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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


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, July 26, 2016

Floating Wick Oil Lamp


Here's a really quick and simple way to make a floating-wick oil lamp, using materials that can be easily found anywhere

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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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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, November 11, 2012

Making A Stirling Engine

stirlingenginethumb.jpgThis is a project to try to make a small working model Stirling engine - designed to run off a small heat source such as a candle or cup of hot water.

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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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