Showing posts from October, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I hope you're having as much fun this weekend as we are!

Where are we going to find 1.21 jigowatts?!

I started working on this steampunk flux capacitor months ago. Made mostly from dollar store items (and those awesome antique edges from etsy), I thought it would be a pretty quick and easy project.

I somehow forgot that what little I learned about electricity in high school is long forgotten.

So Chris and I learned to solder and I discovered the importance of resistors after blowing through a bunch of LEDs. But try as we might, we just can't get it to flux.

Maybe we just need to get our hands on some plutonium.

pencil case, medicine droppers & pill boxes

So what's up with Little Al?

With all this talk of rocket packs you might be wondering whether I've made any progress on my dinosaur.

I have! Not as much as I'd like to have done at this point, but it's starting to come together.

So far I've managed to do most of the scultping on the head.

Papier maché pulp is awesome. This was my first time making paper clay and I can't get over how easy and cheap it is.

Rocket pack ready

This Rocketeer rocket pack cost us a grand total of $0. It's made almost entirely from items destined for the trash or the blue bin.

It's supposed to be for Chris' Halloween costume, but I couldn't resist putting it on to get some photos of the finished product.

Full instructions over on

Crunch time

Only 17 days til Halloween!

Despite pulling some 13 hour days at work this month, I've managed to make some progress on our costumes for this year.

Chris' rocket pack is well on its way to being done. We just need to add a few final details and he'll be ready to fight nazis and sweep Betty Page off her feet.

More photos and a full how-to soon.

Ottawa invasion

Space invader spotted on Bank Street.

Is this part of the global invasion?