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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Kendamas are a popular Japanese cup and ball game. When I first started at the IRL, I bought a ball and combined it with the physical grip of a 3D printed kendama  that my coworker Jake created for me on Fusion 360 . ** There are fully modeled free files on Thingiverse now from other creators now like:   https://www.thingiverse.com/search?q=kendama&type=things&sort=relevant     I recently cracked my print when I was practicing....

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Discussion Topics and Brain Storming from the University of Wisconsin's "Green Makerspace" Meeting   Partnerships can help direct what types of materials are being purchased and used as well as how waste is directed in and out of makerspaces   3D printing causes most visible waste due to : Inexperienced users 3D printing Failed prints/machine problems People leaving prints / never collecting prints People printing without putting...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]One of the most common problems you may encounter with older, worn out clothes is the issue of buttons falling off or being torn off easily. While it’s annoying to realize your favorite shirt or jacket is missing a button, you should know that it’s a pretty easy problem to fix! In this blog post I will walk through the steps of fixing a button....

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]What you need   1. 1 lb of Soy wax - included in kit 2. 1 wick - 15 included in kit 3. Glue - Hot glue preferably 4. A pot & stove OR a microwave safe bowl and microwave 5. A heat safe container - 2 jars included       Optional 1. Glitter 2. Old candles 3. Crayons 4. Stickers 5. Scents 6. Other jars/mugs etc       Instructions   For stove top   1. Prepare your jar or other candle holder...

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  Leaves are falling, coats have to be worn but what about your summer plants? It can be confusing to know how to take care of our plants as it gets colder and hopefully this guide will help answer some questions. It is important to know some key terminology: Growing Zone, Perennial, Annual, First frost, Overwintering.      What is my Growing Zone?   A grow Zone uses climate data to...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Plastic recycling numbers are common knowledge and there are many people that compost, but here are three specific ways to keep trash out of the landfill that you might not have heard of!           Mascara Wands -  Wildlife organizations use these for so many different tasks! The delicate wands are tools to remove larvae, fly eggs, and ticks from small animals and plants. The Appalachian Wildlife Refuge is always...

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My family has a large number of plants growing on our property, which need a lot of water. So, in an effort to reduce the amount of water we had to use to maintain these plants, we worked on installing a rain barrel.  A rain barrel is a great project for quarantine time, and can save a lot of money on your water bill while at...

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Does anyone else have a stack of old, 1/2 empty paint cans in their basement? Instead of throwing them out here are some ways to use your left over house paint.   If the Paint is White:   Extend your Acrylic Paint - If you're running out of your favorite acrylic paint color, adding in some white paint will lighten it but it will give you a lot more to work...

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