Contest: Photos of Crafts/Projects/Gifts Using Ribbon

What Is It?At PrintMyRibbon.com, we are always on the lookout for new and creative ways to use ribbon. We love it when customers send in photos of the ways they have put their personalized ribbon to good use. We decided to hold a contest to see what other ideas are out there. Please submit your unique ribbon ideas in one or all of the following three categories. Multiple submissions are welcomed and encouraged.Contest Categories:Events: Submit your ideas for using ribbon creatively at an event.Weddings: Send in ribbon ideas that can be used in a wedding ceremony, shower, or reception.Holidays: Email us photos of your creative holiday-related ribbon ideas.What are the Prizes?Ribbon, of course! Each of the three categories will have three prize levels.1st Prize: One 50 Yd. Roll ofPersonalized Ribbon (Your choice of Widths & Premium Ribbon Styles: Double Face Satin, Grosgrain, or Picot Edge)2nd Prize: One 50 Yd. Roll of Personalized Satin Acetate Ribbon (Your Choice of Widths) * 3rd Prize: One 100 Yd. Roll of Preprinted Ribbon (Your Choice of Printing)How Do I Enter?To submit your ribbon ideas, please send in a minimum of one photograph that is 500 x 500 pixels or larger. Descriptions and how-tos are encouraged but not required.Click here to view contest page.We want to share these ideas with everyone, so don't be surprised if your photos and ideas show up on our blog!Click here to view contest page.

Posted by houseofdixon 9 years ago


Zen Vplus MP3 Display ribbon

Has anyone been successful in re-attaching this after dis-assembly? Mine unfotunately came away from the board whilst replacing the battery. It appears to be held in by sticky tape and I can no longer get a valid electrical connection. Any help would be greatly appreciated.Thanks.

Posted by c3plwoo 8 years ago


Wire ribbon roses?

Do you ever see those roses at the gas stations that are made of ribbon? the kind of ribbon that's sort of shear and has wire for the edges? I remember getting a closer look at it and seeing that the stem was wire as well and wrapped with shear non wire edged ribbon, but i have no clue as to how to make it.... I've been curious for a while but i don't think buying one and ripping it apart to see how it ticks would be exactly sufficient... could someone please make an instructable on this?

Posted by Lady Microfleegie II 3 years ago


''Featured instruct able'' bug

Two of my recent ibles (coin pendant, and glow epoxy) were suposedly featured. I got an e-mail for each one, but they never got a ribbon and they never got on the first page. Could a mod please try and re-feature them? It's really important, they are in a contest.... If I'm going to even stand a chance in the guerrilla glue contest, I need my featured instructable able''glow epoxy'' to appear on the front page so I can get the views and ratings. but right now, it doesn't even have a featured ribbon. Please help, this bug is making me nuts!!!!!!

Posted by nepheron 7 years ago


Can I wire RGB LED flex ribbon with cat5?

I made 4 custom light boxes using rgb led flex ribbon, can I power and wire these using cat5 cable or is that too thin for 6 amp 12v power supply these things are going to? the longest run from one box to the powersupply will be 20 feet

Posted by Negativecreep0 8 years ago


LCD with Ribbon Cable connecting to Webcam.

I am trying to build a device that will simply display a webcam on a LCD screen I pulled from a palm pad(or something similar) with a on-off switch. However I have no real knowledge of screens or cameras, the LCD has a 40 pin(if I counted right) ribbon cable, and a second ribbon with about 5 pins(the touch screen part?) and the webcam obviously uses a USB. How would I go about setting up the two with a battery and an on-off switch?

Posted by Fridge Gnome 7 years ago


Ribbon Cutting at Pier 9

Yesterday (Thursday September 12th) was the official ribbon cutting at Pier 9.  There were many people in attendance including Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. In Instructables' tradition of being nontraditional, the ribbon was made of metal and cut by Carl with a grinder. Tours were given after the official cutting to those who haven't yet experienced the awesomeness of our workshop! Read some more in the article on San Francisco Business Times.

Posted by Penolopy Bulnick 4 years ago


Repairing an Ipod connection

I have a 5th gen IPOD video and while I was replacing the hard drive some of the prongs on a circuit board connection (the thing the ribbon wire connects to) broke off. Now the ribbon wire will not stay in place, the ribbon wire goes in but is not very secure. I was wondering if there was any quick and easy way to fix it. I may need to replace the part and solder a new one in..I personally do not know how to do that but I know someone who can. I just don't know where I could pick up a new part...any ideas?

Posted by breaddemon 9 years ago


Bouncing PC! How to secure PCI/PCIe cards and keep cables in place?

I have a desktop PC with a lot of components including a large number of PCI/PCIe cards. The problem I have is that the machine is regularly transported long distances by a variety of means, including rail, road and sea. What happens is that the (often quite generous) jars and jolts of the journey cause cables to fall out and cards to rise out of their slots at the unsecured end. Each time I have to open everything up and reseat everything. If the machine arrives somewhere where I'm not, it can't be used until I arrive. I've gotten around the problem of SATA cables falling out by purchasing cables that clip into place rather than just flap about in the usual fashion. What I don't know how to do is secure ribbon cables, audio cables, cards and the like.  Because of various constraints: - I can't use plastic zip ties (there's nowhere to secure them) - I can't use brackets (the cards are half height) - I can't swap out or modify the chassis The only option appears to be glue. Old fashioned sticky stuff. Thing is, I've read an awful lot of things on the web and while this question gets asked a fair amount there is no consensus. Some people say to use a conducting type (which seems plain idiotic, given that if applied to a PCI interface it'll short out), and others say to use a glue gun (which might introduce problems with regard to the heat and chemicals). The only suggestion that made sense was a silicon sealant from Loctite designed specifically for circuit boards - Tempflex - but there's almost no information about it and the word 'Temp' makes me concerned it's just a makeshift solution (no pun intended). It's also really too expensive to buy a tube and only then discover it won't work. Does anyone have any thoughts?

Posted by 10,000 Angry Vegans 8 years ago


Is it insane or is it possible? IDE + USB connection

One thing about being older is that you stop being afraid to ask "stupid" questions. So: Is it possible to connect ribbon cables to USB cables - this in an effort to get cheapo backup hard drive space. I am imagining a bank of old hard drives becoming a ridiculous chain of space. Be nice, now.

Posted by brandegor 9 years ago


Ribon cable colors

Hi all,   I just read the "Web controlled powerstrip" by rleddington. A great build and it brought something to mind; Most everybody knows the resistor color code. The rainbow ribbon cables follow that same code. A lot of folks are unaware of this. There are ten colors and if you have more than ten wires, the color pattern repeats. If you know resistor code, this makes it a lot less confusing when wiring up a lot of circuits. If you follow the pins number/color on one end, the other end goes real easy without having to look up or follow a chart you made.   Hope this helps! Thanks again for all the great projects.

Posted by ssiegel 4 years ago


use Digital Camera LCD to monitor computer

I have an LCD Digital camera screen that I would like to use as monitor my computer. Anyone have DIY instructions on how to do this? Also the ribbon cable layout would be nice as well.

Posted by Sinster 9 years ago


Remove insulation from wires

Hey folks, need some ideas to build a simple wire insulation removal system. Has to be so I can peel the inulation off wire from 10 gauge to the ribbon wire in computers as the only way to do it now is burn at that is not a good idea.

Posted by wisconsinjimmy 7 years ago


Suggestion: "Jump to top" button on new layout.

After taking some time to get used to the new site design, I've decided that, overall, I like it a lot. It's cleaner and leaves more real estate on the page for the content when reading an Instructable. But. (you knew that was coming) When I read an instructable, I reach the bottom and usually want to go back to the Instructables homepage. This may not be the flow everyone follows when cruising the site, but it's what I do. The top banner scrolling away but leaving the 'ible info there as a "ribbon" is a neat trick, but I keep expecting to see a link to the homepage up there that will save me from having to scroll all the way back up to the top of the page. What i'd like to see is a "Jump to top" link, either at the very bottom of the Instructable, or in the "ribbon" where the title and voting, etc. reside. The "ribbon" would be slightly more useful, since I could click it when I reach the comments if I don't want to read them all. Again, it may just be me, and I'm not asking you to redesign the site just for me, but I find myself noticing it often enough that I thought it might affect other users as well. Thank you for all you do, editors!

Posted by yoyology 5 years ago


Reuse Fingerprint Scanner from Lenovo W510 Laptop

I have a Fingerprint reader from a Lenovo W510.  The model number of the circuit board is 48.4CU13.011, which seems to be shared by both my Lenovo and another Fujitsu laptop.  The fingerprint reader is a spare part, and I thought it could be cool if I could hook it up to a PC by USB.  When connected to the laptop in question, it shows up as a USB device: UPEK Touchstrip TCRD4C - USB ID 147e:2016 The chip is connected by an 8 pin ribbon cable to a larger ribbon cable which also connects to the touchpad.  Looking at the board under a magnifying glass, it looks like there may only be 4 of 8 pins connected to the ribbon cable connector.  The chip on the circuit board appears to be a TCD50 fingerprint reader controller, made by UPEK or possibly Authentec (did Authentic take over UPEK?) I was hoping someone might have some experience wiring this board up to USB, or could point me in the right direction to figure out what pins go where.  I looked for datasheets, schematics, and pinouts without success, but I don't have much experience searching for this type of stuff.  I'm pretty handy with a soldering iron, so I feel confident that if I knew which pins went where, I could get a cable hooked up. 

Posted by Jozer99 4 years ago


guess-the-joke's-punchline contest

EDIT: THE CONTEST HAS CLOSED!the winners:blue ribbon: GorillazmikoHonorable mention: Dsman195267the joke:A man walks into a fireworks store and asks: "Can I have a bang for a buck?"the joke with honorable mention:a man walks into a fireworks store and says: "it's dark in here, can I have a match?"

Posted by DJ Radio 10 years ago


Cigar Box Tape Dispenser

Cigar Box Tape Dispenser -> Hide your tape and ribbon in this polished tape dispenser.  Cathy at Just Something I Made re-used an old cigar box to help organize her Japanese rice paper tape.  This setup would look great in any craft corner.

Posted by Carleyy 7 years ago


Need help w/ IR Camera project

Ok, so i am working on building a pair of Infrared night vision goggles, I have a $0 budget, so am making this entirely from recycled materials and material i already own, so please no suggestions requiring me to make a purchase, please :) here is my issue: I already have a camera that i am modifying to view infrared only, and i want to have the LCD screen go further from the camera than its ribbon cable will allow. i have considered cutting the ribbon wire and splicing wires between the two ends, but im afraid that it won't work and then i will have no ribon cable at all, and thus of course no screen. so if anyone has any solutions, that would be great

Posted by DIYLemon 6 years ago


Request Serial - Ribbonised Tabbed WebBrowser

 Ok, the serial for my webbrowser is: in the text file i uploaded. It has a lot of features that IE6 + tabs has. It is one of the biggest projects I've done.  copy everything in the text file to the text box with "enter Serial Here". Pls Donate using Paypal!!!   paypal account: arikyeo1996@gmail.com. You can donate any amount! So long as you donate. I will upload some screenshots soon.

Posted by arikyeo 8 years ago


Chainsaw Flashlight, Giant NES Controller, Restore a T-Shirt

Chainsaw Flashlight Giant NES Controller Restore a T-Shirt Big Daddy from Bioshack Inchworm Bot Ribbon Charm Choker LED Facebook Notifications Lemon Flashlight 2-Stage Water Rocket Sun Bottles Baby Samus Aran Straw Hairpin Heart Backlit Keyboard Easy Pop-Up Room Fizzy Pop

Posted by randofo 7 years ago


HDMI from LCD connector

Hi, At work I have an ultrasonic testing instrument that displays the signal on an LCD (640x480). I also have a HUD (head mounted display) that requires a HDMI input. The only way I can think of getting the 2 working is to put a camera over the display and send that to the HUD. Would anyone know of a way to connect something to the LCD ribbon directly and convert it to HDMI? Many thanks for any help provided.

Posted by mknorr 9 months ago


Interfacing With Glass Calculator LCD displays.

I have a bunch of those glass calculator LCD displays laying around at home and I was wondering if anyone had figured out a way to use them as regular LCDs. I have never been able to work with them in the past because they have all used the ribbon cable or foam thing to connect to the PCB. Is there another way that does not involve making a special PCB and enclosure to work with it, like with copper wires and some soldering?

Posted by awilson56 5 years ago


Making PSP UMD adapter to USB for tablet or phone.

Does any one know how to connect the ribbon cable on a PSP UMD drive to a USB devise? It would be cool to be able to watch my UMD movies on my tablet. Space is cramped living in an RV. Be great for power outages.  What I'm talking about is taking a replacement UMD drive and connecting it to a USB docking station. Then plug it into a tablet or smart phone. Use zoom to view movies at full screen. Games would become pixelated.

Posted by chrisisgreat 1 year ago


Old NDS Lite Speakers: Reusable?

I've got an old DS here. The connector for the ribbon cable got damaged, so it's mostly just spare parts in case something goes wrong with my new one. Anywho, I was sorting through what's here, and I can't help but wonder about these little speakers. They aren't fried or anything. Could they possibly be salvaged and used in a project? If so, what? I dunno. A project that makes use out of salvaged NDS parts that doesn't necessarily involve just rebuilding a broken DS would be interesting. Any thoughts?

Posted by C-Archangelo 8 years ago


Computer CD drive into a walkman

hey everyone this is my first post(i never realized there was a forum untill now). Heres the idea: ive got a bag of computer parts and among them is an old cd drive. its got a volume control and a headphone jack built into it. my idea is to put a rechargeable battery on it, turning it into the nerdiest walkman in history. my knowledge of computers is only slightly above basic so i was wondering how i can get it to play and switch to different songs. can i do this by making connections on the ribbon cable port, or is this whole project totally absurd?

Posted by Pyrowuzzup 10 years ago


Cable extension parts

I am working on a project involving a Presario V5000 laptop (well mainly its innards) and would love to find extension cables for some of the components.  For example, the keyboard attaches to the motherboard via a 24 pin flat ribbon-like cable (see example image).  It would be great if I could get a simple extension piece (male to female) to give me any additional length, but I cant seem to find anyone that makes this, or what the techincal name is for that type of cable. (is it even a cable?  Is it a flexible circuitboard?) Anyone aware of a good vendor for hard to find laptop accessories like this??

Posted by phdearthworm 8 years ago


Help with Viewfinder Pinout??

Well guys, I've had this viewfinder sitting around in a drawer for TOO long. I ripped if off an old camcorder in the dump like 2-3 months ago, remembering a few different projects I've seen on here (and other sites) such as: https://www.instructables.com/id/Super-Nightvision-Headset-Hack/step3/Disassemble-the-Viewfinder/ (sorry the hyperlink part of instructables never works for me) I know I've seen a project somewhere online too where a guy used one of these TINY crt's for a miniature arcade machine, just to name an example. I've ran into a bit of a wall here though, it would seem as though everyone else's viewfinders have indivigual wires coming off the board for power and video input. Mine doesn't, it has ONE ribbon connection (although mangled a bit, I still have the ribbon cable that goes with it). This is a really simple looking circuit board, but as I don't exactly have lab quality tools sitting around, I don't wanna solder wires onto it until I know for sure which is for power, I'd hate to fry it on the first time! I tried following the traces on the board but I've never been too good at that, is there some way I can probe around with a voltmeter to determine what is for video input and what is power? I've tried googling numbers off the board and tube and that didn't help either. If anyone can help me power this tube, please tell me!!

Posted by Punkguyta 8 years ago


Ipod/ Ipod Touch Games

List your best, paid Ipod Touch games here! (I have A lot) Mine are: Super Monkey Ball Supermonkey ball 2 Jellycar Jellycar2 Tap Tap Revenge (1,2,and 3. Riddim Ribbon Rolando Rolando 2 Streetball Lightbike Shrek Karting IShoot Cooking Mama Monopoly: World Edition Madden 2010 Top Gun Let's Golf The Sims 3, World Adventures 2XL Supercross Peggle Angry Birds Pocket God Bloons TD MX Mayhem Monster Trucks Nitro Wheel of Fortune Topple Topple 2 Pac Man Remix Paper Toss World Tour Moron Test

Posted by sammychow4 8 years ago


LCDs from electronic devices.

Dear fellow members. I have various LCDs from various devices (digital camera, mp3 players etc) that I wish to use. One has a 24 'pin' ribbon, another one is 20, and sure i have manny other ranges too. How can I get these bad boy's running? /experiment to find out which 'pin' does what? Is there any standards in regards to LCD displays? Unfortunatly, these displays don't have part numbers intact so i can't exactly look it up either. So basically i'm looking for a way to use an unknown LCD, or are they only fit for the bin? Thanks in advance, Luke.

Posted by lukus001 10 years ago


Bugs of Instructables in IE browser10

When openning instructables in Internet Explorer 10 - I get two types of Bugs. 1.- If I open the YOU tab I get the dropdown menú but part of it is bhind the dark ribbon 2.- When I open a Project ont the topics and the headers I get some headers displayed on top of other See Pictures of my screens I have been using the same IE for about 2 years but I had not those problems before, actually they started to appear a few weeks ago. Any hint or help or Fixing the Bugs will be welcomed. Thank you all and God Bless you Carlos Arguello

Posted by Happy2Think 4 years ago


Major Parts KIT for 8X8 CUBE LED - from Furturlec

I don't have the time to tackle this project but I already ordered the major electronic components including the boards from Futurlec. This includes the processor.  As you can see (if compared with the Instructables list)  it is not totally complete and also they ran out of #10 ribbon cable. They are likely back in stock now or you may be able to get one locally. But this should certainly get you on your way.  The total is just over $40. I will ship it out Priority anywhere in the US for $30. That will beat the 20+ days from Asia.  I have not opened the bundle, but if anything major is missing beyond a 10c resistor I will contact Futurlec myself.  (This is NOT the Tindle KIT)

Posted by DaleB13 2 years ago


2008 Power Beaming Competition

Power beaming is just another way to say solar climbing. This is a competition hosted by The Spaceward Foundation. The end goal is to design a structure that will transport material from Earth into space without using rockets. The competition requires you to build a climber with the specs that follow:"net weight is limited to 50 kg [110 lbs], and they must ascend the ribbon at a minimum speed of 2 m/s. [6.6 feet per second] carrying as much payload as possible. A high performance prize will be awarded to teams that can move at 5 m/s. [16.5 fps]"Remember, this must be solar powered. Doesn't matter who wins this is an interesting engineering project, can't wait to see what people come up with.Anyone interested?

Posted by lamedust 10 years ago


Help me fix ma zune!

I've got to fix this damn zune, there's no warrenty on it and all in all it's a piece of crap. The guy doesn't care that much if it can't be fixed. I've got shit webcam reference pictures. You'll see that the battery has the terminals connected to a small IC board with 3 solder pads on it, and a voltage regulator of some sort on the bottomside of it. The ribbon cable has 3 little metal spades that solder to those pads on the battery. There's voltage coming out of the pads (I don't have a voltmeter, just a tongue but that works just as good). When I've got the ribbon cable soldered to the battery and I touch the end of it to my tongue I can feel current, so why is it that only once in a while I get power to the zune? Like if I wiggle the cable around sometimes I can get a low battery symbol to come up and then it shuts off. I don't know why it's still showing a low batt symbol because I charged it and it feels like there's a good charge in there so what's the problem? I wanna get this fixed so I can play around with it, no I've never had the pleasure of a zune :p. Thanks guys for anything you can help me with. I was thinking maybe the IC came loose from soldering/desoldering the cable a few times, but it still appears to be stuck on the board pretty good. Well look at the pictures and decide for yourself. It's starting to look like I'll be buying a new battery, which apparently the ipod 30/60 gig batteries are the same size/amperage and can be used in the zune and at a low price of $14, I can probably get a battery that'll last longer than the factory one eh?

Posted by Punkguyta 10 years ago


Help with powering 5.5 feet of 12V 3528 LED strip

Hi! I need help with powering 5.5 feet (~1.67 meters) of 12V DC, 60 LED/meter, 4.8W/meter, 0.4A/meter LED strip. It also comes with a DC connector. Link to product: http://www.amazon.com/OPOWAY-Flexible-Strip-Light-Ribbon/dp/B007SE2MM0/ref=sr_1_103?ie=UTF8&qid;=1372054019&sr;=8-103&keywords;=led+strip+lighting+warm I would like to run the strip for at least 4 hours before replacing the batteries.   How can I power this? (preferably using battery packs with NiMH batteries or cheap lithium batteries) I'm also open to using my laptop battery for the day if it is a good alternative. 

Posted by squkyshoes 5 years ago


Laser Mouse Sub-Rev Tach

I would like to use a laser mouse as a sub-revolution tachometer. I know that a laser mouse can discern 1 part in 1,000. Some can discern 1 part in 2,000. If you print a ribbon with vertical lines and attach it around a disk you could expose the laser to the lines and create a data stream. I have already found a way to increase the USB polling rate in XP from 125 MHZ to as much as 1,000 MHZ. Though I have tried to find information on how to proceed with my idea, I have thus far found little to help me move forward. Is there anyone on this list with ideas that mght help make this project a reality? This could be data acquisition on the cheap. Really cheap. :)

Posted by nickec 9 years ago


How to Make a Twisted Boutique Hair Bow | by Dzung Mac

My youtube channel will help you make handmade products, DIY crafts such as crepe paper flowers, Quiet book, valentine card/gift, birthday card/gift, christmas card/gift, christmas card/gift,...  It is quite easy . There are a lot of kinds for you to make Flowers: peony, carnation, orchids,.... If you are interested in it please follow/like/comment my channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnvoThr2-6rfWITzEUQWTJg 1 - Make Simple Easy Bow, DIY, Ribbon Hair Bow by Dzung Mac 2- How to Make a Twisted Boutique Hair Bow by Dzung Mac 3- Make Simple Easy Bow, Twisted Boutique Hair Bow by Dzung Mac Thanks for watching dont'n forget Subscribe! thanks so much

Posted by duongjiangnan 1 year ago


Visit the Instructables Restaurant in Amsterdam September 22, 23, 24

Join me in Amsterdam for the opening of the Instructables Restaurant! I will be at the Picnic 2010 Festival in Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, the Netherlands September 22-24 where I will help Arne Hendriks and Bas van Abel, Fablab Amsterdam, Waag Society open the restaurant.  They did all the hard work, I think I'm just going to cut a ribbon with a giant pair of novelty scissors!  Watch this forum topic for the latest information on when to come, and where and when we'll be having an Instructables meet-up.  In fact, you may be needed to help build furniture for the restaurant -- instructions on Instructables!  Instructables meet-up outside of PICNIC:  Thursday 2010-09-23 5:30 PM at the big field in Westerpark.  You'll know you're in the right spot if you see bamboo sculptures and a bike racing track.

Posted by ewilhelm 7 years ago


Pier 9 in the Media

Video Tour Through the Pier 9 Workshop  TechCrunch - May 2014 Approachable Fabrication Fabrication and Forming Journal - May 2014 Anouk Wipprecht Creates Smart Textiles in SF 7x7 - May 2014 Most Amazing Office Spaces on the Planet Business Insider - April 2014 What Happens When you Turn Artists Loose on Autodesk's 3D Printers Fast Company - April 2014 Andreas Bastian Creates Incredible Bendable 3D Printed Mesostructured Material 3DPrint.com - April 2014 Dutch artist Wipprecht to speak at Codame Art+Tech event SF Chronicle - April 2014 Carl Bass in the Pier 9 Workshop Discovery Channel - March 2014 Autodesk Pier 9 Design and Motion - March 2014 AutoCAD 2015 Blogger Day CAD Setter Out - March 2014 Inside Autodesk's 3D Printing and Creativity Workshop on Pier 9 Curbed SF - March 2014 Creating Joy in Technology CCA News - October 2013 Ribbon Cutting at Pier 9 GigaOm - September 2013

Posted by jsass 4 years ago


Old CD/DVD Drives with 2 wire DC Motors for DIY CNC

With a lot of old electronics lying around, I embarked on taking them apart  with the intention to use the sled motors to build my first CNC. Unfortunately, I found only 2 wire DC Motors with limit switches on the laser sleds.  Here is a list: 1.Sansui DVD with Sony Laser Carriage- 2 wire sled motor with Limit switch 2.DVD player from 32cm Bahun TV        -2 wire motor with limit switch 3.CD Drive from Dell Laptop                    -Miniature motor with LS & 2 track ribbon connectors. 4.Mitsumi 31/2" Diskette drive                 -Stepper with less travel The only 4 wire stepper motor was on the diskette drive. Is it possible to use the 2 wire DC motors in my project? What sort of logic control will be required. How did they function in the DC/DVD drives?

Posted by Dolon12 1 year ago


Digital Conversion of Folding Camera?

Ever since i saw the 'ible on converting a land camera to take 35 mm film, I figured there had to be a way to take this even further. I'm even thinking the first baby step shouldn't be too hard- simply mounting a digital camera to the frame. Now, it would be a little more complex than this- taking the lcd screen off of the base, and putting it on the back of the camera, mounting the actual machinery of the camera where the original lens was, and perhaps even mounting buttons (or on some digital cameras, the wheels for 'scene selection' on the base of the land camera. The only problem I can find with this simple conversion is the fact that it seems most digital cameras use micro ribbons now, which would be (as far as I can tell) incredibly hard to splice and extend (which would be necessary to get the lcd screen, and other components mounted on the frame of the land camera). Does anyone have any ideas for this, or are is my goal too lofty? THanks. 

Posted by DerekTheOrange 7 years ago


CDROM stepper motor problem with movement

I have been having intermittent problems with my cdrom stepper motor. I had a four pin motor soldered to a bare copper wire. I used the pins not the little ribbon cable and I left the ribbon cable attached because I figured, as soon as I snip it off I would regret it later. The other end connects to a breadboard that is in line with the stepper input to the EasyDriver motor controller. I have been using GRBL controller on my PC and when I tested it the first time in a vertical position it would just wobble around, not moving up nor down. I thought the stepper motor was bad so I got another one. The second was wired the same way, 4-pins, and it worked in the vertical no problem. Then later, while working on the rest of my project the second cdrom motor that was working did that same wiggle without moving up or down. I realized that the solder connections were very close together and that two pins were electrically connected. I modified the wire to basically a homemade male to male jumper wire. The extra pin made the room I needed to unsolder the two pins. Once again the motor worked up and down with no wobble. I have done nothing to modify the cdrom stepper any further and went to test my motor today after a couple weeks hiatus and once again, wobble with no up nor down motion. At this point I am stumped. I have reason to believe that my solder skills are lacking and that my homemade jumper has broken internally inside my shrink tubing where I cannot immediately see it but If anyone else has had this problem and knows how to rectify it please let me know. I hope there is enough info here laying out my problem and that someone can lead me in the right direction. If it also helps, I have checked my pin out and I do not feel it is backwards or crossed. I checked the resistance between the four pins and the end of my "jumper" and is approximately, 40, 20, 40, 100 ohms for A-, A+, B-, B+, respectively. I am really not sure what these number would mean but my buddy told me to check the continuity from end to end.

Posted by dankozi713 2 years ago


RePurposing ex-expensive HiTech Stuff

, OK, this may now look really messed up, but here's the body: Hi, I have a few things I've loved and cherished over time that are our of service for one reason or another, and I'd really like to find some repurposing ideas for these wonderful techonolgies.  I have an ipod classic 80gb (broken internal ribbon cable, maybe hdd,; ipod touch 8gb (fried ..water damage), BB pearl 8100 Same: water damage and just old, used the hell out of it...: Epson inkjet printers, basic modern freeby printers that I never use because ink is too expensive.... So I love this site, and thought there would be a place somewhere for some dedicated repurposing of things such as these. If anyone can point me to this area of the site, if it exists, I'd be super happy and thnakful, and apologize for this messy post.. OK sorry, this may not come out well. Using google chrome. Can't see anything I'm typing into the message body!!. Hi allHi allHi alls 

Posted by joknrok 8 years ago


Little Camera Necklace

Hello everyone, So here is the deal, I wanna make a necklace that has a little camera inside that can shoot small videos, just for those moments when you wish you had a video camera, so you just happen to be wearing one. I thought about buying one of these: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Lighter-Spy-DVR-USB-Mini-DV-Hidden-Camera-Camcorder-/150632633728?_trksid=p4340.m263&_trkparms=algo%3DDLSL%252BSIC%26its%3DI%26itu%3DUCI%252BIA%252BUA%252BFICS%252BUFI%252BDDSIC%26otn%3D8%26pmod%3D230632642485%252B230632642485%26po%3D%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D1442896368867548212&_qi=RTM637057#ht_2083wt_1139 and adapting with the following tutorial. https://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-Hidden-Camera-on-the-cheap-Lighter-mod-B/ The main problem I am seeing is that I want to keep all the electronics towards the back of the necklace, with just the camera at the front. That means I need to extend the ribbon cable which looks extremely tricky, and I dont know where I would buy one from. Does anyone have any ideas on this? -Derek

Posted by djrobotfreak 7 years ago


Chemicals people would want to make?

Basically I want to know what lab chemicals you want to make, if you know how to make any useful chemicals. please post, I am not responsible for and injury's, fatality's, or "bad things" of any sort that come from this thread, all things posted here are to assumed for informational purposes only.

Posted by mr.space 9 years ago


LED Build Night at YuKonstruct

Thank you to everyone who made YuKonstruct’s first build night a huge success! YuKonstruct is the first makerspace in Canada's north. We don’t officially open our doors for memberships until September but we’re excited to have already hosted some great events. This past Tuesday we had over 60 people, of all ages, in our makerspace for the Instructables LED Build Night. We had 3 different project kits prepared for people to make: LED Flower Brooch Mini LED Flashlight LED Clothes Peg Tampering Detector In addition to the project kits, we also had a table set up for kids to play with squishy circuits (conductive play dough), and lots of extra LEDs and craft materials for people to experiment with. Everyone left with a smile, some new knowledge about LEDs and of course, the project they built themselves. We’re extremely grateful to Instructables for sending us the LEDs that made it possible. We’re already looking forward to our next build night in September! But before then, there’s our Grand Ribbon Cutting Event happening Tuesday September 16, 2014 from 6-9pm. Mark it in your calendars!

Posted by YuKonstruct 3 years ago


Need to purchase small diameter metal tubing with screw-on flush endcaps?

Hello, I am looking for a supplier that sells metal tubing, steel, very small inner diameter with threading inside and end-caps that screw on to make it flush and appear as a solid metal rod (rubber O-ring if needed to keep dry).  I am attempting to make paracord survival key fobs.  I want to fit various tiny survival gear inside the tube, closed on both ends then weave the stitching around the rod.  When needed the user can unravel the paracord for use with what's inside the tube.  It must be tubing because one of my ideas is to put thermite inside a tube, wrap some magnesium ribbon around the outside, then stitch the fob around that.  Other ideas include other types of survival gear but that one will be my fire starter fob.  :)   The rods would be about 2-3 inches in length, wall diameter thin but sturdy, inner diameter maybe 1/4 - 1/2 inches.  Thanks for any help.  Rounded end caps would work fine as well as they would give me more room to stuff things in, but I need access to the suppliers for both the threaded tubing and end caps.  :)

Posted by lmiller31 5 years ago


I am not dead

I am sure the tiny couch proved that much, but it has not testified of my other projects, which do exsist. I just either forgot to take good pictures or lost parts of the pattern or a combination of both. I have recently made this really awesome dice bag, which I will make an attempt to put up here, no promises though. The other big project I have made was my very first doll, one based off the anime character Madoka Kaname. And she looks awesome. I would show you pictures of them both, but they are not currently in my possession. Both, along with several other projects, have been entered in my county fair, and most gained me some more ribbons. As for future projects, I have two commissions from my siblings that I am going to make, one being a hydra, the other being this Hulk bird... thingie. I am going to try harder to get these on here for you, and hopefully you will be able to see them too. One last subject, I am currently in the process of setting up an online shop to sell the things I make. If anyone has any suggestions that may help me along the way, I would love to hear them.

Posted by Little Dragon and Company 3 years ago


TinyTimer Kit

This guy, Brian Greul is trying to launch a business offering hobbyist kits. He's trying to fund his start up on kickstarter and the first kit is a micro controller based repeating timer kit that can be programed with switches or potentiometer or with Arduino.   This looks like exactly the timing circuit I need and many others can utilize as well. Problem is that if he doesn't get funded we will not likely get our hands on a TinyTimer anytime soon. He is 2/3 pledged toward a $2,000 goal but the funding period expires early Aug 29. I've been hand wiring 555 timers, some with 4017 decade counters to make timing circuits since the early 80's but I still haven't really explored the Arduino well enough to use micro controllers for the same purpose. There is no kit anywhere that will fill the gap like the TinyTimer promises. I feel that a lot of folks can just push the "Easy Button" with the TinyTimer. Please visit kickstarter.com and search TinyTimer. A pledge will get you a kit or assembled timer in November. If the kit becomes available to the public I will create an instructable for my CoolAzz Chiller which earned me an Editor's Choice Blue Ribbon at the 2007 Austin, TX  Maker Faire. Please hurry, he only has 10 days left before the funding ends.

Posted by veetron 5 years ago


Comber greenway opening.

Saturday 8th November the Comber greenway will be officially opened in Belfast, which is kind of odd I've been riding it for nearly a year since they paved it and a few years when it was an assortment of dirt tracks and swamps. A Community Carnival cycle to celebrate the opening of the Comber Greenway has been organised on Saturday 8th November starting at 9:30am at Walkway Community Centre, Finvoy Street, East Belfast. Full details of the days activities are available below.Carnival program9.30am - Welcome and Wobble Activities at Walkway.Porridge for Pedal Power!Tree PlantingBicycle Obstacle RaceSlow Bike Race10.30am - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: The Comber Greenway is Open.Community Carnival Cycle to Comber with Paddy Bloomer artist, inventor, explorer and plumber the most exciting mobile spectacle since Mickey Marley's roundabout!Tullycarnet Tuck Stop12.45pm - Eats at the Enler River (provided)1.15pm - Carnival Cycle Continues2.00pm - Pedal Parade into Comber - Refreshments2.45pm - Homewards for the Holywood Arches to arrive by 4:30pmChildren under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and wear a helmet. Information taken from Sustrans.org.ukMore information on the greenway at Comber greenway.tkI'll have updates on this and more late saturday or sunday, it's a big thing for many cyclists and I here in Northern Ireland since it's been threatened by a high speed bus route, the track used to be a railway and it's a lovely ride, though calmer than my usual...

Posted by killerjackalope 9 years ago


Power my boombox

I have this power supply from a device that is not needed anymore. I have 2 of them (so i can harvest the other battery for another project, or to help run this one).. It is a backup battery unit designed to power my old device even if the power in the house goes out. I have some questions about the compatibility with a project i am working on. I'm sure it's obvious to most of you, but i labeled the parts in one pic so that i could pinpoint my question. A. is the battery terminal clips B. the feed of power to the device not being used anymore C. the plug that recharges the battery So then logically D is the board that feeds power from the battery, and E is the recharging unit. The pic isn't great, but there are 2 ribbons that attach D to E. I can also provide better pics if something isn't clear enough. My question is this... I am building a semi-small boombox with a car audio head unit. Since a car battery provides 12v, and the battery in this unit provides 12v, can i use this contraption to power my project? Can i simply cut off the adapter on the end of B, expose some copper, and attach to the power of the head unit? It seems simple to me, but my knowledge of electricity is VERY limited and i don't want to burn down my house or ruin my head unit. So far, i haven't paid a penny for anything and i want to keep it that way.

Posted by jjiont 5 years ago