Huge first surface mirror

Huge first surface mirror

This is a huge high quality mirror I salvaged from the corpse of my folks’ old Mitsubishi rear-projection HDTV. Unlike the mirror in, say, your bathroom, it is silvered on the front surface, instead of the back. A front-silvered mirror is much easier to scratch, but it is also more desirable for optical purposes [...]

Custom YHJBP whiskey tumblers

Custom The Prisoner tumblers, set

This was a special order from an Etsy customer who had seen my “Prisoner” pint glasses. The tumblers are a set of two 15-ouncers, manufactured by Riedel. I’m quite pleased with how they turned out.

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Sad that it has come to this

Syringe-Abuse-01

I’m proud of my Lego syringe kit, and I firmly believe that, used responsibly, it can enhance an adult’s enjoyment of Lego and provide a rewarding, healthy experience. But please, moderate your use, and be honest with yourself: If you lose control, seek help sooner, rather than later. God bless.

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Coloring Shapeways models with Sharpie

I herein report that this material is easily colored with Sharpie-brand permanent markers. The ink does bleed a bit through the material, so experiment in an inconspicuous area or with a test model before attempting detailed work. Shapeways offers through-tinted colorized versions of their basic white material at increased cost; my experience with these is that the color fades rapidly, even without extremes of light or temperature. I was pleased, then, to discover that I could just order the cheap white stuff and use a Sharpie on it. Sharpies are available in a much wider range of colors, too. Here the technique is demonstrated on the most recent version of my Alphabet Die model; the bottoms of the letters are left white to enhance visibility. [...]

Lego syringe

The most difficult part of this design was actually getting the colors right. The rarest part is not, in fact, the chrome silver antenna, but the 8-long dark gray Technic axle. Generally, even-length Technic axles are black and odd-length axles are dark gray. The dark gray 8-long axle was included, so far as I can tell, in only one kit. And dark gray is the only color in which all the plunger parts are available. And this plunger design is the only one I’ve come up with that satisfies me. [...]

Alphabet die in stainless steel

A few weeks ago Justin Michell contacted me about making an alphabet die I designed a few years ago available as a printable model on Shapeways, which I did. I made the model using SketchUp, and also hollowed it out to make it cheaper to print. Justin just sent me this photograph of the model printed in stainless steel, which is presented together with his meticulously-documented and impressive dice collection at Kevin Cook’s DiceCollector.com. [...]