LED Dog Collar

I’ve been meaning to make something with LEDs for a while. I finally got around to doing it. I decided to make a dog collar. It was a good first project with LEDs because it’s fairly simple as they go, and it’s pretty cool because now I can see her in the backyard at night.…

Metal Casting

And here we have the finished product! (set nicely against my new curtain fabric–there will be a post on that later.) I think the hamsa (the one on the right) is my favorite. It came out most how I expected it to. This post describes the steps to make these.

Visiting the Crucible

For a team offsite at work, we went to the The Crucible. The Crucible is an awesome place where you can do crazy crafts like foundry (melting metal and pouring it into molds), glass working, blacksmithing, welding, jewelery making, neon and more. For our offsite, we did glass flameworking and foundry. Unfortunately, I didn’t get…

Letterpress Printing at Home

So in this post I showed that I made a letterpress. It took me a weekend to make the letterpress but Sunday night I was able to do my inaugural print run with it. Here are the basic steps for doing a run: Ink the plate. Attach the paper. Slide in the plate. Pump the…

Homemade Letterpress

Yes, I finally did it. I’ve been going on and on about making a letterpress and I finally did it. While looking for invitations for my wedding, I totally fell in love with letterpress. It’s such a great combination of pretty yet tactile. I took a class on it and you can see the results…

Golden Gate Bridge

This is one of the bridges that I tried making through Ponoko. I thought they would make cute escort card holders but unfortunately they were too cost prohibitive in the end. We found another cute option that my mom made that I’ll post pictures of at some point. This was also a test of taking…

Letterpress Class

After staring at letterpress while looking for wedding invitations, I thought, “hey, I can do this” so I decided to take a class. During the class we made a chapbook (which is really pretty useless, but is a good sample for making letterpress. It was a cool class–all chicks including the teacher. It ended up…

Teal Silk

Dying Silk

This silk started out plain white and I dyed it using Dharma Trading Procion MX dye in teal blue. I learned a lot and kinda freaked out that I wasn’t safe enough although I have stopped freaking out and I think I was and I will just make doubly sure to clean the whole kitchen…