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How Tuesday: Make a camera strap with a scarf

10th September 2013

Now that summer is officially over, Its time to get ready for scarf friendly season. I thought I’d show anyone with a camera and a bland camera strap, how easy it is to make your strap a bit more comfortable and fashionable!

  I used this camera strap on my Samsung NX300 camera. I think this scarf and camera are a perfect match. The camera is light enough that I don’t feel like theres ever something tugging at my neck, and since the back of the camera is one big touch screen, I can wrap the scarf around the camera, tuck it into my bag, and never worry about the screen getting scratched!

 

How Tu-esday: Make a hungry light box!

22nd January 2013

Like most people, my house isn’t properly set up for a photo studio so like to improvise! When I need to take pretty straight forward product shots, I end up making friends, in order to help me build a light box! Its a simple and cheap way to create clean and evenly lit shots. Heres how you can make one too.

You’ll need these things to make both the friend and the light box:

To make a friend, just cut and paste like so:make the eyes and teeth, and hold them off to the side until later

Heres how you make the light box:Lay the cardboard flat. Cut along one panel of the box using the ruler as a guide to keep the cut from veering too close to the fold of the box.

Repeat that process 2 more times so that only one cardboard panel is still uncut.

Tape up the box. By now, your box should be able to fit your Totoro, like so.

Cut three of the flaps off of the box

Tape the tracing paper to 2 insides of the box, and one on top of the box. This way, to take nice overhead shots (like these), all you have to do is lift up the flap and shoot straight down!

Cut the poster board to the width of the box, and tape them from the back board up, out.

Now bring your friend out into the bright sun that would usually cast shadows on your subject, and try feeding it to your new friend. I bet he’ll eat all the shadows and (if its yummy enough) your subject, too!

Look how quickly he ate my Jello!!! 3 shutter clicks and the whole thing was gone.

How To Make a Fancy Xylophone

19th November 2012

One of my favorite places to look for trinkets, is party stores. They usually have bins full of throw away toys that are usually no more than 3 bucks for the more high end stuff, like a set of three spring formed goggly eye glasses. I recently picked up a little musical instrument and had SO much fun with it. I learned how to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Happy Birthday, and other classic hits. Now that I was playing such sophisticated songs, I figured it was about time for people to take my xylophone a little more seriously, too. Which is why I turned it into a xylocrome! It was super easy! Heres how I did it:

All you need are these things:

How To Not Carve A Pumpkin

19th October 2012

I used to always say to myself “Judging by how poorly I stab a pumpkin in order to make a face, I would probably be a horrible murderer.” Thats about the time that I watched Blood Sucking Freaks and got totally inspired!

I grabbed a couple of drill bits, my drill, and a gutted pumpkin and ended up making a couple of fun pumpkin designs!

If you fail at that, punch a hole in that shit and you have a great excuse to wear a new hat!

tah dah! (photo thanks to the incredible Derek Woods)

How To Make Eye-phones

26th March 2012

I’ve fallen in love with googly eyes! The perfect amount of black and white, the circles within circles, the way that they let out a slight rattle as they get trashed about, and the fact that give everything more personality once applied!

I’ve gone googly eye crazy lately!

Ive been sticking them on pretty much everything. Including my nails, phone, movies, and even my boyfriend.

Most recently, I took my ugly headphones that had taken a few coats of black spray paint and quite a beating through out the years and covered them in googly eyes! It was super simple. Heres how you can do it!

First, you’ll need the following items:

Also,  you may want to grab a paper plate for the E-600 glue because it tends to just ooze out long after you put it down.

If the surface of your headphones are super smooth, you may want to scratch them up a little but with a piece of sandpaper (a nail file could work too, if you’re a normal person who doesn’t keep construction material around your house). By creating a rougher texture, it’ll create a better surface for things to stick to.

then do the following 4 steps:Just continue doing that until your headphones are completely covered in fun little rattling eyeballs!

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