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Aquaria on the Cheap

This article originally ran on my (now semi-defunct) aquarium blog, but it’s good information if you want to try setting up a fish tank. I’d also like to write some follow up pieces on teaching kids a little bit about biochemistry by way of aquaria.  So You Want to Start …

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Armour for Cosplay 4 – Cut It Out

This week, we finally start making something. We’re cutting out pieces for a pauldron (shoulder armour) and a full articulated arm. I’m working off of patterns found on the Armour Archive. Pauldron Arm Harness I’ve made two versions of the video. The first has been edited down and had the boring bits …

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Armour for Cosplay 3 – Material Concerns

Picking materials can be tough when making armour. I can’t cover everything, but I can give a couple pointers of what you’re looking for.

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Armoring for Cosplay 2 – The Tools You Need

Last week I started a series on how to make costume armour out of metal. The first episode was on how to hit things with hammers. This week, we continue with a run-down of the tools you’ll need to get started.

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Making Mycological Masterpieces

Identifying mushrooms can be a lot of fun, but it can also leave you with beautiful artwork. Today I would like to tell you about the mycologist’s art: spore prints. When identifying mushrooms, one of the key features is spore color. The spores of a mushroom are its reproduction unit, …

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#DIYMAL: Bejeweled hanging candle holder

The room needed something… I determined that something was a hanging candle holder. A fancy looking one. Bejeweled even! The search began… and it did not go well. Too expensive, too big, too small, colors not quite right… then I saw a $3 diamond-in-the-rough candle holder in the Target Dollar Spot. EUREKA! …

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The Cueva Ruso Cocktail

As part of our fundraiser for SkepchickCON, I auctioned off three original cocktails. The follow post is for one of the winners, Data Jack. Thank for your generous contribution! The Cueva Ruso (“Russian Cave” in Spanish) features homemade horchata and cinnamon vodka. Horchata is a beverage found all around the …

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The Physics and Chemistry of Emulsions and Blender Mayonnaise

I am a big fan of mayonnaise. I like it on my fries, on my burgers, and combined with different ingredients to create a variety of amazing sauces. Even if you don’t like mayo, I think you should agree with me that there is something magical about how egg yolk …

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