DIY Lantern with LED Flame Bulb

I've been fascinated by those flame simulating LED bulbs ever since they came to market. You know the ones. They look somewhat like an ordinary bulb when not plugged in, albeit a bit oblong and cylindrical, but a bulb nonetheless. When you plug them into a lamp, they glow and flicker like a flame, and... Continue Reading →

Silicone Molds from 3D prints

I have been working with resin for the past year as an avenue for artistic expression, experimenting with various ready-made silicone molds purchased online and at craft stores like Joann Fabrics or Michael's. Epoxy A and B resin is fun and easy to work with, can be mixed with colorful acrylic inks and mica powder,... Continue Reading →

Theater Arts and Makers

As I've watched school play productions over the years, I have often wondered about my connection to this craft as a maker. It seemed a perfect place to play a role, so to speak, but I have never been involved. It is usually the art department that does work in this area, or even some... Continue Reading →

Building Better Cardboard Prototypes

Working with middle school students on cardboard prototypes presents a number of challenges. Students at this age have had varying levels of experience making proper and accurate measurement, using tools effectively for cutting and marking, working with glue, and understanding design to a level that is up to the task of creating a three-dimensional prototype... Continue Reading →

An Invitation To Play

We often hear about an Invitation to Play as an open-ended hands-on activity used mostly in preschools, or at least among younger age children. This concept, inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching, "encourages children to learn through exploration, by providingĀ  materials that 'invite them to play' in a creative, non-directive way, with no... Continue Reading →

CaNibble Table – DIY

I have long sought safe and simple ways for students to work with metal in our space. Or maybe better said, "I have long sought ways for meĀ to work with metal." The fact that students get to benefit from this desire is a plus, but I would be lying if I didn't admit that the... Continue Reading →

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