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Inside out

Here is an idea that will make our bill-mail less outrageous. Is simple, environmental, creative and completely free my friends. By recycling those security envelopes that we constantly get, we can create a really cool stationary to reuse later on.


1. Carefully de-construct your envelopes using your fingers, a letter opener or a blade, making sure not to rip the paper.
2. Unfold the envelope completely, and flip over so printed side is facing down. Re-fold the envelope inside-out along the score lines and apply glue along any seams that overlap. To seal the envelopes, we put a little glue along the top edge and tucked it under the main envelope flap for a clean finish. Done!

Here you can also find a flickr set of security envelope patterns.

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ReBlogged by karol de rueda on Mar 28, 2008 at 11:48 AM | Comments (2)

Wrap it with fabric

Furoshiki is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that was frequently used to transport clothes, gifts or other goods. But during these critical and polluted days, it can be a practical alternative to plastic bags, wrapping paper and much more.


As we know, fabric is resistant, reusable, multipurpose, we can find it everywhere and well used is also environmentally friendly.
Here you will find the different techniques to the creative art of Furoshiki.

Via Sarita Sachii

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Camouflaging your iPod


Here an idea that will protect that precious little machine of yours and at the same time, will bring back those memories of real rock and roll and aqua net.

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Valentine's Day Suggestion #3

Get out your PIC 16F676 Microcontroller and an Epson 16x1 LCD Display for your special one.


However there's something kind of unromantic about the word wife, and the wife seems to agree. But well done anyway, Extra Ketchup.


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Valentine's Day Suggestion #1

Get out your needle and thread for your special one.


I'd love to see this as a real fire screen.

Image found at Poppytalk

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New book

A new book is out by the Crimethinc. Ex-Workers Collective. This is a group of activists, artists and people who want to make the most of life by any means necessary.


"... an exploration of the complex relationship between ideals and reality. Expect Resistance is a field manual for a field on which all manuals are useless, a meditation on individual transformation and collective resistance in disastrous times..."

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Foldschool is a collection of free cardboard furniture for kids, handmade by you. The downloadable patterns can be printed out with any printer. Follow the instructions and assemble a stable piece of furniture. And they appear pretty strong. Dont miss seeing the picture of a person standing on a cardboard stool!

See more here

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What every fabricante needs


Although a lot of us have really trendy, modern baskets attached to our bikes, i think this DIY project would be the ideal solution to our grocery shopping needs - even though it looks impossible to steer and has no brakes.

Mike Hulsebus

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Low Budget Christmas


For all of the fabricantes and those out there with no money and a color printer, check this out.

via nakedgarlic

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Homemade air conditioner

Here's another homemade air conditioner using an old fan, copper tubing and cooler with ice water - Link.

Other homemade air conditioners - Link.

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I'm filing this under "inspirations" too.

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Bicycam - A simple camera mount for bikes

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Jens writes - "Bicycam is a very simple camera mount for bikes made out of a bike bell." - Link.

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Papercraft pinhole camera

David Pescovitz:  Contents Media Resize-Of-Linatree-Dirkon-1 Here's a sharp looking papercraft pinhole camera you can download, cut, and build. It's a design that was published in a 1979 issue of "ABC mladých techniků a přírodovědců" ("An ABC of Young Technicians and Natural Scientists") and translated for digital download by the Linatree photo printer and virtual gallery.
Link (Thanks, Peder Burgaard!)

Via Boing Boing

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How to make your own podcast

I was recently asked by some Fabricanti about podcasting, what it is and how to make one. So here are a list of online how-tos that show you how to podcast your own music or audio files. This post is meant to be a starting point for the beginners, and if you find more resources, please contribute in the comment section.

Podcasting in a nutshell:
Podcast is a way to distribute audio and video content using RSS feeds. By subscribing to the RSS feed, the users' computer will automatically download new content without the user having to actively go to the website and active search for new content. The podcast files are then available for the users to listen (or watch) on their computer when they want, however they want. Podcasts are usually updated periodically. The easiest way to find podcast channels is to use the iTunes podcast library.

How to podcast audio files:
1. Using Blogger with Feedburner - for the total newbies (free service, super easy to set up, check this out if you don't have your own server)

2. Using Wordpress (if you are already familiar with Wordpress, this is easy as cake)

3. Enclosure, MovableType's podcast plugin. This is probably the most complicated out of the three, but if you already have an MT powered blog, this plugin makes it handy to add podcast as part of your existing blog.

Video files can also be podcasted using methods 2 and 3 above, and alternatively, here's a free software that lets you set up your own video podcast channel in seconds: Broadcast Machine.

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DIY iSight Tripod Mount

Isight I was just making one of these when MAKE pal Steve sent this in! - "Well, as you may know I like to shoot a timelapse video now and then... I've been using an earlier version of this iSight tripod mount for about a year, so today I thought I'd share the new and improved version: It consists of a couple of pieces of hardwood braced at a 90 degree angle… I have one piece of wood with two holes in it (the mounting plate), and then a piece of wood that is 90 degrees to the mounting plate for the iSight bracket to grab on to, and then two triangles (with the corners cut off)... " Link.

Seeing that we use a lot of iSights here, maybe this would be helpful for Carlo -- and others :-)

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New super-simple DIY synth plans

From Ray Wilson, inventor of the Soundlab Mini Synth comes the Wacky Electronic Noise Maker Thingy. It's a much simpler circuit, which produces surprisingly cool pulsing, bleeping type noises. You can hear sound clips here. It's made with a handful of components, a few pots and switches and a 9v battery. There's a very clear schematic, a PCB design and a stripboard layout. If anyone is making a PCB for this kit, could you make me one, too? (thanks, CleanROOM)

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Make LED color changers...

Rgb1"It's nice to have a bit of colour in your house for style reasons, so here are some neat little PCB's that accommodate a mixture of red, green and blue LEDs giving you the option of controlling the colour they emit. They are designed to fit into standard MR16 downlighter frames for convenience of mounting. Since this page was put up the intensity of common LEDs has risen dramatically and the matching controller project now has extremely sophisticated software that really makes these lights shine." Thanks Rick! Link.

Heres a good excuse to let the electrical engineer in you come out to play a little... (No degree in engineering required for this project - simply an interest in making cool glowing stuff!)

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