Seeking to repurpose a used wine bottle and reapply the skills she learned in college, Monica Ewing sought to recreate a classic impressionist painting on her unlikely surface. “It was the perfect assignment for a novice painter such as me. On a wine bottle, you can’t see the entire painting at once, so mistakes in proportion, etc. are obscured. Here, I copied one of my favorite Vincent van Gogh works: Wheat Field with Cypresses.” Use the tools below to copy your own favorite piece, or adapt the techique for a cylindrical original. Continue Reading
Ketchup. Catsup. Catchup. Some folks in my family even choose to say ‘tomato ketchup’…you know, to distinguish it from eggplant or fava bean ketchup. Or perhaps to convince themselves that it shouldn’t rather be called “corn syrup ketchup.”
Regardless, it’s sticky sweet and acidic make-up provide from some interesting uses other than dressing your tater tots. Here’s nine from the Daily Green.
You’ve seen the technique at your local diner: a handheld dispenser full of batter is floated over a nice cripsy griddle, creating perfectly round and drip-free flapjacks. And you can buy things for home use…
But why would you, with this tip from Real Simple. Just throughly wash a large, squeezable condiment bottle, and fill it with your batter of choice. “Portioning pancake batter with precision and without the usual mess of transferring batter from the bowl. Continue Reading
Suzanne Forsling, raised in Iowa but now living in Juneau, had a need to grow her own produce, has only a bit of sunny space in her yard, and it was tiny. Her solution? Don’t grow the goodies next to the house…grow ’em ON the house.
“Why not put rain gutters in rows along the wood siding on the sunny side of the house[?] It might look weird, but that was where all the heat, sun and protection from damage is best.We went to Home Depot and selected some “attractive” brown plastic gutters along with all the required parts so that we could mount them in one long row. Continue Reading
Home use and DIY projects, geek crafts, handmade toys…there’s nothing wrong with keeping a few neodymiums in your tool box. The clever team at Evil Mad Scientist have assembled seventeen helpful uses, with original photographs!
Extract batteries from stubborn holders
Find studs in your walls
Make a homopolar motor
Make LED Throwies
Demonstrate magnetohydrodynamic propulsion
Make a simple compass
Experiment with self assembly
Make almost anything (ferromagnetic) into a building set