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Monday, April 22, 2013

The Beadmen Are Back

beadmen1.jpgYears ago, before the Atomic Shrimp website existed, I made some little bamboo and wooden mannequins, which I called The Beadmen.

Now, at last, it's time for them to come home.

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Making A Replica Roman Dodecahedron

dodecahedronthumb.jpgAll across Northern Europe, curious dodecahedral objects have been found at Roman archaeological sites. The original purpose of these intricate objects is not known.

In this project, I will attempt to make a replica dodecahedron - to see if I can work out what they can and cannot be used for.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

LED Tealight Lanterns

lanternsthumb.jpgHere's how to make charming little hanging lanterns from LED tealights - this is a great fun craft - quick to make - and the end result is safe for kids of almost any age

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Plastic Moulding - Using Recycled Bottle Tops

plasticmouldingthumb.jpgAlthough modest in the scale of its end result, in concept, this may well be my most ambitious recycling project yet. This is an attempt to mould a new plastic handle for my favourite kitchen knife, using recycled plastics, without any of the proper injection moulding equipment.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Recycled Paper Butterflies

paperbutterfliesthumb.jpgThese colourful paper butterflies are great for brightening up a dull wall, or pinning on a gift - they're easy to make, using any colourful paper - even an ad page from a magazine.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Orange Peel Box

orangepeelboxthumb.JPGI've noticed that citrus peel dries out to form quite a tough, leathery material. This is an experiment to see if it can be made into anything useful - starting with this small trinket box.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Copper Plating

copperplatingthumb.jpgElectroplating with copper is a classic science experiment that is easy to set up, but loads of fun and can produce highly attractive results - something I haven't tried since my schooldays. I decided to give it a go again.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Lard Lamp

lardlampthumb.JPGThis is a simple little oil lamp specially designed to burn fuels that are solid at room temperatures - such as leftover fats from cooking bacon, sausages, duck or other greasy foods.

It's made from pewter, using the lost wax casting method.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

More Drink Can Tinwork - Hexagonal Snowflake Box

tinwork3thumb.jpgTaking the basic techniques I used to make my original Drink Can Tinwork box, we can get a bit more clever and make boxes of different shapes - here's how to make a hexagonal one.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Drink Can Tinwork Printing


My page on making little decorative boxes out of recycled drink cans was enormously popular - but what else can we do using these techniques? - I've been experimenting with printing.

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