DIY

Convert a Dishwasher into a Fish Tank? Why Not?

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When you sell appliances for a living, getting people into your store rather than the other guys is extremely important. In Dean Eaton’s case, owner of Rochester Appliance, there are five “big box” stores nearby, so he’s always trying to set himself apart from the competition. Although you might be thinking this means giant inflatable men, or a “Price-slashing President’s ...

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Maker Spotlight: Ruth Grace Wong

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Name: Ruth Grace WongHome: San Francisco, CaliforniaMakerspace: NoisebridgeDay Job:  I am a site reliability engineer. I work with large software systems, help fix them when they break, and write code to make the system more reliable. Medium | Instructables | Pinterest How did you get started making?My mom bought me a crochet for beginners book in 4th grade, and I learned and started ...

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Compassionate Projects Keep the Focus on People, Not Exposure

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I saw this video and absolutely loved the project. Jude Pullen has built a camera interface that allows James, who suffers from epidermolysis bullosa, to take pictures without the use of his fingers. Photography is something that takes James’ mind off of his fairly painful disease. Without the addition of this camera rig, James had to rely on someone else to hold ...

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Building a Baby Groot Puppet For My Shoulder

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The moment I saw the first sneak peek of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, I knew I needed to make this happen. The final shot of Rocket Raccoon with baby Groot on his shoulder was just so perfect and I knew exactly how I’d do it too. This is not a particularly new trick. I’ve seen this used for a ...

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Launching A Kickstarter: Final Countdown Considerations, and LAUNCH!

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Editor’s Note: We thought it would be interesting to show, in detail, how a Kickstarter is run. Natasha has agreed to document her entire process in a 6 part series so you can see what is involved with setting up your own crowdfunding campaign.  Today is Kickstarter launch day. I’m Natasha, the designer behind TechnoChic DIY tech-craft kits at TechnoChic.net. A moment ago, I ...

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Maker Spotlight: John Allwine

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Name: John AllwineHome: Bozeman, MTMakerspace: Children’s Museum of Bozeman STEAMlabDay Job: This doesn’t have a straight forward answer for me. I’m really a software developer, but that hasn’t been my focus for several years. The last couple years I managed the STEAMlab at the Children’s Museum of Bozeman, teaching classes to kids around 3D printing, electronics, and coding among other ...

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A DIY Photobooth Fit for a Wedding

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If you’re getting married, or just having a party you’d like to remember, a photo booth can be a fun device to help you remember things. Of course you can rent one, but with an old computer, digital camera, and printer, making one isn’t too hard. On the other hand, setting it up in such a way that it looks ...

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Use Polarized Lighting Techniques to Capture Cool Color Effects

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Amazing colors can be created in frozen ice crystals, which are seen here beginning to form as the water freezes. Under polarized light the ice appears to have many colors within it. The colors are due to the ice crystals being birefringent in polarized light. The water was placed in a clear glass petri dish between two polarizing filters and ...

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Print, Cut, and Twirl This Whirly Noisemaker

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Here’s an update of a bullroarer, an ancient noisemaker dating to the Paleolithic period and found in many cultures around the world. When a thin, wooden paddle is whirled around on a string it creates a roaring sound with a cool 360° “surround sound” effect. This version is based on a mid-20th-century cardboard toy premium and makes a fun flapping ...

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Launching A Kickstarter: Creating Meaningful Rewards

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Editor’s Note: We thought it would be interesting to show, in detail, how a Kickstarter is run. Natasha has agreed to document her entire process in a 6 part series so you can see what is involved with setting up your own crowdfunding campaign. I’m Natasha, the designer behind TechnoChic DIY tech-craft kits at TechnoChic.net. In just one week I’ll be launching my new DIY ...

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