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How to Reset Your WeMo, LIFX, Philips, Osram/Lightify Light Bulbs

By Erin L / March 3, 2017 / 3 Comments

I ran into a wee problem with one of my WeMo LED smart light bulbs.  It was easily cleared up with a reset, but it took me some surfing to find out how to do it. That got me thinking, you might someday need to know how to do this yourself, and possibly for other…

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They may look crazy, but Nanoleaf makes the world’s most energy efficient light bulbs

By Erin L / September 1, 2015 / 31 Comments

Every so often you come across a cool tech device that blows your mind, and makes you rethink what you thought about a gadget. In this case, it’s an everyday object that’s been re-imagined: the light bulb. Since Edison’s day, light bulbs have been largely the same shape and structure: glass chambers with tiny wire…

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Cool New Camping Gear!

By Erin L / July 4, 2015 / Comments Off on Cool New Camping Gear!

You can usually find me testing out the latest gadgets and high tech gear.  But this time, some of the new gear I got that I’m most excited about isn’t as high-tech as I’m used to.  I love it nonetheless and want to share. First up, this awesome Stanley French Press Coffee Kit I got…

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It’s DONE! Making My Brother’s Wedding Rings 6: The Finishing

By Erin L / July 4, 2013 / 4 Comments

This is where the rubber meets the road in the jewelry-making process. Finishing can make or break a piece. With casting, if care is taken with the wax (ie. making sure the wax if very smooth, free of nicks and scratches, and nice and even) then your finished piece will be that much easier to…

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Making My Brother’s Wedding Rings 5: Casting Part 2

By Erin L / July 3, 2013 / Comments Off on Making My Brother’s Wedding Rings 5: Casting Part 2

So last night we made the moulds (see Part one of the casting blog for that).   Tonight we’re liquefying gold and turning it into rings. If we’ve done a good job at the spruing, investment, and kiln drying; this is the fun and easy part. First steps; prep the equipment. We’re using a centrifugal…

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Making My Brother’s Wedding Rings 4: Casting Part 1

By Erin L / July 1, 2013 / Comments Off on Making My Brother’s Wedding Rings 4: Casting Part 1

Now the action begins. Casting is a 2-day process and it starts with prepping the wax rings by attaching sprues; essentially little hoses, which will attach to a wee wax funnel where the molten metal will flow in. The sprues are attached using a drop of hot wax. Once that’s done, they’re fitted into the…

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