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3D Printed Santa Christmas Countdown Calendar

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  If you've been following along, you know that we got a 3D printer in our house at the end of the summer. I've been trying to share many of our projects , but I also want to make sure I add my crafty touch to some of these projects, so when I saw the files for a Christmas countdown calendar , I figured it was the perfect opportunity for me to add some color to a print project. Since I knew I wanted to try to paint this project , we printed it using white pla filament . This project printed with standard settings. The print came out pretty good. The blocks printed perfectly, but the Santa base had a couple clumps of plastic on his face. Instead of reprinting, I used an emery board to sand them as smooth as possible. Now Santa was all printed, but without any color. It still looks pretty cute and would look great printed in red without any additions. I knew that alcohol ink, which works well on non-pourous surfaces, could be a good option. I have tried inking PLA before  with

3D Printed Bits Bowls (For Board Gaming)

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In our quest for finding useful things to print with our 3D printer , we came across this design for board gaming bits bowls. If you play a lot of board games, you're probably familiar with the need for bowls for your board game pieces. So when we saw these stackable bowls with spouts for easy pouring/grabbing of tokens, I knew I wanted to try them. This photo is a bit blurry, but shows the first few layers of the bowl. This is a simple print using default settings (.2 resolution, 20% infil) that doesn't take too long to print. We printed using some black SunLu PLA filament . There are two sizes of bowls in the design files and after printing one, we decided we needed to print more. We printed a couple of both sizes and then tested them out with game pieces. The bowls stack together nice and compactly which makes them easier to store. The print comes out clean and sturdy without any modifications. We were really pleased with this design. We tested the bowls out while playing a

Thanksgiving Faux Stained Glass Panel

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I've been wanting to try this project for quite a while. Ever since I tried making faux stained glass panels with inked laminating pouches , I wanted to try making more traditional stained glass panels by painting the ink in between the sections of the vinyl. Of course, since it's a project I wanted to try for quite a while, that meant that nothing went according to plan. I tried doing this project last week, but after cutting a Thanksgiving/fall themed design out of vinyl on my old Silhouette , I tried weeding (removing the excess vinyl) and realized that most of the design didn't cut properly. So, I tried again. This time I set it to cut twice and put the vinyl on the sticky cutting mat (instead of directly off the roll). Well, about halfway through the cut, I realized what was wrong...the blade wasn't all the way down in the blade holder (facepalm). So I ended up cutting a third time after I fixed the blade, and of course, it was perfect. So this time when I weeded t

Fall Craft Collection

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This week's craft tutorial is delayed. In the mean time, check out the blog's collection of fall inspired crafts: Fall Craft Collection Fall Pen Bouquet Thanksgiving Candles Decoupaged Thanksgiving Plaque Decorative Thanksgiving Tiles with Vinyl Decals

3D Printed Dog Shaped Cell Phone Stand

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We were looking for something simple to print on the 3D printer one afternoon while we were home, and we found these cute cell phone stands: Cat and Dog Phone Stand. We used some black filament to print our dog stands using standard defaults. It's always fun to see the prints as they grow and change. This print came out perfectly. It popped right off the print bed after a short cool down. Lest you think we never have any issues with our prints. I tried printing this project standing up--as the file downloads, but it's designed to be printed laying flat. Once I rotated the design in the slicing program, it worked perfectly. The black ones turned out so well, that I printed two so they could be used as a tablet stand, too. I'm please with how these cute phone stands turned out and looking forward to our next print!

Craft Project Update: 3D Printed Halloween Lantern Style Candle Holder

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It's been a busy week here, so I just wanted to share an update with you. Last week I printed the pumpkin candle holder (on the right), but the sides weren't staying in straight all the way to the top. So I tried a couple of options for the stacked pumpkin lantern . Both worked. A lovely maker created some clips . They are a bit fussy, but they printed super fast and did the trick. I also printed a second base. This worked great, but I didn't have easy access to the led candle, so I opted for the clips. The solutions worked so well, that we made a second candle holder with the bat design . I hope you all had a very Happy Halloween!

3D Printed Halloween Lantern Style Candle Holder

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We managed to get in another Halloween 3D print project with our o range filament . After our Pumpkin Candy Dispensers had some issues with stringing, my husband printed a temperature test on that filament. It suggested that a slightly hotter temp might work a bit better, so for this week's print, we set our filament temperature up to 210 degrees instead of 200. We decided to try out the Stacked Pumpkin Lantern . It looked like it would be a fairly simple print--a good way to test the orange out at another temperature. The first layers looked perfect. They got a bit rough a few layers in, but nothing was catching, so we let it keep printing. By the time it was finishing up, the print was smooth and looking great!  The designer suggested printing it with a raft (a thin layer underneath the print), but we were worried that would be a pain to remove, so we tried it without. It was a bit hard to remove from the print bed, but as long as we let it cool for a while before trying to remo