Friday, June 19, 2015

What are e-collars?

A dog training facility had recently opened up in our town. I drove by while they were training outside and saw how responsive the dogs were. I decided to call for their free consulation. I was caught off guard to see they used e-collars. 

I had always heard of them being called shock collars and just knew many didn't agree with their use. The trainer asked if we had ever felt an e-collar, which we hadn't. So he had us hold it and feel the various levels. Many of the lower levels couldn't even be felt. Once I could feel it, it didn't hurt, just tingled much like a TENS unit used in physical therapy. 

This is an excellent video showing a family wife, husband, and child experiencing an e-collar for the first time. 

The e-collar allows us to get our dog's attention as well as communicate with our dogs non-verbally and at a distance. It is used in combination with many other training methods. 

There are rumors that say we keep remotes in our pockets or wear bandanas to hide the fact that we use an e-collar. 

Remotes are in pockets (or clipped to a waistband) a lot after the dog has grasped the basics because they are not used very often. 

The bandanas are actually recommended for dogs who are out with the public a lot to remind owners to do a hand check before communicating with their dog. We found when bandanas were not worn, people would pet the underside of the dog's neck and kids would play with with the collar. Since we sometimes communicate with our dogs through the e-collar we do not want to surprise someone with an unexpected tingle. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Ogel's 7th Grade Year

With Ogel's permission, this blog post is a recap of projects from his 7th grade year. 

Ogel published a few instructables such as his popular Make a 3D Steve Figure under $15 and his most recent Duct Tape art what it is and how it can be used. I especially like the two time lapses of him working with duct tape. 

He and his younger brother, Make it Snappy, filled a display case at the library with their projects promoting the Maker Club they started there two years ago. All of the projects in the case are events that have been held there. had just come out with a DIY Intern patch and challenges in which he completed six of them. His idea for a DIY mascot was a red fox. His spin on make a pizza was a smores pizza. He designed a DIY poster. He had already made a product that is in the DIY market, but he thought a DIY skill patch Tervis Tumbler would be a practical item for the market. He also redesigned the Lego skill patch as the colors of the current patch do not quite fit the Lego theme.

Ogel became interested in earning the data visionary skill and researched his most favorited projects in addition to making a pie chart of the materials used in his projects that had over 100 likes. The results were not what one would predict. Cardboard came out on top, followed by Perler Beads and Duct Tape. 

Sticking with his interest in data, he took an inventory of our Lego sets calculating what percentage each theme is of our collection. He even calculated the number of individual Lego pieces we have in the house!

Ogel designed his own DIY pennant. He also decided to expand the use of the patch displays he had designed the previous year through turning one into a clock. 

These are just some misc. techniques he was trying. He inserted a diy sticker that was put on transparency film into a clear ornament ball. He printed on wax paper and then used that as a transfer onto wood. The bear paw window cling is just a regular sticker with the front of it slightly wet, then smoothed onto the window. It has stayed there ever since. The ornaments were a new recipe and stamping technique he was trying. 

Cardboard can be obtained for free and much can be done with it. The bottom left image shows a bear paw created from a peeled cardboard technique. The other two images were things he made by recycling the mailers that ships their patches in. The top is a coptic bound book and the bottom right is a free standing patch holder in which he displayed his favorite patch. 

This is one of my favorite projects of Ogel's. Over 100 layers were hand cut to create this 3D cardboard Pug. The legs of the Pug were drying in the middle left image. 

Many of his projects this year took quite a bit of time to make. He thought we needed yard decorations for Halloween. So he designed a tombstone out of cardboard, then experimented with paper towels and toilet paper along with different recipes of paper mache paste to create this tombstone. He spray painted it, painted the letters, let everything dry, then sealed it. It's hard to tell in this photo, but each column is textured. the letters and skull were also created using multiple layers of cut cardboard.

For Halloween he decided to be a roll of duct tape. He used a yard stick and screw driver to create a compass large enough to draw a perfect circle. He received so many compliments on this costume. 

The top left pumpkin was designed using Blender software. He carved a Pug in his pumpkin this year. The cookies were delicious. He made an iPug costume for our dog using a cracker box, duct tape, and felt. 

Shrinky Dinks were explored this year. He made an animal cell, Nyan cat, Instructable robot, and some diy themed shrinky drinks. 

This was a Cicero DIY program in which the kid's learned to solder a Make blinky robot, then use their soldering skills to make a flashlight using an Altoids tin. 

Here he explored more with LED's. He made an LED creeper face that has an on/off switch, a blinky bug, and a creeper flashlight out of a film canister. 

The top was a Yeti T-shirt he really liked, but the weather had turned cold. So he cut the sleeves off of an outgrown shirt and sewed them to his T-shirt to make it long sleeved. The bottom two projects were separate Cicero DIY programs. The one on the left used a LilyTiny and the right was string art. 

The top image is a basket made out of T-shirt yarn. He dyed the yarn using Kool-Aid. The bottom was his first cross stitch. Ogel has a new appreciation for time spent on cross stitch work. He used a Perler bead pattern as a guide.

This year he wanted to try sun print fabric. He tried all sorts of objects and came out with some really cool designs. He then used the squares to make a pillow. 

Last year he did some basic felting, but these were his most complex to date. The dog is 3D and took quite awhile. I love the multi color feathers on the eagle. The bottom right are fleece socks he made when he outgrew his old pair.  

This was by far is largest and most involved project to date. He had been saving outgrown jeans for years and cutting them into squares. He decided to make a quilt for his bed with them. 

He had outgrown his belt, so he used the hardware to make a new one. The bottom image is his diy name spelled using his favorite teams sports logos. 

Ogel had been wanting to learn about hydraulics, he received this hydraulic arm kit for Christmas. 

This gummy bear wave simulator was a blast. It was really neat to see the different responses to movement and reactions within the waves. He has an interest in entomology, thankfully these two were short term residents. 

Ogel used individual Lego bricks to make jumbo Lego bricks that not only looked alike, but also stacked.  

He then wanted to turn the concept of jumbo legos into something useful. He made a Lego box with removable lid, a large Lego with a drawer, and a Lego clock. 

The Dr. Who and World Map Legos were both micro scale builds. So he went from exploring jumbo Legos to micro builds. The sphere is a Pokeman ball. The frog head is his Minecraft skin, he ran out of lime green to continue the body. 

The top image is a bear paw mosaic he made using Legos. The bottom shows a contest that diy was running and their trophy image promoting it. Ogel decided to make the trophy in that image out of Legos. It was over a foot tall and 3D. He used every yellow piece he owned in making it. 

His Lego trophy deserves two images, it was just that awesome. 

These were some other ways in which Ogel explored Legos this past year. He made a Lego mini figure cake, a Lego USB drive, use Perler beads to make custom Legos, and made duct tape capes for Lego mini figures. 

In the top image, Ogel combined all of his brother's Minecraft Lego sets. He later used this as a scene for stop motions. This year started out with Legos sorted in open bins by color. This made it easier to build items such as the white Lego ball. 

This Lego Rube Goldberg was extremely challenging to get the kinks worked out so that all sections worked. He has video of it in action here

The top image shows his Lego workspace at the end of the school year. He transitioned to having his Legos sorted by type of piece. The bottom image was a kit he received for Christmas. 

He began playing Sid Meir's Civilization. The bottom left is a 3D SnowGolem in Minecraft and the bottom right is a layered cardboard and duct tape pufferfish.

The top is a Minecraft Monopoly game he found online and it took him 4 hours to cut everything out and put it together. The bottom are Minecraft cookies he made for his brother's birthday.

This is a Minecraft themed tree he made out of Perler beads.

These are some of Ogel's 3D Minecraft Perler beads. Here you see a Wither, Mooshroom, and Steve with a TNT block. 

Ogel is still finding new ways in which to use Perler beads. The top is a scene from Dr. Who. The bottom left is a layered Superman figure. The bottom right is a piranha plant from Super Mario. 

Google Chrome, Windows, Firefox, Transformer, and Pikachu Perler beads

Pearler bead Portal 2, snowman ornament, and oversized diy bear paw

This is some pixel art he made in Minecraft. 

This image doesn't do this project justice. Ogel challenged 15 kids to build a Rube Goldberg in Minecraft. Each kid built a section. The video is here

This was a Lego Minecraft animation in which Ogel explored adding sounds and special effects. You may watch it here

The top image was a project he did for diy's challenge avatar meets user name. The bottom two images are macros of skill patches. 

These are some images from stop motions he explored this year. He was trying various techniques and materials. 

These were photoshop projects of his. He designed three stamps and made a timeline of the Dolphins logos. 

Here, he began learning the software Blender.

More blender work of his. 

He explored different effects of text and how to make a flag appear to be blowing in the wind. This is a link to the wood chipping animation. Here is the flag blowing in the wind. 

These were misc. projects, making rainbow loom bouncy balls, an Empire State Building, zoetrope, making rope out of an 8 track tape, carving his own stamps, making coasters, and a monkey's fist keychain. 

He used the same duct tape technique to cut a sugar sheet for a cake topper, tried suturing a banana, made jello Legos, dog biscuits, tattooed a banana, and made a blood model. 

Ogel pulled six bags of trash from this swamp area. He made an insect hotel and found a skull in our yard. 

He made plaster stepping stone caps.

For Christmas he received leather and leather tools. 

These are some of the projects he made using leather, a leather pouch, knife holder, bookmark, leather patch, and he experimented with dyeing leather. 

He 3D printed an embosser to stamp leather. 

Ogel now has his own 3D printer. (This is homeschool curriculum.) The bottom four images are when it first came. The top two are the first thing he printed with it trying to become familiar with the various settings. 

With in a week of owning the 3D printer, he had these prototypes produced for a new product idea. 

This is a system of individual hexagons that connect. They can be arranged different ways. They can be hung or sit on a desk with a kickstand. They are 3D printed and the colors look amazing with the diy patches. 

His older brother wanted an icing less cake this year, but with a Guns N Roses theme. So I turned to Ogel for help. This was what he came up with. 

Ogel also helps around the house. He painted three rooms and installed hardware on 100 cabinets and drawers. He had to modify the hardware mounting template to work with the hardware we selected. 

In addition to his making, Ogel joined a competitive year round swim team this year which doubled the time he was spending at the pool. 

You may see a recap of projects from Ogel's 6th grade year here and projects from his 5th grade year here