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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / USED lab glassware?? on: June 09, 2009 02:16:09 PM
I work in a lab, and we recently moved to a tiney-tiny space. So we now have extra glassware that we don't have room for. It seems a waste to just throw it away, so we've been trying to think of things to do with it. These are examples of what we have (all are waaaaay larger than in these pictures):

volumetric flasks - 10 L (14 in high, 12 in in diameter at widest point), 2 L (14 in x 6 in) and 1 L (12i n x 5 in)

6 L Erlenmeyer flasks (about 18 in high, 10 in in diameter)

So far we've thought of:
  • bud vases
  • fish tank
  • lamp

Can anyone else think of anything else??? I already have some glassware that I use as bud vases, so I really want to do something besides that.

P.S. This is USED glassware, so we wouldn't want to be eating/drinking out of them.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Spray paint on fused plastic??? on: April 20, 2009 02:21:16 PM
I didn't know where else to put this...so I figured the misc board must be the best place!

I want to make some reusable shopping bags from fused plastic bags for Earth Day. Most of the plastic bags I have are super boring. Most are brown or white. Yawn. I was thinking of spray painting some designs using that plastic "Kryon" spray paint or whatever it's called. Has anyone tried doing this?? I'm afraid that the spray paint would rub/flake off after a while.

3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Ahhhh....potluck help ASAP. Please please please!! on: September 08, 2008 10:07:28 AM

So my company is having a potluck tomorrow and the day after...why, who knows. But I thought of something for one potluck, but cannot think of something for the other. A lot of people have already signed up and it's looking like we are in desperate need of entrees as the only one so far is a quiche. The entree would have to be cold or able to be heated up in a microwave, as we don't have an oven.

Thanks!! I would have to make this tonight, so any suggestions would be much apprieciated!

4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / New and improved cons! on: July 05, 2008 05:41:54 PM

So I saw this post on craftster a while ago and I knew I had to try it. I have a whole bunch of old pairs of black converse sitting around that have holes in the fabric, but with okay soles, so this was the perfect project! I also used this tutorial from instrucables to help out. In short, you cut off the old fabric part and use it as a pattern to make the new ones, then just glue them to the soles. I used E6000 since it's strong yet flexible. I also lined the insides with denim from some old jeans to try to make them a little more rigid. It was kind of a hassel and next time I think I will just double up the fabric, although I only had a fat quarter to work with, and if I doubled up the fabric it might have been a little short.

But, yes...here are my lovely re-vamped converse!

Yes, I attached the original labels, haha.

Action shots:

And look at how straight my sewing was! Holy crap, I am still amazed by this! I have sewn about twice in the past ten years so I am pretty proud of how this came out.

I have worn them a few times and they have held up. I definitely learned a few things along the way though, like:
- Don't make it the exact same size as the pattern, as you will need extra to glue it in. The first shoe I made I didn't leave extra on the toe-end so there is a bit of a gap. The tongue kind of hides it, but it still doesn't look awesome.
- Try to smooth out the fabric when you glue it in. I didn't do this as much as I should have and so they are kind of uncomfortable as there are little regions of fabric that pooch out and poke you in the foot. Ow.

All in all I think the whole thing went really well. I finished it in a weekend (or, it would have been a weekend if I had figured out how many eyelets I needed and bought enough so I didn't have to run to Joann's later. Duh.)  The black pair I have now is just about at the end of days, so I will be trying this again soon! And the best part? The fabric was about $3.75 on Etsy and the eyelets were $4, so I now have a pair of totally original converse that were less than $10! Woo hoo!!
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / they're like really thin pancakes on: June 07, 2008 10:35:49 AM
So the other day I got blintzes at village inn and they were awesome. Then I saw pre-made crepes at the grocery store a few days later and decided I could make my own blintzes. But then when I went back to the store I couldn't find the crepes again, so my boyfriend suggested we make our own (this is why I love him!) It went way better than expected, and I actually did the fancy flippy thing one time, woo hoo!

Action shot


Strawberry sauce for on top. Soooooo good.

The finished product, yay!!!

All in all it was an awesome way to spend a morning. Definitely time consuming, but worth it if you ask me.

Oh, and I got the recipe here.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / ripping jeans :( on: April 14, 2008 09:13:48 AM
So for Christmas my mom bought me a pair of really nice jeans. I've always kind of thought buying expensive jeans was a waste of money but she wanted to get me some and it was a really nice gift and now I totally love them. But here is the thing....after four months they are starting to get all worn out in the theighs. Now, I am on the bigger side, but I don't think I'm so big that a pair of jeans wears out this fast. Plus, I've had some cheap jeans from American Eagle for about four years and they are just fine....grrr!  Angry   So I'm hoping there is a way of saving them....do you think I could iron a patch on the inside and that would keep them from wearing out anymore? Does anyone have any better suggestions?


And, I think this proves expensive jeans are not worth it. Yes?
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / polymer clay + science = ????? on: March 06, 2008 11:33:00 AM
Alright, so while not paying attention in class today and shopping on Etsy I found this store -->  http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5165490

This woman makes beautiful jewelry. I love love love it all...only problem is I don't exactly have $100+ laying around to buy one of her pieces. So I thought I'd try making my own and figured polymer clay would be the way to go because it is relatively cheap and seems easy enough to pick up as a novice. So I've been trolling the boards and FAQ all day but I still had a few questions, mostly:

If the pieces I'm making are very thin....like on the order of 1/8th of an inch. Will they be in serious risk of cracking or bending? I read on the infamous GlassAttic website that polymer clay remains malleable even after baking...is that true? If I made a necklace similar to the ones I like will they get totally warped and ruined after awhile?

And also...for people with more experience, do you think this is a) possible and b) too ambitious for a beginner? (I've done some stuff with polymer clay but it's been a good ten years...)

Here's a picture of one of the necklaces from her shop...I feel like it's bad of me to post this so if it is just let me know and I'll delete it...
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Am I crazy for wanting to do this? on: September 27, 2007 09:21:00 AM
Okay, so I have come up with the perfect Halloween costume. I want to be a radioactive isotope and the basis of it is a neon yellow dress with a black belt that will have neutrons and protons on it. But I have some issues, 1) who makes neon yellow dresses? And 2) do I really want to spend $50 on a dress I probably won't wear again? No. So I am determined to make a dress myself. But, once again, there are problems. Mostly I can't sew and am overwhelmed with the amount of patterns, etc there are out there. I know what I want pretty much and I was wondering if anyone has a patten they have used that is similar or knows of a tutorial on how to make a bubble skirt or anything. This is about what I want (but with straps):


Also, do you think that something like this is way to ambitious for someone who hasn't sewn anything bigger than a pillow? I really don't want to ask my mom to make it cause I'm 21 and I shouldn't still have my mom making my halloween costumes, haha.
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / how could I do this??? on: September 21, 2007 02:21:44 PM
Okay, so I decided way back when that I wanted to be a radioactive isotope for Halloween, and I would have detatchable particles that I could throw at people and be like "whoa, Beta decay!!" or something. Problem is now I'm going out with my sister on halloween to a frat party or something equally lame and she informs me that I need to dress accordingly, aka skanky. How could I fashion my idea into a good costume? And any ideas on what to use for particles? I thought maybe pompoms but I don't want to be covered in pompoms cause I don't think that would be very flattering.

I don't know, just was wondering if anyone had any good ideas.

10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / pipet tip racks??? on: July 07, 2007 07:16:12 AM
Okay, so I work in a lab and we got through pipet tips like whoa. They come in boxes in these purple racks, and we recycle the boxes but we just throw away the racks and it seems like such a waste. Anyone got any good ideas of what these could become? I was thinking maybe like a necklace holder, but that's my only thought and I figured there's gotta be something better out ther than that.

It's kind of hard to tell from the picture but they come in two sizes and are about half an inch thick. The holes are pretty small, about the size of a pencil, and they're about fiveish inches long.
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