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  • 3C mentioned you in The tools you love to hate....

    As I'm sitting here waiting for some glue to cool, after my glue gun has in fact burnt me for the fifth time tonight, I am reminded of all the other times I have cursed hot glue from this gun for trying to occupy the same space as my fingers. Yet its one of the tools I have used a lot over the past few years, be it sticking foam, or sealing the edges of a mold box this guy is faithful. He's technically not even mine to be honest.

    I bought a cheap gun a few years ago and in the middle of a puppet build (Audrey II middle size hand puppet) it blew up. Wasn't even that impressive, it was more of a pop and a small puff of smoke. I nearly didn't notice, @Finstern was in my studio with me at the time, and mutual "Did you see that?" glances were exchanged. In a panic, as a deadline was looming and shopping for a new glue gun was not on the cards I dug out my Dad's solvite s2 gun. This gun technically heats up too much and if you're not careful the glue stick can melt back up the gun and cause a big off awkward clogging. I remember opening the web covered box to find some yellow dead semi mummified glue sticks alongside it.

    We now have a mutual respect this gun and I. If I promise not to let it clog, it will keep the glue the temperature of the surface of the sun long after its shut off and remind me that my fingers shouldn't always try and occupy the space other things want to occupy (especially if that thing can cook my skin).

    So here's to you Solvite S2, you jerk. The tool I love to hate.

    What about you guys? any tools with similar attitudes to your digits? or ones you just love to hate in general?

  • 3C mentioned you in I made a thing... [Homemade Christmas]

    Happy Christmas Tested Peoples!

    Ok so I haven't posted here in about a year... which is a semi long story, one of reasons being is I haven't really made much in the past year (part of the semi long story, if anyone is interested I will eventually post about in on my blog)

    Anywho, after leaving my job due to health reasons (see semi long story mentioned above) and being short on cash, a fair few of my Christmas presents ended up being hand made, including this:

    Legend of Zelda gift Box

    So it's a laser cut gift box for my SO ( @Finstern ). I made it because the box his Christmas pressie of an ocarina came in was a bit dull and cardboardy. I also included a zelda green velvet covered foam insert to make it swish and fancy!

    Original Ocarina box and start of foam insert
    Nice and snug
    Test fit (some trimming was required)
    Adding of the green fabric
    and securing it with my ancient trusty hot glue gun
    Back in the box (edges were tidied)

    Sorry I don' have any photos of the box building process, but it was mostly clamps and 1-2-3 blocks everywhere! Each panel was laser etched and cut on a Epilog Zing, there are to parts to the lid, one with the Triforce logo cut out, and the other which was inset so the lid wouldn't go sliding about. It looks like the wood underneath the symbol is etched too, but that is a bit of cheating on my part, it is actual a mix of calligraphy and acrylic inks watered down to match the colour of the etched wood.

    Design on inset lid when box is opened

    So those of you who know the Legend of Zelda games will probably recognise the art on the box, each of the four sides, and the underside of the lid are woodblock style prints from the prologue to the Windwaker game, which tells the story of...*drumroll* ...Ocarina of Time! Oh I just realised I'm missing a shot of the fourth side... oops, shall have to retrieve the box and get a shot for you guys!

    The designs we transferred to Epilog happy files using the Live Trace option in Illustrator CC, tweeking alot of settings, forgetting which settings I used for the previous image and tweeking again, a bit of editing, and a fair bit of finger crossing.

    I was super happy with how it turned out (which is not something that happens often) and it took a lot of will power for me not to give it to Finstern before Christmas! I have also been told that while he promises to learn to play the ocarina, he likes the box more than the contents. Which I don't mind one bit! =D

  • Lufferov mentioned you in Cooking Sous Vide with The Sansaire Immersion Circulator

    @Finstern: Well to make tea (unlike coffee) you need boiling water, so it's not going to work. A kettle to boil the water is what you need, it might work to keep the tea warm once it has brewed as long as you remove the water from the tea leaves to stop the brew from becoming stewed.

    However, this seems like a lot of effort when there are better and easier ways to achieve that.

  • The Crow mentioned you in Cooking Sous Vide with The Sansaire Immersion Circulator

    @Finstern: If you had a large enough cup I suppose, I think an electric tea kettle or an automated tea maker might work a bit better.

  • 3C mentioned you in You Can Build Your Own Portal 2 PotatOS

    Thanks @Finstern and @blackjosh !!

    @PillClinton I could turn left over PotatOS casts into hats O_O