Make/Hack/Play: Week 1

I’ve enrolled in the P2PU Make/Hack/Play Together course, offered by the talented Karen Fasimpaur (she hand-built her own off-the-grid house in the Arizona desert!). Our task this week was to make something in the real world. Of the many suggestions on offer, one seemed particularly appealing to me: a toy hack. I especially liked the idea of creating a visual pun.

I had already been thinking about using a set of darts as the centerpiece of whatever my make would be for the week, and so I did a sort of mashup of the toy hack and my darts (which, as any respectable darts manufacturer will tell you, are NOT toys!). Here’s what I started with:

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This is a set of replica darts that are nearly impossible to throw well, but they’re pretty cool looking.

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Here’s the first make. Supplies: old legos, index cards, and sharpies. Can you guess the pun I was going for?

 

photo-3 My second make. Supplies: sculpey. I’m no sculptor, but I hope you can get at what I was thinking.
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Third make. I don’t know why this image won’t rotate for me. Tried editing it on my computer, on my phone, and in WordPress. I’m flummoxed. Supplies: index cards and sharpies. Probably a tough one unless you play video games. 🙂 Oh, ignore the tardis as it has no relation to the make (it’s just the USB hub that sits on my desk at home).
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And here they are all together.

This project reminded me of how much fun it is to make things with my hands and to take a shot at simply being creative. I enjoyed spending a couple hours on a Saturday making these little projects.

Oh, and if you’re looking for answers: Make 1: Dodge Dart. Make 2: Dart Frog. Make 3: Dart Feld (from Legend of Dragoon).

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  • dogtrax

    That green dart racer frog dude is just … friggin’ cool. And scary.

  • karen

    Love it! Thanks for sharing. I need to get some Sculpey. (Wow! Lots of choices…what should I start with?)

    • pkittle

      I usually have some Super Sculpey on hand (just comes in beige), otherwise I just choose the colors I like from the Sculpey III line. Cool stuff!