Current Project Status

Here is a brief list of the projects on this sites and their current status. Keep scrolling down for thumbnails and excerpts.

Backlog

Under Construction

Abandoned

Complete

The sections below should include all of the projects listed above but with thumbnails and a little more detail. All lists are alphabetical and some of the projects are years old!

Under Construction

  • Chain and Scale Mail - I love chain mail. This is going to be a series of projects featuring jewelry, fashion items as well as armour! I want to play with both chain and scale mail.
  • Claws - These are not just stick-on fingernails, oh no they are far more than that. They are articulated extensions with realistic movement and and least some lifting capability! As usual it is the mechanics and movement that I am interested in and haven't really considered the covering once it works, maybe robotic, fleshy or a combination but it would really depend on the rest of the costume in use.
  • DMX Controller - I have some random DMX lights but no controller other than my laptop, one option is to make a custom DMX controller from a Raspberry Pi
  • Foam Horns - This is my second attempt to make lightweight horns, my first attempt involved a 3D printer but the less said about that the better!
  • N40L RAID - I want to Add RAID 5 but that needs an additional RAID card...
  • Pump Up the Volume Middle Finger Light - I love Pump Up the Volume.... I want the middle finger light to go above my work desk. I think I can do it easily enough with a USB LED bulb thingy as I have a load spare. Now I just need to track down some source photos and details.
  • Rave Cave Control Panel - I want to make a porthole that shows different videos depending on which button you press as though you're looking through the porthole on a spaceship. As an additional step I'd like some buttons for sound effects and some to control an addressable LED strip... and just to make things more complex it should also control some external power for the lights already in the Rave Cave

Complete

  • ATX DC Power Supply - This one is fairly straight forward! I do electronics projects as you might have noticed. Most of these projects use either 3.3V, 5V and on very rare occasions 12V. I would be nice to have a bench-top variable DC power supply but I'm skint! I do however have access to as many scrap computers as my heart desires.
  • Bike & Garden Shelter - A simple premise on this one... new house, no where to store the bikes!
  • Chain Harness v2 - Not much to say about this one actually. Other than a parts list its fairly self explanatory.
  • Contract with the Devil - The idea behind this one was just another prop to add to the combination goat / faun / devil outfit. It is going to be a blank contract for possession of a soul that I can then carry round with me and get victims / punters to sign two copies one for me and one for them.
  • Control Center - I'm jealous of the boy's Rave Cave Control Panel so with the lessons learned I'm going to build myself a more basic version, he says getting carried away with the planning already.
  • Dolls Head Lamp - I want a creepy dolls head lamp! [EDIT: I have a creepy dolls head lamp and it does make me happy, now I have left over doll parts.]
  • Fire ‘Obby ‘Orse - Right then this is a request to design and come up with an 'Obby 'Orse fire costume for use by one of the UK Burners groups at this years burning man! [Edit: this was a good few years ago.]
  • Flickering Lamp - I'd thought of this and then Adam Savage beat me to it! An electronic flickering battery powered lamp. There has been a release of much more realistic electronic fire bulbs since they have started using addressable LEDs. I want to convert some of them to battery power to go in various lamps that I own.
  • Goat Boy / Faun / Devil - Hairy legs and horns, what more can I say.
  • Gypsy Space Caravan - I was going to a festival and had spotted a cart/trolly in Asda to drag the boy around in. Weather forecast was scorching sun and/or thunderstorms! So commenced "Operation Gypsy Space Caravan"
  • Hare Ears Hare Ears - The idea is to make some clip-on hare ears for a Mad March Hair costume. They are going to be long and shaped so they are not just the 2D cheap ones you get on a headband!
  • Knife Throwing Board - Not many how-to's on this one as I just built it out of random stuff I had lying around. The idea was for a table that could be stood one one end to throw knives at!
  • LED Chandelier - The LED Chandelier is to be set up for lighting up either market stalls or as a feature piece within festival tents.
  • Master / Slave Coin - A coin labelled Master on one side and Slave on the other, for various magic tricks.
  • Pirate Costume - So, it might be noted that I love pirate costumes and stuff! So this is an ever ongoing costume for me. Here's an ever growing source of some supplies and inspiration.
  • Shield - I have a 5 year old.... we have foam swords, I now have an excuse to make some plywood shields.
  • Sith - Star Wars costume required for a party, I've previously done the Princess Leia (buns and white) and Yoda costumes so decided to go with the Sith costume. It'll look good with a fire sword or my glow staffs.
  • Sound System - OK…. so I like tinkering and I started off with some 12V computer speakers that I could plug my MP3 player / Laptop / Phone into. That works fine enough and because I found some free ones that worked I never bothered sorting anything else out. Then I decided that I wanted the option of a little a little more oomph!  ...and what the hell, why not make it myself.
  • Steampunk Gun - Steam punk accessories and equipment that can be used with many costumes.
  • Wireless Client Repeater - I've moved into a new place and the router is the wrong end of the house. I've had all sorts of issues in the past with Powerline adapters so this time I wanted to try out something new.
  • WordPress Project Status Plugin - You may have noticed that each project page has a status at the top of it. This used to be set on each page manually but turned out to be a pain keeping track of it.  {EDIT: This is now outdated and not supported on current Wordpress versions}
  • WordPress Project Status Plugin v2 - So I made a new one... This is what adds the icons at the top of the pages if I use the 'ProjectStatus' shortcode.

Backlog

  • Audio Switch - I want an audio switch, probably 4-in-4-out. I currently have a 1-in-3-out switch but I still find myself unplugging things as I want other audio sources.
  • Dance Lights - Simple idea…. Pedestrian crossing lights with the words: Don’t Walk (in red) Dance (in green)
  • Flamethrower - Another fire toy for me to play with… I often rant about the dangers of fire breathing but all that discussion is covered on the Home Of Poi site – Dangers of Fire Breathing. So rather than breathing fire its more impressive awe-inspiring to build your own flamethrower! I’m not going into too much detail here as I’m not sure of the legalities but it will be a gas fuelled flame thrower and NOT a liquid fueled flame thrower (much safer!).
  • Harley & Joker - Another great couples costume! A purple suited Joker and suicide squad era Harley I think is the best pairing although there would be some great red and black latex options for Harley.
  • Helper Robot - Helper bot is intended to be a tracked robot with both autonomous (making it a robot) and remote control. The first prototype will be a small scale working model that I can then scale up to a full size version.
  • Lighting Rig - I want to build a lighting rig. In fact I want to build a couple of lighting rigs. I think I can canabalise a kids trampoline to do this. Before anyone whinges, I've got another trampoline from freecycle and the boy gets to choose his favorite before I hack apart the other!
  • Logo Template - I have a logo... what you didn't know? If I'm going to repeat this logo in lots of places it would be nice to have a template I can use for spray painting, possibly various different sizes
  • Mad Max Post Apocalypse - Possibly the coolest genre of costume that is going and the new film with Tom Hardy is no exception.
  • Morticia & Gomez -
  • Narnia Lamp - The basic idea is to have a low power LED victorian lamp that can be broken down into sections and easily moved about. The lamp should be capable of being powered from a portable solution, such as a deep cycle battery and solar panel hook up. The idea is to have the whole system portable for use at markets (to cast general lighting on a market stall) and outside tents at festivals.
  • Raspberry Pi Media Centre v2 - So, I still want a raspberry Pi Media centre running Kodi that will be always on and just less cumbersome than using a PC connected to the TV.
  • Ringmaster - I love the circus, I do lots of circus stuff, I help at a circus festival... I need a ringmaster costume!
  • Scaffold Bed - I want an industrial looking 4-poster-bed. I like the idea of it being scaffold pole but less chunky.
  • Sci Fi Collar - The Sci Fi Collar is something that I’ve been thinking about for a while! A long futuristic looking collar / facemask / neck-piece.
  • SciFi Mask - This is an idea I've had floating around for a while, since I saw you could get a gas mask for about £15! The model in the image above is an Eastern European M10 (I think). Basically I want it to breathe smoke and light up!
  • Van Lighting - I'm a geek and I love lighting but for some reason I've never really sorted the lighting in the van. Time for that to change.
  • Wings v1 - The idea behind this was to create a set of mechanically articulated wings. They should be powered either by mechanics, pnumatics or hydralyics. Its the actual maechanics that I’m really interested in and have in mind a finshed product that is either styalised stem/cyber punk or devil/dragon wings. I have a feeling that I will simply build two sets once I have the mechanics working neatly and simply. There are several versions around that are controlled by moving the upper arms but these have never appealed to me!

Abandoned

  • 3.5mm Input to Car Stereo - Intro The idea behind this project is to add a 3.5mm audio jack socket to my car. I currently have a Toyota Avensis with all of the factory standard equipment, including a single CD – CD player / radio. At the moment I am listening to a very small collection of CD’s and on occasion …
  • Exchange 2013 - Upgrading email from hosted to On-Premise Exchange 2013 Exchange 2013 prerequisites http://technet.microsoft.com/en-GB/library/bb691354%28v=exchg.150%29.aspx Post Installation Tasks http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/bb124397%28v=exchg.150%29.aspx Pitfalls I fallen for so far… Server 2012R2 virtual machine struggles with Dynamic RAM if you only give it 512MB to start up, seems fine to me at 1024MB.OK scratch that once its got Exchange on it, it freezes …
  • Dinner Dome! Geodome - I love Geodomes! There I've said it, you can argue till your are blue in the face that teepee's are more practical, yurts are more traditional or a marquee is more user firendly... none of them are as cool as a geodome!
  • HP Microserver N40L – SSD in the DVD Slot - I've got a spare SSD.... why not stick it in the DVD slot and free up a 3.5" caddy bay! I don't need to but what the hell.
  • PiBot - Robots... I love Robots! I've been looking at various robots for years and now happen to have a spare Pi lying around. I want to spend as little as possible which is handy as I already have a Pi and a wireless dongle. This should cover me for the brain of the robot and I can publish a webpage to a webserver running on the Pi which allows me control over the GPIO pins (General Purpose Input Output).
  • Raspberry Pi Media Center - I'm a geek! I don't have a TV, I don't have an XBox / Playstation / Wi... I do have a server though which holds lots of media that I like to play back through my laptop or on a nice Samsung monitor. Unfortunately this does mean either letting people loose on my server to play things back as well as adding a graphics card with HDMI and a sound card.
  • Throne - I want to build a throne, for my front room, because it would be awesome.