Free and easy milling software

Small consumer milling machines are becoming more and more popular these days, and it can be a huge benefit to have your own CNC mill at home, not to mention that they are much cheaper than laser cutters. But how do you control the machine? Most consumer CNC mills are 2.5D mills, that is, they are mainly used to cut things out of sheets. If that is the kind of mill you have or are interested in, good news! Easel.com has a simple program that you can use to turn a black and white image into CNC programming for your mill! You don’t even have to install any program, since it works directly in your web browser. In this video, I Like To Make Stuff gives us a walk through how it works and what to keep in mind when milling out pieces at home. Just watch and enjoy!

Divide any edge super quick and easy!

The scenario returns again and again, you need to divide something in a number of equally long parts. So you measure the total length, pull out your calculator, punch in the numbers and then starts measuring and marking the cutting point one by one, right?  Yeah, we have all been there, but we have done it the stupid way. In this video from Jo Nakashima, a paper is folded into 5 equally thin folds super easy by simply lining up the edge of the paper with the lines on a college ruled paper. By placing the edge at an angle, you can decide how many times you want to divide it, and if you don’t want a fold but a cut, you can simply mark the cuts with a pencil instead. This also work beautifully when you want to mark out where to drill, route, paint and much much more! This super simple trick will save you tons of time in the long run, so do yourself a favor and watch this quick tutorial.

How to make bent wood objects

We have all seen wood objects with rounded shapes, that’s nothing new. But when the grain of the wood shows that this piece was not just sawed into shaped but bent into shape, it starts turning heads. Bending wood? Surely something as hard as wood can’t possibly be bent can it? Ooh yes it can, and it’s not that hard to do either! Steve Ramsey knows exactly how it’s done, and he made this video to demonstrate it. In this case he makes a holder for a razor, but you could make almost anything out of your bent wood like coat hangers, bracelets, decorations and even large things like furniture. So watch this and let your imagination run wild!

Put tassels on every crochet

If you like tassels but are unsure how to fix them to your crochet pieces, then this is the video for you. It is a very simple process, and thanx to the excellent job of Craft Life, it is even simpler to understand. You can use this technique for any crochet piece, not just scarfs. Enjoy!

Glazing pieces for beginners

The difference between a glazed an a non glazed piece can be as big as night and day. Sure, sometimes you want that matt surface, but it’s when you want a nice shiny surface that you need to know how to glaze. You could do it the hard way, painting thin layers of glaze, waiting for it to dry and then repeat this process over and over to get that beautiful deep glaze, but that can take days. A simpler way is to simply dip your piece in varnish and hang it to dry. This can be done, but to get a good result, you will need to know exactly what kind of varnish to buy. This is where PuddingFishCakes extensive experience comes in to help us choose the right product from all the thousands of glazing products out there. This knowledge will make your crafting life so much easier, so we seriously recommend watching this video!