Enamelling Experiments

I’ve been having a busy time in general recently, but I’ve finally got back to making things. I’ve been meaning to play with enamelling for a while. I ordered some WG Ball transparent enamelling powders (clear+red+blue) a while back to play with. The firing process is pretty quick: 800-810C for about 3 minutes. Of course,Continue reading “Enamelling Experiments”

Home Made Holograms!

I somehow stumbled onto this website; they sell DIY hologram kits! So I ordered one. I’d always assumed making a hologram would be quite complicated, but it turns out it really isn’t. You basically need a laser and a photographic plate sensitive to the light from the laser. It is hard to master and getContinue reading “Home Made Holograms!”

Making a Pinecil case

I got one of these nifty wee Pinecil USB-C soldering irons for Christmas They’re really quite cool: temperature controlled by an embedded RISC V processor, USB-C powered (using modern high power supplies). I even got some extra pointy tips for it: This left a problem: what do I store them in? The boxes they arrivedContinue reading “Making a Pinecil case”

Building a Drawing Machine

I quite fancied one of these AxiDraw drawing machines, but at the price they go for, I couldn’t really justify it. However, I did some looking around and found this home-made version: I can definitely justify making one myself. I already had a Keyestudio CH340 Arduino Nano clone and Keyestudio CNC shield v4 in theContinue reading “Building a Drawing Machine”

A Map of Arrakis (Dune)

For my next project I wanted something more complicated. As the new Dune film is out, and I’m a total Dune fan, I thought a map of Arrakis would be pretty cool. The Map Unlike Mars, there’s no geo data for Arrakis as (a) it doesn’t exist, and (b) no one’s done it yet :D.Continue reading “A Map of Arrakis (Dune)”

Die Cutter Project 2: A Map of Barsoom

The circular cutout of my previous project gave me an idea: what if I drew a planet next? I’d bought some red card from Hobbycraft, so Mars was the obvious choice. I always liked the name for Mars, “Barsoom” from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Mars Series, so that would be the title. The Map Data WhereContinue reading “Die Cutter Project 2: A Map of Barsoom”

Useful Kiln Tools + Beeper Upgrade

Kiln Beeper I installed a mini beeper in my kiln and adjusted the software to beep letters in Morse code depending on the stage of the program. I just used the same transistor+resistor+5v supply design as for the SSD control line to prevent damage to the pi. Kiln Tools Roll of cake making acetate: useContinue reading “Useful Kiln Tools + Beeper Upgrade”

Succeeding with Prometheus Copper Clay!

This is the process I’m now using: its had 100% success so far. This post is stitched together from various pieces; I unfortunately didn’t take pictures of the complete process for a single piece. Step 1: Roll out and mould the clay I’m working on a smooth piece of board with some acetate film stuckContinue reading “Succeeding with Prometheus Copper Clay!”

Prometheus Copper Clay Experiments

PMC clay, or Precious Metal Clay clay(sic!) is a mixture of tiny metal particles with an organic binder. It allows you to mould metal objects by hand at room temperature, then sinter them into solid objects once they have dried. Its pretty awesome stuff! The original PMC clays were silver or gold. More recently, thereContinue reading “Prometheus Copper Clay Experiments”