Diorama

Diorama
Every year i make something special for Christmas to give to my wife. Normally it's a special popup card but just like last year i made something different. This time it's a diorama of a winter scene. The inside is lit with a multi colored LED and it cast different shadows while moving through the colors. The light can be turned on and off by placing a small magnet on the side.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 23/12/2015

Cap

Cap
Bored and nothing to see on the television.
To have something to do i fiddle with some wool and an insert of a toilet rol. 45 minutes later this it the result.






 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 11/12/2015

Arbor

Arbor
Finished
I filled the pillons with concrete to make them more stiff. As said earlier i made this arbor because i wanted to plant another tree at this location. I filled the arbor with dirt and covered it with a few screens to prevent the chickens to dig in. I already had a walnut that was grafted onto a rootstock and planted that in the middle. The idea is to let the tree grow up through the small hoop in the top. There is room left for some grapes or something else.
Who knows?
A garden is never finished.
Arbor
















 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 12/11/2015

Arbor

Arbor
Still work in progress
I am waiting for the delivery of some parts. In the meantime i made some raised pie shaped screening buckets. They are raised so the grass can grow underneath the screen. When the grass is tall enough the chickens can eat it but they can't dig out the whole plant. This way they have a constant supply of greens to eat.
More to come...

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 01/11/2015

Arbor

Arbor
Work in progress
Made some progress. Finished the masonry. Added five pvc pipes that will hold the top. They are fixed in place with concrete. When everything is lined out these pipes will also be filled with concrete to make then more stiff and stable.
More to come...



 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 14/10/2015

Arbor

Arbor
Work in progress
I started to make an arbor in the garden. The reason why i do this is that there was a big tree at that location and i wasn't able to remove the stumb completly. The tree is cut off at ground level. The arbor will be filled with new soil covering the stump so it will hopefully rot in time. More to come...

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 03/10/2015

Glass work

Glass work
Glassblowing was one thing on my todo list for a long time. But i never seemed to find time for it. Until last month that was. We had a group event at the office and you could choose a glassblowing workshop amongst many different activities. So i went for it and enjoyed it very much. I made a water bulb. You fill it up with water and put it upside down in the soil next to a plant. The water will gradually drain it the soil when the plant using it.




 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 24/09/2015

Copper inlay

Wire flowers
A quick piece of work just to see how it could be done. I made the pattern with a screwdriver and a hammer. Next i took copper wire and hammered it flat. I shaped it to fit it in the grooves and fixed the wire in place with wood glue. Some sanding and lacquer to give it a finished look.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 20/08/2015

Dragonfly

Wire flowers
Dragonfly on a fig. Nature's perfect version of a drone. I find dragonflies always wonderfull

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 19/08/2015

Holo fish

Wire flowers
3Dvideo is hot at the moment and this neat little device is popping up anywhere on the internet. It's just 4 transperant wedges taped together to make a piramid with the top cut off. It's placed upside down on a computer screen, phone or tablet. The reflection of the video is what you see floating in mid air. Something fascinating to see.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 10/08/2015

Almonds

Wire flowers
This is the start of an almond tree. It was a long wait but after 3 months in the refridgerator these almonds started to germ. I know that not all seeds will make it but this result looks promising.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 07/08/2015

ZMC v4

Wire flowers
ZMC for HomeSeer 3 is finaly available
I've rewritten big parts of the ZMC script for HS2 to make it function under HS3. But even more, It now supports also multiple units so if you need up to 96 outputs then here you have it.

So what is possible with this version?

- All previous ZMC v3 functions - Runs in HomeSeer 3
- Control up to 8 units
- Able to control AP400, AP800, XAP400 or XAP800
- Max. number of outputs is 96
- or 64 when using XAP400 units
- Max number of microphones is 8
- Added a setup to create all the devices for you
- Simplified the configuration
- Added StartMediaPlayer call
- Added RestoreUnit call

Head over to ZMC v4 to read more about it and to get your copy of the files.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 5/08/2015

Flowers

Wire flowers
Copperwire is used as frame for these tiny flowers. The wire was bend into shape and the leaves where filled with wood glue. The left flower was made first and is painted afterwards. The flower on the right is done differently. Before i applied the glue i mixed some red paint through it so it got the right color straight away.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 10/05/2015

Potato tower

Potato tower
Some scrubby part of my garden. Getting sun only till 14:00 but look how this potato tower thrives. I used old potatos that where germinated and where about to be thrown away. I placed three potatos at the bottom of a cilinder made from chicken wire. Then i added 40 cm of soil and another three potatos followed by another 40 cm of soil. By the time the leafs where grown above the chicken wire i filled the whole thing with dirt. I lined the inside of the chicken wire with plasic and made some cuts into it. The leaves are finding the way out by themself.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 08/05/2015

weathercock

weathercock
This took some preparation to get the materials. For the eyes i used a deodorant roller so that had to be emptied first. Also used is a piece of aluminium sheet, copper wire, wood, a nail as pivot point and an arrow for bushing.
When the wind pushes against the mohawk it will turn sideways and the eyes will follow the movement. Also the lower part of the beak will move side to side. When the eyes can't move further then the whole head will turn into the wind.
This is a view of the backside and shows how the things connect together.
weathercock

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 01/05/2015

Outdoor candle light

Outdoor candle light
For a late night party i wanted some decorative lights on the table. I made this light from a mason jar, a piece of copper wire and some aluminium foil. The copper wire is attached to the jar and bend upward. Two small insects where cut from the aluminium foil and glued a cotton wire to the back of them and stringed to the coper wire. Due to the hot air rising the foil will swiffle around just like mots around a light.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 26/04/2015

Graft clip

Graft clip
This graft clip is made from a thick drinking straw. Cut three small and equal pieces and glue them side by side. When the glue is set cut the middle straw open with a sharp knife. By pressing the sides the clip can be opened and applied easily.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 25/04/2015

TomTato

Tomtato Tomtato. It sounds strange and it is. This experiment started on 4 April and is still going. What is a tomtato you might ask? A tomtato is a tomato plant grafted on top of the root section of a potato. When grown together the plant will yield tomatos and potatos. The potato shoots are disconnected and put in the ground to let then root again. When they are grown thick enough a tomato plant with the same stem size is cut. The potato stem is split and a wedge is cut onto the tomato stem. The two are put together and a graft clip is added to press the newly connected stem together. All is put in a plastic bag to keep humidity high. After a week the bag can be removed to let the tomtato acclimate in less humidity and more sunlight. At the moment of writing the first 4 plants are potted in my greenhouse.
Elder wood spirit finished















 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 24/04/2015

Elder wood spirit

Elder wood spirit work in progress After carving the small wood spirit is decided to scale things up a bit.
This time i took a bigger lump of wood. Two years ago i removed a large conifer and kept the large stem. Now it is well dried and cracked. Not really a well suited piece of wood for carving but i had to do with it.
The log is 1.5 meters (5 foot) tall and has a diameter of 20 cm (7.8 inch). I started carving the eye area, then the nose and the cheecks. After that i worked further downwards and ended with doing the hair on his head.
Since this was my first try i am pleased with the result. Again i learned a lot of doing this great project.
Elder wood spirit finished

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 10/04/2015

Eco pencils

Eco pencils Just a quick idea for an eco friendly present.
Some branches cut to the same lenght. Drill a small hole in one side and glued a pencil lead into it. Sharpen the points and do a quick wrap around them to look nicer. Now is that eco friendly present or not?

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 09/04/2015

Wood spirit

Wood spirit Wasted some time with a piece of wood and a knife.
I saw this wood spirit somewhere on the web and the image stayed in my mind for no reason. Maybe because I like the elder look of it.

The image is about 15 cm high and it took about 2 hours to carve it.
I started with the eyebrow, the nose and then the mustache. Next came the edge of his face en his mouth. I left the bark in place for his hair. For his beard i did remove the bark and made the grooves to represent the hairs.















 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 21/03/2015

ZMC-NDS

ZMC-NDS This was a very long running project. A Nintendo DS used as a domotica controller for HomeSeer 2. However it can also be used for other domotica systems. With this controller you can fire events and control devices that have ON / OFF buttons. A real remote control so to say. That said it won't display any real time state of your devices. This due the very slow Nintendo wifi protocol implementation.

The zip file contains everything you need to set this up on your NDS and on your HS server. If you want to use it on a different domotica system then prevail not. I've included a well documented header to the server side part and you will be able to change it without to much trouble or even write your own with the provided details.

Read more about HERE

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 25/02/2015

Narcis lamp


Narcis lamp Garden lamps are available in all forms and shapes however this one isn't. IKEA is a good source for all kind of nice hobby goods and that's where the metal canister is from. The petals are made from thick recycled plasic and the whole can rotate by a gust of wind. Inside the canister is a 12V LED lamp. The whole can rotate by a gust of wind and throw light beams around..

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 26/1/2015

Broom


Witch broom and breakfast Time for a nice and light breakfast. The hens are still laying eggs so egg it be. As eatable decoration i made a small broom from a pretzel stick and very fine sliced pastery. 10 minutes in the oven to bake it crisp.

 

  • By: A.A. van Zoelen
  • On: 26/1/2015
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