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Flower Chandelier, part 5

I finally got around to making a light-switch for the chandelier.  Weirdly, this wasn’t a huge priority – since the chandelier can be controlled from my main computer, I didn’t need to make a dedicated switch to control it.  Having a light-switch on the wall nearby, though, is convenient.  I didn’t want to always have […]

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Flower Chandelier, part 4

The chandelier has been installed! My dad and I mounted an aluminum beam to a concrete beam near my ceiling, and the chandelier hangs from that.  Once the chandelier was hung, I added the butterflies that hang from the bottom of the chandelier.  I still need to make a light switch so that I can […]

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Flower Chandelier, part 3

Queue the trumpet fan-faire!  All the parts for the chandelier have been finished!  This article is a quick photo journey through the assembly of the chandelier.  Most of the difficulty in this project was designing and making all the parts.  The actual assembly was fairly easy.  All the parts are stacked onto a central rod.  […]

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Flower Chandelier, part 2

I’ve been busy, busy, busy designing parts for the chandelier.  The picture to the left shows a rendering of the parts I modeled in CAD.  I dragged my Dad into the project for the wooden parts – he has a lathe and I don’t, but mostly because he’s really good at woodworking.  (Thanks Dad!)  He also […]

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Flower Chandelier, part 1

All right, I haven’t written for a while and it’s because I’ve been busy designing my next project – a chandelier that will hang above my dinette table!  This is so fun!  I worked up an approximation of what I want in Googly SketchUp, shown in the picture to the left.  The white parts are […]

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Christmas Village Streets and Streetlights

I have several Christmas village buildings and props that I put up each year on my fireplace mantel around Christmas.  This year I decided to make streets and a backdrop for it.  The streets and backdrop are ink-jet printed on thick photo paper.  The backdrop was also glued to foam-core board. Over the years I’ve accumulated […]

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I Ate’nt Dead

A couple days ago I made a couple fairly quick items for my sister’s upcoming 40th birthday. The first is a wooden sign she can wear around her neck when taking naps.  Such things are important as you get older.    (Fans of Terry Pratchett will understand the reference.)  I printed out the text on […]

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Muwahaha

As with the last few posts I’ll be describing something I made before starting this blog.  I did this one during the summer.  I découpaged a bunch of big wooden letters for my kitchen (the black around the edges is india ink). Steel strips are mounted to my wall and the letters are held to […]

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Mushroom Table

In my previous post, I wrote about my canopy bed.  Now that I had a bed that looked like something out of a fairy-tale I desperately needed a better bedside table.  I had just been using an old metal filing cabinet.  It was functional, but didn’t look all that great.  So for my next project, […]

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Canopy Bed

My very first sewing project!  I did this project in December of 2009.  I had recently purchased a canopy bed frame, so the next step, of course, was decorating it.  I bought the fabric from Vogue Fabrics, a local fabric store.  The sheer coppery-orange organza curtains are hung from the frame with fabric tabs which are […]