Arts & Sciences

For crafting and construction related articles.

In Progress List

Trying to keep this up to date with what projects I need to pay attention to so I don't get distracted with something else.

  • Military Coat MK I - Test piece. body is pinned, need to add trim and final stitching
  • Military coat MK II - Rough sketches, bought fabric
  • Wheel Tunic 1 - Not started, bought fabric
  • Wheel Tunic 2 - Not started, given fabric, still need black
  • Leg harness - Leather cut, need to draw out tooling pattern
  • Stonehaven - Need to finish character building and fill it out
  • Stonehaven artwork - Concept sketched out, damn close to what I want the final to look like
  • Book - Materials gathered, need to pick up some glue
  • Ridiculous Chain - Need to find some more wire
  • Belt thingy - Have leather, dye, and ring, need to draw tooling pattern again

Still a lot that I'm missing, but this is a good start.

E-Sam Card Back

Attached is the draft card back for the E-Sam Poker Deck project.

New Coat

Working on a new coat, not using any patterns, curious as to how it will turn out.

Clay for the Castle

Went and found some clay for building a tiny castle.

I pulled it from a pile from excavating the still incomplete upper well housing. Was able to make coils straight out of the pile so I have high hopes for this stuff.

Just started soaking it so I can get the plant matter and small rocks out of it with a screen. Then I get to dry it out a bit, flatten it into nice big slabs and cut tiny, tiny bricks out of it.

Once i have all of my tiny, tiny bricks I get together with Dandan and a few of his books and we do a tiny test oven (horno style), a tiny gatehouse, and tiny wall section to see if any obvious problems pop up.

ArtRage Digital Paint

So I've been obsessed with this ArtRage software for the last 24 hours or so.

There is a free starter edition at the site. It has all the basic tools you need and does a damn good job at emulating placing paint on a surface. Full version is a whopping $25 and includes extras like importing stencils, extra modes for the painting tools, metallic paints, and dumping paint straight from the tube (you can even make your own little mixing tray and do it the old-fashioned way).

Here's what I've been up to with it in the last 24 hours anyway.

Items for super happy time making!

Lifted this from Alucard's journal.

The first five (5) people to respond to this post will get something made by me. It will be about or tailored to those five who respond first.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
⇒ I make no guarantees that you will like what I make.
⇒ What I create will be just for you.
⇒ It'll be done this year.
⇒ You have no clue what it's going to be (but feel free to use your imagination)!
⇒ I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you have to put this in your journal as well, if you respond to this post!

Ninja Poetry

Roses are red
Violets are blue
The ninjas are coming
What will you do?

We'll chase you
And catch you

And fill you with fright
The ninjas are coming
In the dead of night

So bring yourself a sword
Or at least a sharpened stick
The ninjas are coming
So you better fight quick.

I'm running out of prose here
So I'll make this as blunt as I can
You can't catch me
Because I'm the big bad ninja man!

Quick and Easy Soda Pop Bread

(makes two small loaves in 30 minutes)

  • 3 cups flour
  • 12 oz of warm soda (1 can worth, no diet sodas)
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Mix the ingredients together.
  • Separate the dough into two halves and place in small bread pans.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.


  • Nearly any type of soda works in this recipe as long as it has sugar or high fructose corn syrup in it.
  • Artificial fruit flavors usually turn out well while subtle flavors can be hard to detect in the bread.
  • The Mountain Dew family of sodas and energy drinks also give an interesting alternative form of caffeine intake.
  • Berry, grape, and apple juices can be substituted for soda but you will have to wait for the bread to raise a bit after you put it in the bread pans.

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