Acrylic Lichtenberg figure? Answered

I have only see a how to do it on wood. So is it possible to create a lichtenberg figure in plastic? Ofc I have done my research on the topic but I'm not sure if a microwave transformer can do the trick. Or if a plain piece of acrylic is conductive enough to let the electron flow through. Thank you for your reply

Question by Shizen 3 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Beautiful Team Fortress 2 Figure

The pyro character from Team Fortress 2 has been lovingly recreated by a fan and it has a real flame! Whether you're a fan of the game or not, check out the making-of pics of this figure as well as some of the maker's other creations. Link to pyro Link to list of figuresvia Neatorama

Topic by fungus amungus 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


how to build simple programable 2 function ( head pan and tilt) pilot figure for rc airplanes

Hi, I'm completely new to animatronics bot have been designing, building and flying RC airplanes for 40 or more years, I need some help with a project, namely, I wish to build an animatronic pilot figure for a large 1/3 scale airplane and would like it to be programmable so that once it is turned on, it will carry out a series of movements over and over until switched off.    These would be a combination of head pan and tilt that I could program into the system, the mechanical side of things is simple enough, a 2 servo camera gimbal but I need help with the electronic side of things..............can anybody help ??? 

Topic by Babyace 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


any ideas for making a statue at home? want to use it as a guitar stand...

I would love to have an idol of jimi hendrix standing in my room holding my guitar for me...

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


Fantasy Figure: Gigant Spider

Fantasy Figure- Gigant Spider

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


American Indians Action Figure

Ever see something so awesomely bad that you just had to own it? Earlier today, whilst browsing the isles of the local 99 cents store I came across an American Indians Action Figure set. I saw that there were a few normal (I use the term loosely) looking figures, but there was also this gem. For some reason the white guy of the set was depicted as some space age looking dude wielding a huge silver gun. I bought him, and one of the others (for strangeness comparison). I wonder who would win in a fight between the two.

Topic by Tetranitrate 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Custom Action Figure help?

Anyone here have any experience with custom action figures? I'm working on one, and made a post in Crafts, but no dice. If anyone is interested in my project I can link to some posts with more info.

Topic by DaveOfMutilation 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


How to figure out votes

Hi everyone! I was just wondering if there was a way to figure out exactly how many votes an instructable entered in a contest has. More specifically "$5, 5 minute fleece hat" Thanks!

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


I can't figure this out.

I have 5 hours tommorow to do anything. I have an odd urge to build a giant dixie cup(see picture) after see an e-mail sant by a relative. I need it to be water proof but still hold liquid. Anyone have any ideas?

Topic by ry25920 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Illuminated Figure Skating Costume

The animated lighting element in this figure skating costume by ShowOfLight reacts to music by using beat and pitch recognition technology and motion sensor to bring the animation in sync with the performer. While this sounds great, and looks impressive, the video demonstrates how this is one example of technology overshadowing art.  Though many of Marina Polakoff's other works integrate soft circuitry with subtlety and beauty, the line of costumes for the performing arts may be too distracting.  Consider the lovely ice skating routine in the video that must be performed in the dark.  Which were you watching - her salchow or her flashing bananas?  (seriously, there are animated bananas) Regardless of my opinion, I'm sure this is one performance the judges will never forget. via: talk2myshirt

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


Help needed! Making a face for a custom action figure Answered

I've been working on an action figure set based on my family & friends for Christmas.  I have the bodies made and they look alright.  I've got some accessories planned if I have time. I am having trouble getting the face to look decent.  I don't have a lot of sculpting experience, but I've been doing alright so far.  I don't need them to be photo-realistic or anything.  But I do want them to at least resemble the person. Do you have any ideas, tips, or websites that can help me out?

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


Neat Little Lamp

Check out this neat little lamp I found at Lowes. It's got pencil and paper holding "hands", LED bulb "head", and fully adjustable joints. Impulse buys FTW! I was supposed to be looking for a ceiling fan :P An Instructable on how to make one of these would be cool.

Topic by Spl1nt3rC3ll 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


gift exchange entry: plastic action

My skills include: science and crafts project for children, sculpting, polymer clay, snow globes, simple jewelry, RC and rocket modeling, car technics, making sushi, stop-motion, medium-level computersavy. Here's a link to my featured Instructable: a.o. https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-millefiori-USB-flash-drive-jewel/ What I'd like to make for someone: a polymer clay figure or thingy. I'd be willing to make this size gift package for someone (choose all that apply): (S,M,L) M I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else: smaller or similar. What I like: mechanical things that fly, ride or swim, robots, cute monsters, science-fiction, fantasy, the female body, the female mind (the order came spontaneously, sorry), chocolate, sushi, modern design, Apple (Mac). What I don't like: to lame or to noisy music, pathetic singing, anything to do with smoking (I'm not big on alcohol either), real weapons (but I consider most knifes to be tools, not weapons) I absolutely can't have: (due to allergies, pets, etc) uncured epoxy (allergic); anyting incompatible with a cat, 2 young kids and a wife Type of thing I'd love to receive: something cool, cute, or sexy, possibly with a female touch. Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? Yes Confirm that are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have the approval of a parent or guardian: Yep, I'm officially 43, although in my mind I'm still a teenager. (opt) Here's someone who can keep a secret that knows what I like, in case you want to PM them with questions: vderycke

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


how to make a monumental figurative sculpture?

Use wire, hammered copper, foam, wood, fiberglass? I want to make a 30' figurative sculpture. Any suggestions?

Question by dk0123 9 years ago  |  last reply 11 months ago


Cant figure out what this component is Answered

Can someone please help me figure out what this component is.I think it might be a hall effect sensor, but in unsure

Question by tate.coramparker 10 months ago  |  last reply 10 months ago


how do i figure this out?

I have a wall transformer and i dont know which one positive and which ones negative. there both in black wires and it doesn't say. how would i figure out which one which?

Topic by DELETED_DELETED_kruser495 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


I finally figured out wordpress!

I finally figured out wordpress! It's actually a great tool to use. There are so many different things to do on it. Just the pesky photo uploader is buggy on my computer :( Otherwise it's great. Does anyone else have a wordpress? My wordpress

Topic by jen7714 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How do I figure out who is following me? Answered

I want to see who is following me. I have 5 followers and I can't tell who they are. I thought I knew how, but after I upgraded to premium I can't figure out how.

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


Help figuring out electric motors

I'm trying to decipher the mystical language of electric motors and need some help. I was at one of my favorite stores yesterday, a place called 'Industrial Liquidators' here in San Diego, and I was looking at their vast supply of electric motors. Big ones, small ones, battery operated ones, flat one, all in latest styles and fashionable colors. I know of plenty of uses for these things but I have no idea what it is I'm looking at. I would like to make my own rock polishing tumbler, so I'd like a motor with a bit or power and a slow rotation, but how can I figure out how strong and fast a motor is?Maybe I'm starting at the wrong place. I must admit that I know next to nothing about electrical stuff. Pretty much the only thing I know about electrical equipment is that it only works when you plug it into a socket.So that being what it is, can anyone direct me to a website that explains how to read these motor labels? Ya know the ones that say how many ohms, volts, amps etc.Thanks for any help.

Topic by astro347 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Figuring Out Acceleration on a Potato Gun

My newest craze is potato cannons. I built a simple potato cannon powered with hairspray. I didn't plan out ratios of chamber volume to barrel volume, but I must have guessed pretty well because the potatos go far. Really far. I shoot them in an empty bean field and they stay in the air for 10 seconds before hitting the ground at what I guess is 300 yards away. I want to measure it to be sure. I'm probably exaggerating the distance out of sheer amazement. But the potato goes really far. I got to thinking, though, that I could go beyond just shooting the potatoes, and actually turn this into something useful. If there was a way to determine the acceleration of the potato inside the barrel, that would be super cool. I've had a few ideas on this so far:The most complicated involves drilling holes on each side of the barrel. The holes would be every inch the entire length of the barrel. On one side led's would be installed and wired in parallel to remain on constantly. On the other side photoresistors would be installed and also wired in parallel with a microcontroller. When the potato traveled down the barrel it would block the light to some of the photoresistors and the microcontroller would get a readout. If there was a way to program this whole system and get a graph on a computer of the acceleration/time curve, that would be awesome!! Another way would yield a less accurate number. Shooting the cannon straight up and timing how long it takes the potato to hit the ground would give you the initial velocity. Vf = Vi + Gt, so: -2Vi = -9.81t . Once the initial velocity is known, if the time it takes for the potato to leave the barrel can be figured out, the acceleration could be figured out.Let me know what you think!Note: I will attach images as they come.

Topic by intoon 12 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Lego Minifigure Guns/Weapons

Hey does anyone have any good ideas for lego guns (or bombs, etc.) for minifigures? i tried serching for them but i cant seem to find any decent ones... thanks alot, ~Operator99?

Question by matrix828 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


my drawings

Well thanks to my friend hes showing me how to draw goku =P

Topic by knexsuperbuilderfreak 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How can I make a bender? Answered

I always thought benders where always cool and I had one a long time ago. How can I make my own ?

Question by Quest for Questions 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


can anyone figure this magic trick out Answered

Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJR5RIBaY2c best answer will be rewarded to who does first corectley  

Question by voemaster 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


18 inch Leatherface figure - $30 OBO

McFarlane Toys Movie Maniacs (series 7) 12-inch Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is 12 1/4 inches tall on base to top of head. Assembled diorama base is 18 1/2 inches tall. Figure includes Leatherface action figure, huge multi-part base, removable chainsaw, a rope pulley and a severed arm. Leatherface here is being sold on amazon for almost 70 dollars, and nearly 40 dollars on ebay. I'm cleaning house and would love for this figure to find a new home. He's been kept on display in a smoke free, cat free and dust free environment. Serious offers only.

Topic by InvaderDig 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Can someone help me figure this problem? Answered

Find the sum of the reciprocals of two real numbers, given that these numbers have a sum of 75 and a product of 25. I just need the process (i don't really need the answer), so i will actually learn. Thanks

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


where to get cheap figures for dungeons and dragons?

I play d&d and cant afford to buy miniature packs i lost the few tokens and 9 minis at my friends house PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!my family is poor the only time i get to go to a place that sells that stuff is an hr drive.whenever i do get the chance i never get enough money.i can improvise i just dont know a website that prints scale tokens

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


I am trying to figure the new wattage? Answered

Hello, I built the ark welder from this instructable found athttps://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-Microwave-Transformer-Homemade-Welder/ I'm trying to figure the new wattage I have two transformers 1: 650 watt MOT-primary at 120 volts 60 Hz 5.41 amps secondary at 16.5 volts 39.36amps 2: 600 watt MOT primary @ 120v  60Hz  5 amps secondary @ 16.5 volts 36 amps the primaries are wired in parallel in the secondaries are in series. The secondaries test at 33 V and I'm guessing roughly 76 amps. I want to calculate the wattage. Is the wattage calculator from the voltage on the primaries (120+120)*76 or calculated from the voltage on the secondaries (16.5+16.5)*76 or am I a complete moron? Also the primaries are parallel are they both 120 V or are they 60 V each thanks in advance.

Question by deadlift1979 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Can't figure out simple kitchen tool

I hope someone can give me some ideas on this.  I want to make a dough cutter/cookie cutter grid. It would cut 1/2 inch squares and the grid would be at least 12" x 18" (864 squares-like a checkerboard).  If that's not feasible, then a tool that would cut 1/2" strips, and I would turn it to make the squares. I'm thinking the cutting material would be aluminum (which isn't easy to solder).   Thanks for any suggestions.

Topic by Seabreeze13 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Help figuring out what do use...

Hey folks, this is my first post in the community area, I hope I'm posting in the right area. So here it is...I would like to build a little control panel for my kid for fun with a bunch of switches, knobs, and dials mounted on it. Just something to help boost his imagination when playing with his little Micro Machines. I'd like each knob, dial, etc to light up (if featured on that item) and for them all to play a particular sound when manipulated. So my question is, where do I start, and what do I start with in order to make this thing? I don't know if I should learn to program with Arduino or with a Raspberry Pi to get this thing moving. I'd like to mount an audio jack on the outside of the panel that I can hook to my stereo for higher quality sounds from the board. Also, I'm open to paying someone with a good reputation here to do the software and electronics part of this project for me. I'd basically send you the panels with the switches mounted on it. But the price would have to be appropriate for this to happen.  Thank you for looking, and your input guys/gals.

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


How do you make an action figure or a model with plastic?

Http://media.herald-dispatch.com/blog/games/uploaded_images/BaldBullActionFigure-763214.jpgI and many others have ever wondered how to create those beautiful Third dimensional vessels of imagination without get a crumbly, inanimated or/and flaccid modelling clay and sigh at the creations of others or the lack of imagination of some commercial figures.Why, i in my frustration learned to create Plas-ti-li-ne, clay and paper figures with great detail and now i seek to learn (and im pretty sure im not alone in this) the way to create permanent models just like the one´s we see at toy stores, hobby´s shops and the internet. But some times for one or another reason we are unable to find someone in flesh and bone to teach us as in my case in wich i live in the middle of nowhere.If i just knew the way to create those models i would had a way to give great gifts, to teach others and see my toughts in form but i cant go at trial and error forever, so i beg you to teach how to create an articulated shape! /@_@/ what is the material to make figures?what is the secret to turn a piece of ductil and malleable material into hard beautiful soft feeling piece of plastic?The Pieces of an articulated figure (like a detailed humanoid shape) must be shaped all together and then dismantled ?the experience of shaping is similar of that of modelage?I wish i know!!!

Topic by Plastic-the blue 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


how to figure power supply needed for stepper motors?

Question by gjeb 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Simple Trick for Drawing Proportioned Human Figures Freehand

I discovered a simple system that makes it easier to draw a human figure freehand with well proportioned and positioned body parts. This video will show you how to do it (very easy). Basically you draw 3 overlapping stars and they show you the proportions. To make the figure look taller / skinnier move the 2 main stars a little further apart. Or if the person looks too narrow move the 2 main stars closer together. Towards the end of the video I show a couple other pieces of artwork that I could show you how to make if you want.

Topic by Jaycub 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


How to figure out schematic of 8x8 LED matrix? Answered

I don't have a datasheet for the bicolor LED matrix that I got on eBay. It has 24 (12x12) pins, but no way for me to tell which one is pin 1. Any clues? :)

Question by bratan 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Attempting my first custom figure - Ferra/Torr

Hello, I've decided to finally try my hand at doing a custom figure. I want to try and make Ferra/Torr from Mortal Kombat X. Little guys riding on big guys is one of my favorite things for some reason. I figure it's probably best to start with Torr (the big guy). Right now I'm looking for ideas on what to use for the base body. I'm leaning towards a Marvel Select Ultimate Hulk as my base figure. I like his facial expression and his hand situation - one closed fist and one open hand with big grody fingernails. I have some concerns though, I've heard his articulation isn't as good as some other MS hulks. Does anyone have some insight into this? Would I be able to get him into a sort of hunched over pose? The little picture on the left shows the size relations between Ferra/Torr and a regular person. I was kind of thinking of going with a bigger scale and using real materials for the cloth and armor and whatnot. I work in a metal shop, so I could probably make the metal bits and bobs. Again, I have no idea if that would be a nightmare or not. Thanks, Me

Topic by DaveOfMutilation 3 years ago


need help figuring out what these chips are good for

Im kinda new to electrical components i can follow a picture and put things where they are post to go but figuring out what the components are for no clue i'm currently working on making a 3d printer and was hoping that some of the these components that i found can be used for anything useful.  so heres the list of the chips LM741CN rca 832 P109 DM7473N  7945C  SN7475N MC14093B   CP   7939 ALSO MODEL Z240D10 SOLID STATE RELAY 3-32 VDC CONTROL TURNER ASSY 510-310 DRILL510-311 ITS A BORAD

Topic by MichaelD136 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Flashing or chasing large groups of LEDs and figuring voltages

I am playing around with making LED signs. How do I build a circuit to make a parallel string of 50-100 LEDs flash or chase? Also, when working with a large group of LEDs in parallel, how do I figure the size of DC power supply I need. Especially when there are different color requiring different voltages. On my first attempt, I used a 4.5 volt wall wart with various resistors between the white and red bulbs til I got a pretty fair brightness on both. But I was scared of frying 200 LEDs in fell swoop, so I would like to learn the proper way. I think I understand Ohms law to calculate the right voltage and amperage for 1 LED, but how does that apply to 100 or 150? Thanks!

Topic by anim8r21 12 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Something is up... Can you try to figure it out?

Ok, so today I was in a League of Legends match. My friend called me on skype. I wasn't able to answer as the screen was fullscreen on LOL. When i got back, my friend had sent me these exact three messages:  [3/23/13 8:08:23 PM] Christopher: please answer [3/23/13 8:08:27 PM] Christopher: mitchell wont be mean [3/23/13 8:08:30 PM] Christopher: i swear I have been pretty good friends with Mitchell. Now none of my friends will answer skype or real life calls. Please try to explain what might have happened.

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


Seeking advice: I'm building fake snow sculptures/figures and want your ideas please!!!

Hi all, (I had posted this question in a different forum but I think this one is the more appropriate one for such questions - thank you CAITLINSDAD for your response, included below) I'm making a series of life-sized figures for a show; they are meant to look like they have been carved from packed snow. The designer has purchased mannequins and would like me to sort out a way to make the clothing stay rigid and the final scenic paint coat to look like snow. I'm seeking your thoughts and ideas, here's what I have so far: 1) wrap blanket foam and chicken wire around the arms,legs and torso and then put the clothes on the mannequin, cover the clothes in epoxy resin or fiberglass. 2) same as above but use FGR Hydrocal 50 instead of resins. 3) expandable spray foam the body and then carve back to sculpt the clothes. 4) forget the mannequins and instead carve the whole figure out of foam blocks. 5) for the final texture coat use spray glue and flocking If you have better ideas, tricks or techniques I would love to hear them please! I'm attaching a reference image I found online - this is pretty much what I'm trying to achieve. Many thanks, Damian. ---------- FROM CAITLINSDAD: "I think you would be fine in creating any armature that would be structurally sound since it will be covered over, flocked or painted. Maybe try a drywall compound sprayer to coat the piece. You can experiment with the styrofoam texture "orange peel ceiling look " additives to give it the snowy icy look. Good luck."

Question by damianzuch 6 years ago


Blanx Customizable Action Figures

I was looking around Deviantart where I searched "custom action figures" to see what new was being posted in that area.  I came across a user who had pictures of this flesh-tone and gray colored action figure that lacked details.  When I read the description, I found out it was a new type of action figure called the Blanx Customizable Action Figure, which would allow people to come up with their own designs.  I'm not sure if anyone else has heard of it, but I figured I'd post the link here, as it may be useful to not just action figure modders, but for artists as well (in fact, according to the site, the Blanx Customizable Action Figure can be used as a sculpting armature, to which a couple of members in the user gallery have used this figure for).  http://www.gonativetoys.com/index.html

Topic by CB2001 7 years ago


what is the formula to figure out the air space in a boom box?

What times what divided bye

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


FREE Figure 8 Ring Jewelry Making Video Tutorial

Hi all!  Anybody interested to learn and make a beaded Figure 8 Ring? You can watch this free video tutorial that's uploaded on my blog.

Topic by diylesson 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


i can't figure out this schematic... can you help?

Forrest mims "dual LED flasher". Can't get it right. put it together about 10 times now. no blinking. LEDs are just constantly on

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


i can't figure out the measurements for a papasun chair cusion

I bought a papasun chair and i love it but i want to make my own cusion because they are expensive to buy and i want to pick out my own design.... Thanks

Question by bobbie_531 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I can not figure out why this batch file will not work!!!!!! Answered

@echo off cd C:\Windows\System32 set addr= set /p ADD=%addr% ping http://www.%ADD%.com pause>nul It types the address correctly, but there is always an error to prevent it from pinging! Please Help!

Question by Butterfingerz21 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Need help figuring out how much power to use. Answered

I am trying to power 2 small fans that each have an input of 12v DC 0.12A (120mA).  Do I need a 24v DC 0.24A (240mA) to power them both to max capacity?

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


Can't seem to figure out how to start a new instructable

I've made a couple instructables, but I can't seem to start a new one.  I swore there was a giant button on the 'Instructables' tab of my account, but it seems to have disappeared.  I feel as though there's something glaringly obvious that I'm missing.  Any thoughts?

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


Can someone help figure out this Analog Devices chip? Answered

I recently aquired a handful of chips labeled Analog Devices ADTL 84. It's a 14 pin SMT part. Any ideas about what this is/does? I've done extensive Googling to no avail. I can add pictures later if anybody wants. Thanks in advance!

Question by Erik J 8 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Can somone help me figure out this binary counter?

I don't remeber exactly what it's called but i have no idea how to use this and I sorta want to, can anyone help? (man im tired and bad with words) http://pdf1.alldatasheet.com/datasheet-pdf/view/50663/FAIRCHILD/74VHC4040N.html

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


Pyrolixer - can you help me figure out what it is?

I need to figure out the actual name of something I bought years ago under the name of "Pyrolixer" for pyro-effects (in Germany). I am also curious as to whether you could diy it.Let me describe what this is about: a liquid that you apply to paper and let dry. When you set fire to that area, it will smolder away, but only where you applied the liquid. From what I gather, it is used for magic tricks and similar effects. In addition to have paper smolder slowly, you can use it to reveal a message by letting it burn away specific areas.Can anyone help me out? "Pyrolixer" does not appear to be a good search term, and thus probably now the English/original/technical name for this. Any feedback is appreciated, and ideas about how to make your own even more so!Thank you!

Topic by Dominic Bender 9 months ago  |  last reply 9 months ago