Mini companions

A long time ago I picked up the Portal Companion Cube ice cube tray from ThinkGeek.  I figured it’d be something fun to play with using ice, chocolates, or resin.  So, last night I decided to make a few mini Companion Cubes in blue and orange using Alumilite’s clear cast resin and some dye.  I mixed the blue first and it appears that two drops of dye was one to many.  Honestly it may be one and half drops too many.

The orange was a near disaster though.  The dye was very thick was very difficult to get out of the bottle.  (Maybe it had been sitting for too long, I don’t know.)  So I had to give a few good squeezes and the top of the bottle ended up exploding off and into the cup of resin.  Luckily the cup contained the mess or it would have ruined a lot of stuff in the work area.  Including the clothes I was wearing.  But, with the tiny bit of dye left in the bottle I was able to make a nice translucent orange cube.  Or, at least I hope so.  But, we’ll see once they come out of the mold tomorrow evening.

Broken Gallery

Sorry for the loss of pictures.  I have no idea how long it was broken, nor do I know why it broke.  But it’s fixed and I’m in the process of reloading all of my images.

Mint Chocolate Lego

One of the gifts I received for Christmas this past year were two silicone ice trays that make ice in the shape of Lego mini-figs.  I tried a few times to get some nice clear ice men but it just wasn’t working.  So, I decided to go a different route and make some candy men. 

I have never done anything like this before but I figured it shouldn’t be too difficult.  Then I got yelled at by a friend for saying I was going to use the microwave to melt the chocolate.  Apparently using the microwave is sacrilege, plus it can also burn the chocolate easily.  Thus began my quest to figure out how to make/use a double boiler.  Turns out it wasn’t that difficult and I had a ridged glass bowl that fit perfectly in to one of my pots. 

So off to the store I went to get some chocolate, but soon realized I don’t know anything about chocolate except I like Hershey kisses.  While staring are more choices than I thought there needed to be something caught my eye: Andes Creme De Menthe baking chips.  They are basically pre-chopped Andes Mints that you can use for baking! 

After setting up my double boiler and waiting for it to get warm I poured in some yummy smelling chips and watched them start to melt.  I was a little disappointed that once melted and stirred that the green went away and lightened the color of the chocolate but I got over it when I tasted the awesomeness.  The hardest part was spooning the chocolate in to the moulds as it wanted to drip everywhere and make a mess.  But, I was victorious and ended up with some amazing treats.

Apartments…

They can be very good and very bad all at the same time.  Things have been sort of a comedy of errors lately.  First the water heater glitches.  Then the pipes in the apartment upstairs decide to leak causing a nice little pond in my apartment.  The good part is that I don’t have to worry about fixing anything.  Other than getting my shop vac out to vacuum the water up, nothing else is my problem.  Nothing of mine got damaged.  So, it’s the apartment complex’s problem.  So that’s nice.  Once everything get cleaned up hopefully I’ll be able to get re-started on some stuff.

Box of Light

I’m finally at a point where I can start another project. With the help of Spenser Anderson I’m designing a Tron-like box pattern to make a cool little display. The plan is to light the box from the inside to give it a nice glowing effect.  I’m still working out the lighting though.  I’m not sure if LED or an EL panel will work best so I will likely make a prototype of both.  I get the feeling that LED will be much easier though.  An EL panel will need the driver and getting the panel to position correctly may be more difficult than I think.  It’s worth a try though if it will give a more even light, which I think it will.

Tron Box Design

Picture Book Received

The book created with Mixbook arrive very quickly, I was actually very impressed without how quickly it arrived.  (I’m a few days late writing this, it arrived on Thursday.) I was even more impressed with how well the book turned out.  I was afraid that once printed the pictures wouldn’t look as good but they ended up being as good as they could be considering how poor the originals were.  Overall, I’d recommend Mixbook but I think next time I will try Picabook simply for some of the extra options available.

Picture Book Finished

Groupon was nice enough to offer a deal to Mixbook several months ago so I picked one up and decided to make a wedding album.  I know it’s been years since we got married but our photographer wasn’t very good and I never really wanted to pay for one through him.  A lot of the pictures were out of focus or just poorly shot.  So, I took the proof book and scanned all of the photos to the computer.

After choosing a theme for the book on Mixbook, I was able to upload all of the photos I wanted to use very easily.  Once uploaded, it just a matter of putting them into the book.  You can tweak and modify nearly every aspect of the book including backgrounds; picture layouts; colors; accessories like flowers, ribbons, and line-art, and text layouts for each page.  Overall the process is fairly painless, though a little frustrating in the beginning.  But once the quick learning curve was overcome, it was a breeze to finish the project.

I’ll make sure to give a review of the book once it does arrive.