What to do with four leaf clovers? Answered

I collect mutant clover and have an album full of 4, 5 and 6 leaf clovers. I want to do something with them besides just keeping them in the album or turning them into pendants etc. Any ideas or instructables?

Question by Xenobia 7 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Banana leaf with bloody sticky rice

A tranditional dish for northeast Thailand, usually enjoy as breakfest or supper. Blending coconut slices, sugar and white seasame with steamed sticky rice, pumpkin and young banana. God, I wonder how could Thai people eat so much sticky rice at one meal. Anyway, my stomach can't deal with it well. Even I used sucralose instead of sugar, I still feel guity for a such high calorie dish.

Topic by quinault 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


do spiny leaf insects eat australian native red wattle? all helpful answers will be appreciated :) ? Answered

Hi, i have 2 spiny leaf insects and have changed their diet from gumleaves to australian native red wattle due to the fact of i cant get gumleaves anymore :( is the red wattle fine for my leaf insects to eat?

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


Sealer to weatherproof paint and gold leaf on granite?

I have a granite headstone and the gold leaf is wearing off. I thought I might use an acrylic gold paint to patch it. Is there a sealer that will weatherproof the paint and gold leaf? Many thanks.

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


Where can I find a loose leaf spring? Answered

I am interested in making knives, and the only place I can think of finding leaf springs is in a salvage yard still intact. Can anyone tell me other places to find them?

Question by randone 7 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


How do you laminate a four leaf clover?

Also what would be the best kind of lamination should i heat up or use a self sealing sheet. and would i need to press it in a book for a month or so.

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


what kind of cage and resources do you need to have a pet spiny leaf insect?

Im interested in buying a spiny leaf insect but dont know much about it.

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Can you buy or build manually-powered leaf shredder? Answered

At my local Community Garden, we are not allowed to use power tools, but we would like to shred the piles of leaves we get each fall. Web searches for "manually-powered leaf shredders" have yielded no useful results. It seems that a hand-cranked leaf shredder should already exist somewhere. Does anyone know how leaves were shredded before the advent of gasoline and electric shredders? Any Instructables inventor interested in tackling this issue?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 4 months ago


how much hp is in the average electric leaf blower motor?

The title says all

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


How can I slow down my electric leaf blower?

I have a 18 volt battery powered leaf blower. It has two speeds. How difficult would it be to slow it down a bit so the battery lasts longer? Right now even on the slowest speed it blows way more air than what I need.

Topic by Qwerty1794 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


How to convert a normal table into a drop-leaf?

Hi all, I recently gave away a table that was too large and, in return, got a smaller one. It is 36" exactly across. It's smaller, but still not small enough for my liking. Does anyone have any ideas on how to convert it to have two of the sides hinged, drop-leaf style? That part is easy enough, I suppose, but my real question is how to make those drop leafs functional if I need more space. I know the picture is terrible; I haven't actually picked the table up yet, this is what I was sent. Any ideas?

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


How do I preserve a 4 lief clover? Answered

I want to preserve my first 4 leaf clover. This is the first 4 leaf clover I have ever found. I was just sitting there enjoying the evening breeze and there it was right in front of me, it is the 649 lottery night and I have two tickets. I hope I did not use up my good luck finding the 4 leaf clover. And I get preparing the leaf by book pressing as in this Instructable. https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Preserve-a-Four-Leaf-Clover/ I want to do it right the first time in resin. Is there an Instructable on suspending delicate  leaves in resin? 

Question by Josehf Murchison 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Why does Kiteman Have a Leaf in his avatar?

Let the madness begin...Whats going to be next?

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


Breeding Spiny Leaf Insects....what are the best conditions & how many baby insects immerge from each egg?

Does climate play a factor with the incubation period? We currently have approximatly 50 eggs and i am curious as to how many baby spiny leaf insects hatch from each egg? And i'd like some idea's for keeping the eggs and the babies safe and in escape proof housing until they are big enough to join the adults.. thank you

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



would it be possible to bulk up gold flake for scrap ? Answered

Would it be possible to bulk up gold leaf/flake of a high purity with a resin/hardener to scrap ? as the jeweller will take a filing to test  would the bulking agent be minimal to detect  because it not being an alloy/metal ? love a bit of knowledge about this before i buy 30 kg of gold flake/leaf ;-P thanks   MAGIXO

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


Help! i need to hatch some spiny leaf insect eggs and i have no idea how

Help, i need to hatch about 80 spiny leaf inset eggs and i dont have a clue how. pplzz help. How big are the babys when they hatch? can someone post a pic of a newly hathed baby so i knowwhat they look like. is putting the eggs on paper towel okay? is spraying the egss only twice a week okay? how long does it take for them to hatch?

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


How to make a jewel by putting gold on a natural leaf?

Question by dominique Druot-Nivelle 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


3D Printed USB Dust Plug - Leaf Style

Buy at Shapeways. 3D Printed and Tested. It's used to seal the idling USB ports on your electronic devices, protecting them from dust, coffee / water spill etc. The plug part seals the USB port.

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


Could I build a giant crossbow?

using a section of a leaf spring from a truck, put it on a substantial piece of lumber, pull it back with an electric winch and remotely fire broomstick sized bolts

Question by t0mbutler 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


900 leaf symbol 900 silver pin where is this from?

Silver pin of some sorts not sure where this was from or what the hallmark means or how much it would be worth cant find any information on it any would be great

Question by kmurphy22 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


leaf blower runs starts and stops fine butt once turned off it wont go on for a hour

i think it is a model defect because my friend has one with the same problem butt i still want to fix it

Question by mclovin7596 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Unofficial Caption Contest!

Dad's leaf blower broke. He gave it to me. I took it apart. I didn't have all the necessary tools to finish disassembling it.So I took a picture of the warning label. Give it a funny caption. You could win UNSPEAKABLE TREASURES!!!(And expect future 'ibles involving this leaf blower... :-)

Topic by Labot2001 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What causes Heartleaf Philodendron leaves to not separate from their shoots?

I have several small Heartleaf Philodendrons that have been growing for a couple of years.  For the most part, they seem healthy, but oftentimes new leaves have difficulty fully unfolding from the little shoots they grow from.  The stay stuck in the outer protective leaf and don't open up, and either dry out and die or form stunted, misshapen leaves when they finally pull themselves free.  You can see this in the picture I've uploaded, which shows a stunted leaf and a leaf that has not managed to unfold itself from the shoot it grew in. Does anyone know what might cause this problem?  I admit that I don't water them as regularly as I should, but it's not all the tendrils that do this.

Question by El Mano 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Can I make a 120v AC electric motor run off a battery?

I took the elctric motor out of a leaf mower and was wondering if I could get it to run off a battery . If I can get the motor to run off a battery then I will be able to use the motor to make an electric skateboard.

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago




Anyone know how to paint real flowers onto walls?

My friend works in a flower shop and is going to be redoing the bathroom there to make it fit into the flower theme.  I remember seeing somewhere real leafs painted onto walls.  It seems like what they did was somehow secure a leaf onto the wall (glue would create a flat spot behind the lead) and painted over it.  The effect was the wall had the texture of the leaves.  Anyone have a good idea how to secure the leaves to the wall without ruining the texture of the leaves, or maybe another way to get this effect?

Question by oi2342001 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Power Tool Corded to Cordless

Hi 'nstructables I'm building a hovercraft (see several tutorials on Instructables - the one with a leaf blower) and my leaf blower is corded. I don't want to buy 25 miles of Black and Decker High Power Extension Cabling so I'm planning to convert to cordless. Here's my idea: (in visual) Is there anything I need to add? And if so, how do I make the "12VDC-240VAC" inverter described? My blower is 1600 watt. Thanks for any help! (Black and Decker)

Topic by nitrojon 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Making an awesome chandelier - the cheap way?

Hello all I'm very into art and like beautiful things in life. However, beautiful things are typically very expensive. I've found this chandelier/loft lamp that i'm particularly into. It's the Jeremy Close Blossom. It dosen't seem very complicated (ok, it looks complicated, but many parts are exactly the same), but it is very beautiful and very, very expensive. It's a whopping $10,000! The leafs themselves are made out of ceramic and the skeleton is made out of steel/aluminium.  What struck me was: isn't this a project that would be easily accomplished using a mould and some sort of foam? - paint it black and there you go..? The skeleton itself, i imagine, would be constructed by a series of concentric rings suspended on a wire of some sort. The leafs would them be clamped somehow to the rings by some sort of  tightening mechanism.. Any ideas how to do this one? - how would one make the shape of the leafs to make a mould? - are there anything out there on the market that looks like it, but is a lot cheaper?

Topic by tbertelsen 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 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.

Topic by ashleyjlong 3 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Photoshop brushes? Answered

I need a brush that has a basic shape, like a leaf: an oval with two points. I also need it to alternate between several shades of green. How hard would this be? I want it to alternate automatically. I'm using this to kind of do a "weeping willow" effect.

Question by Iridium7 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Castable Clear Acrylic

I was wondering if there was a clear two part acrylic that I could use to pour into a mold and encase a smaller object. I just found my first four leaf clover, and would like to encase it in a clear acrylic cube. Thanks.

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


can i hook up an engine to a razor scooter? Answered

I have an old scooter that i want to do something cool with. is there any way i can do something like hook up a leaf blower to it or something? thanks

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


Is this from a medieval spear?

This was found in my tyre and looks like it's from years ago....maybe medieval? Looks like a metal leaf or a spear head....just want to know what it is really....it's about 1.5" long x 1/2" wide and is solid metal. 

Question by landreou 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


For us garden composters,

Is there some genius out there who can devise a hand (or foot) powered leaf  and twig chopper?   I'm groing old cutting this stuff by hand with scissors or shears.   It must be rugged, and able to chew up wet stuff as well as dry, brittle or stringy.   Mother Earth needs you!!

Question by ClaireW01 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


New and having trouble uploading pics for my first instructable...

Everytime I click upload, it uploads the pic and then crashes.  When I re-log back in, there's no pics whatsoever!  :(  This is my first instructable so I could use a hand with this problem please. Shy Silver Leaf

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


How do you chew parsley and which type should I get? Answered

I'm thinking of buying a small parsley plant for my room to add some oxygen and scent to my room. I've heard you could also chew on Parsley leaves as they freshen your breath, is this true? If so how do you go about doing this? Do you just rip a leaf off wash it off and then start chewing it? Also which type of seed should I buy? -Burpee Parsley Extra Curled Dwarf Seed -Burpee Parsley Single Italian Plain-Leafed Seed -Start Smart 1-Gram Parsley Italian Seed Also Can you write how to take care of Parsley? Thanks

Question by halo99 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Creating a cast from an antique mould?

I have a few antique tin moulds that make a variety of leaf shapes and wanted to frame them. I was thinking of making a cast from the mould to go along with the mould itself to demonstrate what the outcome would be from these molds. As the pieces are antiques (I inherited them from a Great Grandmother) I was not wanting to do any permanent damage to them such as having a resin stick to or dye the tin.  Does anyone have a favourite over-the-counter product or a homemade resin idea? I've thought of polymer clay, liquid resin, and plaster. Not sure what would be the best to use. Each have their pros and cons. I was thinking it would be neat to use a homemade recipe as it would have a neat DIY/handmade/antique feel. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :)

Question by shoebox 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 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.

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


Samsung pc power jack looks clogged. Need pic of clean jack lining to know if what I see is clog or part of jack?

My Samsung pc  suddenly is powerless.  Looks like there's a bit of dry leaf is wedged in an opening of the lining of the jack hole. What does the inside of a clean jack hole look like? 

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


Photography Contest

I just submitted an instructable for the Photography Contest and it was not accepted and I'm not sure why? It explained how I used Photography in my art? The Instructable is called LEAF PRINTS, Perhaps it is because I explained the process as beginning with mono PRINTS instead of Photo PRINTS? I thought I explained how I discovered creating the photographs? Help me understand! Best, Susan Cirigliano

Topic by Susan Cirigliano 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Using an electric shock to trigger an arduino. (doorknob variety)

I was thinking a transistor, how does one make ~20000v at 5mA useful. Do I use a capacitor or a coil of some type? Do I NEED an amp? Will it be jittery? I was even looking at those alfoil leaf static detectors and imagining some sort of field detecting reed switch.. ? Think frankenstiens lab: lightning=reaction :)

Question by oliverkellow 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


I have several large swamp cooler rotors, would these make decent VAWT rotors if put directly onto an old alternator?

Sorry, I should have said Centrifugal Fan rotors, they are commonly seen in use with car air conditioning systems, leaf blowers, and evaporitive coolers (Swamp coolers). I'll see if I can find a picture or a video of them in use after I get back this afternoon.

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


Where would be a good place to find a cheap, but nicely bound book?

I'm working on a project where I I'd love to have a finely bound book, (leather, gold leaf, etc) but I don't care about what the book is about since I'll be removing all the pages. Where should I look for something like this?  I'd hate to buy an heirloom just to ruin it.  The few fine used book stores I've looked at didn't have anything like this.

Question by Grathio 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Cheap and easy digital tachometer?

I convert engines from weedeaters, leaf blowers, etc. for use on large model airplanes.  I use an aftermarket electronic ignition on the engines.  The ignition uses a Hall effect sensor and a magnet to trigger the CDI ignition.  I would like to build a digital tachometer that would use that same trigger.  They sell them for $25.00, but I thought it would be fun, and cheaper, to make one (or several) myself. Can anyone help with a circuit and parts list? Thanks!! vettebob

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


LED Diffusion

I am using a flexible LED strip to illuminate some leaves on a lotus leaf for our art car. The leaves are made out of bent tubing which is then covered in fabric. The issue I am having is getting the light diffused across the surface. These photos show the issue and in actuality it's not as bad as the photo make it look. I'm wondering what tricks people have for getting diffusion. I have use backlight film in the past when having a panel of LEDs but this strip follows the contour of my shape. Any thoughts? Cheers. Phil

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


Minor bug: Issues of featured/popular tags

Hiya, I've had a couple of instructables 'featured' that don't have the featured bit on the corner such as my concrete rhubarb leaf: https://www.instructables.com/id/Ornamental-paving-slabs/ which I got an email saying 'watch the front page' but it never appeared and still didn't get the flashing.  Was this a mistake email sent out? Similarly today got a 'your instructable is popular' but it's not updated to show 'popular' - it's https://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Pioneering-Build-a-Monkey-Bridge-from-woo/ Any ideas?

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


How can I cheaply make this golden?

I am making a Wonderbolts Badge and I am using this Instructable as my guide. I've made the badge before and I really want to make this one. I have all the materials to make it, but I want to make this a shiny gold. I can obviously use gold leaf to get the job done, but it's way to expensive. So I'm asking, how do I cover this to make it shiny and golden without breaking my wallet?

Question by Iridium7 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago