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Summer is a great time to get outside and explore some DIY fun! Whether attending a Maker Faire or spending more time in your shop, here’s some ideas on places to go and contests to enter in the next week.
WHEN: July 26-27, 2014. 9:30 am – 6 pm
WHERE: The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Mich.
WHAT: “An award winning, family friendly event celebrating technology, education, science, arts, crafts, engineering, food, sustainability and more.”
You’ll have a chance to meet entrepreneurs, see live demos and performers, watch races and tour the expo!
WHEN: Open for entries now through August 25th
WHERE: Online at instructables.com
WHAT: Show off your best hacks for summer and enter to win prizes! Entries range from delicious recipe short-cuts, to wearbles and handy home-smoker plans.
We’d love to share your inventions too! Send us a photo of your projects and your story at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Being in the new metal materials industry, I often wonder about environmental sustainability. Where does it come from? Where does all the scrap go? Is it recycled into anything useful?
I recently reconnected with a guy I grew up with, and it turns out he works for CASS, Inc., a metal recycling company that works to take scrap aluminum, steel, copper, nickel, and zinc and processes them into ingots and usable metal materials for customers. They are ISO 14001 certified, and committed to re-producing environmentally sustainable materials.
Their processes use less energy and create less pollution than the production of new materials. CASS is based out of Oakland, California.
They have several quotes on their website that are worth sharing:
“Recycling one ton of steel conserves 2500 lbs of iron ore, 1400 lbs of coal, and 120 lbs of limestone.”
“Once manufactured, aluminum can be recycled repeatedly, using only 5% of the energy, and generating only 5% of the emissions, associated with primary production.”
That’s food for thought! More information about metals recycling can be found here, at the CASS website.
Also, learn more about OnlineMetals Sustainability programs and recent Envirostar award!
-Guest Post by OnlineMetals staffer, Whitney Clem
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Just in time to refresh your ideas for summer projects! Here’s the 9 Now Plastics, chosen by our in-house plastics expert as the must-try materials for machining, structural and marine projects.
We currently have 75 different grades of plastic in stock. Any of these plastics can be cut-to-size, with no minimum order at a low…low price!
If you try something new, send us a pic and let us know how your summer projects are going!
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While the natural gold of brass is known to be bold and sharp, the elegant and mysterious blues, greens and textures of brass with patina is coveted for its unique sense of style and charm.
It may take years of weather exposure and salty conditions to create these lovely brass patinas, but fortunately one does not have to discover sunken treasure to get the look! With a few simple ingredients any brass piece can be customized to reveal the character within.
Hot Process = Hot solution, Hot metal, Cold rinse water:
Solution hot (180 to 190°F), metal hot (200°F), cold wash water applied after metal has cooled to around 100°F. Wash solution over metal surface, let dry, then wash piece in cool water. Repeat until color develops. For Yellow Green, dip in diluted nitric acid, then wash and dry.
(Always wear proper protective wear for skin and eyes when handling chemicals and follow all manufacturer precautions.)
Brass Balls: Etched “objet decor”?
Brass C360 Rod:Jewelry, sculpture, mobiles?
Brass Tube: Jewelry, wind chimes, lighting?
We know our community is made of the most talented makers in America! Yes, we’ve seen your garage airplanes, amazing jewelry, kinetic sculpture (you know who you are!) And we think you are a winner! So, get out your photos and submit your application to the Martha Stewart American Made Awards today!
Submit an entry for you or someone you think should win. Contest entries will be accepted until August 29th at the Martha Stewart Web site >>
WHO SHOULD APPLY?: Creative entrepreneurs in the areas of crafts, design, food, and style with distinctive, innovative, and beautiful products, proudly made and manufactured in America.
Happy Fourth Makers!! Take these facts with you and make yourself the smartest gearhead at the BBQ this year!
1. It’s More OK to Eat Hot Dogs Today – So take advantage!
Fourth is the “biggest hot dog holiday of the year,” according to TIME magazine, with Americans reportedly consuming about 155 million of them on an average Independence Day.
The origins of this delicacy, however, remain a mystery. Not even the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council knows from whence they came.
2. Get the Party Started Already
Americans didn’t wait around for an official governmental OK to start celebrating. Citizens began observing the Fourth of July as early as 1777, when the first-ever major celebration in Philadelphia included a parade, a thirteen-shot cannon salute and fireworks, but Congress didn’t make it official until 1870, when it was part of a bill passed to recognize major state holidays at a federal level — like Independence Day, Christmas and New Year’s Day,” according to TIME magazine.
3. Bleeding Red, White and Blue
Where would you go to be in the country’s most patriotic state on the 4th?
Pennsylvania! According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the so-called “State of Independence,” where the Declaration of Independence was debated and signed, is home to 11 places with the word “liberty” in their name and 33 with the word “union” in them, leading the country for the number of places with such names.
4. Let Freedom Ding
The famed Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846 out of fear that the delicate icon will crack. Instead, every year, to mark the Fourth of July, the 2,000-pound bell is tapped 13 times to signal for bells across the country to start ringing.