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The following items will be occurring at several different times throughout the entire convention, subject to instructor and materials availability. When you have some time, stop by our Workshop Room (Stanford) or the Muse Salon (Marlborough) and work on a project. Each room will have a signboard by the door indicating which activities are available at that time.
Note: Some of these programs require additional materials fees, while some are free. If you want to insure your place please register for those with that option. You can register online (click on the title), at the convention Registration desk, or check with the instructor during the convention.
|Handspinning 201||Muse Salon||If you've taken the Beginning Hand spinning class in the past and are ready for the next step, come learn how to spin on a spinning wheel. The session will include an intro to the spinning wheel, types of wheels, wheel care, how to set up the wheel, spinning a single, and plying. Although a beginning hand spinning class is not a prerequisite, students should be familiar with basic yarn-making concepts (twist, ply, draft). Fiber will be available for student practice, with additional fiber available for purchase. 30-minute slots are available at one of two spinning wheels. Sign up in advance online to indicate your interest, then sign up for your exact slot in the Salon beginning Friday afternoon. (Jeanne DeVore)
Friday - 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5 pm.
Saturday - 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30 pm
Sunday - 12, 12:30, 1 pm
|String Bracelets||Muse Salon||Sometimes referred to as "sailors bracelets" or "friendship bracelets", these are circular braids tied in cotton twine using a printed guide wrapped around a form. Open to all, but suggested for ages 8+. Plain string is free, fancy string may be provided to enhance the more successful results. Bonus projects for the dedicated enthusiasts. (Loren Damewood)|
|Build a Blinkie - MuseCon Atom||Workshop||This is a super-easy-to-build blinkie that you can wear with a lanyard or pin. This small 3.25in by 3.0in double-sided circuit board has a tie-tack pin for wearing. The board material is extra thin and thus is very light. The atomic blinkie supports 3 smart LEDs in a variety of colors. A special thanks to MSkirvin for the artwork! This blinkie was designed specifically for MuseCon and was introduced at Musecon 2012. It has proved so popular that we've had several runs: red, blue, white, black, and now green. Collect the whole set!|
|Build an Arduino Robot||Workshop||Do you know what would be really cool? To build a robot that was controllable either as a "line follower" or with your smartphone. We could have done a crowd sourcing effort, but that would have required us to spend time creating those incredibly slick marketing videos, embedded in an expensive webpage. Forget that - we'd rather work on actually creating the kit. We love it, and we know you will too. Oh, they tell us we need to put in a disclaimer - smart phone not included.|
|Hot Glass - Frit Fusing||Workshop||We are going to cast glass! And very special glass it will be. We have acquired some special frit (aka raw crushed glass) that will be used to make a UV fluorescing medallion. In the past, this has been known as depression or vaseline glass. Unfortunately, we only have enough space (in the kiln) and time (during MuseCon) to make approximately 8 medallions, so signup here to ensure your place. There will be a mold, and various types of frit to customize your medallion. There is a cutoff time of Saturday at 10pm, as enough time will be needed to fuse the glass and begin the long rampdown period.|
|Stained Glass - MuseCon Mask||Workshop||This is a nine piece, roughly 2.375in x 2.75in stained glass kit of the comedy portion of the mask set one would see in conjunction with theater, with its history rooted in ancient Athens. Yes, way way back! Check out Thalia, the muse of comedy, for a dose of history.
You get a kit with the glass already cut for the pattern, copper foil, brass wire, and solder, with as much (or as little) help as desired.
|Stained Glass - Panel with Beveled Inserts||Workshop||Oooh - shiny and colorful! It's an impressive 14in square panel with beveled insets. And, as a bonus, requires molten metal to build!
You get a kit with the glass already cut for the pattern. Note: each kit features different colors and textures of glass - choose from currently-available options on pickup. Also provided are copper foil and solder, with as much (or as little) help as desired.
|Stained Glass - Panel with Engraved Center||Workshop||Oooh - shiny and colorful! It's an impressive 19 piece, 8.5in x 11in stained glass panel with a 5x7in bevel in the middle. And, as a bonus, requires molten metal to build!
You get a kit with the glass already cut for the pattern. Note: each kit features different colors and textures of glass - choose from currently-available options on pickup. Also provided are copper foil, and solder, with as much (or as little) help as desired.
|Wood Kits - Bat House||Workshop||Do you like bats and hate mosquitos? Then, simply, you must build this kit. Ah, but the big question - will bats actually take up residence? The answer is yes, at least where I place mine. This is a two-chambered cedar bat house; easy to build and easy to mount.|
|Woodworking - Free-For-All Bird House||Workshop||Enjoy the return of our immensely popular wood kit project, the bird house!
Note that quantities are limited. When it's gone, it's gone.
In the spirit of the free for all, one free bird house per membership to be built in the workshop room.
|Woodworking - Free-For-All Catapult||Workshop||We typically think of a catapult being used in the Middle Ages to destroy the walls of a castle, but catapults have a very long history dating long before the time of castles. Catapults were developed in many different ways by many different cultures over the centuries (Yawn). Ok, enough history, we know you just want to build one to launch mini marshmallows and dominate all those who oppose you!
Do note that quantities are limited. When it's gone, it's gone.
In the spirit of the free for all, one free catapult per membership to be built in the workshop room. We have no problem selling additional ones, as those monies will go toward making more kits available for others who want to try their hand at woodworking.