Monthly Archives: December 2012


WE DID IT! We made it to 2013. To celebrate, Milwaukee Makerspace built the New Year’s Hop Drop. This was epic from the beginning. Jeremy from Art Milwaukee asked me if I wanted to build a giant beer hop for new years. LOL, What? Sure! So here goes the process…

This is the concept rendered by the great Ali Carlucci.

Victory shot after set-up at The Milwaukee Art Museum.

We started out with the skeleton for the hop. Designed by Makerspace’s own Shane Thelen.

Here’s another Maker, Matt Wittmann, attaching the leaves on the hop.

After attaching the leaves we built the base to support the hop. The hop will rise 20 feet and get lowered at the 30 second countdown to the new year.

Here’s Shane painting the base.

Now, to test the motor.

WooHoo it works! Here is a video of us doing a test,

Hoppy New Year! Stay safe, Stay classy.

Snow-Globe Video

Just a minor update here from my recent Snow-Globe blog entry ( )

I made two VIDEOS about the snow-globe. The first is just a brief video showing the finished project. The second video is a longer “How-To” which includes some video, but is mostly a photo slide-show of all the steps I took to create the project.

For an in-depth step-by-step of how I built the project, check out the info I posted on Instructables.


eLeCTRONiC WeAraBLes -Part Duex- Jan 19

eLeCTRONiC WeAraBLes -Part Duex- Jan 19

The LA Robotics Club has been wanting to get folks together for a gathering about wearable electronics.

We’re doing it IRL at the CRASHSpace at 2p-5p January 19th (2012-01-19 14:00 PST).

Here’s the link to the meetup and discussion:

We’ll have a pretty open format…

1. Bring something to share: ideas, projects, toys, problems, snacks, friends?

2. We’ll discuss next steps for where we want to take the group and the discussions.

3. I’ll give a quick demo of EL Wire soldering… for those that want it.


Hint: This is taking place on the anniversary of this wonderful wearable electronics roundup from last year: . The photos above came from this post.


CRASHSpace is entirely membership/donation funded and relies on your support to keep the doors open. Donations are welcomed, helpful, and necessary. thx!




Thoughtful Angel

This is a laser cut wall hanging. The back piece is an image of a hill in a graveyard and the top piece is a part of a tree with an angel statue on the opposite side.

It occurred to me that I haven’t posted about my latest laser-etched wall-hanging yet.  This piece was inspired by a trip out to a couple of Milwaukee cemeteries.  I’m slowly learning what to look for when preparing photographs for laser etching.

Total time to etch and cut was about 3 hours.  Both the front and back pieces were treated with teak oil, lightly sanded, then rubbed with a clean cloth to bring out a little sheen.

This piece is the sister to one I had posted about here.  Put side by side, the tree on the right merges with the tree on the other piece to create a unifying effect. There are two other pieces that I’ll be doing for this series which will have the tops of the branches visible to unite all four.