In this instructable I show how I built a furnace - very similar to another design, just scaled down a bit. I designed a piece of jewelry, made a mold using the lost wax technique, cast the piece of jewelry then set a stone in it. All the materials are easily obtainable. It works with precious metal…
I had a great time at the CHA show (Craft & Hobby Association Winter Show) in Anaheim last week. Here’s a photo of my session that I did on Indie Crafts where we also made the paper bead bracelets from CRAFT: 05. It was a great turnout with over 70 people in the session. I loved all the different things that people did with one person even decorating the bag with paper beads instead of making a bracelet. The weather in Anaheim was a toasty 75 degrees making it nice sit outside to eat lunch and enjoy the sun. Inside at the trade show, I saw the debut of Crafty Chica’s new line of products from Duncan and let me say, her stuff is amazing! I can’t wait to see it all in the stores this spring. I even found some time to sit and play with her glitter to decorate this crafty Frieda tote bag. Not only that I got to hang around with fellow Craftzine blogger, Jenny Ryan, Cathy Callahan, and Susan Beal. Susan and I spent some time walking around the trade show last Sunday and Monday, even getting a chance to meet Vanna White at the Lion Brand Yarn booth right before the big knit fashion show (more on the show tomorrow on the blog). I caught up with knitgrrl Shannon Okey and Alternation co-author Alexandra Underhill, had lunch with Vickie Howell, and go to meet sweet Betz White for the first time too!
Overall CHA was a great way to find out about all the new products coming out from retailers. Even though the majority of the trade show was dedicated to scrapbooking, I got to see lots of interesting new products that you’ll be seeing in the future pages of the Bazzar section in CRAFT. Not to give anything away, what I am the most excited to try out is this automated bobbin winder called the Side Winder. (You know how I love those gadgets!)
You can see all my photos from the CHA show in my Flickr set here - Link.
There’s also recaps from CHA by other crafters you should read too:
From the technophobic department, Zoe Papadopoulou at the Royal Academy of Art is making these shields for anything electric, knitting a copper filament in her cozies and electrically grounding it. This provides some shielding from the electromagnetic fields these devices emit. Truth is, however, that the waves running through the air (cell phone frequencies, mainly) are a lot farther reaching than those from your toaster. That’s why they invented shielding fabric and paint! They’re still nice as a social commentary art piece, though. - [via] Link.
@The NYC Toy fair 2008 you tend to see companies with a variety of products, Precision Modelworks has stunning and unique models of various space capsules - Saturn vehicles, Gemini capsules and others from the Mercury missions - if you’re a space buff these might be the only (and best) replicas in existence.
In addition to their space, planes and warships they are also working on a kit that is made to scale with a real house so you can learn how to frame out a new home.
Matt Mets is on a quest to make lots of cool hacks day after day! This Arduino based Drum Loop Machine is simple but nice and clever. Using a bunch of scavenged parts (the best kind) and an Arduino microcontroller he has made a drum recording device that will play back the same sequence that […]
Many thanks to Julie Jackson for tipping us off to this great Betty Hutton performance from the 1947 musical The Perils of Pauline. Hutton plays an exhausted garment sweatshop worker, and this is her sarcastic ode to her sewing machine. Link.
What a great idea to get some cool aerial pictures on a small budget. The uncontrolled flight aspect of the balloon adds to the excitement since no one knows exactly where the rig is going to go. With aerial RC plane videos everything is under control and there is little left to chance. As shown […]