Friday, December 6, 2013

Be Crafty - Be a Maker


   scrap paper holder and mockingjay pin made on our 3D printer
The Library's 3D printer (purchased by the Friends of the Library) arrived here a few weeks ago. Since then library staff have been learning how to use it, and making things; ranging from cookie cutters to phone covers to bookmarks to a Dr. Who sonic screwdriver. For my first object I downloaded a container design from Thingiverse, and then opened it in the Makerware program, and manipulated the size of the container so that it would hold scrap paper at the Reference desk. I also downloaded a Mockingjay file, printed several copies of the object, and then spray painted and glued on pin backs. The Mockingjay pins I made will be given away as prizes in a teen program. Last night I showed members of the Library's Teen Think Tank how to use the 3D printer.  We made dragon bookmarks. Starting in January you will be able to make an appointment at the Reference desk to use the printer. If you have any questions, or want to stop by and see the printer in action, let me know.
Feeling crafty? Below are some resources to help you get started:

Online Resources
See Safari Books Online, found on the Library's Electronic Resources page.  Safari Books Online is an on-demand, digital library that provides access to thousands of technology books by major information technology publishers.  For example, I did a search for 3D, Blender, and Sketchup, and found 24 books that you can read online.
Blender :  Blender is a free and open source 3D animation suite that you can download.
Google Sketchup :  Sketchup is a free 3D drawing program that you can download.  It is used by architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers.
Tinkercad : Free software to quickly turn your idea into a CAD model for a 3D printer.

H-W "Maker" Magazines You Can Borrow
  • Crafts 'N Things  
  • Interweave Knits  Patterns, projects, and articles.
  • Kiki   Uses the college fashion design curriculum to tap into creativity. Through fashion, readers explore business, fine art, craft, history, world culture, math, and even chemistry.
  • Martha Stewart Living  Crafts, projects, recipes.
  • MAKE   A magazine that celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will.
  • Popular Mechanics   Features regular sections on automotive, home, outdoors, science, and technology.
  • The Quilter Magazine  
  • Wired   WIRED magazine is about how ideas and innovation are changing the world.
Craft Resources in the Catalog
Click on the following subjects for nonfiction resources in our online catalog.

Below are some of the craft books in the H-W Library's Young Adult nonfiction collection.  For more resources on a craft that interests you click on the above subjects to browse our consortium's collection on that topic.

An Eye for Art: Focusing on Great Artists and their WorkNational Gallery of Art, 2013.  This family-oriented art resource introduces more than 50 great artists and their work, with corresponding activities and explorations to inspire artistic development, focused looking, and creative writing.


Born Again Vintage: 25 Ways to Deconstruct, Reinvent + Recycle Your Wardrobe, by Bridgett Artise, & Jen Karetnick, 2008.  Vintage garments that have lost their luster get another chance at being fashionable.


Crochet Jewelry: 40 Beautiful and Unique Designs, by Waejong Kim & Anna Pulvermakher, 2007.  Step-by-step photographs and instructions adapted from simple crochet techniques. Featured projects include multicolored bead and crochet necklaces, lacy spider web chokers, delicate yarn and wire bracelets, lively cherry earrings, mohair flower pins, and pretty cocktail rings embellished with beads and stones.

D.I.Y. Girl : The Real Girl's Guide to Making Everything From Lip Gloss to Lamps, by Jennifer Bonnell, 2003. A step-by-step guide to making clothes, beauty products, fashion accessories, and decorative items for the home using commonly available materials.

Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt, by Megan Nicolay, 2006. Explains how to transform the ordinary T-shirt into a wide variety of fashionable clothing, accessories, and other items, with detailed instructions for more than 120 projects, including braided rugs, tablecloths, pillows, skirts, a purse, and more.


Hip Handbag Book: 25 Easy-to-Make Totes, Purses, and Bags, by Sherri Haab, 2004. Provides patterns and instructions for making handbags and purses, using embroidery, old jeans, newspaper, beads, feathers, silk flowers, and other materials.


The Hot Air Balloon Book: Build and Launch Kongming Lanterns, Solar Tetroons, and More, by Clive Catterall, 2013. Author and inventor Clive Catterall provides illustrated, step-by-step instructions for eight different homemade models, as well as the science and history behind them.


How to Draw Superheroes; How to Draw Supernatural Beings; How to Draw Graphic Novel-Style, by Andy Fish, 2010, 2011.




How to Make Books: Fold, Cut and Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book, by Esther K. Smith, 2007.  From zines you can fold in a minute to journals and sketchbooks, How to Make Books will walk you through the basics of bookmaking.
Knits for Nerds: 30 Projects : Science Fiction, Comic Books, Fantasy, by Joan of Dark, a.k.a. Toni Carr, 2012.  Patterns for 30 iconic clothing and accessory items inspired by popular TV shows, books, films, comics, and more--including "Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars," and "Firefly."


Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share, compiled by Margaret McGuire, Alicia Kachmar, Katie Hatz and friends, 2011.  Step-by-step instructions for making tiny teddy bears, little ladybugs, petite porcupines, itsy-bitsy bikinis, books, boats, bottle-cap frames and much more.

Scraps: An Inspirational Field Guide to Collage, by Elsebeth Gynther and Christine Clemmensen, 2009. Few artistic pursuits lend themselves to free-form creativity like collage: using paper, cloth, old maps, memorabilia, and more. The authors provide tips on texture and coloring techniques, photocopying and image transfer ideas, and creating stamps and stitching on the surface.

Sew Subversive: Down & Dirty DIY for the Fabulous Fashionista, by Melissa Rannels, Melissa Alvarado, Hope Meng, 2006.  Explains how to embellish, customize, and transform off-the-rack clothing to make it unique, offering detailed instructions and twenty-two innovative projects from turning a t-shirt into a skirt or to turning a sweater into a halter-top.

Star Wars Craft Book, by Bonnie Burton, 2011.  Chewbacca sock puppets. Jabba the Hutt body pillows. Hanukkah droidels.



Steampunk Jewelry: Victorian, Fantasy, and Mechanical Necklaces, Bracelets, and Earrings, by Jean Campbell, 2009.



Subversive Seamster: Transform Thrift Store Threads into Street Couture, by Melissa Alvarado, Hope Meng, Melissa Rannels, 2007. Transform tacky bridesmaid gowns and pleated pants into picture-perfect tops, skirts and accessories. The two Melissas and a Hope deliver 30 projects that are achievable for even the new sewer.

Tape It and Make It: 101 Duct Tape Activities, by Richela Fabian Morgan, 2012. Offers dozens of creative ideas and easy-to-follow instructions for making everything from wallets and coin purses to novelty neckties and household decorations out of duct tape.


Thirty Minute Earrings: 60 Quick & Creative Projects for Jewelers, by Marthe Le Van, 2010.





The Unofficial LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Inventor's Guide, by David J. Perdue with Laurens Valk, 2011.  Instructions for building and programming six robots. 

Vampire Knits: Projects to Keep You Knitting From Twilight to Dawn, by Genevieve Miller, 2010.  If you adore Twilight, True Blood, or The Vampire Diaries , this collection of 28 imaginative and beautiful projects is sure to captivate.

Woodturning Chessmen, by Mike Darlow, 2008.  Featuring a gallery of chess sets and pieces, this guide explores the symbolism of chessman and contains detailed instructions on designing, turning, and carving each piece. Ten patterns are included, enabling woodworkers of any skill level to produce their own complete set of turned chessmen.

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