It is a shame that styrofoam chips, cups and other products are considered to be trash. There are so many recyclable uses for them! This was demonstrated in an earlier post “Cheap and useful styrofoam” where objects were made from styrofoam, but since this material is also sensitive to other chemicals, there are even more potential uses! In this video from GREENPOWERSCIENCE you can learn how to make thin spider webs and even wood sealant by dissolving styrofoam in natural chemicals such as citrus peel juice. Yes, the styrofoam still goes out into nature, but since it’s in a so much smaller size, the ultraviolet rays from our sun will be able to break it down much more quickly than any styrofoam cup or chip!
Some people use cyanoacrylate (Superglue) all the time, and never have to battle with clogged tips since the glue doesn’t get a chance to harden. Most of us however, only use Cyanoacrylate now and then and have been annoyed by this problem on more then one occasion. The classic solutions are poking a needle into the tip, cutting of a piece of the tip and ruin the flow of the glue or even throw it away and by a new one. But there is a better solution and it is so cheap and easy! Just watch this quick walk through from FreddysFrets and you’ll be at the store buying acetone in no time! 🙂
3D printing is definitely a modern-day revolution, but it has its draw backs. One of these are the ridges your 3D printed models will have, due to the fact that printing is done by layers. We recommend printing with PLA, since it is so extremely environmentally friendly, but we can’t deny that other plastics like ABS have some benefits. Apart from being more flexible, ABS also melts when exposed to acetone (nail polish remover). This might seem like a bad thing, but in a controlled environment, this chemical reaction can be used to automatically smooth out those ridges and make your 3D print look like they were made in an injection mold! So how do you create such a controlled environment? Just watch this video from Make: and start smoothing your ABS prints with such simple/cheap resources as paper towels, acetone and a plastic container!
If you are here, you have probably seen our cool introductory video of the new Barrii mascot and want to know how it was done and how to make one for yourself! You can download all the necessary files by clicking here and start designing a personalized mascot right away.
The video above will take you through the assembling process, and the video below will show how our particular design was made. You are welcome to copy and imitate, or create a unique mascot just for you. You can even change the 3D models into something completely different if you like! We would love to see a video of your mascot when you are done!
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This is a special treat! Usually the process of water transfers cost a lot of money to set up. You need big containers, special paints or patterned sheets and even fixing sprays. But there is a super cheap alternative! All you need is a cup of room temperature water, a toothpick and some nail polish! Jessica Joaquin made this video that demonstrates just how easy it is. In this particular video she colors keys, but this technique can be used for any object. And if its to large to fit in i cup, just use a bowl, the sink or even your bathtub! It’s cheap, simple and the result is absolutely beautiful!