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Sun Jars version 2.0…

I was able to find some really cheap garden lights during a trip to the fleemarket with Sonia and her sister Sandra last weekend.  With a little more searching, I found some perfect glass jars in assorted sizes.  Pictured above, from top to bottom: the assembled light, the underside of the main piece, and my modded/reassembled version.

 

Here are two of the finished jars.  On the left I used the gardenlight’s existing top to make a nice brushed aluminum cap.  The second uses a solar panel mounted to the underside of a glass cap.  Although I like the look of the glass top, considering the additional work I will most likely make the rest using the aluminum top.

Also, I am working on a better colored glow set up that should give a more even and bright glow.  Pictures and details to come soon.  Besides painting the jars, the entire assembly process takes less than 5 minutes now 😀  With a Dremel tool I bet I could crank out 30 an hour…


Sun jar project…

Finished another project today, the sun jar 😀  This one turned out really well for a first attempt.  I used a solar garden/pathway light and an empty pickle jar (they were delicious btw).

After removing the solar/led assembly from my dollar store light, I cut a hole in the jar lid and hot glued the solar panel to the top, leaving the LED to hang below inside my jar.  At the hardware store, I picked up some colorless matte spray paint that was rated for use with glass and applied three coats to the jar.  As a final touch, I slid a purple plastic drinking straw over the led to give it a colored glow and diffuse the light a bit.

Over the next few weeks, I hope to make a few more in a variety of colors.  Total cost for this one was around 8 dollars, but half the cost was the paint, which should be enough for maybe a dozen jars.

I might add some kind of a diffuser to the bottow of the jar to eliminate the ‘hot spots’ of light on the next jar, but it seems fine without it…


DIY handgun…

I had a short day at work and had some energy to burn so I took apart my grill lighter…

 

After some tinkering, a bit of hot glue, and a trip to a dollar store… my masterpiece is complete 😀  I give you GrillGun…

 

 

For this mini-project I used 1 part dissected lighter and 1 part airsoft bb gun.  The key was finding a grill lighter with a big enough reservoir and a cheap bb gun with a solid tube barrel.  Once they were acquired, the assembly phase took no time at all.  The hot glue over the screw heads keeps the igniter from zapping me, and the leads are spaced to create a nice sized spark.  With a little isopropyl alcohol and a bb, you have yourself a hand-held, homemade firearm 😀  Cool eh?

I insert a q-tip soaked in juice into a hole drilled into the back of the housing, which is then plugged by a small densely threaded screw.  The trigger was made by melting down and sanding the lighters original trigger.

With all the ingredients and with what I know from building one, I would say it might take less than 30 minutes to create a second.  Considering it only cost maybe 5 dollars in parts and required a drill, hot glue gun, a bit of glue, and some scissors… I would call this project a massive success  🙂


Camera hacking…

I’m doing my first test with my newly ‘hacked’ Canon S5IS 😀 I downloaded some opensource firmware and scripts that run from the SD card and let me do some extra cool things like timelapse… Next step is figuring out how to mount this beast to my bike and then let the video making begin! I might have to hit the bike bath before the sun goes down today…

It’s amazing what you can accomplish with google these days…

Update : My kingdom for… 4 AA batteries!!!

Update 2 : The camera modding portion of the project went really well, but the mount failed around 10 minutes into its maiden voyage. No damage to the camera thanks to a safety lanyard I made at the last minute 🙂
Back to the drawing board!

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Bike Timelapse…

Just a quick video I made last week.  This was the first test of an iphone mount I hooked up to my bike frame.  Using the app Timelapser made it easy 😀  Song is from Yeasayer.


Doctor Who Phone

The doctor who phone lives!!!

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