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”

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”

Bring Me The Head of Emperor Trajan!

A friend asked me to 3d print this 3D scan of Emperor Trajan. Its taken me a while to get round to it though (guiltguiltguilt!). I decided to chop the scan so just his head and shoulders were visible using Fusion 360’s mesh editing tools. I tried printing it upright originally, but it failed partwayContinue reading “Bring Me The Head of Emperor Trajan!”

Taking a Google Stadia Controller Apart and Dumping its ROM

I acquired one of these in a deal Google had running. After trying it out, I decided it wasn’t really for me, so I had an unused Stadia controller lying around…. The design is interesting; in order to reduce latency, it connects directly to Google via WiFi by itself, rather than locally to the Chromecast.Continue reading “Taking a Google Stadia Controller Apart and Dumping its ROM”

Mini Tesla Coil kit from Ebay! (playing Bohemian Rhapsody)

I’ve been enjoying Electroboom’s Youtube channel, and was really interested in the various Tesla coil videos. I had a look at the OneTesla DIY kits: they look great, but way too expensive for an afternoon’s fun. Plus, shipping to the UK would likely be a faff. Somehow I had the idea to check on Ebay:Continue reading “Mini Tesla Coil kit from Ebay! (playing Bohemian Rhapsody)”

Writing A Speaker Horn Music Visualiser

As soon as I decided to add the 5×5 Blinkenlights matrix to the horn, it obviously needed to be turned into a music visualiser. Googling for “mopidy audio visualizer” found this post, where someone did exactly that. But it wasn’t on a Pi, ran some other software, didn’t talk to a 5×5 matrix, and –Continue reading “Writing A Speaker Horn Music Visualiser”

1920s Spotify Speaker Horn

I inherited an old “Revo” speaker horn from my dad. I have a strong suspicion he acquired it from a “job lot” in an auction somewhere. He gave it the rather fetching red/gold/black paint job. Anyway, its been in my flat looking kinda cool for ages: I wanted to make it even more cool 🙂Continue reading “1920s Spotify Speaker Horn”