Tuesday, January 29, 2008

How to Make a Salvador Dali Clock

How to Make a Salvador Dali Clock

Here's a great way to recycle old records that you don't necessarily want to keep anymore but wouldn't mind having on display as a fun reminder of things once loved.
[edit] Steps

Imagine a Salvador Dali style clock in your mind before beginning. This photo is but one representation of his famous "melting" clock style.
Pick out an appropriate record. Choose one that you no longer wish to listen to but that you would continue to enjoy seeing on display.
Put your record on a cookie sheet.
Put the record in an oven that has been pre-heated to 200ºF (90ºC). Only leave it in there about 5 minutes.
Take it out after five minutes. It should be nice and soft.

Place it somewhere that has a flat edge. Bend down the very top of the record and make it nice and flat. You don't have very much time before it hardens, but you can heat it back up if needed.
(If using a clock kit from a hobby store, skip this step) Pull the clock apart.

take off the hands; and
pull off the clock mechanism.
Put the clock mechanism on the record. The record already has a hole right in the middle of it and the clock mechanism will fit right through.

Use hot glue to secure it to the back of the record.
Trim the minute hand and the second hand so that they stay inside the label area.
Drill a small hole at the very top so that you can hang the clock. Add a thread or wire for hanging.
Hang your Salvador Dali clock.

[edit] Tips

* If you make this for a friend, ask your friend for a favourite old record that he or she is willing to part with - it will make a great surprise!
* If you don't have any records or aren't ready to part with your collection, most thrift stores and many garage sales have inexpensive records on sale.
* Instead of destroying an old clock, you might purchase a clock-kit for a few dollars at a hobby store, which would include the motor and clock hands.

[edit] Warnings

* THINK before removing the record; 200ºF is more than hot enough to burn your fingers. You may want to use a spatula or even a large piece of cardboard (don't put the cardboard under the record before putting it in the oven).
* Burning vinyl in your oven would make a horrible mess and be very dangerous. Be sure you don't set your oven above 200ºF by mistake!
* Even if it doesn't burn, hot vinyl fumes have the potential to be toxic. Assure that you have adequate ventilation and let the kitchen air out before you make another one!
* If you find really old records (esp. 78 rpm), they may not be vinyl at all, and may respond differently to the heat. These are made of Bakelite, heat resistant to 300 degrees C.

[edit] Things You'll Need

* Old record
* Oven
* Cookie sheet
* Cheap clock from hardware store or clock kit from hobby store
* Drill
* Hanging cord or hook

Saturday, January 26, 2008

How to Polish Shoes With a Banana

How to Polish Shoes With a Banana

No shoe polish? No problem, as long as you have a banana! That's right, you can go polish your shoes with this yellow crescent of unparalleled beauty because bananas contain a key ingredient found in commercial shoe polishes - potassium. Here's how.
[edit] Steps

Peel a banana. Take the fruit out and eat it if you like, just make sure you keep the skin.
2. Apply the skin. Using the inner lining of the banana skin, begin to rub it all over your shoes, just as you would if you were using polish. It may feel strange to be doing this (and it is) but don't worry, it does work.

Buff. Once you have wiped the banana skin over the whole of both shoes, buff them up with a soft cloth.
Admire your now clean shoes. They'll come up shiny and almost like new again: perfectly polished shoes, organic style.

[edit] Tips

* The natural oils in the banana soak into the leather, helping your shoes to last longer. Potassium, a key ingredient in commercial shoe polish, is found in abundance in bananas!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

What can happen in a century

- THE YEAR 1907 -

From Mitch Battros - Earth Changes Media

The year is 1907. One hundred years ago. What can happen in just one century---

? The average life expectancy was 47 years.

? Only 14% of the homes had a bathtub.

? Only 8% of the homes had a telephone.

? There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

? The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

? The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

? The average wage in 1907 was 22 cents per hour.

? The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

? A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

? More than 95 percent of all births took place at home.

? Sugar cost four cents a pound.

? Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

? Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

? Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

? Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

? Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

? The American flag had 45 stars.

? The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30.

? Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn't been invented yet.

? There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

? Two out of every 10 adults could not read or write. Only 6 % of all Americans had graduated from high school.

? Marijuana, Heroin, and Morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect "guardian of health."

? Eighteen percent (18%) of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

? There were about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.A.

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years-----