098 - 3D Printed Cookie Stamps

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I printed out some custom cookie stamps to celebrate Wrestlemania 34. This is actually the main reason that I picked up a 3D printer. I wanted to be able to take black and white vectors and convert them into these cookie stamps and then use them to make 1-part molds.

It was an interesting experiment the first time through with some quick lessons.

  • The amount of detail in what I have translated pretty well. I think this is as detailed as I can get the stamps to be.
  • Each stamp had to be floured before using, otherwise the dough would stick.
  • The Luchador mask took about an hour to print. I do like the backing on it as it made it easier to hold for stamping the cookies. I'll make sure to do that in the future.

012 - Jenga Phone Stand

What are these glued together Jenga pieces? This sorry excuse for art is actually a mobile phone stand. Glued together with wood glue with Jenga pieces from a less-than-complete set purchased at a thrift store.

007 - Homemade Play-Doh

365 Challenge 2017 - making something everyday (trying) and posting about it.

My son's preschool has a different set of parents making a batch of homemade Play-Doh every week so the school always has fresh batches to use. It was our week, so I helped make one of the three batches.

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 4 teaspoons of cream of tartar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1. Stir the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • 2. Boil the water and oil.
  • 3. Pour the water and oil into the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon.
  • 4. Eventually knead the dough with hands, though it may be quite hot still.

Trading Card Coasters

It's been almost a month since I posted last? Yikes. It's like work was busy or I had two boys under 4 or something. Anyway!

Recycling trading cards into coasters isn't something new, but it's something I wanted to try my hand at. I didn't like the idea of taking a trading card and slapping it onto a square tile since I found that to look pretty ugly (to each their own, I suppose). So the exercise here was more of a "graphic design" one, where the importance was emphasized in turning a rectangle image into a square.

Simply cropping a trading card to be square wouldn't work as it would be too small for a mug (~2.5 inches for the short side of a trading card) and you'd likely have a strange uneven crop with some graphics missing.

I came upon two solutions I liked:
1. When using standard trading cards, the back side of the card will typically have some kind of pattern or non-repeating graphic that would frame the actual card quite well. In the case of the WWE cards, the copyright information was perfect to use as a frame. Find two other cards you don't care about and cut away.
2. When using CCG/TCG cards, lining up three cards in a row, as if looking at a small hand, looked really nice. The hard part with this is cutting the cards as CCG/TCG cards typically have rounded corners. Find two other cards you don't care about and try your best to x-acto your way around the rounded corners.

The most important thing is to cut the frames to compliment the card you want showcased as the coaster. It's also important to line it up properly, taping the back, and then using something like Mod Podge to seal the top. While you could just line up a few cards together and glue them together, you lose one of the most important aspects of a coaster: it being flat.

After you have a nice square coaster, you can either reenforce the back with hobby sticks (like I did in the photos) or now mount it onto some kind of tile or cork board.


Made a small WWE trailer for my son's train set. I imagine what they're moving in that trailer is all of Xavier Wood's video game stuff and white leather pants for Seth Rollins.

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Nook's Cranny Miniature Diorama - Work in Progress

Here's a number of in progress shots of my miniature diorama of Nook's Cranny. Outside of the Porter miniature, everything is made by hand with whatever craft tricks I know (for example the flower pot is a perler bead).

I still need to put together the shirt and the umbrella. I also need to find something to find pots. I suppose I could make them out of Sculpey and paint them.

The diorama measures 2" x 2" and I plan to put it in a bell jar display. Anyway, hope you folks enjoy the pics!

Knit Scarf

I wanted to share this a few weeks ago, but didn't want to ruin the surprise. I knit Josie a scarf (about 60") for Christmas this year. It probably took 10 hours total to put together, but it was split up across lunches, train rides, and nights when Josie was out.

The part that's most funny is Josie bought a brand new scarf on Christmas Eve. What luck!

This is the video I used.

Scale Arcade Cabinet - Design #4

So my third design didn't go so well. I was trying to get out of my comfort zone and doing something quirky. I can at least say I experimented.

Here we have design #4. I think at the end of the day, my original design for the Neo Geo cabinet looks the best. I decided to shorten the top part a bit as the original made the cabinet look too tall and narrow. Putting in a screen with a 4:3 left a lot of empty space for the bezel. That kind of design would have been better suited for a vertical game like Galaga or Pac-Man.

I'm going to try to work on this one next. Another issue is that the bottom two blocks are wood pieces I don't currently have in my stock yet. I need to order them. Maybe I can finish up the top part first and glue those on later as they won't have any sticker art attached to them.

Scale Arcade Cabinets

I guess they're to some scale. They're somewhere between 1:12 and 1:16 scale. I still need to design the screens and glue in the joysticks (sewing pins).

I've found my new "anti-drug". The other day I was very tempted to go pick up WWE 2K16 at the store, but thought to myself, "I don't have time to play games right now." Then I thought about these scale arcade cabinets I'm making and it calmed my itchy credit card finger.

A note about the designs: these arcade cabinets draw influence from the cabinets from yesteryear, but they certainly are not 1:1 creations of the same thing. I'm playing with the limitations that I have (physical pieces of wood and the shapes they come in) and trying to figure out the best way to manipulate them, while refraining from complicated cuts and still providing a decent arcade experience. I'm pretending they're designs for real machines.

I should name some of these designs like "The Falcon" or "The Lonely Friday Night".