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Paper Filigree/Quilling Classes – 3 sessions

Three Saturday Mornings: Nov 14, 21, 28, 10:00a.m. – Noon

our very own Rob Bartlett is a master of turning paper into wonderful and exquisite art. He will be teaching us how to do the same!

He will introduce students to the zen art of quilling, also known as paper filigree – the coiling of paper in intricate designs. This art form, now enjoying a huge comeback, was supposedly used by ancient Egyptians, and throughout the ages. Modern tools and papers take this art to the next level. This class will cover the basic shapes and provide the students with the skills, tools, and materials needed to create 3 increasingly complex patterns designed by the instructor.

For more details, see our Our upcoming events page.

So we can plan appropriately, please register at Meet Up.

Classes are Back: Vinyl Cutter Valentines and Resin Jewelry

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Two upcoming classes:

 

1. Valentines–the Maker Way

Make Valentines and Learn Basics of 2D-design for CNC manufacturing (each class is stand alone, attend one or all):

28-Jan-2014: 6 – 8 p.m.

Learn about the difference between printing images on a printer and transforming them to a “path” that can be cut on a CNC machine (aka raster vs vector graphics). We will be using a Silhouette vinyl/paper/fabric cutter, but the principles are great introduction to the skills needed for using more complicated machines. You will be introduced to cutting paper.

Class Fee – $5.00 (public)/Free (members) – includes supplies. Bring a Windows or Mac for more hands-on learning.

5-Feb-2014: 6 – 8 p.m.

Make paper or adhesive valentines from stock images.

Class Fee – $10.00 (public)/$5.00 (members) – includes supplies. Bring a Windows or Mac if you have one, for more hands-on learning.

12-Feb-2014: 6 – 9 p.m.

Design and make your own personalized valentine tree (like the featured image).

Class Fee – $10.00 (public)/$5.00 (members) – includes supplies. Bring a Windows or Mac if you have one, for more hands-on learning.

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2. Intro to Resin Jewelry Making–postponed

February 7 & 8     1 – 4 p.m [highlight]Postponed due to illness[/highlight]

Dee Conlon is out sick. We’ll announce the new date. If you have preferred dates, please let us know in the comment section below.

Using Little Windows Brilliant Resin is an easy introduction to the art of jewelry making.  Classes will cover the basic skills required to create a variety of jewelry pieces, including:

  • Resin Casting
    • Doming Technique
    • Bezel Filling Technique
  • Drilling through Resin

Class Fee –  $31.00 – for 2 – three-hour classes – paid prior to the first class.  This price is for non-members of Maui Makers.  This price includes a one month Friend of Maui Makers membership, so you can take advantage of all of our activities for 30 days.

Kit Fee – $50.00 – paid prior to first class

Maximum class size  10 students

Minimum Age – 10 Students under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, or will not be permitted to participate in class.

Additional supplies will be available for purchase at the class.

Registration for Class and Kit Fee must be paid in advance at the instructor’s website:

www.deesquiltdesigns.com/home/resin

 

 

 

3D Printing–November 13, 2014

We had a great turnout at the monthly meeting with some exciting show and tell. We also have some fun items on tap for the rest of November. All events are suitable for Family and free to paying members ($10 for nonmembers, make out checks to St Anthony Jr-Sr High School):

November 13, 2014 will be 3D Printing Night.
6 PM–set up the 3D printers
7 PM–Steve Griffin, a mechanical engineer from Boeing will be on hand to discuss how to get the best build quality

November 20, 2014 will be a return to the Art of Tinkering
We’ll build Paper Circuits.
Bring
–Coin Cell Batteries CR-1220
–Cardstock
–Scissors/exacto knife (age appropriate please)
–Scotch tape

Both meetings are 6-9 PM at St Anthony Jr-Sr High School, Maryknoll Building, Rm 21.

What Happened at the November Public Meeting
Membership and a Permanent Home
Maui Makers discussed plans for leasing our own space. We have a strong contender in Wailuku, but are exploring alternatives, in case that falls through. With the space comes extra bills, so we are rolling out a paid membership structure. Once the bank account gets linked to Paypal, you can pay by credit card on the website. You can also pay by check at a meeting, or contact info@mauimakers.com. For a limited time, memberships will be discounted. Lorayne Lipps had the honor of being our first paying member. We anticipate being in St Anthony Thursday evenings through December.

Show and Tell
Sevan brought the 3D Printed Air Brush Nozzle he’s been working on:

3D printed airbrush nozzle

Shannon Williams has built a an “oxyhydrogen generator”. It uses electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gas. This converts electricity into a clean burning fuel, and unlike gasoline the only emission released is—water!

Oxyhydrogen generator

magnetic paper

Steve Jenness brought his tricked out motorcycle light:
skull headlight

Lasers and Bots : Thurs Nov 18 2010

I’m going to host a Maui Makers meeting at my home on Thursday November 18, 2010 from 5:30-11pm. I’ll show the Epilog Laser cutter, Makerbot 3d Printer, and some of the other tools and toys I have here. Festivities will start in late PM (5:30) and continue until everyone (but me) leaves. I’ve got a grill if you want to cook something, or bring something pre-cooked. BYO drinks, art, projects, questions, answers, friends, etc.
Email me for directions. Jerry Isdale

Silhouette SD paper and vinyl cutter

Paper Fabrication with Silhouette and ModelMaker

Silhouette SD paper and vinyl cutter

Silhouette (aka Craft Robo) paper and vinyl cutter

I recently stumbled upon a great web site for teaching with paper crafting – DigitalFabrication.org is from the Curry Center for Technology and Teacher Education at U. Virginia. The site is mostly about using a Silhouette (aka Craft Robo), a desktop paper/vinyl cutting machine about the size of a small inkjet printer.

Costume CampBells Soup Can

Matt's costume Campbells Soup Can

I have one of these machines and it is currently on-loan to CrashSpace. It does a good job cutting card-stock and vinyl.  One of the Crashers (Matt Pinner) used it to make a Campbell’s Soup costume with vinyl decals. Matt gave a class on using it back in May. I made some simple vinyl stickers for a car window.

Back to the Digital Fab site … they have some good videos and FAQ on the site about using it for teaching kids using paper cutting/folding (aka Kirigami).  One really cool video is this one showing the creation of a rack and pinion system from card stock.

They use a combination of Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw and a neat tool called fablab ModelMaker. The latter piece is a fairly low cost 3d modeler that drives the Silhouette and is targeted at schools/educational market.  They have a nice video showing kids from Punahou School (Oahu) using the machine with an inkjet printer to create ‘cereal boxes’ to learn math (although they may not know it.

I emailed the creators of ModelMaker and learned they are working on a program to roll the software out to a few more Hawaiian schools.  Also the software can create STL files to output to the Fab@School 3D printer.  Since this is the same format used by Makerbot, I’m going to have to experiment with it for both of my machines!

A Visit to NYC Resistor

A week ago I posted that I was going to visit NYCResistor and take a class on April 10 2010. Sorry it has taken a week to update but life intervened.

I took the subway out from midtown Manhattan where I was staying and arrived about a half hour early.  NYCResistor is located a short walk from the subway station in a non-descript brick building on a not too busy/not too quiet street. The doorway is barely marked and might be easily missed. Visitors may need to call to get the front door unlocked.  Once inside there is a cool LED light directing you up four flights of well worn wooden stairs to the space.  The space itself is has nice high ceilings and is HUGE.  I briefly visited their previous digs back in December and this new space is much bigger. They have a big open room up front for classes, a couple side offices (one is home to their Epilog laser cutter), and another even bigger room back through the arches that houses ongoing projects. There were a few folks working on projects in the back room when I arrived, and some others puttering about, doing improvements on the space, etc.  The coolest project in this back room at the time I visited was a pair of Makerbot Plastruder Mark 5 prototypes undergoing stress tests.  Zach et al had set up a pair of laser cut acrylic boxes into which the plastuders were oozing out a steady stream of black ABS plastic.  I got to meet Zach briefly – quite a pleasure for me, he (like the rest of the folks there) was friendly and fun to chat with.  He said the plastruders had been running continuously for 24-48+hours!  That beats the heck out of the 20 min or so I get out of the Mark 4 on Goldbot (my Makerbot Cupcake).  They still have some issues to work out but I am excited to see this development.

Front Room of NYCResistor

I was at NYCResistor to take Shelby Arnold’s class in Paper Engineering.  Basically this is paper folding to make popup cards and books.  Shelby passed around a nice tutorial book – Elements of Pop up: A Pop Up Book For Aspiring Paper Engineers. It is loaded with how-tos and examples. I ordered myself  a copy from amazon after the class. Shelby then showed us how to make a number of basic popups for simple cards. I made a half dozen or so in the hour+ of the class.  Mine were plain white with no decorations – simple engineering prototypes.  Others in the class (about 14 total) were much more artistic – tacking on decorative flourishes.  One person even made a pair of popup cards showing robots walking in a city – second card showed the flaming aftermath.  It was a fun introduction to the craft. I wish there was time to go deeper and try out their CraftRobo machine, but alas there wasnt time. (also the machine was not set up.)  I’ll just have to wait till I have some time to experiment on my own.

Simple popup card I made during class

After the Paper Engineering class, Raphael Abrams was teaching a Soft Circuit class.  It was listed as sold out so I had not pre-registered. It was also scheduled to end about 5:30 which I initially thought would be too late for me to make it back to Manhattan for the party my wife was expecting me to attend.  However, Raphael said he would gladly let me take the class for cash payment and since subway travel was quick, I dropped $30.  It was quite fun although it ran long and I had to bug out well before the end.  Raphael had us make a simple LED circuit with a battery pouch.  The conductive thread is really hard to work with. You need to cut it with a sharp knife to avoid any dangling bits that could cause shorts, etc. It is fat and not easy to thread into a needle (dang these aging eyes!), and then easily slips out.  It also tangles and knots itself quite easily so hand sewing is tricky.  I did manage to get a pair of white LEDs wired up properly (in parallel).  Raphael had some conductive tape which I put down over a coil of thread on one end of the circuit. The other end was attached to half of a metal snap that I sewed onto a small piece of felt that was then attached over the tape creating a pocket. Inserting the battery into the pocket in the correct orientation closed the circuit and lights up the LEDs.  Raphael had some more advanced projects planned, but by the time I got mine working, it was 5:45 and I had to bug out for the train. I wish I had stayed longer – the party was delayed an hour!  I am looking forward to working with more soft circuits in the future.  There is talk CrashSpace might host a class, which would be great… if I’m still here on mainland.  Otherwise, we will have to do ourselves in Maui!

Soft Circuit class at NYCResistor

My simple LED soft circuit works! Next step is to add the battery pocket.

My simple LED soft circuit - before battery pocket.

DIY Paper Engineering, Die/Vinyl cutters

I’m traveling on the mainland this week. Just spent a couple daze in Salt Lake City and off to NYC tomorrow.  Mostly this trip is for family purposes but on Saturday I’m going to be at NYCResistor taking a class in DIY Paper Engineering.  I am jazzed to be able to take a class at this hackerspace – both to learn paper engineering and to check out a class at an established hackerspace.  The topic came to my attention back when I posted to the Google for Maui discussion.  I later found a really cool post/video on Tangible learning in 21st century Digging a bit further I found the author Shaunna Smith is at U. Houston and giving a tutorial about this on Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) on this (link to preview).  Both of these talk about using a computer die cutting system like the Craft Robo and Silhouette both of which are under $300.  NYC Resistor has one (more?) of these and I’m thinking it would be a really inexpensive bit of hardware for MauiMakers.  I’ll post more after the class and let you know.

Btw, I’ll be on island tween April 23-30 and would love to get together with folks.  Drop me an email if you want to suggest a time/place.

jerry at mauimakers dot com