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TAD 2015

Thinking about all the things I want to make in TAD. Advertisements

TAD 2015

Thinking about all the things I want to make in TAD.

TAD Day 1-28-Group Photo

Congratulations to every who made things. I have seen a few of you over the years change form this to that and it is great to see people grow in skill, interest. TAD is the best time of the year

TAD Day 1-28-Group Photo

Congratulations to every who made things. I have seen a few of you over the years change form this to that and it is great to see people grow in skill, interest. TAD is the best time of the year

TAD Day 28-Photo Transfer

This is a laser printed photo that has been transferred to canvas using Modge Podge. This is the same technique that I used on the tool box. The canvas is a little more delicate than wood in transferring.

TAD Day 28-Photo Transfer

This is a laser printed photo that has been transferred to canvas using Modge Podge. This is the same technique that I used on the tool box. The canvas is a little more delicate than wood in transferring.

TAD Day 27-Squid knife casting

So sometimes you bite of a piece of squid and you chew. And chew. And chew some more. Tonight’s TAD is that. I have wanted to make a squid knife for some time. I have practiced several times. The attempts

TAD Day 27-Squid knife casting

So sometimes you bite of a piece of squid and you chew. And chew. And chew some more. Tonight’s TAD is that. I have wanted to make a squid knife for some time. I have practiced several times. The attempts

TAD Day26-My Goggles

I finally made my own goggles. I even cut stained glass for the lenses. Now when someone says what kind of goggles do you make I can point at them.

TAD Day26-My Goggles

I finally made my own goggles. I even cut stained glass for the lenses. Now when someone says what kind of goggles do you make I can point at them.

TAD Day 25-Rubberized Helmet

Tonight I sprayed the helmet with a black rubber coat to protect and support the helmet. It would take a couple of layers to become smooth.

TAD Day 25-Rubberized Helmet

Tonight I sprayed the helmet with a black rubber coat to protect and support the helmet. It would take a couple of layers to become smooth.

TAD Day 28-Helmet

My first attempt at foam armor. This is a Captain America helmet I found on line.

TAD Day 28-Helmet

My first attempt at foam armor. This is a Captain America helmet I found on line.

TAD Day 21-Tail

I made the snake several years ago. But I always meant for him to have a tail. Since it is made as a second sleeve a second puppeteer could wear it further away. So tonight I made the tail. Oh

TAD Day 21-Tail

I made the snake several years ago. But I always meant for him to have a tail. Since it is made as a second sleeve a second puppeteer could wear it further away. So tonight I made the tail. Oh

TAD Day 20-Box Labels

Yesterday I made a box. And sent it around the world in 80 min. on the Airship Noir. The small labels are major cities.

TAD Day 20-Box Labels

Yesterday I made a box. And sent it around the world in 80 min. on the Airship Noir. The small labels are major cities.

TAD Day 19-Box

This is a Japanese toolbox I built using instructions from Make Magazine. It is 2’x1′.

TAD Day 19-Box

This is a Japanese toolbox I built using instructions from Make Magazine. It is 2’x1′.

TAD Day 18-Alcohol Lamp

I made a small alcohol lamp to go in my chemistry kit today. Mashed a small lamp with a small skull bottle and now have what every alchemist wants, an alcohol lamp.

TAD Day 18-Alcohol Lamp

I made a small alcohol lamp to go in my chemistry kit today. Mashed a small lamp with a small skull bottle and now have what every alchemist wants, an alcohol lamp.

TAD Day15-Steampunk goggles

Here is my daughter wearing her new, just made today,  steampunk goggles.

TAD Day15-Steampunk goggles

Here is my daughter wearing her new, just made today,  steampunk goggles.

TAD Day 16-Moccasins

I found this great kit to make a pair of size 8 moccasins. So I made myself a pair.

TAD Day 16-Moccasins

I found this great kit to make a pair of size 8 moccasins. So I made myself a pair.

TAD Day15-Moccasin kit

I made a kit today. Later I will make the moccasins.

TAD Day15-Moccasin kit

I made a kit today. Later I will make the moccasins.

TAD Day 14-Curtains

Shower curtain sized, trimmed and hemmed.

TAD Day 14-Curtains

Shower curtain sized, trimmed and hemmed.

TAD Day 13-Telescope case

The map and dieing went so well I decided to trim it down to a telescope case to hang on my steampunk belt.

TAD Day 13-Telescope case

The map and dieing went so well I decided to trim it down to a telescope case to hang on my steampunk belt.

TAD Day 12-Pattern

Tonight I made all the pieces to make a telescope case. And then took a moment to trace the pieces to make a pattern. And that is always a good idea. So I made a pattern to hold a small

TAD Day 12-Pattern

Tonight I made all the pieces to make a telescope case. And then took a moment to trace the pieces to make a pattern. And that is always a good idea. So I made a pattern to hold a small

TAD Day 11-Make your own van Leeuwenhoek Microscope

Make your own van Leeuwenhoek. Ever since I read that title in Make magazine, vol 20: p125, I have wanted to make one. This day, 11, I made one out of Fun Foam using techniques I read in a book

TAD Day 11-Make your own van Leeuwenhoek Microscope

Make your own van Leeuwenhoek. Ever since I read that title in Make magazine, vol 20: p125, I have wanted to make one. This day, 11, I made one out of Fun Foam using techniques I read in a book

TAD Day 10-Leather Map Colorized

First time working with painting leather dyes. I ended up doing all the blank with a Micron marker.

TAD Day 10-Leather Map Colorized

First time working with painting leather dyes. I ended up doing all the blank with a Micron marker.

TAD Day-9

Leather tooling. I like maps and wanted to try and make a map in leather.

TAD Day-9

Leather tooling. I like maps and wanted to try and make a map in leather.

TAD Day-8 Toolbox finished

I added a second tool rack in front and two sliding drawers inside. And handles, a tool sharpener, and antiqued it to take the white new look off. So far it holds what I use in leather tools. Now I

TAD Day-8 Toolbox finished

I added a second tool rack in front and two sliding drawers inside. And handles, a tool sharpener, and antiqued it to take the white new look off. So far it holds what I use in leather tools. Now I

TAD Day 7-Toolbox painted

The leather toolbox got a quick painting. Again no black is used creating depth and layers.

TAD Day 7-Toolbox painted

The leather toolbox got a quick painting. Again no black is used creating depth and layers.

TAD Day 6–pages in a book

Last year and this I am working on a navigation book that transcends time and place. These pages like the movie, Adjustment Bureau, show possibility. So here is a few possibilities.

TAD Day 6–pages in a book

Last year and this I am working on a navigation book that transcends time and place. These pages like the movie, Adjustment Bureau, show possibility. So here is a few possibilities.

TAD Day 5- Tool rack

The new tool box needs a rack to hold the hand tools.

TAD Day 5- Tool rack

The new tool box needs a rack to hold the hand tools.

TAD Day 4-tool box

I was needing a better toolbox for my leather tools. This will fit under a bench instead 8f on top. Just the shell.

TAD Day 4-tool box

I was needing a better toolbox for my leather tools. This will fit under a bench instead 8f on top. Just the shell.

TAD Day 3-Raven

A quick miniature. He is about 1/2 inch high including his perch.

TAD Day 3-Raven

A quick miniature. He is about 1/2 inch high including his perch.

TAD day 2-DVD shelves

A friend had a grandfather clock that he gutted and wanted to know if anyone wanted the carcass (cabinet). I said I would take it and make it into shelves for DVDs.

TAD day 2-DVD shelves

A friend had a grandfather clock that he gutted and wanted to know if anyone wanted the carcass (cabinet). I said I would take it and make it into shelves for DVDs.

TAD Day 1 Steampunk coffee mug

This is a trial run for a leather one I will do latter. It is made of fun foam and brads and some copper tubing and an old Mc Donalds thermos coffee mug. I will make the lid later. The

TAD Day 1 Steampunk coffee mug

This is a trial run for a leather one I will do latter. It is made of fun foam and brads and some copper tubing and an old Mc Donalds thermos coffee mug. I will make the lid later. The

Brainstorming for TAD 2014

Getting ready. Planning big projects for days off.

Brainstorming for TAD 2014

Getting ready. Planning big projects for days off.

TAD Day 28 The T-Shirt

Yeah!  I made it.  So now I want the t-shirt.  Ahh there it is.  I may make this a day 28 tradition.   Thanks TAD for doing this.  I look forward all year to this.  

TAD Day 28 The T-Shirt

Yeah!  I made it.  So now I want the t-shirt.  Ahh there it is.  I may make this a day 28 tradition.   Thanks TAD for doing this.  I look forward all year to this.  

TAD Day 27 Gremlin Latex face

I brushed latex into the mold I made yesterday and after 4 coats and 2 hours of drying I carefully pulled the face out.  The detail from clay to latex is amazing and I wish I had spent more time

TAD Day 27 Gremlin Latex face

I brushed latex into the mold I made yesterday and after 4 coats and 2 hours of drying I carefully pulled the face out.  The detail from clay to latex is amazing and I wish I had spent more time

Gremlin Puppet Face

Trying out a new way for me to make puppets.  First make the face and hands and feet out of clay.  Now pour plaster of paris all over it and let cure.  Ok now I wait.

Gremlin Puppet Face

Trying out a new way for me to make puppets.  First make the face and hands and feet out of clay.  Now pour plaster of paris all over it and let cure.  Ok now I wait.

TAD Day 25 Knife blank

I took an image of a knife I always wanted and put it on a circular saw blade.  I then took a Dremel with a cutting wheel and cut along the lines.  After a little clean up and sanding smooth

TAD Day 25 Knife blank

I took an image of a knife I always wanted and put it on a circular saw blade.  I then took a Dremel with a cutting wheel and cut along the lines.  After a little clean up and sanding smooth

TAD DAY 24 Bamboo Steampunk Gun

My daughter wanted an Asian Steampunk costume.  So I started with the gun.  This is 7 barrels of blasting fun.  I love that she wanted a wick to shoot it with.

TAD DAY 24 Bamboo Steampunk Gun

My daughter wanted an Asian Steampunk costume.  So I started with the gun.  This is 7 barrels of blasting fun.  I love that she wanted a wick to shoot it with.

TAD Day 23 Steampunk Brass Goggles

Here is my first pair of brass goggles.  I used a the great directions in the book linked below, Thanks Thomas Willeford.  These were easier than I thought.  I had planned all day and now I am done.   I was

TAD Day 23 Steampunk Brass Goggles

Here is my first pair of brass goggles.  I used a the great directions in the book linked below, Thanks Thomas Willeford.  These were easier than I thought.  I had planned all day and now I am done.   I was

TAD DAY 22 Leather Mouse Pad

      Like last year I did not mean for so many projects to be leather.  But it is so relaxing to work with.  This was made with old cracky leather that would not make a holster or belt

TAD DAY 22 Leather Mouse Pad

      Like last year I did not mean for so many projects to be leather.  But it is so relaxing to work with.  This was made with old cracky leather that would not make a holster or belt

TAD Day 21 Captain and the HMS Piranha

Ahoy.  The ship and captain are done.  Well done enough to be used and insulting.  This has been the fastest I have thrown a puppet together. The captain is a prawn and wears a bottle cap hat and brass goggles. The

TAD Day 21 Captain and the HMS Piranha

Ahoy.  The ship and captain are done.  Well done enough to be used and insulting.  This has been the fastest I have thrown a puppet together. The captain is a prawn and wears a bottle cap hat and brass goggles. The

TAD Day 20 Glove Puppet

This glove puppet is the captain of the piranha puppet.  His just layed out and ready for gluing.  

TAD Day 20 Glove Puppet

This glove puppet is the captain of the piranha puppet.  His just layed out and ready for gluing.