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Morphology
08-04-2012, 06:02 PM
Are you a maker? Do you enjoy repairing things yourself, working on artisan crafts, tinkering with things, or just using junk that you have sitting around the house to make something? If so, what do you like to make, and do you have any projects you are currently working on?

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I first became interested in making things, specifically animatronics, costumes, and special effects a few years ago after attending a Maker's Faire in Kansas City. I know how to do molding and casting, basic construction, and some other basic animatronics skills, and hopefully in the future I can start learning programming for stuff like lights and sound. Recently I made a pair of insect monster gloves for a costume, and I'm currently using silicone casting to create a mask and coverings for a pair of robotic wings my friend Jordie made.

Ibuuyk
08-04-2012, 07:28 PM
I make my own sauces.

BudgieBin
08-05-2012, 10:02 AM
My boyfriend is into mopeds, and previously paintball guns (he called himself an Airsmith). I'm a maker in the sense that I have done embroidery and scrimshaw, create websites, and have a degree in Carpentry/cabinetmaking. Sadly I am not very technically minded so I'm not sure I could ever become a mechanical-style Maker, though I do have wide interests in many things.

Damian
08-07-2012, 03:09 PM
I make love. Does that count?

Sinjo
08-08-2012, 12:34 AM
I think the idea of the thread was related to the maker's fair.

Morphology
08-08-2012, 01:12 AM
I make love. Does that count?
Does it result in handicrafts appearing the next morning? XD

Budgie: I've always wanted to learn some carpentry; my main talent pool is in drawing, sculpting and casting, and as a result I'm not that accustomed to straight lines. I'd also like to learn embroidery as well; I dabbled in it back when I was a kid but haven't done much since then.

hotboychina
08-08-2012, 07:05 AM
i make cosplay stuff does that count
and its not just say clothes or anythin its also horns wings etc

though i have yet to actually make wings i do know how id go about it and all that

ive also got plans that involve more technological stuff like making the wings actually move and i feel i can do it but i just havent got the cash for it

i do enjoy tinkering w things though and seeing how they work

BudgieBin
08-08-2012, 08:53 AM
Does it result in handicrafts appearing the next morning? XD

Budgie: I've always wanted to learn some carpentry; my main talent pool is in drawing, sculpting and casting, and as a result I'm not that accustomed to straight lines. I'd also like to learn embroidery as well; I dabbled in it back when I was a kid but haven't done much since then.

Ooh. Ooh ooh ooh. Carpentry is fun x3 Even if you do know theory though, it's a very expensive hobby to get started on, especially if you want to do anything like CNC. I had a nearly complete shop with secondhand tools while I was in college, but I had to move into an apartment and it's kind of hard to have even a small shop in a basement. I still have them of course, i just can't set them up (mostly due to electrical concerns). I'm actually really interested in finding a makerspace where I might be able to get time on some machines. One exists a few towns over but I think they're a work in progress so it may be a ways off.

As for embroidery, I hope you like callouses and spending hours on a 3" hoop ;D I once did a cross stitched sprite, probably about 30x50, and it ended up taking 14 hours to complete. I've got one WIP that measures about 50x100 and I've spent at least 4 DAYS of solid work on it. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, it's just that it can be frustrating to be working on a project for months and feel like it will never, ever see completion.

Since it's not really relevant to this topic, if you wanna talk about picking embroidery up, PM or IM me. I might be able to point you in the right direction or at least be supportive :laugh:

Taesolieroy
08-13-2012, 12:55 AM
Hmmmm.. a maker... I'm a dabbler for sure!
I've made stuff ranging from feather jewelry (http://callairah.deviantart.com/gallery/37874778#/d4bvyx4), to hand sewn pouches for utility and for my sugar gliders and marker rolls (http://callairah.deviantart.com/gallery/?catpath=/#/d4viax0) (though the marker roll was in the end sewn with a machine >_>), handmade dreamcatchers, customizing shelves, wood working and metal working (haven't done anything serious with it since high school though :C ), and my latest ventures - custom vivariums carved out of foam, sealed and painted for my geckos. The current one is going to be themed like a celtic ruin for one of my tanks, but it hasn't gone far yet until I can get the second tank propped up on the shelves I'm repainting to match my room >_> I've also tried my hand in minor resin casting, but I really really REALLY want to look and dive into doll making both BJD and soft poseables with the sculpted parts and plush/fur bodies >_< I just don't know how to really begin since I don't quite have the skill to properly resin cast for mass production and I'm an active learner at best, it's hard for me to approach a doll maker and ask to study a little under them to figure out the basics and take off from there on my own route - I'm respectful like that in I won't intentionally ever duplicate someone's style down to their production methods an claim it as my own invention.

Ratte
08-13-2012, 02:40 AM
I'm not too sure if this really counts, but I like to sculpt and throw pottery when I can. Haven't done that in well over a year and I'd really like to at least sculpt again real soon. Will have to look into some polymer clay for that as I don't have a kiln or anything.

Taesolieroy
08-13-2012, 11:24 AM
Ratte - get Sculptey (original, terra cotta, 3, colored etc) when you start working with polymers - it's firm-moist when it's cool, and warms up easily by hand to a softer form, you can bend the hell out of it without cracking (properly warmed first ;3 ) and you can cook it in your kitchen oven at a lower degree for a shorter time than your typical dessert dish :3 Not to mention it's ready to paint right out of the oven too versus any priming you have to do prior to painting. I haven't worked with other polymers, but this is an excellent beginning clay for anyone and doesn't dry out easily like a white clay does.

Ratte
08-13-2012, 01:12 PM
Ratte - get Sculptey (original, terra cotta, 3, colored etc) when you start working with polymers - it's firm-moist when it's cool, and warms up easily by hand to a softer form, you can bend the hell out of it without cracking (properly warmed first ;3 ) and you can cook it in your kitchen oven at a lower degree for a shorter time than your typical dessert dish :3 Not to mention it's ready to paint right out of the oven too versus any priming you have to do prior to painting. I haven't worked with other polymers, but this is an excellent beginning clay for anyone and doesn't dry out easily like a white clay does.

Awesome, I'll keep that in mind. I know my friend likes the kind of clay with silver in it (holy crap expensive) and my art teacher once offered me bronze clay, but I couldn't take it. Also, I would guess that any basic acrylic paint would work for painting? I've only ever glazed/underglazed pottery/sculpts.

Kazekai
08-13-2012, 01:12 PM
Does first-grade origami count as "making"?

I think Sculptris is a fun program for emulating clay without the mess. I've used clay once, I made a box with a dragon on top. The box broke and I still haven't gotten over it.

Ceowolf
08-13-2012, 02:34 PM
i make Arts and chain mail jewelry :P trying to be original and coming up with your own stuff is hard work as it is

Morphology
08-13-2012, 02:37 PM
Sorry for the sudden disappearance; I was in Denver for RMFC all weekend.

Taesolieroy- Ooh, that marker roll looks awesome! I wanna make something like that sometime; I usually keep my Prismacolor markers in an old cigar box and they have a tendency to fall out or lose their caps. And as for doll making, I've had an interest in doll making and I know some basic stuff about casting. I think I'll post a tutorial on basic resin casting soon.

I like that everyone here has a bunch of different crafts they like to do. It's getting me really excited to see what people post on the mainsite. :D

Taesolieroy
08-13-2012, 03:58 PM
Awesome, I'll keep that in mind. I know my friend likes the kind of clay with silver in it (holy crap expensive) and my art teacher once offered me bronze clay, but I couldn't take it. Also, I would guess that any basic acrylic paint would work for painting? I've only ever glazed/underglazed pottery/sculpts.

PMC (Precious Metal Clay)? Oh hell yah that stuff isn't cheap XP it's a rice gluten-based clay infused with the real stuff but you DO need a kiln (albeit a small one) to burn the rice out and the clay shrinks about 25% because of the evaporation - stuff's sticky as hell too. I played with some during my high school years before, good for experience, but not something I'd want to get serious in for its price >_>

As far as paint yes you can get right into it with acryllic or oil paints as preferred. I've not tried tea-staining yet but I'd love to sometime soon. But painting is a lot less thought-plan intensive (and doesn't give me one hell of a headache from the fumes alone as I discovered during art class once, I got so sick that I had to leave the class for a while to settle down again). Once you're done painting just spray seal it with the hobby shop sealer or varnish. Depending on how shiny you want the seal result to be use gloss for reflective shiny and matte for almost no shine to show the colors.

@Morphology - that roll took me about 2 days worth of machine sewing, I was pondering opening cheap commissions for them considering the relative inexpensiveness as that one holds all but the two metallics and you can see there are slots free for them. Some plans down the road for the bag is installing some elastic loops at the end for fastening purposes, or making a strap bag for it to store in for easy carry - the sucker's HEAVY with all the markers in it. I'll also be seeing about making an equivalent roll for my Prismacolor pencils if their current case gets too ungainly to use.

I'd love to see a tutorial on several molding methods as well as knowing sources on where to get the budget friendlier materials :3 I've not seen many animal BJDs so I want to dabble in them as I can to learn the behavior of elastic structure and joints.

Morphology
08-13-2012, 04:20 PM
I just finished posting a tutorial on molding and casting resin in the art subforum if you're interested. :)

Taesolieroy
08-13-2012, 04:49 PM
:3 I'll definitely go check it out!

Anubite
08-16-2012, 05:16 PM
I make custom 40k miniatures with old bits and stuff, do some sculpting too. I do some work with resin casting too if i need bits.

Morphology
08-17-2012, 01:16 AM
I make custom 40k miniatures with old bits and stuff, do some sculpting too. I do some work with resin casting too if i need bits.

What do you use to customize sculptures besides bits from others? Do you use a clay or apoxie or something?

Flame Soulis
09-19-2012, 03:22 AM
I do circuitry and programming. I'm busy working on an 8x8x8 LED cube, an animatronic eye blink kit for fursuits, and a new Second Life vender system upgrade.

Eminoxic
09-19-2012, 03:47 PM
I used to make leather stuffs. Like wallets, etc. etc.

Though the title of this thread always reminds me of True Blood, and I always think it's vampire themed. "As your maker... I command you!"

RadioCatastrophe
09-26-2012, 12:04 AM
I'm trying to get into polymer clay crafts/jewelery.
Planning on making a line of tentacle gauges, faux gauges, and earrings (its been done but it looks fun)
Hope to get somewhere with it even just a little to have some extra side cash if I get this job at Gamestop

Oly
09-27-2012, 02:52 PM
I made this

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v71/WARabbit/IMG_0914.jpg

and some other clay stuff i don't have pictures of handy :U

Kazekai
09-27-2012, 08:00 PM
I made a paper crane. :V

MordrudesMonsters
10-06-2012, 01:11 AM
I make fursuits :3

Artax
10-06-2012, 06:19 AM
I make this sort of thing;

http://www.zebrastripe.net/stuff1/img/1273587488_artax_suitcoll2_600.jpg

Tapeworm
10-07-2012, 02:34 AM
It's really hard for me to not make stuff and it really bothers me that I don't have the supplies to make all the stuff I want to.
The last things I've made are an owl skull mask, a staff with a coyote skull on it, an oni half-mask for halloween, and several skull bracelets.
I have so much fun making masks, I'd love to do commissions of them because of that. Unfortunately, with all these other people making them, it's kinda hard to get mask commissions.
I'm also working on making a pair of earrings with dermestid beetles. c:

Popcorn_Panic
10-28-2012, 11:12 AM
Sewing. I make most of my own clothes...well the awesome clothes I wear XD