Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Make An Animated Tentacle, Tail, or Robot Arm at HammerSpace!



RUN, DO NOT WALK to sign up for the THREE PART Animated Tentacle Prop Class Series taking place at HammerSpace throughout October! Call (913) 686-6562 or email your request to hammerspacehobby @ gmail to receive confirmation. RSVP required!

Tentacle Prop, Part 1 (Skeletons and Skin)
Saturday, October 4th, 12:00pm – 3:30pm

Part one of our seasonal prop building class: Make your very own controllable tentacle (as seen at our Maker Faire KC table) while you learn the basics of animated skeletal structures. Use PVC pipe and pop rivets to make your next Halloween or horror movie extra scary. Use the same technique to make better robotic hands and grippers, or an animated tail for your next costume. Learn how to use a band saw to mass produce your parts, and a pop rivet gun to assemble your creation. This is a great class for fans of cosplay! For Ages 8-108 years old (please make sure your child is accompanied by an adult) Cost: $30/non-members $25/members (to be paid at time of class)

Tentacle Prop, Part 2 (Servo Controller)
Saturday, October 11, 12:00pm – 3:30pm

Part two of our seasonal prop building class: In part two we explore servos and servo controllers. The servo replaces the puppeteer with electronics that can be controlled from afar or by a program. We will use a Trinket microcontroller board to create a servo controller to control a servo attached to your tentacle prop from the previous week. This will allow you to animate your prop by wire with a control knob. This technique can be used in almost every practical special effect to provide highly controllable animation. For Ages 8-108 years old (please make sure your child is accompanied by an adult) Cost: $30/non-members $25/members (to be paid at time of class) Larger servos are available for heavy props, but are not included in the basic price.

Tentacle Prop, Part 3 (Putting It All Together- Aesthetics, Painting, and Presentation)
Saturday, October 18, 12:00pm – 3:30pm

Part three of our seasonal prop building class: Aesthetics, painting, and presentation. Make an enclosure for your prop to really sell it's realism. In this class we will make a crate with bars to hide the mechanisms that operate your prop. We will also pull out the airbrushes and paint and teach you to decorate your prop. We will cover painting techniques like dry brushing, inking and airbrushing. You will be using woodworking tools and air nailers to build durable set pieces. For ages 8-108 years old. Cost: $30/non-member, $25/member (to be paid at time of class).

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Halloween Is The New Theme At HammerSpace

 
We have just added several new classes to the online HammerSpace calendar to help put you in the mood to start on those custom Halloween costumes and decorations, while learning a variety of useful techniques in molding, casting, air brushing, animatronics, and more! These classes are all open to BOTH members AND non-members of Hammerspace. However, you MUST RSVP if you wish to attend any of these classes by calling (913) 686-6562 or email hammerspacehobby@gmail.com for confirmation.
Here are some of the classes and events we have coming up so far:


MONSTER JAM (Every Tuesday night in Sept & Oct, 6-8pm)
Cost: $10 for participating members of HammerSpace, $20/ for non-members
Each week we will be demonstrating new special effects techniques as we build zombies, monsters and props while you learn and work on your own creations.
Bring in your current costume/prop related project, and work on it while socializing with other like-minded members of HammerSpace. Multi-talented instructors, air brushing equipment, and other random, useful materials will be available throughout the event. We will try to have a theme or group learning experience for each Monster Jam event.

TOMBSTONES! Make Your Own Graveyard (Sat., Sept. 20th at Noon)
Cost: $25 Member cost, $30 Non-member cost
Use the laser cutter and the hot wire foam cutter to make your own grim and scary tombstones, or hilarious jokes about the recently departed. We will guide you through the use of hot carving tools, templates and stencils to make your own creative tombstone(s). Then we will teach you to use airbrushes and sprayers to paint your creations so that they look amazingly real! Additional tombstone blanks and parts will be available!

SoftLife Spooky Toy Workshop (Sat. Sept 20th, 5pm-6:30pm)
Cost: $30/person (all materials included) For ages: 14-114 years old
Come make a spooky plush toy for Halloween! Students will choose from a variety of materials to create plush creepy critters. Hand sewing techniques will be taught and all skill levels are welcome the only requirement to take this class is that you need to know how to use a sewing machine.

TENTACLE BUILD: Skeletons & Skin (Sat. Oct 4th, Noon-3:30pm)
*Part one of our seasonal prop building class (see the calendar for additional classes) For Ages 8-108 years old (please make sure your child is accompanied by an adult) Cost: $30/non-members $25/members (to be paid at time of class)
Make your very own controllable tentacle (as seen at our Maker Faire table)while you learn the basics of animated skeletal structures. Use PVC pipe and pop rivets to make your next Halloween or horror movie extra scary. use the same technique to make better robotic hands and grippers, or an animated tail for your next costume. Learn how to use a band saw to mass produce your parts, and a pop rivet gun to assemble your creation. This is a great class for fans of cosplay!


For additional class listings and events coming up at HammerSpace, visit the Online Class Calendar page of our website: www.hammerspacehobby.com and click on the listing for all the details. Hope to see you at HammerSpace!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Welding For EVERYONE! Wednesday, Sept. 3rd, 6pm




Our next 'WELDING FOR EVERYONE!' class will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 3rd, 6pm-8pm. In this month's class, the instructor will cover basic welding techniques. A variety of useful welding methods will be demonstrated and then repeated by the students. Open to beginners as well as those who have prior experience. Please bring a long sleeved, preferably denim shirt with you to protect your arms.

Price: $45/non-member, $40/member
For ages: 18-118 (All materials included)

RSVP Required. Seating is limited. Reserve your seat by calling (913) 686-6562 or email hammerspacehobby @ gmail for confirmation.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Fundraising Parking Lot Sale At HammerSpace This Saturday!


The HammerSpace parking lot may be full of cars now,
but this Saturday it will be filled with a large variety of items for sale!

This Saturday, August 23rd, 9am-4pm:
Come by and support your local community makerspace by buying some stuff to help raise money for HammerSpace workshop improvements!
 
ITEMS FOR SALE INCLUDE:
Tools
Electronics
Craft-Related Items
Household Items
Furniture
Clothing (Kids, Womens, and Mens)
Toys
Books
Music-Related Items
And Much MORE!


We are accepting item donations for this sale, but keep in mind that all proceeds will go towards improvements at HammerSpace. Bring in your reasonable item donations during Open House this Thursday (6-9pm) or anytime during the day on Friday. Hope you can stop by! Questions?: call (913) 686-6562


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Vinyl Cutting Class at HammerSpace, Aug. 23rd at 1pm


Wanna learn how to use a large vinyl cutter to make your own custom decals, promotional sign, or political satire sign like the ones displayed in the HammerSpace front lawn? Here's your chance!

Learn how to design your ideas, set up and use the HammerSpace large vinyl cutter, and apply your art to a sign, poster, etc, all while making a custom piece of your very own to take home and display. This class (like all of our classes) is open to BOTH members and non-members, so tell  your friends!

Date/Time: Saturday, August 23rd, 1pm-2:30pm
For ages: 16-116 years old
Cost: $25/person (To be paid on arrival. All materials included)

RSVP REQUIRED! To sign up for this class, call (913) 686-6562 or email hammerspacehobby @ gmail to get confirmation. Sign up soon! This class is expected to fill up fast!



Monday, July 21, 2014

New Jewelry Classes at HammerSpace

We just added even MORE jewelry-related metal working classes to the HammerSpace class calendar!
Sign up for any of these classes while you still can by calling (913) 686-6562 or email your sign up request to hammerspacehobby @ gmail to receive confirmation. Here's what's coming up...

Tuesday, July 22nd, 6 :30pm:
Metal Stamping & Textured Pendants
This class will teach you about basic hand tools, their usage and safety, and jewelry making techniques in order to create your very own individualized pendants for yourself or for great gifts to friends and family! You will learn: letter stamping, decorative wire stamping, hammer texturing, drilling holes and basic finishing techniques (filing, sanding and polishing). During the class, you will have time to practice and make 2 pendants.
Ages: 10 & up
Cost: $30 per person
(includes practice metal & 2 blank metal charms (in Sterling Silver, Copper and/or Brass).
Instructor: Sydney Pener (a local metalsmith artist and professor)
Optional - Additional metal blank charms and chains are available for purchase from instructor ranging from $5 to $15 each.

Saturday, August 9th, noon-2pm:
Silversmithing For Beginners: Make a Silver Ring
This is one of our most popular classes, and is a wonderful introduction to silversmithing and jewelry-making! Learn to form & solder silver into a simple band ring using jewelers tools and torches. Learn how to size a ring and how to finish and polish silver. This class is designed to be an introduction to silversmithing. Everyone in the class will make a silver ring in a single sitting, and will learn the basics of soldering with a torch.
For Ages: 12-112 years old
Cost: $25/person
(Larger silver stock will be available for purchase if you wish to make a heavier ring)

Sunday, August 10th, 1pm-2:30pm
Metal Stamping & Textured Pendants
This class will teach you about basic hand tools, their usage and safety, and jewelry making techniques in order to create your very own individualized pendants for yourself or for great gifts to friends and family! You will learn: letter stamping, decorative wire stamping, hammer texturing, drilling holes and basic finishing techniques (filing, sanding and polishing). During the class, you will have time to practice and make 2 pendants.
Ages: 10 & up
Cost: $30 per person
(includes practice metal & 2 blank metal charms (in Sterling Silver, Copper and/or Brass).
Instructor: Sydney Pener (a local metalsmith artist and professor)
Optional - Additional metal blank charms and chains are available for purchase from instructor ranging from $5 to $15 each.

Sunday, August 10th, 3pm-4:30pm
Metal Stamping & Textured Pendants
This class will teach you about basic hand tools, their usage and safety, and jewelry making techniques in order to create your very own individualized pendants for yourself or for great gifts to friends and family! You will learn: letter stamping, decorative wire stamping, hammer texturing, drilling holes and basic finishing techniques (filing, sanding and polishing). During the class, you will have time to practice and make 2 pendants.
Ages: 10 & up
Cost: $30 per person
(includes practice metal & 2 blank metal charms (in Sterling Silver, Copper and/or Brass).
Instructor: Sydney Pener (a local metalsmith artist and professor)
Optional - Additional metal blank charms and chains are available for purchase from instructor ranging from $5 to $15 each.