: 7/23/12 Well it's been exactly a month since I posted this query, and I'm proud to report that this project is almost complete! After almost two weeks of non-stop renovating and remodeling, scraping sanding and painting, our quasi-steampunk, faux-woody VW Beetle is nearly finished! There are still a few details to finish, (like getting the driver's door to stay closed when we're driving;-), but other than that I'm very pleased with the way this old bug has turned out! This past weekend, she took her maiden voyage, sporting her new look - to the beach of course. (Praia Linda, in the Lake Region of Rio de Janeiro, in case your interested). The one unsolicited comment we overheard was that she looked like an old armoire... and not in a good way;-) The transformation from a bricklayer's workhouse to a beach woody was a laborious one, but now our '75 Fusca can spend her golden years carting beach chairs, coolers and kayaks instead of hauling bricks and cement;-) I plan to post a full Instructable on this project, but for now, wanted to give those interested a taste of the nearly finished product. (I'm also amazed with how much the finished product resembles the photoshop rendition I created, before I ever laid eyes on the car).

Posted by Winged Fist 6 years ago


Graffiti artists replicate The Matrix on Instructables.com--and win $15,000 Universal Laser Cutter!

Instructables and Universal Laser are happy to announce that the incredibly creative Instructable, How to Enter the Ghetto Matrix (DIY Bullet Time) has won the Grand Prize in the 2008 Instructables.com and Universal Laser Cutter Contest: a 40-watt VersaLaser laser cutter valued at over $15,000!Grand Prize Winner How to Enter the Ghetto Matrix (DIY Bullet Time) How to Enter the Ghetto Matrix (DIY Bullet Time) provides an extremely detailed Instructables tutorial on how to build a cheap, portable special-effects rig to create "bullet-time" animations--a technique, popularized in The Matrix movies, where the audience's point-of-view moves around the scene at normal speed while the action on screen is slowed down."We want to inspire great ideas and provide skills, tools, and shared know-how," Instructables CEO Eric Wilhelm explained. "This project represents exactly what we're trying to achieve with Instructables."The DIY Bullet Time Instructable was created and documented by the Graffiti Research Lab, an open-source urban art and communication collective supported by the Free Art & Technology Lab, a Brooklyn-based non-profit research lab creating work at the intersection of popular culture and the public domain."This will be the cornerstone of our new lab space," said GRL member fi5e. "A whole crew of creative people are really excited to put this thing to use! Thanks for helping us bring the VersaLaser to Brooklyn."The winner was chosen by votes from Instructables users and our panel of expert judges, who reviewed the 14 finalists drawn from a pool of over 600 entries. Congratulations to fi5e and everyone at the GRL - we know you'll really put the VersaLaser to work, and can't wait to see what great things you make! First Prize(in alphabetical order) Autonomous Foosball Table Blu-Ray Laser Phaser! Build a Greenland Kayak Build a Wind Harp! Build yourself a portable home - a mongolian yurt Extreme Business Cards Giant Fresnel Lens Deathray How I built a carbon bike frame at home (and a bamboo frame too) How to Make a TRON Style Lamp: The MADYLIGHT How to build a sit down driving arcade cabinet Laser cutter, start slicing stuff for under 50 dollars Laser Image Projector The Spiral Data Tato -- A Curiously Complex Origami CD Case Second Prize The authors of these Instructables win a robot t-shirt and a laser-etched plaque. Listed in alphabetical order. 30 minute USB microscope The Ambience Enhancer Autonomous, Wirelessly Controlled Hovercraft Conductive Glue And Conductive Thread: Make an LED Display and Fabric Circuit That Rolls Up. Cool Wave Ring Dollar Store Parabolic Mic Handcut inlay A Home Power Plant - Wind Power Generator Revised How to Make a Color-Changing Lighted Faux Fur Scarf How to make a pair of Angel Wings How to Make an OAWR (Obstacle Avoiding Walking Robot) Make DIY Vanilla Extract "Quicksilver" Retro-Future Scooter from appliances and scrap metal Solid Wood Digital Clock The Stirling Engine, absorb energy from candles, coffee, and more! Squishy Breast Stress Relief Toy TiggerBot II Robot Tube Amp Rebuild (and Mod) U-Disp - The Digg (tm) display (Open Source)Wooden Gear Clock Expert JudgesTo help us judge, we assembled an amazing team of expert designers, engineers, hackers, journalists, scientists, technologists, and other really smart people. They spent hours examining each of the finalists Instructables and helping us make a decision. We'd like to send a huge "Thank You" to each of our incredible judges. We couldn't have done it without you.Violet Blue (author, blogger, podcaster, columnist, and SRL vet)Gareth Branwyn (Contributing Editor, MAKE Magazine)Zoz Brooks (Host, of the upcoming TV Show Prototype This)Joe Brown (Editor, Wired Magazine)Colin Bulthaup (CTO of Potenco, co-founder Squid Labs) David Calkins (Co-founder of RoboGames) Julia Cosgrove (Deputy Editor, ReadyMade Magazine)Chris Csikszentmihalyi (Professor at the MIT Media Lab, Computing Culture Group)Simone Davalos (Co-founder of RoboGames) Lenore Edman (Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories)Dan Goldwater (Founder of monkeylectric, co-founder Squid Labs)Saul Griffith (President of Makani Power, co-founder Squid Labs, MacArthur Fellow)Duncan Haberly (Instructables)Matthew Hancher (NASA Researcher in the Intelligent Systems Division)Brian Lam (Editor, Gizmodo)Ed Lewis (Instructables)Jeffrey McGrew (Designer, Because We Can)Chuck Messer (Tackle Design, The Open Prosthetics Project, host of Discovery's Smash Lab)Megan Miller (Editor, PopSci)Jim Newton (Founder of TechShop)Quinn Norton (Journalist)Windell Oskay (Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories)David Pescovitz (BoingBoing, Institute for the Future, MAKE Magazine)Cloude Porteus (Instructables)Randy Sarafan (Instructables, Eyebeam Resident)Peter Semmelhack (Founder of Buglabs)Tyghe Trimble (News Editor, Discover Magazine)Noah Weinstein (Instructables)Eric Wilhelm (CEO of Instructables, co-founder Squid Labs)Dan Woods (Associate Publisher, MAKE Magazine) For the full information on how the winners were chosen, click here.

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago