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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Totally Cube-ular Pixel Garland on: December 13, 2010 07:50:41 PM
As a side journey from my iPad Pixelator project, I discovered that the combination of "Don't Break the Ice" blocks and Christmas lights were a perfect match.

All you'll need is a set of blocks from the game "Don't Break the Ice", a tube of clear cement, and a string of lights.  You'll discover that the game typically comes with 34 blocks.  This project requires as many blocks as you have lights on your string.

Now here's how to get it done.  I began with a 35 bulb string of size C-6 lights.

The bulb is just the right length to fit diagonally into one of the cubes.

Put a small 1/4" glob of airplane cement into the indicated corner.

Press and hold the bulb into the glue across the diagonal of the cube for sixty seconds.

Repeat on each bulb until complete.

Decorate like it's The Future!

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Updated with tutorial: iPad Pixelator on: April 15, 2010 07:29:48 AM

Updated the thread with a tutorial showing how to make this great project.  If you have an iPad or want to make a cool handmade techno-gift for an iPad owner, this will walk you through the steps.

Here is a youtube video showing how it works:

The initial prototype:

Prototype video:
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Samurai Kitty wall art on: October 01, 2008 06:53:50 AM
Spare time + cardboard box +craft paints + bag of felt scraps = this:

4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 21 ENTRIES / Don't Break the Ice -> Pixelator *Updated w/assembly pics on: October 01, 2007 01:46:23 PM
My daughter and I were well into playing Don't Break the Ice when she held one of the cubes to the television.  Then we held a bunch of them together and did it again - we looked at each other and knew this had to be done.

Here is the game itself for reference.

We laid out 12 sets of the game on a very flat table with the "open" end of the cubes up and glued them all together using clear liquid nails and aligning them with a steel ruler.  What you see here is one half of the whole "screen" coming together.

A closeup of the back.  You can see that there are gaps, due to the cubes being slightly smaller on the open end.  These were fused with a line of airplane cement.  Takes a good while to do every single row.  And use a fan!

Then it was encased in a simple wooden frame.
Here is the front.

And the back.

The end result is that when you set this in front of your television, it becomes a magical animated pixel display.

Here's a little youtube of it running:

It was a fun project to do, and there are many ways to approach it.  Next time, it will probably have a lighter metal frame and hang from the top of the tv.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pixelator - now with video! on: May 12, 2007 05:36:15 PM
Here's a thing I built over the last few months - finally complete!  

Inspired during a game of "Don't Break the Ice" with my daughter, I used 12 sets of the game to create a 15x24 grid of cubes.  This was set into a custom hardwood frame.  When placed in front of a television set, the animated pixelation effect is mezmerizing.


Watch the video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEQ5-mWrB_E

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