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I have made this popsicle money box with all my students and all of them were so overjoyed when they had finished. It really is a lovely thing and to make one yourself is a great achievement. The original can be bought as a kit in every stationary shop in Taiwan, but I bought packs of popsicle sticks and cut them myself for each student. Take a look at the original kit that Lee-Kuo made earlier on this blog, or have a look at the original kit from Big3 in Taiwan. Original kit here

the popsicle money box using self bought popsicle sticks

a group of students with their newly completed popsicle money box

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As Lee-Kuo was sitting in his classroom, the student next to him asked if he was bored, because Lee had just drawn the whole alphabet on a test sheet. These are amazing creations drawn with great skill and care. It is one single thread that creates each letter, take a look at the letter B which Lee made one evening. He never stops making his parents proud of him, fantastic Lee-Kuo.

lovely drawings of weaving patterns from Lee-Kuo

lower case letters

amazing alphabet weaving patterns drawn on the back of a test sheet

close-up of the marvelous drawing skill and idea

a different version using 3 pins and his woven letter B

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A long time ago when I was a teenager, I played with my Sinclair Spectrum. The games were lots of fun and it was so easy to program your own music and scrolling games. Head over heels is a classic isometric game and this is a magnificent, beautifully rendered version ported for the mac by RETROSPEC. The graphics are simply superb and the music never gets boring. What you will find here are hundreds of screenshots sewn together to create the maps for each level. I did this for my son who was very small at the time and so now he decided he would like others to benefit from having the maps.

BLACKTOOTH click on the picture to open the map, please wait, it is really big!!!!!

MOONBASE HQ click on the picture to open the map, please wait, it is really big!!!!!

MOONBASE 1 click on the picture to open the map, please wait, it is really big!!!!!

MOONBASE 2 click on the picture to open the map, please wait, it is really big!!!!!

DUNGEONS click on the picture to open the map, please wait, it is really big!!!!!

SAFARI click on the picture to open the map, please wait, it is really big!!!!!

EGYPTUS click on the picture to open the map, please wait, it is really big!!!!!

BOOKWORLD click on the picture to open the map, please wait, it is really big!!!!!

FREEDOM click on the picture to open the map, please wait, it is really big!!!!!

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This beautiful maze was completely designed by Lee-Kuo. He began with a few sketches on graph paper and then decided to use a 20 mm cube grid system with 5 mm thick walls. He drew the maze on 4 separate floors until he had a great pathway to the end. After he had finished the drawings he wanted to make it with matchsticks, we glued about 500 together and decided it would take to long, so I drew everything in Illustrator and printed it onto 120g paper. The result is a wonderfully strong cube maze which gives people hours of fun trying to get the ball through the maze. I am now working on an animated solution which will be on my YouTube channel when finished.

the sides and top of the cube, 5 mm thick

the base with 2 sides glued on

1st floor glued into place

2nd floor glued into place

3rd floor glued into place

the completed cube maze, well done Lee-Kuo

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I made this lovely cube after I had finished my matchstick cube. It uses the same battery and LED set-up as my paper lamps. There is tracing paper inside the cube to give a diffused glow. It’s a very simple and easy to make craft using the 5.5 cm sticks. Download the instructions with template from the downloads page, have fun.

a very simple popsicle companion cube

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This is the keyboard for the iMac which I made for a student drama. You can find the iMac elsewhere on my blog and download a pdf to make it yourself. The keyboard was very easy to construct but took a long time cutting and gluing all the keys. Download the pdf and start making your iMac with keyboard today.

print the ribs and edges and cut them

glue the bottom onto the edges and ribs, this gives it strength

showing the underside

trim the underside

glue the topside to the frame

trim the topside

spray with silver paint

glue on the keys

the completed cardboard keyboard

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I was asked by some students to help them in a drama competition and they needed an iMac for the stage, so I decided to make a cardboard model for the drama. It was very simple to design and make except for the stand which was a little more complicated. I will put a pdf on the downloads page if anyone needs to make an iMac, it contains all the necessary parts to print-out and put together.

I began by cutting the ribs from my print-outs and assembling them

I then glued the ribs onto the front

the edges of the mac were then glued on

gluing the back was not easy and needed 2 cuts and 4 hands

next I cut out the edges and the shape of the stand

the stand after the edges were glued on

extra ribs for strength and the hole now appears

the front is added and the stand is now ready for spraying

the completed stand after being sprayed with silver paint

a few small details on the back of the monitor

the completed iMac with a B/W screen print-out

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