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41  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Angry Birds Table-Top Edition! on: May 18, 2011 10:02:53 AM
That's fantastic!  My fiancee would love this.  He plays that game all the time on his phone.  Would you mind if I borrowed the idea for his birthday?

Certainly Smiley I made the tutorial so that everyone could get a sweet app for their i-Table (formerly known as the kitchen table)
42  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Angry Birds Table-Top Edition! on: May 17, 2011 10:42:51 PM

My two youngest kids and I built a table-top version of Angry Birds! It's loads of fun and doesn't cost much to make! The materials needed are hard Styrofoam, balsa wood, pingpong balls, paint, Sharpies, rubber bands and a bit of cardboard. Here's a quick how-to on making it:

For the project we purchased a large sheet of about 1" thickness hard Styrofoam and balsa wood boards from a craft store. The first step was to decide on the length of our blocks and how many we wanted to make.

Next the blocks were cut out. I used a hand-held jig saw, but a coping or other hand saw would work just as well (the jig saw just makes the process much faster). After the blocks were cut we set about painting them. We tried to simulate the wood, stone and glass blocks from the game.

And here they are! The blocks finished and *almost* dry! While these were drying, my middle boy took on the task of creating the pigs and birds.

Our pigs and birds were made from pingpong balls. In the first picture of this post, you can see all of the birds/pigs we have so far. In the closeup above, you can see where we hot-glued some black beads to the bottom of the pigs to create their hooves and give them the ability to stay put until they're shot at.

With all of the components made, it could then be enjoyed!!!
43  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / !Tutorial link on how to make Soda Tab Chainmaile! on: May 04, 2011 10:43:21 PM

a while back I posted over on the clothing forums about a soda tab skirt that I made. I have now written a short tutorial on how to make chainmaile from soda tabs. It can be found here: http://chaincrafts.blogspot.com/2011/05/tabmaile-tutorial.html.

The general structure is the same as European 4 in 1 chainmaile (for those who are familiar with chain already).

I hope that others will find it useful for their creations! Cheesy

Let me know if you need further details and I will be happy to help.
44  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Completed costume featuring mechanical hand on: April 26, 2011 11:35:07 AM
That hand is mind boggling, and the costumes look great!

I also checked out your blog (because I recognized the background from your photos and was ridiculously excited to see that there's a fellow craftster in the 'ham), and all of your work is incredible.  I especially loved your daughter's dragon outfit! Very jealous.

Thank you for the compliment Smiley Also, good eye spotting the stone circle. It's a great place to take photos Cheesy
45  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Completed costume featuring mechanical hand on: April 25, 2011 11:20:43 AM
So a while ago I made a thread about a mechanical hand I was working on (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=377360.0) This is the complete costume that I wanted the hand for Smiley My wife and I went to a sci-fi convention for the first time this weekend and she and I designed our costumes together. More in-depth descriptions of the costumes as well as images of other cool costumes that were at the convention can be found here: http://chaincrafts.blogspot.com/

My favorite question we got while at the convention came from a 4 year old boy who asked us, "Why did you make your costumes.... creepy?"

Creepy? Us?


Photos by Jessica Bjorn of Bakan Photography http://www.bakanphotography.com/
46  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pop Tab Prom Dress (Quite a Lot of Pics!) on: April 21, 2011 06:40:31 AM
As a fellow pop-tab enthusiast, I must say that I greatly admire your work. The dress that you made is not only an amazing use of pop-tabs, but it is a stunning functional garment. Excellent work!
47  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Low-Cost Beetle Costume on: April 19, 2011 09:43:29 AM

I made this beetle costume a long while back from recycled materials, most of which I found at a local re-used hardware store. It was a fun project and probably ran less than $25. For anyone else out there needing a bug costume, here's a run-down of what it's made from:

- First off, the shell was made from something called a "fiber-barrel". It's a large storage barrel made from super-dense paper-board. I then cut it into segments and hooked the panels together with nylon straps and rivets on the inside. The shell is supported by backpack straps that are also located on the inside and fit over the wearer's shoulders.

- Next, the head was made from a bicycle helmet, duct tape, respirator covers for the eyes and plumbing parts for the antennae.

- The arms were made from corrugated abs drain pipe and the hands from cardboard

- Finally, the legs were made from a combination of a plastic industrial barrel and more corrugated drain pipe.

Add a little black spray-paint and viola! You're ready to terrorize the town!
48  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Mechanical Hand on: April 11, 2011 06:11:24 AM
That is beyond cool. Amazingly eye-catching. I can't imagine someone wearing that and not being the centre of attention. Just the design is great, but functional as well? You did a great job on these. Cheesy
I'm working on something similar, of a very different design but I'd need the same kind of mobility. Would you mind if I used this as an example of where to put springs, joints, etc? Eternally thankful if you'd let me. Smiley

Certainly Smiley

I posted it on Crafster so that like-minded individuals could have a starting-point for similar projects. Would you do me a favor and post your project once it's complete? I'd love to see what you're making! Cheesy
49  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 61 ENTRIES / Re: !!!The Mighty Red Gauntlets of Thirst!!! on: April 07, 2011 06:03:10 AM
These look really fun and well made! I've been wanting to try this technique for a while now but I haven't done mail before and all the types of rings get confusing... if you don't mind me asking, what gauge were the ones you used and are they just stainless steel or something else?

I don't mind a bit Smiley I used 16 gauge stainless steel 5/16" inner diameter rings.
50  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 61 ENTRIES / Re: Poptab Sunburst Mirror on: April 06, 2011 07:37:12 PM
My goodness that is cool. I've entered this contest too.... but honestly I'm going to vote for yours when the time comes. The labor and attention to detail that went into your mirror is very impressive.
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