How to weather surfaces like a pro

Sometimes an old scuffed up object can be just as pretty or even more so then when it was brand new. But who wants to wait several decades to get the surface to be naturally weathered? In this tutorial, Adam Savage from Mythbusters shows us and Will from Tested.com some of the techniques he uses to weather things, like this microscope case he has built. By using water, paint, sandpaper, mallets, bicycle chains and much more, he slowly tear down the surface of his case and ends up with a beautifully weathered look.

Come fly with us, come fly, come fly away…

As a promotion idea, we created a mini DIY projects that you can download, print out and fold into an awesome boomerang paper airplane! Why make a normal airplane that you have to run after every time you throw it, when you could make a plane that returns to you? Here what it will look like when it’s done:

Boomerang paper airplane

 

In order to print this mini DIY project out, you need to download the following image files:

Top side picture

Bottom side picture

You can right-click on these links and choose “Save link as..” or simply click on them and when the image pops up, right-click on the image and choose “Save image as..”, either way works. Make sure that your computer or printer doesn’t shrink this images when it’s printed, or the plane will not work. The image is ment to reach all the way out to the papers edge, so no margins here. On a normal home printer, there will be a blank space around the edge of the paper, but don’t worry, we have designed it so it wont be noticeable.

You may have to experiment a little with your printer so that the two sides are correctly aligned, the flaps on the wing must be located towards the same edge on both sides. Good luck!

A special thanks to Adrian Lopez who have has made many video tutorials on how to fold paper airplanes. We tried many different “boomerang plane” designs, but ended up choosing Adrian Lopez‘s design because it is easy to fold, and works great! The fact that Adrian Lopez makes very intuitive video tutorials that is easy to follow was just icing on the cake. Check out his channel on YouTube, or check out his specific tutorial on how to fold this “Boomerang airplane”.

Let your geek flag fly!

Proud of being a geek? Worried people doesn’t notice your geekiness? Well look no further, Crafters University has the solution for you! With this handy-dandy pocket protector, you can have a clean and organized breast pocket, but also let everybody know that you are a supergeek! It’s easy to make and best of all, its FREE! So what are you waiting for, download the template here, print it out, cut it, fold it, tape or glue it and your done! No one will ever mistake you for a jock again, we promise!

Pocketprotector

Our very own cool banner!

We’ve just created our very own banner for all of you! You can use this as a link to us from another webpage, or why not print it out on stickers and put it up in your workshop? How about a nice shirt with this image on the back? You are free to do what every you want with this, as long as it is legal. That means that you can’t use this to slander Crafters University or any of our members. But why would you, we are great! And now you can show that fact by using the Crafters University banner!

Crafters University Banner

In order to download this banner to your computer, all you have to do is right-click it at then click “Save image as”. We hope that you will find many new creative ways of using our banner, and if you do, we would love to see pictures!

 

(The Crafters University Logo has been designed from the 3D model “Ball in vine” designed by Steve Medwin.)