Make a polymer clay copy with a mold!

Lets face it, polymer clay is a great sculpting material, but no clay model will be better than the artist making them. It takes a lot of experience and a steady hand to make clay models that looks identical to other object, right? Well there is another more simple way of cloning an object in polymer clay form and NerdECrafter knows all about it. In this video, she shares her wisdom on this matter, and its super simple to learn. Enjoy!

Cooking steaks. Thawed or frozen?

Conventional wisdom holds that all meat should be thawed before cooking. But with modern freezers, ovens and frying pans, does it still apply? America’s Test Kitchen has taken it upon themselves to test this wisdom and thoroughly observe the result. While not arriving at a clear answer, they found a lot of interesting effects by frying steaks right out of the freezer. We guess it all comes down to personal taste, but if you are a meat gourmand, you should definitely watch this video to make sure that conventional wisdom doesn’t prevent you from finding a new favorite way of cooking steaks!

Polymer clay for beginners!

Polymer clay is a wonderful material! Soft and malleable as any modelling clay, but pop them into an ordinary oven and they turn hard and rigid. It is in many cases the perfect material to make not only ornaments, but also mechanical parts like levers, gears and wheels. This is just the first part of a video series from PuddingFishCakes that teaches the basics of handling polymer clay, and we look forward to adding the others to our collection. So if you don’t want to miss a video, subscribe to PuddingFishCakes, and while you’re at it, subscribe to Crafters University as well to see all our future video blogs!

From computer to carbon fiber

In these three videos (part 2 and 3 below) you will get an in-depth and detailed lesson in how to make a complete carbon fiber part from a computer model. All the steps from making an exact prototype from computer printouts, strategies on mould splits and how making the final part are in these videos. All the while, using professional tricks and techniques. This without having to use a 3D printer! Anyone interested in making a carbon fiber part of their idea, should definitely watch this! However, if the amount of time and energy it takes to follow these instructions seems too much, check if you could use pre-made carbon fiber products for your build instead. You can find an excellent video about them here.

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The astonishing result of blow forming

Making big plastic shells can be extremely expensive when using vacuum forming or other forms of manufacturing techniques. But if the shell you want is of a simple bubble type form, you may want to consider blow forming. In this video from Gary Lavarack, you can learn just how easy it can be to make your own polycarbonate shells by blow forming them. The result is a perfect finish without any defects, and an added bonus is that if you apply your paint on the inside, the transparent layer of plastics would look gorgeous, like a deep layer of professional clear-coat! Just take a look at the finished blow formed car body in the video below from MAKE.