Category Archives: Art

Project of the day: recumbent bike seat frames

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Got my seat frames cut out today, but still need a little more metal. Need to finish the seat mounting brackets and pick up some new drill bits, but things are moving along nicely.

Project of the month (or two): tandem recumbent bike

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My dad trash-picked me an old tandem bike. It would need a lot of work to make it safe to ride. Upright bikes have been causing me back pain and arm numbness, so I decided to convert it into a recumbent.

The frame is taking shape. I need to make seats, seat brackets, front crank boom, and various bits and cabling. Dad also donated his old 3-speed for brakes, hub, and other minutiae.

I’m happy with a good start. I’ll post updates as work progresses. It may be a little while as my big yearly job has arrived.

Project of the day: Silk-dyed eggs

Found out how to transfer silk prints from here. It worked pretty well, but I should have used rubber bands instead of string. About a third came out well. Silk ties worked the best and you need to wrap them tightly.

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Project of the day: hand spun silk rope

This is a length of rope made from silk yarn. It’s tied in a prosperity knot and makes a nice pendant. I made a small rope-twisting tool to make custom lengths, diameters, fibers & colors. Silk, cashmere, and other threads can be purchased to twist. You won’t find cashmere rope at Lowe’s.

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Project of the day: Awesome-ifying Facebook

Based on this instructible, I made the new photo thumbnails in facebook way much more awesomer! Probably ought to use a clearer photo, but I was in a hurry.

Today’s project: true lover’s knot ring

This is a prototype of a set of rings I plan to make in silver. This one is made out of 14 guage copper as a test. Probably should make mistakes on cheap base metal instead of the precious stuff. I’m happy with how it came out. The solder joint was easier than expected, but I’ll definitely need to use a gentler hand with the pliers. There are some tools and supplies I need to shop for now.

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Today’s project: groovy wall light

Okay, actually this is from last week. Everyone was sad to see the holiday decorations go – especially the tree lights. So we made a trip to Lowe’s for PVC pipe & fittings, led net lights, and blinky icicle lights. I sewed up a white bedsheet to cover the frame and attached the lights with zip ties. The whole thing cost maybe $12 and took around 2 hours to make. It’s quite groovy to stare at with a couple of glasses of wine.

Note: This is my first video upload. Hopefully it will work.

Edit: Nope, didn’t work. I’m uploading to YouTube and will embed it soon.

Edit: Successful on the YouTube upload.