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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Crafting With Coconut Shell - Making A Kalimba

Coconut shell is quite an interesting material - underneath that bristly exterior, there is a lustrous dark shell that can be polished to quite a lovely finish.

In this article, I take a coconut shell and make it into a little musical instrument.
 

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Old Into New Times Two - Making Over An Old Workbench And Upcycling The Old Benchtops

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The wooden tops of my trusty old folding workbench were starting to look really beaten and worn - time to make them over with some lovely new hardwood.

After I finished doing that, I also had a great idea for repurposing the old scarred and worn bench tops into something unique and new.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

More Drink Can Tinwork - Star-Shaped Box

tinwork4thumb.jpgMore tinwork fun with drink cans. This time for a star-shaped box with a convex profile - the design is still a bit half-baked, but I'm putting it up here in case anyone wants to experiment with it.

(Article updated October 2016 with video tutorial to make this item into a shabby-chic Christmas tree ornament)
 

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Upcycled Foraging Knife

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I wanted to make a one-off little knife to use when I go foraging for mushrooms.  I made this one out of cheap junk.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Magnet Fishing

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A few years ago, I salvaged a collection of small but powerful rare earth magnets from old computer hard drives.

They've been sat there (well, actually stuck to a bit of shelving), waiting to be used for something.  OK - let's go Magnet Fishing!

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sliced Tree Bowl

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This is a project based on a woodworking technique that I discovered (or maybe invented!) completely by accident.

It's a wooden bowl made from slices of tree trunk - the clever part is that nature provides the curvature...

 

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pewter Casting With Cuttlebones

cuttlebone2.jpgMy daughter is working on an art project related to postal services and asked for my help with a bit of metal casting - this seemed like an ideal opportunity to do something I have heard of, but not yet tried - pewter casting into cuttlebone moulds.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Metal Cutlery Sculpture - Alfred The Grate

alfredthegratethumb.jpgThis was a quick Sunday afternoon project to make a metal sculpture out of old tableware...

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Hanging Storage Jar

hangingjarthumb.jpgHere's a fun little project to convert an empty instant coffee jar into a storage jar with a wire clip top - using a wire coat hanger.

When I was thinking the design through, it occurred to me that it might be useful/fun to preserve the coat hanger hook and make this into a jar that can be hung up on a hook, for example, under a shelf.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Drink Can Tinwork - Metal Sign

tinworksign17.jpgAnother project with embossing sheet metal cut from discarded drink cans - this time, to make an embossed metal sign.

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