Link shield from legend of Zelda

My son Damian wanted to be Link from the Legend of Zelda for Halloween.  I would also like to point out that Link is the name of the main male character and not the princess. His name is not Zelda….  Mom.

I did some Googling as I am expertly adverse in the ways of the internet and found some plans from instructables. (http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Links-Hylian-Shield-from-Foamboard/) He made his with foam board. We wanted something we could put up on the wall afterwards so I went with a nice thick piece of plywood. The plans for the cut outs were the same though.

 

Cut out shield shape. I used a jigsaw.  You can use whatever you feel comfortable with.

Cut out Link

Bend into shield shape.  I got the shield nice and soaking wet. I had several options. I noticed a lot of people used the bathtub overnight, fancy expensive steamer machines. I used a high tech device that can strangely be found in a lot of kitchens known as a “dishwasher”  I threw it in on rinse a couple times. Boom. Wet and soaking.

I used my weights (normally used for moulding my bulging muscles) to form it into shape. I put a couple underneath and a couple on the sides and let it dry overnight awkwardly in my shower.

Somehow I missed cutting out all of the pieces with my camera. I spray painted the shield blue first. The pieces were added in smaller forms instead of one large one. They weren’t bent and I found this was easier to attach them. I noted some people used the wooden dowel heads to simulate the bolt heads. I used real carriage bolts as I was using wood. Afterwards I filled in the gaps in the outline with wood filler and sprayed the main outside pieces.

Attaching extra components.

Spray them first.  I used a glue gun that has been passed down through generations of my family to attach them.  

I was running out of time so I cut out the bird thing and just spray painted it directly on the shield with a template.  It doesn’t look too shabby. I was going to a shield that looked well worn. I think it worked out okay.

 

Here is the shield in action on Halloween night. It was heavy and he only made 8 houses carrying it but it still looked awesome! It’s now proudly displayed on his wall.

 

Link shield in action

Link shield in action

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2017 Saskatchewan Holiday Gift Ideas

It’s getting close to the holidays! If you haven’t started shopping it’s time to get your butt in gear!  I’ve attached several ideas here that are Saskatchewan oriented to give you some great locally done ideas!



Think I miss something? Let me know and I’ll add it!

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Lavender Goats Milk Soap

Yes I know, it  has been a while and I’m sorry!  I have a bunch of updates coming in the next couple weeks though!  Since Valentines Day is here I figured I’d start with what I made for my wife.  I couldn’t post it till Valentines though since that would ruin the surprise! She like’s soap so I made a bunch of different soaps for her.

The first is goats milk soap.  I used:

Coconut Oil

Goats Milk Soap Base

Oatmeal

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Dried Buds

Freshware Soap Molds

Here is a showing of the ingredients I used. Note the colouring

Here is a showing of the ingredients I used. Note the colouring

I melted the goats milk soap base and coconut oil in a double boiler. You can also melt the soap base in the microwave but I'm better than that.

I melted the goats milk soap base and coconut oil in a double boiler. You can also melt the soap base in the microwave but I’m better than that. Make sure you cut the soap into cubes or you’ll be waiting a while.

This is the lavender essential oil I used. I dripped about 18 drops into the mixture.

This is the lavender essential oil I used. I dripped about 18 drops into the mixture.

This is an action shot of me pouring the lavender buds into the soap and coconut oil mixture. You can tell it's an action shot but the camera blur.

This is an action shot of me pouring the lavender buds into the soap and coconut oil mixture. You can tell it’s an action shot but the camera blur.



After the essential oils and the lavender petals have been stirred into the mixture.

After the essential oils and the lavender petals have been stirred into the mixture.  Once it’s all mixed you pour it into the molds.

After pouring into the molds, I added the colouring. I put a couple drops in and swirled it around with a toothpick. I then proceeded to add oatmeal and do the same.

After pouring into the molds, I added the colouring. I put a couple drops in and swirled it around with a toothpick. I then proceeded to add oatmeal and do the same.  Don’t use quick oats for soap.  Make sure it’s rolled!

A close up view of the soap in the mold. After about 45 minutes I was able to take it out and let it solidify further outside of the mold.

A close up view of the soap in the mold. After about 45 minutes I was able to take it out and let it solidify further outside of the mold.

 

Obligatory dog photo of Weston the super dog enjoying snow.

Obligatory dog photo of Weston the super dog enjoying snow.

Finished product! I hope she likes it.

Finished product! I hope she likes it.

 

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Wall Hung Jewelry Cabinet

Do you have a cat?  The Missus has a cat.  The cat likes shiny objects.  Objects like her jewelry.  Thus the lady requested I make her a wall hung jewelry cabinet to counter the mischievous cat. (I suggested just to get rid of the cat but I was informed that wasn’t an acceptable option).  Luckily her birthday was coming up and it worked as a wonderful birthday gift.

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My parents just recently put wood slats on their ceiling and had a lot left, so wood was taken care of,  I acquired some dowel (two different sizes) and I also used some molding to hold it all together.

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The wood slats had nice little grooves that the wood fit into.  I added wood glue to hold them together like a boss.  Note my amazing G-shock watch that my fiance gave me as a engagement gift. It has a compass and everything!IMG_9714

I used finishing nails for this project. This is the door from the backside.  The moulding is on the front holding the boards all together.IMG_9719

Front side of door.  See how fancy it is?
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To install the dowel for the earring holding area I used a drill press and drilled two measured holes on each side for the dowel.IMG_9717

Then used glue to hold them in and give some extra support.IMG_9718

I don’t have a picture of it but I had clamps on the sides to push the dowel in together.IMG_9720

I installed moulding on the inside for extra support for the sides as well as the top and the shelf. I did use a clamp to hold it all together while I nailed it.  I also used wood glue for extra durability as we have three kids in our house and things fly all over the place.
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The start of the production of the interior shelving units.  I used a large dowel for a watch holder.  I used the same method for this as the dowel for the earring holders. These ones however I also screwed in from the ends since the dowel was much bigger.IMG_9723

Holding it all together with clamps.  If there is one thing you take away from my blog is that clamps are amazing and you should have many many of them.  This is wisdom passed down from my father that I will pass down to my children as well.  Note the shelves I cut a little diagonal chip off the corners to account for the moulding.  In hindsight I think it would have been better to cut the moulding into pieces but this worked.  Nailed it all together again.IMG_9724

The barewood inside.  On the right of the watch holder area I will be putting in something for ring holding.IMG_9726




This is giving you an idea on what it will look like eventually once the hinges etc are all on.
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I also made a drawer for the bottom out of the wood.  It’s not shown here as it somewhat frustrated me a little. I also installed two pieces of dowel sticking out to hold bracelets.  You can see them in a later picture.

I used chalk paint to finish it.  I’ve never used it before. I got it from Mable and Martha’s vintage shop here in Regina.

 

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Painting in progress.  Outside done.  Note the bracelet holder dowels.  They’re exciting! You can also see the drawer in this shot.IMG_9729

Finished painting!  Letting dry now.  Next step is the waxing after the paint dried.IMG_9735

This is the hard to see wax I used. I also bought from the same paint place. It’s made from beeswax and gives a pearl finish.IMG_9737

You have to use a fancy wax brush for this.  When cleaning the brush after use hot water as it will melt the wax right off.IMG_9736

It’s all waxed and painted now.  It is time to install the ring holder cushion. I bought a seat pillow for my cushion and some canvas for my wrap.  I cut the cushion into four pieces and wrapped them in fabric.  I used glue to make them stay in place.   IMG_9741

Here the ring holder is in place.   Note I also made a couple earrings for the cabinet as well.  You can see them in the background (little balls in hoops).  Although it’s been over a week and I still haven’t seen them in her ears.IMG_9742

Time for hinge installation.
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No my hands did not get feminine all of a sudden.  My daughter aided me in this part.  She drilled the pilot holes for the hinges and then screwed them in.  She’s a good little helper for things like this.  By little I mean she’s almost as tall as me by the way.IMG_9744

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Finished, assembled and installed on the wall.  She loved it and my mission was accomplished.  This is after she started to add stuff to it.  I put it on the wall with three screws.  Had to anchor two of them but it’s on there solid.IMG_9749

Closed.  Note I did add a knob too.  You always need a good knob.IMG_9750

I have all the stuff I used (including some jewelry) in my easy to use Amazon store.  Go visit and buy stuff!  I’ve got a wedding and schooling to pay for!  Also this stuff costs money!

 

 

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Beeswax Candles

Money is tight around the holidays.  This year I opted to make a lot of my own gifts.  I’ve made these before but I figured it’d be good to make and give out to teachers and such.

I acquired my beeswax from a local beekeeper (Zee Bee Honey), however Amazon has some good items as well if this isn’t an option.  I also used Coconut Oil since beeswax burns quickish and the oil will slow it down.  The ratio I used was one of these 500g jars to a one kg brick. For more information on ratios, this website has a whole section on them.

Materials:

one kg Beeswax

444 g Coconut Oil

wicks

small wooden dowels

jars

Procedure:

I first melted the wax in my double burner.  You use a double burner because the beeswax is finicky about how you heat it.  You don’t want to heat it too quick or you may have a fire on your hands.  If you want it to melt quicker cut it into smaller pieces.  I didn’t and it took quite a while to melt fully.  Always make sure you still have water in the bottom pot while you’re doing this.

 

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While it was melting I got my jar’s ready with the wicks.  Wicks come in a couple different forms.  You can get the ones with the metal bottom end that helps anchor it to the bottom or you can get a roll of wick.  I used a roll in this process.  I then tied it to the middle of the dowel and hung it over the jar.  You can see the positioning in the pictures.

 

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As the beeswax was still melting I scooped out the coconut oil and weighed it just to make sure I had a good amount.  Once the beeswax was fully melted I slowly added it while stirring with a wooden down.

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Start the pouring slowly.  If you are using wick without a weight in the bottom then pour a little wax in the bottom of the jar.  Then position the wick into the middle of the jar to stabilize it.  Wait a couple seconds for the wax to solidify before filling the jar the rest of the way.  You can see in the first picture the solid wax on the bottom and the newly added wax on the top.  Make sure you cover the wick when you pour as well.  Use a piece of tin foil or something underneath as beeswax is really hard to get out of anything!

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I also made a lotion bar when I did this just to see how it would turn out.  I made the cast for it out of paper and it seemed to go okay.  Once the candles are all solid (I waited 24 hours) then you can snip the dowel off the wick.  Viola!  Beeswax candles!  I put the lids back on, attached a ribbon to the jar and handed them out.  Everyone really liked them and I have people wanting more!  I may acquire a mold for the next batch!

 

I also am going to make a bunch of tea lights for my survival kits.  Beeswax burns longer than traditional paraffin candles as well as hotter so they are much better for a survival kit.

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Mt. Etna Paper Mache Volcano!

Damian and I had some time over a couple days and finally got to do something we’ve had on the agenda for a while now.  We made a paper mache volcano!

The geological construction!

Unfortunatly my starting pictures have disapeared.  We took a 591 mL bottle and taped it to a base.  Our base was one of those large plastic bin lids.  I chose this because it had a lip and would catch any excess “lava” that may spill over.  Then we took masking tape and started at the lip of the bottle and taped down to the edges of the base to create a pyramid.

After that step we mixed up some paper mache paste from flour, water, and we added in some white glue for extra sticky power. You can apparently buy paper mache paste but I don’t see why you would.  It’s pretty easy to make.  Then we proceeded to put strips of newspaper over the masking tape to create our structure.  Start with a couple lateral strips to create more of a stable structure with the masking tape.  After you have that first layer down then add strips going from top to bottom (or bottom to top).  Eventually we got this:IMG_20151205_094437

It took about a day and a half to dry.  Then the painting began!  I took one half and Damian took the other half.  Note the blue water fall coming off Damian’s side.  We did this right after Mt. Etna erupted so we added in the sign.

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Loading the ‘cano!

I created a funnel using paper and tape.  You cut a circle, then a line straight from the outside to the middle and a little circle in the middle.  Then form a cone, tape it and pow, makeshift funnel (also useful if you forget a funnel and need to put oil in your car)  I put about 1/4 cup of baking soda into the bottle, then about 1/4 bottle of food colouring, I also added a bunch of dish soap (dawn) for extra bubble effect.  Once this was set up I poured in white vinegar and stood back with my camera.

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The Eruption!

Here is some photos of the eruption along with the video.  Damian and I really had fun doing this.  We used it as a learning experience about the different types of volcanoes, eruptions, etc.

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The best part is that the paint never came off and we can use it again!

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