Adam Savage Demos Hydraulics with Cheap Plastic Syringes

Adam shows us how to use cheap plastic syringes to create a simple hydraulics system for remote activation and actuation. It’s an effective technique used extensive in his early theater days, and can create compelling practical stage effects with very little budget!

150ml large plastic syringes. Disclaimer: Tested may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through the links here.

Guide to Prototyping in Cardboard and Foam Core!

One of the most useful things you can do when starting a build is to prototype it first by hand with cheap and lightweight materials. And while there are many different philosophies for prototyping, fabricator Jen Schachter shares her processes and techniques for building with cardboard and foam core. Here are some ways to make and make use of physical prototypes to work out the problem-solving of design and put your ideas into a tangible form!

Find more of Jen’s project on her website at www.jenschachter.com

Watch Jen’s laser-cut haunted house diorama and Jen’s laser-cut snowglow diorama

Adam Upgrades His Knife Sharpener!

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Adam demonstrates how to use a tabletop knife sharpener system to precisely and effectively restore one of his favorite swiss army pocketknife blades, and talks about the importance and benefits of keeping your knives sharp. It’s also an opportunity to modify and upgrade this knife sharpening system to better suit Adam’s workflow and make it a more efficient tool!

KME Precision Knife Sharpener System, SwissChamp pocket knife. Disclaimer: Tested may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through the links here.

Ask Adam: Airbrushing Tips and DIY Tools

In this live-stream excerpt, Adam answers questions from Tested members Phill Tubbs and Warship Models Underway / Kurt about airbrushing and which tool he’d like to make for himself. Do you have any tips on getting started with airbrushing?

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Paasche H Airbrush Set, Iwata-Medea Revolution CR Dual Action/Large Gravity Feed Cup. Disclaimer: Tested may earn an affiliate commission when you buy through the links here.

Adam’s One Day Builds: Surface Plate Cover

As Adam levels up the precision of his machining, one of the tools he’s using to measure the sizing of large parts is a granite surface plate. These massive reference plates are calibrated to be level to a high degree of precision, and as such need to be protected when not in use. So Adam spends the day making a custom surface plate protector and cover to slip perfectly over this piece of granite. A snug plywood blanket, if you will, for this important reference tool.

Adam’s T-shirt.

How to Make Alcohol Inks from Old Markers!

Kayte demonstrates a quick and easy way to repurpose old markers and turn their excess ink into bottles of alcohol inks to used in a variety of paint and dye projects! Whether it’s old Sharpie pens or even dried up Crayola makers, you can extract their pigments to make vibrant inks for staining glass or tinting resin. We test these inks on a 3D printed model and love the results!

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Eel Dragon 3D model
Find more of Kayte’s work at http://www.kaytesabicer.com

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