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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES / The Glass Insulator LED Lamp 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!
2  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Rug from junk yarn 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.

3  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / First weaving project...scarf from handspun :) 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.


4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Orifice hook chain(maille) 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

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Full Persian triple strand necklace joining problems on: December 01, 2007 02:18:53 AM
So I've started this necklace.  It's in the Full Persian weave with 3/16 inch 20 gauge rings.  I'm pretty happy with how it's gone so far.  The problem I'm having is getting the strands rejoined on the far side.  Nothing I have tried has looked good.  The weave really only runs one way so the split is backwards on the far side.

I think I'm going to have to make a mirror of what I have so far and then find a way to join them in the middle. 

Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated.


6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Chainmaille bracelets (Vacation craftiness:) Lots O Pictures on: October 12, 2007 05:03:47 PM
We took a couple week camping vacation so I actually had some time to do some chainmaille jewelry.  Grin 

This is a picture (taken a night) of two dragonback bracelets.  The larger one on top is mine and made from stainless rings.  The smaller one on the bottom is Lufah's and is made from copper and titanium.



This is a byz bracelet that I made for Lufah.  The rings are silver enameled copper.

Here is a half Persian 4-1 that I made for myself out of copper.

Here is a glow in the dark necklace I made for Lufah.  Yes you can get chainmaille rings in glow in the dark!


And finally a couple shots of mess o chainmaille...


All pictures are clickable and will take you to their flickr page.

Thanks for looking!

7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 8/24/07 on: August 24, 2007 06:38:31 AM
So I only have one yarn for this week.  I can't wait to see what everyone else has done!

This is some BFL that I dyed plyed with Black Merino.  115yds 6 1/8oz.

8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Beaded Twisted Wire Orifice Hooks on: August 07, 2007 04:15:42 PM
Jacki's needed an orifice hook for her wheel and I'm mildly craft so I made her one.  Then for no reason in particular made another one.  Oh and we stole the idea from this etzy post...


I thought these turned out pretty well for the first couple trys at it.

9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Trying out different fibers day :) on: August 07, 2007 08:15:45 AM
Spent the day yesterday helping Jacki keggle dye a bunch of yarn.  So I figured I might as well dye up some fiber. Tongue 

This is a 50% Merino 50% Tencel blend...

This is 100% Alpaca.

And some BFL.  I think I'll spin this up and then ply it with some undyed BFL.

And just for fun one messy dye keggle....

10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / First handspun :) on: July 08, 2007 07:37:26 PM
Made my first yarn today.  I'm pretty happy with it for a first shot at spinning.  Turned out to be 57yds of yarn that I have no idea what to do with.  Roll Eyes

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