<![CDATA[The Bristlee One - The Nerdologist]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:33:03 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Making a Yarny]]>Tue, 12 Apr 2016 18:58:56 GMThttp://bristleeone.com/the-nerdologist/making-a-yarny
When I first saw pictures of this game, I fell in love with this character.  When the game was finally launched in February of 2016 I was so excited until I found out that it was not supported on XBox (only xBox 1) nor on a MAC.  I was crushed.  I did however watch a number of playthroughs including Jacksepticeye's (here) and Cryaotic's (here).  I was still in love.  This game is beautiful and the character in it was just so loveable. I knew I had to make one.  On the website for Unravel (here) they do have a video but I thought it was really incomplete.  Here I've gone through the step by step and given alternate ways to make Yarny without having to find and purchase the Armature wire.
The role of wire on the left is a 20 gauge wire that I tried out. It was, in my opinion too thin. The tools on the right are an example of pliers and a wire cutter. At Walmart the pipe cleaners are called "Fuzzy Sticks" and are found in the craft section.
What you will need:

If making with pipe cleaners (fuzzy wire):

1 package of 12" pipecleaners (the 25 pack is enough) About 30 cm each
Red yarn
White yarn
paper clip

If making with wire:

Types of wire to use:
Armature wire*, can be purchased through Amazon or some craft stores 16 gauge (use the same lengths below to cut this wire)
Beading wire, 16 gauge (can be found in the jewelry section of the craft store) cut into sections
                     Head, Legs and Arms:  24 inches or 60 cm
                     2 Support wires: 12 inches or 30 cm 
Wire cutters
Pliers (needle nose are the easiest to work with)
Red yarn
White yarn
*A little side note:  I just checked with Home Depot, why I never thought of this, but they have the armature wire called "Hobby Wire" 50 feet for $3.48.  Where you live in the world, try the name Hobby wire.  It is made of Aluminum.  I also searched for Aluminum wire and found it a bunch of places.  Also just found it at Michaels, also called Hobby Wire but it sales for $4.99 same 50 foot (they told me they didn't have it, sigh)
Making the Yarny using the "Fuzzy Wire":

You will need:  13 fuzzy wires

For the legs, arms and head:  Take 3 wires and twist them together.  Easiest way is to gather them together and then pinch the together at the middle.  Then start twisting one end together.  When it meets at your pinched fingers, start at the other end

For the 2 support pieces, do the same but just use 2 strands.
To Shape the head:

Hold the wire in your hand and find the middle with your middle finger.  Bend the wire under your middle finger and then over your thumb and ring finger.  Bring the ends down into a heart shape.  Temporarily twist the two ends together to hold shape.
Shaping the head
You should end up with these 3 sections. To make the feet and hands, just bend back a small section of the wire until it touches itself.
Attaching the Arms to the legs:

Find the middle of the leg wire and the middle of the arm wire.  Center them and pinch with your fingers at that point.  Wrap the left arm wire around the leg wire.  Do the same with the right side.  Wrap until you think the arms are the right length for your Yarny.

Attaching the head:

Untwist the bottom of the head wire and wrap the ends around the leg/arm connection
Support wires:

For the body:  Wrap one end of the support wire around the leg wire near the top and start weaving it back and forth but wrap it around each leg wire.  This gives the body support so that it does not collapse when you are wrapping it.  Do not go more than 2 inches (5 cm)

For the head:  You want to use this wire to give the head shape.  Attach the wire again by wrapping a small bit around the head wire.  Make sure to bulb it out in back and the front.  Attach the wire by wrapping as you go.
Wrapping the yarn:  
                          I started about midway on one of the legs and wrapped down to the foot.  At the foot I straightened out the bent wire a bit so that I could wrap all the way to the end of the wire.  Fold the wire back and wrap the foot again and then wrap up to the body support.  This wrap up the leg is where you are adding the yarn to give shape and width, so go a bit crazy.  At the bottom of the support switch over to the other leg and do the same.  Then wrap the body.  At the neck work out to the arms and do the same with the hands.  The head is last and wrap it to give shape and hide the wire.  When you fill there is enough yarn work back down to the body.  Cut the yarn with about 12 inches (30 cm) hanging out.  Using the paperclip push the yarn back and forth a few times, weaving it into some of the underneath yarn.  If you can make a simple tie do so under the outer yarn.

                       Using the paperclip, use it to weave the eyes just under the ears and in a bit.
Making with wire:
                       Basic instructions are the same but you will be using the pliers to wrap the wire and to bend the feet and hands.  Use the pliers to wrap the wire around the other pieces such as the support wires for the body and the head.  Wrapping the yarn is the same .
I hope you enjoyed the instructions and found them helpful.  If you have any questions, leave a comment below.You can actually see how I did it on the included video.  If you like the video, please go to YouTube and give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel so that you can see other things that I will be doing. Hows that for  shameless plug.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please let me know!!

Thanks and remember, enjoy life.

It's the one you have.

<![CDATA[Perfect Arms in 7 days, no really they promise]]>Sat, 30 May 2015 03:39:56 GMThttp://bristleeone.com/the-nerdologist/perfect-arms-in-7-days-no-really-they-promiseMy bullshit meter is going off again.  Not just going off but screaming and banging and beeping, a great big cacophony of sound.  I found a post over the weekend on my favorite place of all, Pinterest, that said that I can have Toned Arms in 7 days.  Whew, thank goodness.  I was really worried that it might take me months to get rid of the flappy bird that is going on under my arms!  No, this site claims in little as 7 days with just five arm exercises my arms are going to be that of a young goddess (well it does't say that but I'm guessing that a young goddess has very toned arms).  It doesn't say how many reps or sets, so I guess it's up to me. I could do like 47 reps and 200 sets and I'm sure that in 7 days I would have toned arms or they would just simply have vacated my body, leaving me in disgust.  They would have been toned though.

Do people really believe these claims?  I guess they do considering the number of repins that this one has.  <sigh>  To show that this does not work in seven days, I am doing this one for 7 days.  I will be doing increasing reps starting at 8 with 3 sets for each exercise.

Here is the first one.  I will update it in 7 days to show that no, in 7 days your arms will not suddenly look like a young goddess!  Enjoy, I did making it and I laugh at myself all the time.
<![CDATA[Eliminating wrinkles with an oatmeal facemask? Why not!!]]>Mon, 18 May 2015 14:56:00 GMThttp://bristleeone.com/the-nerdologist/eliminating-wrinkles-with-an-oatmeal-facemask-why-notJust recently I was looking in the mirror and much to my horror, I noticed that I had wrinkles.  What the hell, I'm only 24 right?  Right?  No, well I FEEL 24 doesn't that count for anything.  I went to my favorite place because I just knew that someone would have the answer that I seek.  I mean really, I've been using a certain fairly expensive brand of face cleaners and moisturizers since my late twenties, why would I have wrinkles.  Their ads say that my face should stay young and the appearance of age should just magically disappear. <sigh>  It never does work that way does it.  
Well, with that being said, my friends over at Pinterest swear they have the answer. As you know by now I love Pinterest but I don't love everything about it.  Just like on the world wide web you find as much bullsh*t there as anywhere.  However I did find my fountain of youth,  an Oatmeal facemask that will and I quote "eliminate wrinkles".  I thought what the hell, this is the salvation that I have been looking for. Who needs all those expensive hee haws and do hickeys when all I need to do is read Pinterest because all the answers have been pinned here by experts.  Ok, that was a bit sarcastic.  There is quite a bit of great stuff on Pinterest otherwise I wouldn't spend great chunks of my day pinning stuff.  Lucky for you, I'm here to help you wade through the bullsh*t.  I have decided to use this miracle cure for 20 days and watch all my wrinkles just up and disappear.  I'm sure they will, really, I'm sure.

So here is the miracle remedy:

2 TBSP of oatmeal-the first time I just used the oats and cooked them, big mistake.  You need to grind them, I used my coffee grinder, and make it fine.
1/2 cup whole milk
Cook until you get a good thick paste.  I cooked it in the microwave 30 seconds at a time and stir between
Let cool for 10-15 minutes 
Add 2 TBSP Olive Oil
Mix well
Let cool another 10 minutes and then apply it to your face and neck.  Leave on 20-30 minutes.

Heres a hint-Do not wash off in your bathroom sink as the amount of oatmeal could clog it up.  I started by wiping it off with a wetwipe (disposable), which I then threw in the trash.  I washed my face with my regular cleanser and moisturizer. Oh and don't throw it into your bathroom trash either, the dog will find it and decide that he needs to eat it, wetwipe and all.
This is what I made up for the week. Let's hope it doesn't spoil!
This is day two with the corrected recipe. I ground up the oats so that it created more of a paste. Pretty.
I have started down the road of oatmeal hell for you and already I can tell that I'm looking so much younger (incase you didn't get that, it was sarcasm)! 

I've included below a short video on getting started.  After the 20 days are up, I will update this blog and a video.  I'm sure in 20 days I will have reverted to my teenage self.  

Look out world, here I come.......again!

Thanks and remember, enjoy life.

It's the one you have,

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<![CDATA[Transferring photos to wood, can it easily be done?]]>Tue, 12 May 2015 22:35:40 GMThttp://bristleeone.com/the-nerdologist/transferring-photos-to-wood-can-it-easily-be-donePinterest seems to be the place of all things and I mean all things.  You can do a Google search but that just gives you a bench of different websites that you have to methodically click through to find what you want. The great thing about Pinterest, you do a search and you get pictures, lots and lots of pictures with blurbs all on one page that is easy to scroll through.  I love Pinterest, I'm hooked on Pinterest, it's like a drug.  You can even go over and see my site here, https://www.pinterest.com/Bristleeone/  (first shameless plug).

The bad thing about Pinterest, there is a lot of bad information, misinformation or just plain junk.  I don't like the spammers and Pinterest is starting to get quite a few of those.  I understand, everyone wants to make money but it drives me nuts.  Just recently I had seen a post and I thought dang if that works it would save me so much time.  I tried it, tried it again.  Went back and reread the pin and tried it again. Not one time did it work.  I thought what the hell?  How could this be pinned so many times and no one called bullshit.  Then I thought, why didn't I call bullshit?  Why don't I call bullshit?  Here is where you have to walk a fine line.  Just because I couldn't get something to work doesn't mean that it won't work for someone. Sometimes it doesn't work because the person writing it up and posting has forgotten to write a critical step, sometimes it is because it has to have a specific product and that was not posted.  However there are times that it just does not work, period.

This leads to why this post.  I decided to go ahead and try some of these pins to see if they really do work. Most of the food ones I know whether or not it would work as I can cook.  I can read a recipe and say "yep, sounds good, those ingredients work well together" but other times it's like "ewwww, why would you do that"?  Those I will just leave alone as those are really up to taste.  I will be trying out what I am calling "challenges".  Right now I am doing a 21 day arm challenge.  The website had pinned that you could get perfect summer arms in 21 days doing their exercises.  Ok challenge accepted.   This post however is a different one.  

I keep seeing on Pinterest on how to transfer pictures to wood.  You know the one, you print out your picture on wax paper and then rub it on wood and boom, there it is.  Pretty simple.  I thought I would give it a try.  You can also see the video of my mom actually trying it out at the end of this post.  

Here is what we did:


Wax paper, I used a generic brand
printing paper
Wood, Pine  12" x 12"
wood conditioner
Wood stain

Do not just run the wax paper through your printer.  I did the first time and it was a disaster.  The wax paper wrapped around one of the rollers and I am still picking out pieces of it.  It took over an hour to pull most of it out.  Use a glue stick and glue the wax paper to a regular piece of printer paper.  You can just put the glue in the corners.  Lay the printer paper out, then overlay the wax paper over it.  Glue the corners and then cut it down to the size of the printer paper.  
I found a picture that I took with lots of dark and light areas.
Don't print the picture until your wood is ready as it might dry too much.

We prepped our wood in the following manner.  Our 12 x 12 's were Pine and we pre-conditioned  before we stained.  We stained the wood and waited about 30 minutes.  Then I printed out the pictures.

I taped the wax paper with pictures face down on the wood and began rubbing with a stiff card (I took off the regular printer paper prior to taping the wax paper to the wood).  

I used these two pictures but changed them to black and white to print

I'm not going to say this worked because it came out very light, too light.  You can see in the images below how much ink stayed on the wax paper.  I decided to give it another try and printed it out on the wax paper and choose the "print on glossy paper" option which lays down quite a bit of ink. This did not work well either.  I then transferred it to  an unstained piece of wood to see if the stain was repelling the ink.  This worked the same as the others.  What is interesting is that the pictures of the wood transfers are showing up much better photographed then what they really look.  Light bendingly strange.
This is the untreated, unsanded wood.
This is the preconditioned and stained wood
Comparison of the two
You can go ahead and give this a try if you like but I was completely disappointed in how it turned out.  If you have a trick, I would love to hear it.  Otherwise, thumbs down for me.

You can actually see how we did it on the included video.  If you like the video, please go to YouTube and give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel so that you can see other "cool" things that I will be doing. Hows that for  shameless plug number two.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please let me know!!

Thanks and remember, enjoy life.

It's the one you have.