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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A Wearable Altoids tin that pulses to music! on: April 02, 2006 09:46:01 PM
I built a color organ from a kit and housed it in an altoids tin. Using a phone clip and velcro strap I made it wearable so it can be worn to the club. A color organ is a circuit that flashes a light when it hears sound.


Here's a peek inside:

Video in action!:

I also thought about making it into a belt buckle, or have a shirt with a pocket in the chest to slip this into...
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / A shield for couch ends (from things like cats who love to scratch them) on: March 07, 2006 10:03:25 PM
Cats love to scratch the ends of couches, I guess they figure them to be scratching posts (even though I already built them a custom scratching post, grrr). I attached tin foil to the ends, which works, but looks too ghetto.

In pops an idea. I got some aluminum flashing, two aluminum bars for the legs, some nuts/bolts, and made this:

It slides up against the couch and looks far better than tin foil. Took me less than 30min to drill the holes, bend the bars, and screw everything together. I'm going to make a matching set after I correct some design flaws.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Altoids Strips Keychain Flash Drive on: February 06, 2006 03:28:13 PM
My Lexar JumpDrive gave out on me and stopped working; I ended up fixing it (a piece had broken loose on the pcb, so I soldered it back on) but destroyed the case in the process. I found an Altoids Strips tin and used that for the case:

You can take a perfectly working flash drive and make your own, the process is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicrosin/sets/72057594059750657/
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Simple metal/industrial wall shelves on: October 28, 2005 08:29:01 PM
My roomate saw this in a trendy salon so she begged me to make it. It's simple to do:
1. Take a sturdy sheet of metal from a home improvement place
2. Depending on how far you want it out from the wall, bend 1/4 of it to 90 degrees (best to use a bench vise and hammer it).
3. Drill 2-3 holes into it and screw it into the wall.
4. Voila! An industrial looking wall shelf.


Disclaimer: you probably don't want it placed where people walk by, due to possible injury from the sharp edges. You could line the edges in rubber tubing or curl the edges around itself if the metal is bendable enough (these weren't).
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Glowing coffee table on: October 22, 2005 01:25:32 PM
Been on a posting spree, I'm a new member and excited to have a place to see amazing crafts, get ideas, and show off some of my own. Grin

I made a glowing coffee table after seeing these tables at a club once:

This is the table, obtained from a thrift store and spray painted black:

This is what it looks like when turned on:

The blue color is acheived by using sheets of theatre gel layered on top of mini flourescent lamps:

Pulling back the gel to show the lamps. I went with battery ones because I wanted the table portable and wire-free (to keep people from tripping). Downside is that it uses 32 batteries for the 4 lamps. Sad

The lamps are held to the table with velcro for easy removal and battery replacement. I found the tin foil helps reflect the light better. The bottom of the table is a sheet of plywood:

The white panels were created from plexiglass and spray painted with a frosting spray so that its opaque when the lights are off but when turned on will allow the light through. The table top is plywood with squares cut into them and ridges around the holes so the panels can sit level with the top.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Simple window perch for cats on: October 22, 2005 01:05:32 PM
The cats were in need of a perch or tree, I had some junk laying around the garage (free scrap from Lowe's), and instead of throwing them out I came up with a two level cat perch so the cats could look out the window.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hanging Picture Frames on: October 18, 2005 02:46:59 PM
I always liked those hanging picture frames I see in the stores, so I built two different styles of frames for only $4 in parts.
I plan to eventually make a longer version of the wood one so it can hold 6 large photos.

Zip ties keep the wire on the pole, while the wire to the photo is looped and held with a ferrule.

Alligator clips attached to the wires hold the photo.

A bit of wood painted black, a small copper pole screwed in place for the wires to hang from, all held to the wall with a pole bracket on either end.
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