Sealing wax stamps - for wedding invitation cards and DIY paper products

http://www.etsy.com/shop/blackmarketintl This wonderful Value Boxset including the below: One Wooden stamp (H: 9cm) with the letter made in brass (diameter: 2.5cm), the brass part is detachable and with a spoon. Two White candles. Three sealing wax sticks including the color of molten gold, silver blade and crimson red. It all comes with a beautiful box in L:18.8*W14*H3.5cm, total 0.3 kg. How to use: 1) Cut small piece of sealing wax onto the spoon and melt it by the white candle. 2) Drip the wax drop by drop onto the designed area, don't pour it too fast. 3) Wait for about 30sec so the wax is thick enough. 4) Put the stamp on the wax slowly, and wait 1 min before taking it out. It will be done beautifully! Please visit our ETSY shop for details~ Black Market

Posted by Black Market 7 years ago


Request: Instructable to make candle wax from vegetables

Greetings, I would like to know how to make wax from vegetables. Thanks

Posted by NeuroPulse 8 years ago


Advice on lost wax casting

I am looking at the cheapest way to begin casting pewter with the lost wax casting or with creating rtv silicone molds and it looks like dental wax is generally the same as jeweller's wax. I would like to know if this product looks suitable for carving for lost wax casting: http://dentala2z.co.uk/PRE10379/en I would of course melt it to make blocks to carve from. It looks like it would do the job, carving wax seems to be really expensive in whatever form. Im also looking at using silicone and corn starch. thank you

Posted by lsadwdwadw 5 years ago


Edison Wax Cylinder Recordings

I'm not sure this is the correct category, but I didn't see one specifically for audio endeavors! I know there were early recordings on wax, and later vinyl records, but I wondered if anyone ever went back and made cylinders from vinyl and tried recording on them. Does anyone know where I can find out more about this? I'm be interested in trying to make higher definition recording cylinders for some fun :)

Posted by kakashibatosi 3 years ago


Could i use beeswax for surf wax?

Ive seen lots or surf wax recipys online, and it say beeswax and coconut oil. but could i just use bees wax or will it be useless?

Posted by sk8r-ryan 10 years ago


lost wax casting: what material is the best for pouring metal into?

So I made a rad Yoda wax figurine recently and I'm looking into converting him into a aluminum via the lost wax casting method. I've seen some other instructables on casting the metal into plaster of paris, but that doesn't seem to preserve the very fine details that I want. There are a few other methods I've seen on other forums, like mixing fine sand with plaster and making a ceramic mold...I have even wackier ideas like using fireproof cement, but I haven't seen anything online to support using it...what other ideas can you think of that don't involve expensive investment powders I have to buy online? 

Posted by jtrainer1 2 years ago


Lost wax casting help

I'm doing lost wax casting for a glass mold. I'm using parrafin wax to get the shape of it, but I was wondering what i could use to melt the wax out of the plaster of Paris once it's hardened. Also any advice regarding the whole lost wax process would be helpful!

Posted by Ehamby1219 2 years ago


lost wax casting

Newkidontheblock. looking for authentic instuctions how to go about making lost wax castings of chess pieces (in aluminium )dozens of them ????

Posted by golodenboy6 10 years ago


Need idea for material to pour into wax mold - making a skeleton key

I own a treasure chest, locked with a heavy-duty skeleton keyed lock. However I only have one key. I am trying to make another for it as a spare. I have made a wax mold of the key, but I don't know what I can pour in, to make a key that is not brittle, not flimsy and cold enough it won't melt the wax. Any ideas?

Posted by Printy 7 years ago


Softening Candle Wax (lost wax casting)

Well, I made my first lost wax casting yesterday using lead, and a Plaster of Paris mold. It worked great, except that I didn't have enough lead. But, after searching on the great web, I realized that the wax I used was much harder than what the sculptors use. Why is this? Is it a different type of wax? I searched Google, and couldn't find anywhere to get the wax I needed. Maybe I typed in the wrong name. I don't know. I'd much rather use my own wax, as my mom has a stockpile of large-er sized candles that softened and deformed in the Florida sun. How would I soften it, other than heating it in water? Is that water method thing how they normally do it? I'm really into melting metal, and want to do more casting, so can someone help?

Posted by John Smith 11 years ago


BBC plays steampunk band's wax record with fuse wire and mint tin.

Steampunk band The men That Will Not be Blamed for Nothing have released a new single. On wax. The BBC heard about this, and built a machine to play it.  For techies, their build is not exactly... good. The cylinder was recorded by Poppy Records with a mixture of digital computer techno-wizardry and a machine cobbled together from a video recorder and old arcade games. Played on a properly-built machine, the recordings are surprisingly pleasant to listen to.

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago


Craft: Making lamp shades with waxed paper

I have several lamps with cool shades that resemble brown paper with woven paper. They remind me of the lamp shades that I have seen at art fairs created with brown paper and waxed paper. Anyone know how to make them??

Posted by pgw 11 years ago


silver casting

Has anyone ever cast silver into cuttlefish bones/shell. Ihave a wax original which i dont want to lose in the lost wax process.

Posted by maninamousesuit 11 years ago


ockward silence?

Look i found a few key hints for movies. see in the movie house of wax just as soon as it gets quite the wax figuyres come to life. report any cool movie hints to this topis thanks again guys and gals

Posted by bommber man 10 years ago


silver casting mould

Anyone help me here..I have a wax master of a signet ring. If i use lost wax casting i will lose my original....This i do not want. Is there a mould making stuff that i can press the ring into leaving a negative to fill with silver.....

Posted by maninamousesuit 11 years ago


Hanukah Candles (Left Overs)

Hey guys, I was wondering if a heat pad would work for melting wax. Since each year in Hanukah I use the left over wax to TRY and make candles. Here are the things I did. 2006: Used small tin foil molds. I didn't know how to make a wick then so I just used string. That was a FAILURE TOO. The string or so called wick didn't burn and just went to flames and didn't melt the wax and all it did was stay lit for 5 seconds. 2007: Kept wax and saved 2008: Kept wax and saved 2009: Used wax and try to put two blocks of wood together with a vice and drill a hole through the crack of both blocks of wood. It didn't work like I thought it would. The drill went all the way down the drill bit was atleast 5 in. long and it won't all the way down but when I poured the wax it didn't fill and over flowed. When I opened it up to try and see if there was a candle... well lets just say it turned out to be a half inch tall candle... and was about 1/5 of inch in diameter. I tried the to make a candle in a pot holder and forgot about the hole in the center then all the wax fell on the street and I didn't notice. It was such a pain to clean it off because it was on somebody elses lawn and I didn't want to mess up there lawn. WELL THAT WAS A FAILURE. 2010: This year I'm going to try to make scented candles. I'm going to use Tin Coke cans. I hope this works. I might use a heat pad since my mom doesn't want me to make wax in her cooking pans. If you have any suggestions send me E-MAILS at rexdino@sbcglobal.net or just post a message or private message me. I would prefer E-mail since I almost never check this website because I have about 20 other sites I have to check.

Posted by rexdino5 8 years ago


Furniture finish made from LP's (vinyl, not wax)

I remember an old episode of The Furniture Guys where the hosts melted old wax (gramaphone) phonograph records and used it as a really nice Asian-style furniture finish (high gloss black, piano worthy).  I wish the same could be done with more modern vinyl records, of which I have a lot. Any ideas of how this might be done? P.S. No, I won't destroy any records that should be saved for future generations. Will my progeny really profit from The Bangles or Heart?

Posted by pingeltont 3 years ago


Creating Polish/Different Recipes

Hello Everyone...I would like to introduce a forum for leather polishes. Please send in any recipes, ideas or ingredients that you deem worthy for polishes.

Posted by dfunct 4 years ago


c. 1978 Spencer's Gifts Water Candle

Back in the late 70's Spencer's Gifts sold something called a "Water Candle". It was actually a wax sculpture made to look like stalagmites with a regular candle on the inside. When lit the flickering candle shone through the translucent wax. The sculpture itself didn't melt and the candle could be replaced. Does anyone know where there is any info (especially pictures) of this type of thing.

Posted by pwiecek 2 years ago


Aluminum Casting with 3D Prints

Is there any reliant and consist way to create high RPM gears using 3D prints? What I had planned to do is 3D print some gears out, make silicon molds out of them and then pouring wax in the silicon molds. I then would put the wax into sand and then pour molten aluminum into it. To me, it sounds good in theory but I thought somebody else might have tried making PLA 3D prints into metal.

Posted by rexdino5 3 years ago


Homemade Lava Lamp

Is it possible to make your own lava lamp? Like have a wine bottle, fill with paraffin wax and water, and put on top of a lightbulb contraption thing? Is this safe?

Posted by JellyWoo 10 years ago


Bravit Candle

Has anyone seen those Bravit Candles? http://www.madeindesign.com/design/images/authentics/Bravit-Animation_440.gif http://www.madeindesign.co.uk/prod-Bravit-M3-Authentics-ref70170.html I've thought about instead of buying some I'd like to make my own (I could also customize the path of the wick then). Any ideas about the best way to make something like these? I'm thinking fix the wick then pour in a layer of wax,say an inch or two, then cool it. Wait for it to solidify (or mostly) then move the direction of the wick and pour in another layer of wax, wait for it to cool and repeat. Any other thoughts?

Posted by adlingtont 9 years ago


Headlight Restoration on the cheap.

How to restore your dull plastic headlamps to like new, for about $4.00 (if your lamps are dirty on the inside, that is a whole other instructable): Step 1 - Wash the headlamps with common dish soap and allow to dry thoroughly, this will remove the dirt and oils from the lamp. Step 2 - Using regular rubbing compound or silver polish (I used Silvo brand silver polish (about $4.00 a can here in Canada), it may work with copper polish as well) Apply a small amount of compound or polish using a soft cotton cloth (an old t-shirt or sheet cut into manageable size) gently rub the lamp in a circular motion (the amount of pressure is determined by the severity of the dullness, you may need to repeat the procedure more than once) allow the polish or rubbing compound to dry to a haze, usually by the time your done both lamps the first one will be ready to perform the next step. Step 3 - Using a clean dry cotton cloth buff the lens to remove all of the haze, if the lamp still looks dull repeat step 2. Step 4 - Once you are satisfied that the lenses are as polished as they will get, wax both lamps with a high quality auto wax, (a wax containing carnuba is the best) Mother's or Maguires works great. The wax will prevent bugs, dust and dirt from sticking to the lamp and it will retain it's clarity for a long time, if the lamp starts to look dull simply apply a new coat of wax. Step 5 - Stand back and admire your newly restored headlamps - you will be amazed at how much further you can see at night. *The attached photo is of my headlamp on my 1998 Suzuki Esteem - The before picture is from another 1998 Suzuki Esteem, my lamps were almost as bad as the one pictured here.

Posted by DELETED_Silent Ninja Bunny 6 years ago


Mosquito Killer Bat

Hi I found my mosquito killer bat not working, i replaced its battery two times no use. one of its no named capacitor is leaking a wax like thing. How to fix this ? any circuits available ?This is the batMosquito Killer Bat

Posted by milans 9 years ago


Woodturning: My First Bowl

Just wanted to post pix of my first bowl, it's turned from endgrain green wood, either Chinese Tallow or Chinaberry, I forget which, found it on the roadside. Finished with wax, it is now slowly drying whilst wrapped in brown paper, hopefully it will dry without cracking.

Posted by Tool Using Animal 10 years ago


I need suggestions for board game pieces...?

 I'm making a board game,and I can't think of a way to make the little pieces...? The characters..? What ever they're called...the part that you move around on the board..  I've thought of a lot of things..pipe cleaners, cardboard, wax, and a lot of other dumb ideas.  Does anyone have any suggestions..?

Posted by kelcylane 6 years ago


what kind of finish to use on a sign that is made with a wood burner

I recently got into wood burning and don't know what to use as a finish wax, oil, etc  the project  is a piece of drift wood with some words burnt into it so the finish needs to stop the ash from being weathered away  any help is appreciated ill make an instructible on it soon     

Posted by MakeShiftMaker 3 years ago


Release agent for creating oogoo object with oogoo mold?

Hey all, I have a mold of a webcam which, due to steep undercuts, I made with oogoo.  Worked great! Now I want to make a rubber duplicate off of that.  Only problem is silicone sticks to silicone like crazy! First I tried a sample with cooking oil and also wd-40.  It still stuck.  I heard cooking spray is a no-go since it actually contains silicone.  In fact, they say that's what most cans of mold-release you buy are made out of.  Just cooking spray!  Interesting factoid, but doesn't solve today's problem. A mold-making book I found at the library said something called "spray wax" is what you need.  After searching Amazon and Smooth-on plastics I wasn't able to find any mold release called that, so I just tried grabbing some cheap spray-on car wax from Walmart.  That's either not the same thing, or oogoo is too different from the official casting silicone that the book was talking about. Anyway, I'm about out of clues now.  Anybody got any more tips?

Posted by PS118 5 years ago


Water Mortar, Stylish Lamps, Sugar-Waxing...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Feb. 28, 2008 Welcome back! See who won the Lion Brand Yarn Slideshow Challenge! More contest news: March is Pets Month at Instructables, we're launching the Toss It! paper airplane speed contest today, and the Share the Love: Valentine's Day Speed Contest results have been posted here. Don't miss out! We'll be at SXSW Interactive March 7-11. Make LED Floaties with us at the PopSci party on March 9th! The Weekend Builder: Water Mortar, Stylish Lamps, Sugar-Waxing, and more cool projects! Check out these cool instructables! The SkyWalker TallBike Project Ride a 12-foot bike and see the world in a whole new way! posted by KoolKat on Feb 20, 2008 Turn an IKEA Applaro into a stylish lamp Turn "ho-hum" into "beautiful" with some artsy paper and wood stain. A nice and effective intro to IKEA-hacking. posted by corinna.anni.roc on Feb 26, 2008 Build a water mortar Build a super-soaker-like toy from PVC that can launch up to a quart of water per shot! posted by m32825 on Feb 26, 2008 Sharp low-noise photography with multiple photos This is a guide to using multiple shots and photoshop to get clean and sharp pictures. posted by ELF on Feb 21, 2008 Simple ways to circuit bend a toy Unleash the glitchy and awesome noises from within electronic toys once you get tired of their normal sounds. posted by nknouf on Feb 21, 2008 See which yarn projects won! Fuzzy logic Mood light with LEDs Enjoy a random light display with 25 LEDs creating a nice sci-fi mood for any room. posted by Pwntalive on Feb 27, 2008 Zero Point Shelf Avoid putting holes in the wall by "clamping" shelves between the ceiling and the floor. posted by mada on Feb 23, 2007 How to sugar-wax your legs Get some smoother legs with a waxing technique that originated in the Middle East. It may not be painless, but it is effective. posted by TraumaComet on Feb 19, 2008 Big lamps from IKEA lampan lamps IKEA's lampan lamps are OK on their own, but use a dozen in a spherical array and you get something magical. posted by daan on Feb 23, 2008 Circuit Building 101 A beginner's guide to building circuits that talks about the "proper" way to install components and also a little bit about soldering. posted by CuriousInventor.com on Feb 25, 2008 The Yoyos keep on spinnin'! The Anti-Yo Worldwide Video Contest will close to entries on Saturday night. Over 60 videos have been submitted from yoyoers all over the world, showcasing incredible tricks in different styles. Here are a few of our favorite videos so far. Each video is only 30 seconds long so check them out and talk to the yoyoers that made them. Remember, there are plenty more jaw-droppingly amazing videos in the Anti-Yo group! Blindfolded Yoyo Corporate Yoyo C-C-Combo! Smooth Moves Sonic Boom!   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Build your own Skateboard, Get a Free Yacht, Bike Painting Tips

  Build your own Skateboard The Free Yacht Saga Bike Painting Tips Camping Guide Clean and Wax a Surfboard Tetrahedral Kite Kite-Powered Land Proa Find a Local Bouldering Spot Sailboat in a Closet DIY Prescription Swimming Goggles Bike Guide Make a Disc Golf Basket Predict the Weather with Clouds Useful Knots Set Up a Slackline

Posted by randofo 8 years ago


Need help with a lotion base recipe.

Hello, wasn't sure where to put this, and I didn't see a beauty forum.  Well. first of all. here is a formula for a lotion base that I tweaked. 8 oz distilled water 1 oz fresh aloe vera gel 1 oz floral water   1 tsp citric acid 2 oz glycerin 1 oz emulsifying wax 1 oz beeswax 1 oz shea butter 1 oz coconut oil 1 oz almond oil 1 oz avocado oil tsp essential oil 1/2 oz stearic acid I heard that 1 oz is about 2 Tbsp (tablespoons), but still not sure on this. It came out a bit thicker than I would like it.  I dunno if I should add more emulsifying wax, take out the beeswax, or both.  I need help making it less greasy feeling and a little thinner.  I made a batch I'm not sure what to do with.  I might just use it to repair those cases of dried out skin that appear around the winter season.  Any suggestions?

Posted by Crystalline_Chaos 8 years ago


Any suggestions on non slip natural material to put on my dogs paws

I'm looking for some suggestions to help my dog who is recovering from disc surgery. I've tried all the usual boots,socks,balloons etc. It is short of a nightmare watching him tread so carefully on slippery floorboards.I'm convinced he's lost muscle mass from not being able to walk normally anymore. Short of covering all my floors in rubber mats, I know there has to be a solution. I'm after something that is non toxic that I can rub on his paws. It has to have a tacky feel..you know like those silicone dots you can buy to stop slipping. Materials like those used in surfboard wax ..I've checked out the feel of surfboard wax and it feels ok but it feels like it's lacking the tacky element. The other thought I had was to buy a mould kit and get an imprint of his paws and make a slip on foot cover in a silicone. I'm not too sure what type of silicone to use for this..would it be like a latex that would be good to grip the floorboards? Any suggestions on what materials to use? Thanks

Posted by Lemonpoppyseed 2 years ago


Ring Contest Question

I have a question regarding the ring contest. Did you have to actually make the ring or could you have designed it, planned out what went into it, created a mold model, and had a jeweler create the finished product from your design? I designed my wife's engagement ring with drawings and even a wax model but did not have the proper tools or materials to actually make it so a local jeweler put my design into reality and I critiqued it until it was exactly as I wanted. Does that count for this contest?

Posted by Haunted Spider 3 years ago


Can I use teeny jam jars for candles?

Ive got some teeny 'wilkin and sons' glass jam jars and think they would make really cute candles. though im wondering if they would be too small to be safe. i would most likely use a soy wax as it burns at a lower temperature and maybe a thin wick to keep the flame small. the jars are about the size of a tea light (though the opening wont allow to fit one of those in). anyone got any tips?

Posted by taemuli 5 years ago


Without paint - Protect Steel from Weather + Rust

Sometimes I'd like to protect steel from moisture without paint.  Partly this is a practical matter. Figure I'll weld somethin else on sooner or later, and would rather not deal with burning paint. Partly it's an aesthetic. Not long ago, saw a 50s pickup that someone was in process of restorin.  Just gorgeous while it was stripped of all paint. So... Linseed oil?  Wax? Or option C thru Z?

Posted by Toga_Dan 4 years ago


Problem: can't erase on whiteboard

I recently decided I needed a bigger whiteboard and so, in true instructable style, made one out of a fridge door. Unfortunately the fridge door had some stickers on it and I removed them with orange oil and some other cleaners. Now when written on, the whiteboard marker will not erase. Instead it smudges and cannot be removed even with water. What can I do to make my whiteboard usable agian? I've heard car wax can be good, should I try this? Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

Posted by TobyRhino 10 years ago


Fuse Sheet Plastic to Wood

Not long ago, someone was lookin for solution to waterproofin wood box. Can't find it at the moment. Maybe someone else can find that thread. My experiment: Hot clothes iron                          [][][][][] 4 layers paper towel              ------------------                                                   ----------------                                                    ----------------                                                    ------------------- 1 layer wax paper                    ____________ 2 layers clear plastic tarp        ============== Block of 2x4                             [[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[] The layers of plastic fused pretty strongly together.  Bond to the wood was moderately weak. This could be done with multiple layers, and only  the lowest layer stapled to wood. Thus achieving strong bond to wood, yet no leak at staples since only 1 layer is punctured.

Posted by Toga_Dan 4 years ago


Fun Fire Toy

This is a fun toy I made in the Boy Scouts to scare the younger kids. First take three pages of newspaper, roll them up, and tie it tight with a long thin rope. Then take a candle, light it, and pour the wax over everything but a small edge of the rolled up paper. Light the one end, and if done correctly, the 'toy' should last a few minutes. The long rope gives you the ability to swing it around in the air, and scare people with it. I am not resposible for any burns, forrest fires, or any other type of injury or fire. Use at your own risk, and keep water handy, just in case.

Posted by invisiblepaintballer 11 years ago


What would you make with a desktop CNC milling machine

The MTM Snap is an open source CNC desktop milling machine designed at the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms. The frame, milling head and bed are milled from 1/2" HDPE and are designed to snap together around the other required hardware for fast and easy construction. It's designed primarily for use manufacturing PCBs but the project site lists waxes and plastics as other materials that it can be used to machine. I've been given one to play with, if YOU had access to one, what would you use it to make?

Posted by Jayefuu 6 years ago


How to thread an aluminium rod

Hi, I have got some 1 inch aluminium pipes (GI pipes) which I want to thread. I got the threading machine (hand held racheting type) and when I try to thread using that, it goes about 2 threads and after that, its pain - so stiff and even after exerting all my force, the pipe wont thread. I had read that to thread easier, you should coat the pipe with Wax or threading oil. Is there any other tips or tricks that you have used for threading? Any input is greatly appreciated. Regards, Sujith

Posted by slsujith 8 years ago


Ideas, half-formed or otherwise.

So i looked at the Luchador Mask, made from re-cycled shoes and caught myself considering the issue of a steel helmet. It'd be tricky for me to pull it off, of course, but i reckon i could.Same with the lost-wax casting i promised ages ago, and didn't get round to.I DO plan to do both of them some day, and the skittles gun, too....But anyway, who else has mooted instructables to publish, only to skip out at the last moment? Who's got what planned?I appreciate the need of some people to keep things secret, if they've got new and revolutionary projects, by the way, but i'm still asking.

Posted by Vendigroth 11 years ago


Tin Cloth

I am concerned Instructables could be hurt by the Prudometer being ratched too high on comments.  That's bad for the company. Here's a post just sent to Tin Cloth that was automatically rejected for either being irrelevant or abusive: "I recall 60 years ago when my parents bought me an oil cloth slicker in Istanbul, Turkey.  It was kinda smelly, but it worked until I outgrew it.  That was just plain cloth, not canvas. I use that mix of bee's wax, turpentine and linseed oil as a preservative for old tools.  I got a paint can of it in the garage.  Much more durable than WD-40." How "plain Jane" can you get?  I came back to visit because of the newsletter.

Posted by Tim Temple 5 years ago


Snowboard Paintjob

Well, after 5 cans of spraypaint, half a roll of painters tape, and about 4 hours of hard work, my snowboard is completely repainted! I am extremely happy with the results and it only cost me $20! Here are some shots of the top and bottom...first is the top and the second is the bottom. I have yet to try it out but I did use a few cans of that clear enamel on the bottom and about half a can on the top to make sure it's sealed really well. Also, I am going to apply a heavy coat of hot wax over the summer so it's ready for next season! I can't wait to use it!!

Posted by Electroinnovation 7 years ago


Convert Crayons into 2mm+ Leads Like Graphite Lead

Hello! I want to recycle crayons and thought of converting them into 2mm lead or larger in diameter (since there’s only a certain thickness where crayons can be sturdy). I also thought the crayons should be mixed with something since they’re wax. I was thinking of buying a silicone mold rubber to make a mold (may make the lead bend since it’s flexible but easy to remove), a polyurethane mold rubber, or a protruder like the old fashioned way. Silicone mold rubber is expensive ($30+). I originally thought of it as a craft, but it’s too complicated for a craft. Thank you for your time!

Posted by TrixiaL 1 year ago


Restoring a vintage child's pull-wagon. Anyone know where to get replacement wheels?

I am desperately looking for replacement vintage-style wheels for a pull-wagon that I'm restoring. It's in rough shape but all the bits are good except for two wheels which are beyond repair. I also have a strange old 3 wheel kick scooter that needs a wheel. I've scoured the 'net under every heading I can think of with no luck. Can anyone help? I need metal disc-type wheels like the ones in the photo. This is a pic of an old wagon I simply cleaned, waxed (including the wheels) and turned into a coffee table using a piece of tempered glass someone threw away.  I've since added those transparent little silicone "bumpers" on the corners to stop the top from sliding off.

Posted by zombateen 6 years ago


Beginner Jewellery maker. Question about gold/silver plating

Hi there, I'm starting jewellery making as a complete beginner and want to use Metal Clays to do this as it seems one of the easier and cheaper ways to make jewellery at home. I looked into lost wax casting, but there are no studios or workshops near where I live to do this. I really love gold jewellery, and was wondering that if I used bronze, copper, or silver clay, am I able to plate it too? I've seen those electroplating kits online, but I was wondering if it would work after I've finished making my jewellery piece with the clay.  I've also seen videos about 'silver accenting' copper clay... Is this just basically like coloured base metal (costume jewellery), or is it real sterling silver (i.e high end costume jewellery). Any insight anyone can provide is very much appreciated! :) Erika

Posted by cindyycindz 2 years ago


Candles with external power supply

Hello everybody, hope somebody will be able to help me out or point to a right direction. I have about 40 battery candles that I have to change batteries every month. I was wondering what could I do to convert them to candles with power supply connected to a regular outlet so there wouldn't be a need for batteries. I know there are special candles with external power supplies but the ones I found are in thousands of dollar. These candles go inside large candles made from wax that is a reason why I need long wires. I have attached pictures of the candles. What I would like to do is to connect them with long wires to one or multiply power supplies connected to regular electrical power outlet. One candle holds 4 AA batteries. Could someone recommend what power supply and parts I should get to make this happen? Thanks.

Posted by gointern 8 years ago


Other media besides plastic?

So I recently started looking into some of the 3d printing stuff as a way to make a number of laboratory items that are not easily had other ways.  While 3D printing seems really promising, i'm noticing there's not alot of work being done on non-plastics. Are there resources out there for 3D printer enthusiasts who want to use metal or ceramics in there creation?  Off the top of my head, i can think of a few ways that they could be encorporated into an existing 3d printer (metal and ceramic powders in a wax binder that can zapped with a laser to fuze it into place), but I'm only just barely getting into this and i'm really not looking to reinvent the wheel simply because i didn't know that it's already been done.  If plastic went entirely by the wayside, pieces that could be cured in a conventional oven could be printed, but fully cured, ready to go products are sorta the point of a 3d printer. 

Posted by Qcks 4 years ago


Honey Bee Hive Box Joints Template

Do any of you woodworking wizards or experts know how to make a box joint template. I need to replace many of my Honey Bee Hive Supers (boxes) due to Bears, time & weather. The wood is pine and about seven-eighths thick , five and three quarters tall or high, twenty inches long for the front and back, the sides are sixteen and one quarter long by five and three quarters tall or high. This forms a box that holds ten extracting frames for the honey in combs. It weighs forty pounds when full of honey comb wax and honey. I like this size because it doesn't brake your back like the standard one that weigh in at eighty pounds when full! Although I use both sizes. Any ideas how to make this template will be deeply appreciated. I also have a multiple dado blade setup, so I can cut a pretty wide dado at one pass on the table saw. Thanks. Triumphman.

Posted by triumphman 10 years ago


Go Green!

Just kidding!  Thanks for having me in your group.  It´s been awhile since I have been back to AA but it will always be one of my homes.  Please take time to check out my instructable for Agave Wood Personal Theater.  Hopefully, later today it will be approved for the Wood Contest (still waiting). If any of you visited the UM botanical garden this past summer you may remember their agave americana was in bloom after 80 YEARS of growth and waiting.  Here´s a link http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/07/u-m_botanical_gardens_80-year-_1.html . My project was made using the same variety of agave and with the flower stalk and thorns.  In addition, I used nopal cactus (prickly pear) and a homemade wax to finish it.  Thats´s it.  It is 100% natural and vegan.  I know these words can make some squimish but for real when was the last time you could say that about technology? Please visit my project and feel free to comment:  I would love to find collaborators to work with from your organization when I visit AA in the summer. GO GREEN!  GO BLUE!

Posted by Pitera Man 3 years ago