Show and Tell April 2024

Post a picture and description of anything you are working on this April at the 'Space here!

It can be anything at all So many of us are doing cool things at The 'Space all the time, but most of us don’t get to see. Post it here and share the interesting things you are doing at Dallas Makerspace this month!

Posting here helps not only promote Dallas Makerspace, but could inspire others to make something. It will also help PR post a monthly look at what can be done here on a blog post or other social media (with attribution to each maker of course).

:bulb: NOTE: Please try to include the following on each post, to help make for richer social media content!

  • a decent QUALITY photo
  • a notation about WHAT you’ve made
  • WHO you are (for attribution on the blog)
  • HOW you’ve made it
  • and WHY
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(I had a project to post and didn’t see a S&T for April yet, so I created one).

I forged a Celtic style penannular brooch/cloak clasp for a Blacksmithing competition.

Made from 1/4” round bar squared off (so I could add twists), and 1/8” round bar for the pin.

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Saggar Firing

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I fabricated a fabric holder for my composites materials. I tried storing a roll of vacuum bagging film in my closet, but it accumulates punctures. A spool also makes the fabric easy to cut.

I started by measuring and creating CAD models of everything, starting with one bulky spool and one tiny spool. I drafted the slotted endplates, repurposing mounting brackets from an unfinished project. I exported the file to the plasma cutter and welded the parts together. Then I powder coated both frames.

The previous homeowners had installed some kind of bike holding fixture thing already. It isn’t there anymore, but apparently they had everything figured out, because I put mine on the same place on the wall, reusing their screws, and it hasn’t come crashing down.

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I worked on some leather projects over the past month.

First project was some new jewelry for my good boy. This one was an original design that mostly came together although it got kind of sloppy halfway through. It’s triple-layered with 8/9oz veg tan + 5/6oz crazy horse buffalo + 2/3oz veg tan inside (dyed brown). It was quite an effort hand-stitching a needle through that much leather.

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I put together this bag, as well. The pattern on this one was acquired online so it’s not an original design, although I did have to modify it in a few ways (mostly internally). It was all hand-sewn and each of those holes was punched one at a time; and yes, it sucked as much as you would imagine. It is extremely heavy and has a fair amount of leather inside so it’s probably impractically overbuilt at about 6 lbs empty. The hardware is all either solid copper or copper-plated, and I couldn’t find suitably matching zippers… so I had to make them using zipper tape, copper pulls, and top and bottom stops. The wine colored leather is an oil-tan with lots of pull-up and the right balance of flexibility while still holding its shape and feeling reasonably soft. The brown that makes up all the accent pieces and straps is the same crazy horse buffalo used in the dog collar.



Last one is a carving panel that some of you might have seen me working on in creative arts during the MANY hours it took to complete it… I want to say that I’m grateful for the compliments that people gave me over that time.

This initially was just a practice exercise so I unfortunately started with a less-than-perfect piece of economy veg tan that had a few cuts / blems. However, I did end up turning it into the front panel of a laptop sleeve.

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Finished our first maker space project. Many thanks to HB, Burt and Peter who helped guide us a long our way!

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My daughter took Sue’s wire rings class last night and had an amazing time. She asked for jewelry wire and pliers for her birthday. :slight_smile:

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Trippy - that really cool

Happy to share my first three pots I’ve ever made. Thanks for the inspiration @Liamluu


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Those are amazing!!!

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