Skip to main content

The Devil is in the Detail!

Having lots of fun sourcing the materials for the next Maker Fun sessions. Just wanted to share a couple of moments that made me laugh or gasp out loud.

Looking for glow powder for a cool 'dragons blood and dragon slime' make that I have in mind. Found a glow powder that is based on a food additive instead of Zinc Sulphide and came across a foodies blog on the same. BadRabbit speculates on how to make food glow: 

"I bet Firefly butts are edible. Not positive of that and I don't really know how you'd find out but I seem to remember reading about a culture that ate them." 

"Edit: Nevermind. They are toxic..."

Thank you Badrabbit, you made me laugh out loud. More here: Luminescent food techniques.

And here is the one that made me gasp! Trying to source electro luminescent wire, EL or glow wire from cheapest source. Wrote to a couple of companies in China with interesting results. Was happy that my first quote was competitive but looked into the other activities of the same company. EL panels, display lighting, medical, and MILITARY WEAPONS. Needless to say this was a no go. So going to search closer to home but still want to know that the EL wire is sourced ethically. Perhaps I can get a non-profit discount...

Remember I'm doing all this so you don't have too! See you soon from all at Maker Fun.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Butterfly Pi and the Great Escape

We did it! We captured the moment our Painted Ladies emerged from their chrysalides using our Butterfly Pi. There really is a Pi and Pi cam buried in that awesome Lego housing!



Why don't you put your Raspberry Pi to use this Summer and capture what nature is doing in your back garden! Don't forget to share it. #makerfun #raspberrypi










It was a lovely sunny day when we released the butterflies and we couldn't believe what happened next. Our Painted Ladies crept up onto the girls fingers for a little help with their great escape. 







They were in no hurry to leave and we were all fascinated by the chance to observe them before they finally flew away. 








It was a magical metamorphosis. We raised 5 very hungry caterpillars that ate so much they exploded to eight times there original size. They hung upside down and turned into Chrysalides. Check out our Caterpillar Pi video too. Before finally emerging as beautiful butterflies. The Butterfly kit and 5 live caterpillars came from Insect L…

Caterpillar Pi

A few weeks ago the kids got a butterfly hatching kit from their favourite aunt. Can you guess what our caterpillars got up to last night?



As you can see caterpillar number three became a chrysalis! Now we have three chrysalides and a crazy, hungry caterpillar still throwing shapes into the night.

How did this happen? The caterpillar hangs in a 'j' shape and sheds their exoskeleton for one last time before hardening into a chrysalis. We hope to capture the birth of our butterflies in a week or so time.

How did we do it?

We hooked up our pi with pi-camera and attached an eye- glass to shorten the focal length of the pi-camera. We used a cold light to light up the scene into the night.Check out our lego housing. We can change the height of the camera using the gears!We modified an existing time-lapse program. 
There is lots of great stuff out there: 
For inspiration and to discover other great projects see: Raspberry Pi foundation.
For local events keep an eye on the Manchester Raspber…

Dragon Slime Time!

The fun is endless when you create dragon snot and slime!

Step 1. First design you dragon


Step 2: Make your dragon snot.




We had lots of fun!





We are going to put our recipes online soon so that you can share them with your friends. Sign up to our newsletter and you will be among the first to find out. 

We will be back in Marple in June, don't stop making!