DIY Guitar // Part 1: Supplies + Testing

I am thrilled that Jake and I have finally started our big project of designing a guitar body and then getting it all set up and wired to play! I previewed the project in this photo at the beginning of the summer, and it has taken us this long to do all of our research and gather the supplies. This project is a bit of an undertaking, so we will be sharing it as a series of posts over the next few weeks. Stay tuned! Today we will be sharing all of the supplies we will use throughout the process, how we chose the guitar, and some experimentation we did to prep.

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After doing our research, we gathered everything we thought we would need to design, stain, and finish the body of the guitar. Here are some of the supplies we are using:

-Miquelrius sketchbook & ink pen, for design ideas -pencil, for testing the art on the guitar body -woodburner, for the art -pliers, useful to change out tips of the wood burner -rubber gloves, for staining -staining pads, for applying the stain -Minwax Emerald Express Wiping Stain, we chose a green stain for the body! -220 grit sandpaper, a very fine grit to help us smooth out the body gently -steel wool, to sand off the oil coatings after staining -Tru-Oil and cheesecloth (not pictured), which is what we will be using to make the guitar shiny after the staining process is complete.

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The body we chose is a Warmoth Musiclander. Jake was awesome and let me help choose the shape from the Warmoth Custom Body Builder. I preferred all of the "Modern Styles" but decided on the Musiclander because it wasn't too crazy, and still had a traditional feel to it. Jake liked this choice as well, and that was that!

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The guitar is made of Alder wood. So far it has proved easy to work with, which is great. It is also a beautiful color. We considered going with a brown-toned stain and even had it in our cart at Home Depot, but at the last minute spotted the Emerald version and thought, why not? We did however have to track the color down on Amazon, because it isn't stocked through Home Depot.

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We were then ready to prep the guitar for sanding. The body is high quality, so it was already pretty smooth, but we went over it with a very gentle 220 grit to get it perfect.

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Testing beforehand is always a good idea. We wore rubber gloves and then squirted some stain out onto a paper plate. Then dip a staining pad into the stain. A little goes a long way when it comes to this product, so work with it in very small amounts. We then rubbed it along the direction of the woodgrain, on a test piece of wood from the craft store. You can test different methods and how many coats you would like at this point.

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Since we decided to wood burn our design into the guitar, I practiced that on the scrap wood as well. This was useful to test out the new tips I had purchased, to see what each one can do. In the third part of this series, I will elaborate on each tip and what kind of results they will create!

That's all for now! Thanks so much for reading and check back soon for the next part of our series, the Design + Sketching process!

5 Unique Uses for Zip Ties

zip-ties Last night I was looking around at my room and realized I have put a few zip ties to good use! This challenged me to think up a couple more to share with you because I think they're a great tool that you may not utilize. Now for the tips!

IMG_2770 1. Hang skateboards.

Hanging a skateboard poses a difficult problem because there isn't a way to attach a hook to the board without damaging it. However, the holes (normally used for adding trucks and wheels) are perfect when you have a zip tie on hand. Just slide a tie through the front holes, attach in the back, and hang on a nail in the wall!

IMG_2771 2. Fix a broken purse.

I have to give credit to Jake for this one. The strap on my bag broke while he was in town, and this was his solution. I recommend putting some tape over the end of the zip tie after cutting it to prevent scratching yourself (I learned this the hard way...)

IMG_2781 3. Create a makeshift keychain.

This one is pretty self explanatory but is useful when you're in need of a quick solution.

IMG_2778 4. Make art.

This one is good for little hands. Remember when you were a kid and would hold markers together to make a cool drawing? Zip ties hold them together tight, making it easier to draw.

IMG_2773 5. Organize cords.

Probably the most common use for zip ties, but the most useful. The cords on my handmade chandelier are pretty long, so some small zip ties attached every couple feet keeps them safe and out of the way.

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And finally a little bonus use! Earlier in the school year one of the fifth year architecture studios at my school created this amazing installation out of zip ties to hold their thesis research books. It was the talk of the school and ended up on a bunch of design websites. (image c/o suckerpunch.com)

I hope you've found a unique way to use zip ties in your own life! If I missed any, share your favorites with me below!

Have a great weekend! x, Paige

ARCHITECTURE_Video: The Making of a Laser Cut Model

I'm always looking for new ways to share what I'm working on with you guys. Since I usually hold off on showing my architecture work until it is finished, I thought I would create a video that shows more of the process that occurs over a quarter (10 weeks) in my studio. Although this video may seem pretty basic to someone who is familiar with making models and digital fabrication, I thought that for those who aren't it could be pretty exciting to see and informative! I hope you check out the video and enjoy!

P.S. This is a very rough study model. We will be building some intense ones with awesome craft in the next few weeks!

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For more architecture related posts, check out this section of my blog. Thanks for stopping by!

DIY_Patched Denim Jacket + Video

DIY INTRO Today I've got a classic DIY project for you, a patched denim jacket. While you may know how to sew on a patch, I wanted to share the little patch collection I've been building for a few months now, and how my final product turned out! I was also wanting to play around with my new camera now that I could record HD video, and this seemed to be the perfect project to start with! Check out my video, or see the photos of my jacket below!

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yin yang patch_local record store american flag patch_came with camo jacket Rancid patch_Amoeba records Amoeba patch_Amoeba records daisy chain patch_local craft store

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I picked up this jacket over the summer at Goodwill. You may remember it from this outfit post!

Thanks so much for reading! I'll be back tomorrow with an outfit post wearing my jacket!

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