Drawing a BB8 hooded sweatshirt.

A month ago or so I found a gray Star Wars hooded sweatshirt at Walmart. A couple of weeks ago, I decided I wanted to draw BB8 onto it. This weekend I found the markers & paints I wanted to try, and gave it a go.

I used parts for a 3d printer I am building – a projector and a Raspberry Pi tiny computer – to project an image onto the sweatshirt. I than traced the image with the markers.

I used metallic gold, silver, & bronze Sharpie markers for most of the drawing as well as a black fabric marker for the dark details. I didn’t want to use a black sharpie as I felt it would be too dark – they are too good.

I am really liking the soft effect. It looks good at a distance, but up close you kind of lose the drawing visually. After some wearing and a wash, it should be pretty subtle.

I want to add some more details. The different round ports going up one sleeve. I also need to do something on the back. I am thinking some sort of exploded view or more technical drawing. I just haven’t decided what I want yet. The other sleeve will get the morse code alphabet or something as the droids ‘speak’ in beeps and whistles.

I made a leather business card holder for my new business cards

I 3D printed the frame and embossing element. I also incorporated a NFC tag so I can use the case to transfer info digitally from the case as well.

A bit of high-tech, and a bit of old-school leather work. My favorite way of doing things. My leather working skills aren't good yet, but they are getting close to fair. I love being able to do stuff.

It's even on GitHub if you want one of your own. https://github.com/creuzerm/openscad-projects/tree/master/Leather%20Business%20Card%20Holder

Lots of photos with descriptions to look at in the album.

In album 3D printed & Leather business card holder

My new business card! I added a NFC tag inside the case so I can also just tap a smart phone to the business card holder and transfer the data that way. A very high-tech business card holder.

The logo doesn’t show well under flash yet. I suspect a few months in a pocket will change that. You can see how I started at the computer & 3d printer to make the business card holder.

Printing a plastic frame and an embossing logo at the same time.

The printed frame. Note the rivet holes, sewing holes, and the steampunk themed monogram.

My printer is pretty loose and sloppy, so I clean up all the holes with a drill press. A few minutes here saves lots of frustration when sewing.

I am loving the rotary cutter for cutting this thin leather. No pulling and stretching and causing ill-fitting leather sides.

The leather is VERY thin, so I bond it to plastic to make it more resilient. This happens to be a Mt Dew 2 Liter Soda Bottle. Lots of poking holes so I can sew it later.

A couple of years ago, I assembled a steampunk styled belt http://mike.creuzer.com/2013/11/i-have-had-a-belt-for-over-10-years.html…

A couple of years ago, I assembled a steampunk styled belt http://mike.creuzer.com/2013/11/i-have-had-a-belt-for-over-10-years.html and I have been using a blank belt buckle with it. Today, I made a custom steampunk/blacksmith styled belt buckle. A bit of leather work, a bit of computer work, and my 3d printer. So much fun!

In album Raised Leather Belt Buckle

It only took a minute to print, but a long time to design and layout. It’s my Initials MJC arranged so the shapes look like “Me”.

I scaled the file, but forgot it was radius and not diameter, so the first print came out too big. A bit of scaling in Slic3r fixed that quickly enough.

Glued up the belt with contact cement.

A few minutes ‘clamped’ curved the printed emblem.

I think the emblem under the leather works.

I cut a bunch of darts into the leather so I can fold the leather over.

I love binder clips. They are great for clamping stuff.

The finished buckle, waiting for the contact cement to finish drying or whatever it does.

I like the raised effect on the leather.

The finished belt buckle. It’s a ‘kids’ buckle and not a full size one. I am not big on huge buckles. So it pinches the belt a bit. Steampunk styled belt, with a custom belt buckle to suite.

My personalized belt buckle.

I love having a 3D printer in the house

A new hobby is botany. So I made up a leather tool roll and bought some tools. A self closing tweezers is on the list, but I would need to order one. I thought I could print a decent one.

I was right.

Nothing available to download on the thing sites yet, so I designed something in OpenScad. It took 2 ten minute prints to get it right. Cost is a quarter each set.

The two halves are "rivited" together with a bit of plastic filament.

I love the future.

In album 6/28/15

My botany books and my botany tool roll. And the kids playing in the yard while I work up this catnip plant ( I got for mosquito repellant for the kids ) in both the books.

I designed and 3D printed this self closing tweezers to hold plants so I can look at them with the loupe.

It was a bit difficult reading through the books with the kids interrupting me with new plants to look up about every 90 seconds. Luckily I know a good portion of what’s in the yard so I could quickly send them off, looking for more.

The tweezers are the expensive bit – from the eyebrow-plucking section in Walmart. The Loupe and ‘microscope’ loupe are out of China on Ebay. Cost less than one of the eyebrow tweezers. Crazyness.

My 3d printed self closing tweezers are the most awesome, of course, but that is just me thinking highly of them.

It's wonderful what happens when you help others

Something amazing happened this week. A group that I participate in was just given an amazing gift.

http://enablingthefuture.org/ was given a $600k grant from google.org.

Having printed and given away the parts for a prosthetic hand, helped with a fundraiser for getting a 3D printer, and spent some time writing a bit of software leveraging other people's work, I know how far this money can be spread in this group.

Hundreds of people have worked hard to get e-NABLE to this stage. 

Great work for everybody involved, and thanks to Google for recognizing the potential of this group.

Enable Community Foundation Awarded $600,000 Google.org Grant
      We’re excited to announce that the Enable Community Foundation (ECF) has just been awarded a $600,000 grant by Google.org to support the mission of the e-NABLE community!  The grant is part o…