3D Printed Cookie-cutters, Edible Things, and Real Houses Too

When I was an elementary teacher, the subject of art was often cut whenever there were budget cuts. I believe art has a better chance of becoming part of the curriculum if it is integrated with technology, also providing student with another way to communicate ideas. I want to create a K-5 math and art curriculum. It is a fun project where kids make their own cookie-cutters through 3D printing and test out doggie biscuit recipes with their cookie-cutters. It is hoped that this project will be applicable to other art programs and organizations. This is a workshop I took at The Build Shop. I learned from them that I could build my own 3D printer. The nozzle gets clogged sometimes if not used p

" I can show you what to do, but I'm going to have to kill you!"

Rapid Prototyping is expensive. It's not a feasible way to make multiples. I couldn't make a mold of my cookie-cutter, because the object is used to prepare food. The chemicals to make a mold is not good to be in such proximity to food. So I decided to make cookie-cutter the old-fashioned way, by bending stainless steel strips. " I can show you what to do," said the model shop instructor, "but I'm going to have to kill you!" I love working at the model shop, because the instructor cracked jokes all the time. To make a cookie-cutter, I had to check out a tool to insert rivets to close off the cookie-cutter. I used a Whitney metal punch tool make a hole for the rivet. When I put the rivets in,

Making an Olfactory Book for The Children of Haiti

Being a child of the 80s, I love scratch 'n sniff stickers. I wanted to make an olfactory book for the children of Haiti. I started out by using KoolAid powder, Sugar Free Jello mix, embossing powder, and ink. Although the smell was quite delicious, the visual presentation was a mess. I abandoned the initial idea and focused making the fruits and vegetables you see above and below. These are mostly common agriculture products found in both Haiti and Mexico. The Haitian children are migrating to Mexico for a better life. I wanted them to have something to look forward to. That way, they will not be too homesick when they are in a new place. A lot of our used goods and electronics are shipped

The Experiment of Squeaky Dog Toys

Though Chiquita is reaching her final phase of life, she is having the best time ever. No only does she gets homemade dog treats, she also receives handmade dog toys. Yes, I'm been making squeaky dog toys, but haven't had much success. First I used fabric markers and leftover fabric to make lollipop and cellphone toys. I noticed that my cousin's dog, Darlene enjoyed them as showed in the video above. However, I wasn't sure if the colors were safe for her to chew and suck on the toy. Next I use strawberries, spinach, carrots, and blueberries as dye for the dog toys. I boiled the strawberries and blueberries to get the colors of red and violet. I blended the carrots and spinach to make orange

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