meet うささん(usasan)、ひろき(hiroki)’s favorite childhood toy that he still keeps on his pillow after he makes his bed for the day.
hiroki’s tiny one room studio apartment is usually adorned with posters and such of his favorite giant mecha series, and one corner of it is reserved for his model kit hobby. usasan adds a little speck of cuteness to this “cool shounen” exterior. i’d say he’s a perfect metaphor for hiroki’s personality.
i have started a development diary blog for 1989nk, most stuff will still get posted here but a whole bunch of other stuff will get posted over there. i’ll be boosting this post quite a bit over the next few days so i’m sorry if that annoys anyone lol. also, if anyone could help me find a nice cute theme for this blog, i’d appreciate it a lot.
My supervisor at work now seems obsessed with the fact that I make handcrafted soap. Every shift meeting the brings it up. No one else cares, and I don’t blame them, its not a common practice.
I’m not able to tell her its part of my practice of alchemy and witchcraft. She told me today that she almost bought one of those kits from hobby lobby to try it herself. I told her I don’t use those starter bases anymore, I use basic natural ingredients. My soap is made from oils and lye and alchemical transformation. I wish I could teach her. She seems like such a nice woman.
I don’t have many followers to ask, but would anyone be interested in posts about witchcraft and soapmaking? I want to breathe some new life into this blog.
Alright kiddies, buckle up because I’m here to teach you how to make ya own ding dang DRAGON RADAR
You will need:
● A tap-light, or “moon light,” these usually come in packs of two for like $4 at home depot
● a garden hose cap, about $2 at home depot
● a ¼" by 1 and ½" bolt with about ½" unthreaded at the head, about 20 cents
● two ¼" nuts
● a ¼" washer
● a very small Phillips head or flat head screwdriver (whatever fits the screws on the back of ya tap light)
● spray paint PRIMER, doesn’t matter which as long as it bonds to metal
● white spray paint
● metal adhesive (I used E6000 but there’s a bunch of different ones - you can also use a soldering iron for this)
● a stiff sheet of clear plastic, I used Grafix brand. (This shit is always in a stupid spot, I found it by the model car kits at hobby lobby)
● a print out of the dragon radar design, fitted to your tap light
● a drill w ¼" bit
Definitely start with the bolts!
1. I recommend adhering the bolt to the garden hose cap first, so it’s out of the way and has time to dry. If you are using E6000 like I did, it will need 3 days to cure. Word of advice! Even though it will feel secure to the touch after only 24 hours DO NOT attempt to work with this piece until it has fully cured or you will destroy it i am speaking from experience.
2. While that junk is drying, unscrew the back from your tap light and set the screws aside somewhere they won’t roll away bc those bastards are hard to find if they do. Remove the bubble shaped light cover from inside the light casing.
3. On the side of your light casing upon which the battery casing will NOT rest when the back is screwed on, measure along the edge between the top most screw holes to determine the center. Drill a hole here so that when you insert the bolt it will be sticking out of the top edge and will not intersect with the battery casing.
4. Using the bubble cover as a template, trace around its edges on the plastic sheet. If the sheet is 8 ½" by 11" you should be able to fit two tracing on there without overlapping. Once traced, cut along your tracing lines so the plastic will fit just perfectly inside the light casing.
5. Print your Dragon Radar graphic and, measuring to ensure the y axis aligns with the hole you drilled, use the bubble cover once more to trace a guideline on it for cutting. Place one sheet of plastic on either side of the graphic, then insert the whole into the light casing so that the graphic is clearly visible through a plastic window from the front of the casing.
6. Once your bolt/garden hose cap contraption is fully cured, screw on one of the nuts all the way up the thread, then spray the whole thing with spray paint primer.
7. Once the primer is dry enough to painted on (see can for instructions, as paints vary) spray it with spray paint lacquer
8. When the lacquer is dry, screw the bolt into the hole you drilled with the hose cap facing out and away from the casing (this will be a very tight fit), then run a washer up the bolt on the inside of the casing and secure it with the second nut, tightening it as much as you can. Depending on how sloppy you were with your paint you may require pliers and a wrench for this.
8. Replace any cardboard inserts that came inside your light casing, as this gives it a more opaque appearance, then screw the back of the casing back on, with battery casing not intersecting your bolt.
9. Attach a strap to the bolt cap for appearance (I used a wii wand strap lol)
10. You done! Now go find those dragon balls!!!
Secondary note: I will try to upload a link to the design I made for my radar, which was done on ms paint. It should be the right size when fitted to page to print for the radar.
Final note: while this design CAN be lit up by inserting batteries, I DO NOT RECOMMEND this, as the tiny light bulb inside can melt the plastic sheets and ruin your beautiful project that you worked so hard on. If you want to light it up, please only do so for a very short time frame. Like maybe 8 seconds.