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1  The Glass Insulator LED Lamp in CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES by Lufahsman on: May 03, 2008 06:48:12 AM
This was an idea that came about when I brought home several glass insulators from work.  I was bored and picked them up out of ditches.  So today I actually pulled the parts together and went for it.   The one thing I didn't have was a power supply.  So a quick stop at Goodwill produced one for $1.  You can't beat that.  Here are a couple pictures of the finished project.

I used 3 superbright LEDs and tried to keep this a cheap and simple as possible.  I was really curious just how simple you could keep making something like this.  So here is the build really quick.  If you want the really long winded one check my blog here.

So I really just used the insulator, 3 LEDs, 3 resistors, a power supply , a weird electric connector thing , some screw connectors and some electrical tape.  After figuring out the LEDs and power supply I was going to use I found on online calculator here.  That will tell you what size of resistor to use and how to arrange the LEDs (ie in series/parallel).  You should get something like this....

So to the actual build.  Cut the connector off the end of the power supply cord and strip the wires.  Here is the one part that might throw people for a loop if they aren't used to working with electronics.  You need to find out which of the wires is the positive and which is the negative.  I used a multi-meter to find mine.  If you don't have the ability to check yours find a friend who does and make sure you mark which is which.

Me playing with the multi-meter Smiley

Now that you know your positive and negative wires, time to get the rest of the assembly together.  I put the resistors on the LEDs next...

Then I started building the weird little clippy thing.  I used this because I had it laying around.  There really wasn't any reason I couldn't have just used electrical tape for this part as well.  This will have the positive current running into it.

Then plug the positive side of the LEDs into the clippy thing. 

Hook the negative side up  and hopefully you have light....

I used another screw connector to hold the negative wire and the 3 resistors together.  Then insert parts.

I just taped them in place and done!

So, that's my cute little light.  You can see all my build pics here and blog post about it here.  Thanks for looking!
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2  Re: Upholstered Toby Step in Weaving: Completed Projects by Lufahsman on: April 18, 2008 09:58:20 AM
Now I've just got to get her to weave some fabric to upholster the new bench  Grin

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3  Re: First weaving project...scarf from handspun :) in Weaving: Completed Projects by Lufahsman on: March 18, 2008 07:26:25 AM
Thanks again  Cheesy

Kittyboo -  The loom we have really doesn't take up much room.  It's a Ashford Rigid Heddle loom.  Like this....

You can get them here....


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4  Rug from junk yarn in Weaving: Completed Projects by Lufahsman on: March 18, 2008 12:09:53 AM
It turned out to be 46 inches by 24.5 inches. Pretty darn happy with it for number 2 weaving project. The warp is superwash yarn and the weft is handspun that Ive been stockpiling for a rug. The handspun is from junk fiber that was then combed up on the hackle and made into yarn. So ya for getting a rug out of throw away fiber. Smiley

Bela also approves.

Also some of the yarn that was made from the junk fiber. This was the weft yarn.

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5  First weaving project...scarf from handspun :) in Weaving: Completed Projects by Lufahsman on: March 16, 2008 11:54:58 AM
I've watched Jacki weave for a while now.  I almost always help her warp the loom.  I decided that it was time I gave it a try.  Grin  The yarn is some handspun that I spun for the weft and Dream in Color's Smooshy for the warp.  It's 7.5 inches by 64 inches.  My edges started out pretty bad, but got much better by the end of the scarf...

Getting started.  Yarn and Mead  Shocked

On the loom....

Also more pics here.


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6  Re: Fiber Friday 3/14/2008 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Lufahsman on: March 14, 2008 10:51:05 AM
My first one of the week is Grape Nutz....

199 yds 5 3.8oz The brown ply is Sheep Shed roving and the other ply is superwash hand dyed. I really liked how this came out Smiley

Toby approves.

Second one is PINK!  This is  going to be for a friend's wife. 


Wow is this pink.  93 yds 3 7/8oz.  About 70/30 BFL/silk blended on the hackle.  Super soft and fluffy

Sneak peak of next week...

All the yarn is great as usual.  Grin  Damn jazzturtle with the feathers!  That rocks.

Just cus I can... Beer cupcake yum. 

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7  Orifice hook chain(maille) in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by Lufahsman on: March 07, 2008 06:43:57 AM
I made this chainmaille chain for the orifice hook for my spinning wheel.  I totally ripped the idea off from Lilith Parker.


Just thought that this was a fun addition to an already blinged out wheel. Smiley

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8  Re: Leap Year Fiber Friday 2/29/08 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Lufahsman on: February 29, 2008 03:53:23 PM
I finished up my other yarn today.

River's Edge Weaving Studio. It's 80 BFL/10 Merino/ 1 Tencel / 9 Kid Mohair. Is the blueish ply.

The other is 50/50 Alpaca/Brown Top (whatever that is). Nice brown and white tho. Smiley

83yds 4 3/8oz

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9  Re: Leap Year Fiber Friday 2/29/08 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Lufahsman on: February 29, 2008 06:47:31 AM
I've got one for the week so far.  I have another that needs plied, so maybe I'll post that later if I get it done. Smiley

Indigo dyed superwash from Earthly Hues is the blue and white ply. The other is from River's Edge Weaving Studio. It's 80 BFL/10 Merino/ 1 Tencel / 9 Kid Mohair.

68yds 3 3/8oz

jazzturtle - I really like carnival.  I may have to try that.
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10  Re: Fiber Fri 2/21/08 - Okay my bad, Fiber Thurs anyone? in Spinning: Completed Projects by Lufahsman on: February 22, 2008 03:02:47 PM
I've got just one for this week.  The blue/white ply is superwash from Earthly Hues and the green/brown ply is a mess of mohair and stuff from our hackle.  Actually leftovers from one of Lufah's projects. 


119yds and 7oz
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