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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 106 ENTRIES / I wish ... on: January 09, 2015 01:42:01 AM
I live in Ottawa and it feels like the arctic right now. This is pretty much were I wish I could be instead ... on a warm balmy beach, sipping a drink, roasting a fish on a fire. And of course the edible environment is a plus. This was my first attempt at a gingerbread something as part of a get together with friends. Suffice to say many catastrophes were to be had.

The hut as well as the firewood are made of gingerbread and the island is made of hazelnut shortbread.  The palm tree is a cinnamon stick with hazelnuts for coconuts and mint tummies for leaves and the vegetation / leaves and weird snake are made out of gum paste.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fake ECT Machine on: December 25, 2014 08:16:28 AM
Much to my surprise it didn't fail entirely. It is intended for a larp that we will run in the spring. When the "Initiate Treatment" button is pressed, it makes the helmet portion vibrate in addition to a buzzer sound.

A small motor inside starts to work when the on-off switch is flipped, you can light the various LEDS to adjust the intensity of the "shock" and then the show is administered, numbers appear on the little display ... which is in fact just a cheap voltmeter.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: non marinated pot roast on: December 21, 2014 08:52:39 PM
Well, people pay good money for "sous vide" cooking in fancy restaurant. You may have inadvertently developed the home version of it.  Grin
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Not a botch just yet on: December 21, 2014 04:49:21 AM
If not a botch, it will be a fake ECT machine for a larp we are running next spring. This was my first test to see if everything fit in the housing. I still need to solder the connections and create the helmet portion ... in which a few pager motors will be embedded so the players feel something when their PC is "shocked". You see them to the left at the end of this video:

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Not a botch just yet on: December 20, 2014 09:24:51 PM
The prop works so far but the wiring has gotten a bit out of control I think. I never realized that hooking up 11 switches, 9 LEDS, 5 motors and a buzzer and some batteries would turn into such a rat's nest if you want certain things to only work when certain other things are happening.

I am actually dreading soldering the last connections ... some of which involve something like 12 wires together. I sense disaster looming.
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 104 ENTRIES / Re: Angler fish and Squid on: December 01, 2014 04:39:13 AM
I am in love with the angler fish hat. Do the little balls light up or glow in the dark?
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Anonymous Grave Marker on: December 01, 2014 04:37:01 AM
Thank you Smiley

Although I didn't have the rusty metal primer that they recommend, I used this website tutorial on painting faux rust. It was very helpful.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Anonymous Grave Marker on: November 30, 2014 07:47:59 AM
We are working on yet another one shot larp which takes place in a modern institution where lots of weevil things happen. Anyhow, in order to scare the bejesus out of the patients during their morning walk, we want to create a mini graveyard where the deceased are only identified by their number (in the same way that the patients players will). We're looking at having 15+ markers, hence the need for something simple.

So I whipped this prototype. The top is birch plywood and the bottom is pink insulation foam and some screws and nuts i had laying around. Everything is covered in drylock for texture and to be weather proof and on the day of, I'll probably treat it with hydrofuge spray.

I made the top part float over the bottom part so we can run hidden fishing lines to anchor them to the ground. It would be a shame if the wind took away our graveyard.

These are awesome. I'm reminded of the show "Art Attack". I love them all, but the lion is my favourite.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Skin Prop on: July 07, 2014 07:15:05 PM
A quick prop made for a werewolf larp. It's supposed to be a piece of animal skin, freshly removed, by someone who doesn't really know what they are doing. The reverse is a brown suede-like fabric. Made with tinted latex on fabric.

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