Category Archives: Makers

OpenKnit An Open Source Clothing Printer


OpenKnit is an open source clothing printer, you can find the instructions to build your own on GitHub. I think this is a great idea, from the looks of it you just feed in the pattern and your measurements and a couple of hours later you have clothes.
Here is a video that explains is much better than I can hope to:

LEGO Game Boy Transformer Official Parts List and Instructions

LEGO Game Boy Transformer Official Parts List and Instructions

This is why it pays to pay attention to the incoming links to your blog, I noticed that someone had posted a link to the LEGO GameBoy Transformer I posted a while back on the GameFAQs forum, someone else has pointed out that the guy who made it has not posted a how to with a complete part list on Instructables.

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DIY Star Wars Bike Helmet

DIY Star Wars R2D2 Helmet

A few weeks ago I posted an R2D2 bike helmet, it was pretty cool, but sometimes you don’t always have the money to buy an off the shelf item like that,  luckily for you Jen from Clever Girl has posted a how to guide to make your own custom R2D2 Helmet.

As she says herself  it’s not exactly rocket science, but it’s still pretty cool, I’ve quoted the steps below, including her encounter with a cheeky arachnid….

First, I sand-papered the crap out of an old helmet that Philadelphia Scooters kindly provided. I even Tom Sawyered Steve into sandpapering but then got jealous and demanded he give it back so that I could do it myself.
Then I primed and sprayed it with a silver spray paint.

The next step was labor-intensive. I outlined all the shapes with tape. It involved a lot of measuring, cursing circles for being so round, and wishing I had kept my protractor and compass from high school.
From there it was kind of a breeze. I just spray painted the blue on. As you can see, we had other fun things going on; that’s an empty canned chile can in the foreground, and the ever-delicious Michelob Ultra by my foot. It’s always a party at Jenn’s house.
Then I almost walked into this thing on our back deck:

Needless to say, that was EXTREMELY distracting (not just the horrifying part or the talking spider part, but also the, “holy shit, look at that amazingly perfect spider web; we totally have to spend the better part of an hour trying to take a perfect picture of it in the dark” part).
That was okay, though, because it gave the blue time to dry so I could do this:
Looks satisfying, right? It totally was about 23.87 times more satisfying than it looks in these pictures. Next up were the little details:
Next, my handy friend Jon Hauptman used his super awesome saw to cut a PVC pipe down for the doo-dads. It was totally Tim Allen’s Tool Time up in that joint. The lighting gadget, on the other hand, is of my own design and is such super top secret technology that the military is currently trying to buy the patent off me to use for interstellar space travel… oh wait, we don’t do the space thing anymore. Aww.
Knowing what it’s made of wouldn’t help you, though, because it requires 1.21 gigawatts, so… you know… good luck with that.
The final step was giving it about 374 cans of clear coat. I think if I learned anything from this project, it’s that nothing (except cakes) can suffer from too many layers of clear coat. When it was done I wore it around the house until it was time for bed… and then I wore it to bed.

Via Discovery Channel

DIY Pantone Easter eggs

Is it too late to post Easter Eggs? Jessica from How About Orange created these lovely DIY Pantone Easter Eggs and tells you how she did it, it’s quite simple really, but they are lovely. In her own words:

The graphic designer in me couldn’t resist attempting faux Pantone Easter eggs. I dyed these boiled eggs, then typed up the labels and printed them on ink jet temporary tattoo paper. Remember to print the words backwards! (I used Silhouette brand tattoo paper I bought at my local PaperSource, but you can also get similar stuff fromDecalPaper.com.) And yes, I’m such a nerd that I had to match the color numbers properly using my chip book.

Via Miss America’s Tumblr

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USB Batsignal


You can apparently download the instructions for this USB Batsignal from Dad Can Do but you need to sign up for an account and I can’t be bothered doing that…

I’m a little skeptical of the quality of the finished product given how photo-shopped the example image looks:

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Paper Roses Made From Book Pages How To

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I’m of two minds on these roses, on the one hand they look awesome, on the other I’m not sure I agree with destroying books to make them… I’m not sure what it is about books that makes them sacred, but there is something about them that makes defiling them a cardinal sin. That said destroying a mass produced art work to create a unique one is okay isn’t it?

If you are Lazy you can just buy them on Etsy but I’ve copied the instructions here just in case the source link goes down for whatever reason.

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Craft Supplies:
Paper
Grosgrain Ribbon, ½ Width cut to 4 inch lengths
16 Gauge Wire cut to 15 inch lengths
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks (low temp)
Scissors
Wire Cutters

Step 1: Gather materials. If you are using vintage books or sheet music as your paper source make sure it is still flexible enough to curl with your fingers. The wire can be found at the hardware store, and is sometimes called “black wire” or “annealed coil wire.” Be sure you are using low temp hot glue because you’ll be able to feel it right through the paper petals as you work.

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Step 2: Cutting. You will need to stockpile at least 5 different sizes of petals ranging from about ¾ inch wide to 3 inches wide. I cut freehand, and avoid templates, so that each petal is a unique and organic shape. Think of the shapes as little church windows or arches. Some can be pointy, and some can be rounded. For each flower you will need at least 4 of each size. Make more than you need.

Step 3: Shaping. I really feel that this is the most important step to create natural and soft looking flowers. Roll the edges of each petal, and pinch the base slightly. Each one can be done a little differently to give the petals character and roundness. I shape all of my petals before I even begin gluing anything.

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Step 4: Rolling the center. You need to cut out one more shape for each flower, and this is for the coiled center of the rose. This shape should be about 2 ½ inches long with a rounded tip. Roll it up into a tube to create its shape. Unroll it and run a bead of hot glue along the inside and re-roll it around the end of your wire. Another dot of glue will hold it in place.

Step 5: Attaching petals. Begin with your smallest petals. Use a single dot of glue, about ¼ inch from the bottom of the petal to attach it to the stem. Your next petal should overlap the first. Continue adding small petals, rotating the stem as you go, always slightly overlapping the last petal you attached. This is where your artistry will come in as you continue to rotate and build. As you begin adding larger petals pinch the bases, as they are much wider. By pinching at the bases you will be rounding out the rose, and creating space between layers.

Step 6: Finishing. The sepals will be made of ribbon, which will also cover your final seams and create a nice polished look. Each rose needs two – 4 inch lengths of ribbon. Wrap them around the stem and secure to the undersides of the petals. Cut a ‘V’ into each end of the ribbons to finish.

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Via 100 Layer Cake

BBQ Made From Front of a 78 GMC Pick-Up Truck

My cousin’s son runs a metal work shop called Radical Motor Sports (FaceBook page) in Saudi and I saw that they had posted this awesome BBQ conversion. They’ve taken the front end of a 1978 GMC pick-up truck and turned it into a sweet looking BBQ.

There are a few more pictures of it and pictures of what it looked like before they started work on it in their gallery.

The Nintendo Lunchbox Entertainment System

I’d have killed for this as a kid… Heck I’d probably kill for it now. What do you do with a broken N.E.S.? Turn it into a lunch box of course!  And for good measure you’d better use the controller as a handle .

Via Geekosystem

Handknit Anatomical Heart Pillow

Handknit "I give you my heart" Pillow - Anatomical Heart

Unfortunately this hand knit anatomical heart pillow appears to have been a one off by TheTearySeal that doesn’t stop it from being pretty cool. Also I’m willing to bet that they would do it as a commission or sell you the pattern to make one yourself if were that way inclined.