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A string trick, or a string figure, is made by wrapping a loop of string around your fingers in a series of interlocking patterns. The string is looped about the fingers and interposed between them to make figures such as a cup and saucer, a star, cat's cradle or a sewing machine. Unlike other types of string tricks, the sewing machine string trick is done by wrapping the string around your wrists and looping it around your fingers. Do the sewing machine string trick with a single piece of string.
Although it may not be done as often today as it was in the past, putting baseball trading cards on the spokes of bicycle wheels is a cheap way to give your bike a cool, motorcycle-like sound. It is also a very simple way to destroy the value of trading cards that may be worth a pretty penny in better condition. Use cards of baseball's lesser-known players, just to be safe.
People use pictures to preserve memories of important events. Parents often keep scrapbooks or albums full of photos to document all the milestones completed by their children. The digital revolution makes it possible to always have a camera within reach, which means you don't have to rely on a professional to capture the most recent photographs of your kids. With a digital camera and some practice, you can produce images to be proud of.
The Fenton Art Glass company in Williamstown, W.Va., has been in business since 1905, when it was founded by brothers Frank and John Fenton in Martins Ferry, W.Va. Since then, Fenton has produced thousands of pieces, which unfortunately created thousands of opportunities for people to create fakes and imitations. It can be difficult to tell Fenton glassware from other brands with similar designs, and it can be difficult to spot fakes. If you want to collect Fenton glassware, it's important to learn to distinguish between fakes, imitations, reproductions and the real thing -- never shell out for a piece unless you are absolutely sure it is authentic.
Make your own personal resin baseball pendant with copies of your favorite baseball cards, ticket stubs from baseball games or other pictures of baseball memorabilia. The pictures are covered with a water-proofing sealant and then placed in the bottom of a pendant bezel and covered with a clear resin to create a window to reveal your most-cherished baseball memories.
Drypoint etching is a form of printmaking that has been used for centuries to produce beautifully detailed artwork. Like other intaglio styles of printmaking, drypoint etching produces a print by incising an image into the surface of a plate. However, unlike etching which requires acid to burn into the plate, drypoint etching simply relies on a sharp, small tool. When the plate is inked, ink remains in the groves that have been etched into it and produces the print when pressed with paper.
Barbie is a doll manufactured by the Mattel Incorporated toy company. The company also manufactures a large variety of accessories for the doll, including a plethora of living quarters. With a few cheap household items, however, you can custom create your own Barbie dream quarters, including a totally personalized kitchen complete with counters and appliances. It's a creative, fun and easy activity to do with your child.
With a little imagination, you can transform an old cardboard box into a child's rocket ship playhouse. Large boxes, such as those from refrigerators or ovens make a great space in which children can play. By creating a rocket ship playhouse from old boxes, you can create an eco-friendly toy for your children, while encouraging your children to use their imaginations and create lasting childhood memories.
Silicone is a nontoxic, odorless rubber that is used to make negative models so that new originals can be made. Silicone models can be used to create casts of almost any substance except other silicone. Silicone models are often used for casting plaster, plastic, gels and gelatin and baked goods. Food-grade silicone is available, and can withstand temperatures of up to 500 degree Fahrenheit in some cases. Silicone molds are sometimes known as flexible molds, because they can be bent and peeled back unlike a traditional hard model.
People with their sun sign in Gemini, symbolized by astrological twins, are supposed to be restless and versatile with a need for intellectual stimulation. Gemini, being an air sign, makes compatible partners for people born under the other air signs of Libra and Aquarius, according to astrologers. People whose sun sign is in Leo or Sagittarius are also a harmonious match and, being fire signs, will inject some passion into the relationship and occasionally challenge Gemini's sense of intellectual superiority!
No homemade ghost-hunting kit is complete without some form of light. IR, or infrared, light is typically used because it detects movement and activity in darkened areas. An IR camera is specifically designed to locate light in a given space caused by movement in the surrounding area. Ultraviolet light, which is also known as UV light and black light, isn't as common but is still helpful in ghost hunting.
Opposites often attract, and this is very apt when it comes to love relationships between people with Gemini and Taurus sun signs. Gemini is outgoing, energetic and mischievous, while Taurus is plodding, serious and easily tired. Typical bulls, being an Earth sign, enjoy pottering about the garden while a Gemini an air sign, enjoys flying off to cultural hotspots. However, with commitment and mutual respect, the attraction between Gemini and Taurus can be more than a fleeting one.
Science projects are valuable tools for teaching children about the various branches of science through hands-on experiments. An added benefit of these activities, especially if they are fun, is that they can spark an interest in the sciences that could help your child excel in school and even shape their future career goals. An active and engaging science project sure to be a hit with kids is slime making.
Debuting for the Brooklyn Dodgers in April of 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American player to break Major League Baseball's racial barrier. During his dozen years as an active player, mostly spent with the Dodgers, Robinson's image appeared on dozens of baseball cards from a number of different manufacturers.
Buying handmade recycled jewelry not only supports jewelry artists, it also keeps recyclable waste materials out of landfills and makes a fashion statement as individual as you are. Jewelry can be made from many recyclable materials, including cans, paper, computer parts, and bottles. Each material offers a unique look in the hands of a skilled jewelry maker.
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which participants search for caches left by other players, using GPS technology. The standard geocache is a container and logsheet, but there are other variations, including miscellaneous mystery or puzzle caches. Participants check online geocache databases for locations and use a GPS device to navigate toward the given coordinates. After successfully locating the cache, they sign the log and put it back for the next hunter. Geocaches can range in size from a film canister to a large bucket. The variety of cache types, sizes and locations keeps the game fresh.
Make homemade jewelry for girls out of some common household items and inexpensive jewelry supplies such as memory wire and pony beads. Your girls will take delight in making homemade necklaces and bracelets with you and will be proud to wear items that they made themselves.
A wedding day is a treasured occasion. And one of the most treasured items from that day are the pictures. Bridal portrait shots are a popular way to commemorate the occasion. While portraits normally focus on the bride, the groom and wedding party can be included as well. Such shots can be taken indoors or outdoors. Many brides have them taken at local attractions in their area. The Dallas, Texas, area features several locations for such shots.
Harry Houdini was born Erik Weisz on March 24, 1874. He began his career in magic at the age of 17, performing mostly in sideshows. His primary focus was on common card tricks but, having little initial success, he began a shift to escape acts. What began as simpler handcuff and straightjacket escapes eventually morphed into "death-defying" escapes such as the "Giant Milk Can Escape" and the "Chinese Water Torture Cell" escape. He did branch out into more straightforward "magic" tricks with his "Vanishing Elephant" trick and "Needle" trick. Though he performed various escape acts and magic tricks throughout his career, these were several of his most recognized.
Marinette County, Wisconsin is home to several types of treasure for the amateur enthusiast. The state has many gold and mineral deposits due to the movement of glaciers across the area throughout history. Whether you are a rockhound or a gold prospector or simply enjoy metal-detecting or hunting for geocaches, Marinette County has treasure waiting for you.