Category Archives: Craft

Posts by kirstin hensley

Epilog Laser Cutter/Engraver Checkout - classes

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This class will introduce you to the Epilog 50watt Laser Cutter/Engraver. Learn how to cut and engrave lots of different materials such as paper, fabric, plastics, wood and more! The Epilog Laser can handle many different file formats such as … Continue reading

Amaya Embroidery Machine - tools

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Manufacturer: Melco Model: Bravo Description: The Amaya Bravo 16-needle embroidery machine creates colorful designs on shirts, hats, pockets, and other cloth goods at up to 1,000 stitches per minute.  A range of hoops accommodates small designs up to 14″ x … Continue reading

Epilog 50W Lasers - tools

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Manufacturer: Epilog Model: Helix 50 Watt Description: Laser engravers are extremely versatile, powerful, and easy to use.  They are among the most popular tools at Maker Works. These CO2 lasers are capable of cutting, engraving, and marking a wide range … Continue reading

Amaya™ CNC Embroidery Machine Checkout - classes

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This class will introduce you to the Amaya Bravo 16-Thread CNC Embroidery Machine and the Design Shop software that lets you create digitalized embroidery files from an image file. This machine is great for monogramming shirts or towels, decorating bags … Continue reading

Bernina Activa Sewing Machine - tools

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Manufacturer:  Bernina Model: 230 PE Description Whether you want to make quilts, garments, crafts or decorations for your home, Activa machines are packed with power, features and fun. The Activa 230PE offers a precise CB Hook, which ensures perfect stitches … Continue reading

Bernina Bernette Sewing Machine - tools

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Manufacturer: Bernina Model: 66 Description: Ease of operation, automatic one-step buttonhole, 7mm-wide decorative stitches and simple threading allow you to accomplish all sewing tasks easily and confidently. The base plate guarantees smooth and quiet running and absolute stability. The bernette … Continue reading

Brother Innov-is Sewing Machine - tools

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Manufacturer: Brother Model: Innov-is 40 Description: Whether you’re new to fashion sewing or a skilled veteran of the fitting room, you’ll love the creative potential the Innov-ís 40 brings to your design table. Beginners will appreciate the free-motion stitching and … Continue reading

HP 42″ 800PS Wide-Format Printer - tools

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Manufacturer: HP Model: 800PS Description: High-quality, large-format color printing for technical and business customers who need illustrations, schematics, drawings, plans, or presentations. The 800PS produces expert lines and images with fast, reliable performance. Specifications: Printing width 42″ Printing length 150 … Continue reading

Juki 5-Thread Serger - tools

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Manufacturer: Juki Model: MO-655 Description: Create the latest fashions or decorative home items and crafts with the MO-655 five-thread machine. The unit offers differential feed and built-in rolled hemming and performs all the popular overlock and flatlock variations. The MO-655 … Continue reading

Roland 24″ Vinyl Cutter - tools

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Manufacturer: Roland Model: GX-24 Description: In addition to Roland’s legendary reliability, the CAMM-1 Servo GX-24 desktop vinyl cutter offers enhanced productivity and quality. Powered by a digital servomotor, it achieves cutting speeds up to 20 inches per second and maximum … Continue reading

32″ Acrylic Strip Heater - tools

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Manufacturer: Quincy Lab Model: 23-150 Description: Strip heaters allow acrylic sheet to be bent.  This strip heater has a 33″ long working area and a 375-degree “black heat” heater.

Emco 8″ x 10″ Vacuum Former - tools

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Manufacturer: Emco Model: 1012-VP Description: This small vacuum former allows forming of a variety of plastic sheet (including high-impact polystyrene and ABS). Area within frame:  8.5″ x 10.5″ Raw material size:  10″ x 12″

18″ x 24″ Vacuum Former - tools

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Manufacturer: LB Enterprises Model: Simplicity TM1824 Description: This 18″ x 24″ vacuum former allows forming of a variety of plastic sheet (including high-impact polystyrene and ABS).  

Replicator 2X 3D Printer Checkout - classes

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This class will introduce you to the MakerBot 3D Printer. This machine is great for making 3D models of prototypes and fun and useful objects found on websites like www.instructables.com/ and www.thingiverse.com. The MakerBot 3-D printer extrudes hot ABS plastic … Continue reading

MakerBot Replicator 2X 3D Printer - tools

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Manufacturer:  MakerBot Industries Model:  Replicator 2X Description:  The Makerbot Replicator 2X is a 3D printer that creates objects using extruded plastic–the so-called fused filament fabrication (FFF) method.  Plastic filament, about 1/16” in diameter, is pushed into a heated chamber and … Continue reading

Calling All Creators of the Cool, the Unusual, the Whimsical - post

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Maker Works is excited to announce the 2014 Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire! Saturday, May 10th 10a-5p Morris Lawrence Building Washtenaw Community College Maker Works members create incredible things, and the Faire is the place to share those creations with … Continue reading

Beth Johnson Origami - post

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It all started with an owl. Well, a niece who loved owls. And for this niece’s birthday, Beth Johnson thought she would try and fold one out of paper. That was the first time she ever used a crease pattern, … Continue reading

Where Woodworking Meets Fiber Arts - post

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Al McWaters worked with the salvaged crabapple and walnut wood, and Aviva Kleinbaum sheared, dyed, and felted the wool. What they created is a one-of-a-kind bench that will astound you.    

Open House: Success! - post

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Saturday, June 28 was filled with fun and creativity. New folks enjoyed the tours and tool demos, experienced members enjoyed seeing and displaying original creations, and everyone enjoyed good food and good music.      

Spooky & Special Halloween Classes - post

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Keep a lookout for these crafty classes coming up in October at Maker Works, where you’ll get to make and take home your own original creations. Mini Top Hats: Make your own unique mini top hat out of felt and … Continue reading

Member Feature: Quentin and Daniel’s Hex Chests - post

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Maker Works members Quentin and Daniel began making 3-inch hexagonal boxes as gifts for friends, and after their projects were shared online to an overwhelmingly positive response, the two decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a … Continue reading

Wonderful, Whimsical Mini Top Hats - post

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We had a whimsical and wonderful time at our Mini Top Hat Make-N-Take class last week! All materials were provided, and students got to create their own original top hats with one-on-one instructor attention. The next (and final) mini top … Continue reading

Member Feature: Crafting a Wedding - post

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Anyone who’s planned a wedding knows just how much work it takes. First there’s the invitations, and then come the decorations for the ceremony, and the reception, and the tables and cake, too. Not to mention the seemingly millions of … Continue reading

Amazing Halloween Creations - post

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  Many Maker Works members created totally original costumes in the shop, which were inspired by characters from like Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland, and The Addams Family. With a little elbow grease and creativity, these makers took Halloween to a … Continue reading

First Annual “Nightmare Before Christmas” Costume Potluck Extravaganza - post

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Saturday, December 6 | 6-11p; Kids welcome til 9pMaker Works members, staff, and their families are invited to the first-ever Nightmare Before Christmas Costume Potluck Extravaganza. Don a costume and enjoy games, music, food, and laser fun. There will be prizes … Continue reading

Reminder: Costume Potluck Extravaganza this Saturday! - post

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We hope to see you at this party for Maker Works members, families, and staff!   You’re invited! Saturday, December 6 | 6-11pm; Kids Welcome until 9 at Maker Works Maker Works members, staff, and their families are invited to … Continue reading

Custom Gifts with the Epilog Laser - post

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The Epilog Laser is an excellent tool for making all sorts of gifts. You can use it to create a card by etching custom designs into paper. You can make a memorable gift by laser-engraving drinking glasses, water bottles, or … Continue reading

Snapshot: What’s Coming Up at Maker Works - post

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January Monday, 1/5: Intro to Raspberry Pi Thursday, 1/8: Corel Draw for the Laser Tuesday, 1/13: GO-Tech (Monthly Community Meeting, 7pm) Friday, 1/16: Fix-It Friday (Third Friday of each month, 4-6pm) Saturday, 1/17: Intro to Arduino Monday, 1/19: SheetCam Saturday, … Continue reading

Laser Cutting Fabric for Fabulous Designs - post

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You may have known you could use the Epilog laser cutter to make custom stamps, greeting cards, and drinking glasses, but did you know you can use it for cutting intricate designs into fabric, too? Maker Works staff member Je’Tone … Continue reading

The Great Maker Race – A Nerdy Derby-Style Event - post

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Saturday, 2/7: 10a-12p at Maker Works You’re invited to participate in a Nerdy Derby-style race as part of a collaboration between The U School and Maker Works. Starting at 10am on Saturday, February 7th, kids ranging in ages from kindergarten through third grade, along … Continue reading

Mid-Winter Break Science & Technology Camp, Powered by BrainMonkeys - post

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Robots, Legos, electronics and more! This camp offers participants a taste of everything that Brain Monkeys has to offer.  During this week-long session, students will build and battle sumo robots, learn basic electronics using conductive ink and LEDs, and even … Continue reading

Friday, April 17: Fix-It Friday AND Pop-In Event with A2 Art Center - post

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On Friday, April 17th we will be doing something very special indeed. We will be in two different places in the same evening! That’s right, this Friday we will be hosting Fix-It Friday from 4-6pm at our shop, and we … Continue reading

The Great Maker Race at our upcoming Open House! - post

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We are ecstatic for the Great Maker Race coming up at our Open House on May 9th. Young makers will get to create a miniature car from start to finish. They’ll draw the shape they want the car to be, … Continue reading

October Make ‘N Take Class: Tiny Top Hats! - post

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Make your own unique mini top hat out of felt and decorate it with ribbon, feathers, and other materials and take it home with you! All materials are provided, and you’ll get one-on-one instructor attention. We’re offering the Tiny Top Hat Make ‘N … Continue reading

Seasonal Make-N-Takes: Drop-In Ornament Making! - post

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Stop by the shop on any of the first three Saturdays in December and make your own beautiful, unique ornament from one of our custom kits. Staff members Al, Je’Tone, and Beth have created designs and cut them out of … Continue reading

Drop-In Ornament Making: Meet the Kits! - post

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Stop by the shop on any of the first three Saturdays in December and make your own beautiful, unique ornament from one of our custom kits. Staff members Al, Je’Tone, and Beth have created designs and cut them out of … Continue reading

Sense Handheld 3D Scanner - tools

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The Sense 3D handheld scanner captures 3D objects from about 8″ x 8″ x 8″ up to 10′ x 10′ x 10′ in volume, with a claimed resolution of  1mm. It is handheld, and carefully swept around the object (or … Continue reading

Consew Industrial Sewing Machine - classes

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  This class will introduce you to the Consew 206RB-1 Industrial Sewing Machine.  This machine is capable of sewing very heavy fabrics and other materials.  You will learn the basic operation with an emphasis on safety. With the successful completion … Continue reading

Consew Industrial Sewing Machine - tools

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The Consew 206RB-1 is a single-needle walking foot industrial sewing machine.  Capable of sewing very thick fabric and other materials, we have replaced the clutch motor with a new servo motor for easier control and added a spindle encoder for … Continue reading

Intro to CNC - classes

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How do you use computer-controlled (“CNC”) tools?  It may look like magic when the ShopBot, plasma cutter, Tormach, or other machine accurately cuts an intricate shape, but in fact we have some powerful software tools that  let even beginners create … Continue reading

Assemblage Workshop – Hosted by AAWA - post

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Choosing from an assortment of wooden boxes the instructor provides, create an assemblage piece using a variety of techniques including collage, painting, and construction methods. Several digital file options of shapes (geometric) and objects (tree branches, animals, etc.) will be available … Continue reading

NEW Class! Sewing 2: Zippered bags - post

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In this 2-hour class, students will learn to install a zipper, use a zipper foot, and attach straps to a customizable canvas tote bag. All materials included! If you want to bring your own machine, please let us know. Ages … Continue reading

Save the Date! Summer Camps at Maker Works: July 18 – 22, 2016 - post

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We’ve been working hard to put together a group of fun, innovative summer camps that we just know you and your camper are going to love. Each session is a half-day (three-hour) workshop that will be held in either the … Continue reading

Join us for Summer Camps at Maker Works! July 18 – 22, 2016 - post

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Check out our fun, innovative summer camps that we just know you and your camper will love. Each session is a half-day (three-hour) workshop that will be held in either the morning or afternoon. And, you can mix and match as many … Continue reading

See a Felt Plush Monster Come to Life Right Before Your Eyes - post

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Will we see you at our Felt Plush Monster kids’ workshop on July 21? You’ll get to use laser-cut felt parts, hand stitching, and machine sewing to create your own terrific tiny creature. At the end of this workshop, you’ll … Continue reading

Beginning 3D CAD with Fusion 360 - classes

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AutoDesk’s Fusion 360 is a professional 3D parametric CAD program that can produce 3D models for machining, visualization, and 3D printing.  In this class we’ll cover the basics of creating a 3D part using the common sketch-extrude-modify method. By the … Continue reading

Shocking redo of Electronics Lab! Jewelry Studio & Summer Camps coming soon! - post

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Thank you! Your thoughtful responses to last month’s survey on what you love about our shop (friendly members and staff! tools!) and how we can make it better are very helpful. Some of your suggestions have already been implemented and we’re … Continue reading

Intro to Sewing Machine Basics Skill Development - classes

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In this class you will learn basic sewing machine operations: identifying sewing machine components & their functions, threading the machine, winding & loading the bobbin, changing the needle, and adjusting thread tension. You’ll also practice the fundamental stitches. 2 hours … Continue reading

Sewing 2 Skill Development – Zippered Canvas Tote Bag - classes

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In this class, you will learn all about zippers, and one of the ways they can be added to a sewing project. You will build on the sewing lessons you gained in the Intro to Sewing: Machine Basics, learn about … Continue reading