Upcoming Class: Making a Wetmolded Leather Mask: Feb 3, 2018 12-4pm

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In preparation for Mardi Gras or any other event that deserves a mask, we will go over the basics of wetmolding to take a flat piece of leather and turn it into a 3 dimensional leather mask. This is an introduction to a technique of shaping leather to create a hardened shape that is used for not only masks, but cases, holsters, bags, and anything else that should maintain its shape.

We will have a few basic templates to base your design from and then form it to perfectly fit your face. Then you can go crazy dying, painting, bedazzling, and adorning your mask to suit how feel.

No previous experience with leather is needed as we will go over all the cutting and forming.

The $10 fee for the class covers everything to make the mask; leather, ribbon, dye or paint. If you want to be extra creative and add rhinestones or a life size pheasant to yours you'll need to supply the rhinestones and/or life size pheasant.

Jan 6, 2018 - Saturday Cleanup, Potluck, and Game Night All rolled into one!

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Not this coming Saturday, but the sixth of January, we'll have a Clean-up in the afternoon - let's say at 2 - and then that evening, we'll do a potluck and game night. This'll give members who can't show up on Tuesday nights a chance to attend a potluck.

The theme for the potluck will be "Foods with Vowels in their Names". Greg is bringing Skyline Chili Dip, which qualifies with several vowels. He might also bring a pistachio cake.
The theme for the clean-up will be organization. Try and get stuff in its proper place, creating one if one doesn't exist.
The theme for game night will be decided later. Bring any game you want. Even two- or three-person games are fine. Don't bring Monopoly. Monopoly destroys friendships.

Non-members lurking on here? Show up for the game night/potluck. Meet Hive people.

Tuesday, November 14, 7:30pm - Rave Cravings at the Hive!

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No, the Hive is not (yet?) putting on a Rave. Rather, our semi-regular 2nd-Tuesday-of-the-Month guest speaker for November will be Caine Barber, founder of Rave Cravings.

We first met Caine in his company's booth at the Cincinnati Mini-Maker Faire, where he was showing off innovative applications for addressable LEDs; from wearables to home decor. Caine has an Undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Wright State. He is currently working on a Master's Degree in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In his own words, "I was inspired to start working with LEDs when I went to my first music festival. The amount of creativity that could be involved in this type of work really excited me. Because Computer Science is really an art, it was easy for me to express my own art and creativity into these LEDs using my own programming styles." You gotta like that!

Come to hear his inspiring talk about chasing a dream and founding a company to pursue a passion. You might even learn something about the latest in bling tech for your next Rave.

Members, guests, first-time-walk-ins, and all those interested to learn more are welcome to come Tuesday, November14, to hear his talk at our 7:30pm business meeting, Find Us.

We Survived Books by the Banks 2017

By Brad Walsh on

Thanks to Mike, Tim and Nancy for helping with the learn to solder table at the 2017 Books by the Banks event.
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I think we did over 200 boards! I don't think we made any children cry this time. :)

Vacuum Former is Alive!

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Just in time for Halloween, the vacuum former created its first parts today for member Bill.

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Bill was making a case for an old TI computer. It turned out awesome and Bill showed us some of the tricks for making a good vacuum formed part.

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