Do you have plans this weekend? If you want a fun, family friendly event to go to, check out the Austin Maker Faire this weekend. Get your tickets here! It’s all day on Saturday and Sunday, and on Sunday there will be free chair massages for moms!
I’ll have my Make Your Own Soap and Make Your Own Nail Polish stations there! I’m the red X on the map below! You’ll be able to make custom soaps and nail polishes right on the spot.
This weekend I’m headed to the Bay Area Maker Faire with my Make Your Own Soap Booth starting on Friday, where you can create a custom bar of soap right on the spot!
Here’s a quick glance at how my booth has changed over the years since my very first one in 2007. I used to take a microwave with me. I also had to cube ALL the soap base (from a massive 24 lb soap block) we were using that day. That’s what all those lined up cups are full of in the picture from 2008. Now I bring a soap melter with me in a trunk that my friend Kai told me about. I still use the same two trunks to cart my supplies that I bought way back then! I’ve streamlined the process, and the booth has gotten much neater (and brighter!) than it was way back when.
Make Your Own Soap Booth at Bay Area Maker Faire 2014
Make Your Own Soap Booth at Bay Area Maker Faire 2008
Make Your Own Soap Booth 2007 (my very first one!)
My Austin team will be in full force at the Austin Mini Maker Faire helping you create your custom bars of soap on the spot, too, so don’t worry, you won’t miss out on any soapmaking fun!
If you’re not in the Bay Area or Austin, check out the Maker Faire Map for a Maker Faire near you, or start one if there’s not one in your city!
Houston! I can’t wait to be back to make soap and nail polish with you guys next weekend at the Houston Mini Maker Faire.
Mike Hinkle wrote a great list of reasons to go to this year’s Maker Faire (you know, other than to make soap and nail polish), so I’ll share them here:
Let’s get right to the point: we were all born to be learners and creators, but sometimes this gets lost in the rush and distractions of modern life. If you want to get back in touch with your inner passion to learn / create / design / build / make, Maker Faire is the place for you! Here you can see real projects, real experiences and activities, made by real people who might even live on your street. While there are some cool things to purchase if you want, Maker Faire is outstandingly about learning and doing. If you’ve never been to a Maker Faire before, you’ve never seen anything like this! Simply put, this will be the most informative and inspirational event of the year in Houston.
Key signs you’re ready for Maker Faire:
You’ve heard about cool things Makers are doing and want to learn how to do it yourself
Your attention span is longer than 6 seconds or 140 characters
You’re sure there’s more to life than what you can see on a screen
You’ve heard about some amazing new tech thing and you want to see it for real
You’re a student and you want to actually use, apply and experience things you’ve learned in the classroom
You fear going to exhibitions and shows because you don’t want to be chased by people trying to sell you things
Click here for a full list of exhibits, activities and events at the Houston Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Stafford Centre.
The Houston Mini Maker Faire invited me to join them at their exhibit space they had at Comicpalooza (The Texas International Comic Con). I had never been to or exhibited at a Con before, but I signed up anyway to see what Houston had in store for us! The con attendees were enthusiastic about making, so I’m so glad we went! We had a chance to tell all the people who stopped by our booth about the upcoming Houston Mini Maker Fairethat will happen on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Stafford Centre. They are still looking for exhibits, so sign up to bring your project to the faire!
P.J. in front of a replica of the car from Supernatural.
Soap and nail polish we made at Comicpalooza:
….and last but not least, my awesome booth helpers Jacob, P.J. & Eva! I used to work with Jacob & Eva way back when at The Methodist Hospital, so it was good to get to see them for a bit during the 4-day con! P.J. ran the soap side of my booth while I taught people how to mix up their own custom polishes.
I had a blast at this year’s Maker Faire as usual! We got in early on Friday and set up the booth. After setup, Maker Faire Bay Area hosts a happy hour/dinner for all the makers so we can mingle and get to know each other. Gerard’s Paella was there with their delicious paellea:
Maker Faire had a photo booth set up this year with the robot:
We got there early this year, so we got to walk around and see a few of the exhibits in between setting up and dinner:
Here are some of the soaps we made together:
Samantha was just one of my many awesome booth assistants!
Did you make soap with me and forget to pick it up? It’s lost and found time! If this is your soap, email me at email@example.com and I’ll ship it to you from Austin! I’ll hang on to them for one month.
Until the next one! I’m planning on heading to Kansas City at the end of June and Detroit for their Maker Faires with my Make Your Own Soap booth.
I can’t wait to travel to the Bay Area for this year’s Maker Faire! This year there will be 900+ exhibits ranging from Technology, Science, Craft, Fashion, Art, Food & much more! What exhibits are you excited about seeing? (other than mine, of course!)
Guess what guys! I’m headed to the Tyler Mini Maker Faire this weekend along with 40 + makers at the Discovery Science Place in Tyler, TX.
Maker Faire staples like Eepy Bird will be there with their Diet Coke and Mentos experiment/entertainment. They are one of my favorite things to see at Maker Faire.
Here are some of the other makers that will be in attenance: Red Raider Robotics, VEX Robotics Competition, Dallas Personal Robotics Group, Printer Robot Simple: Extreme Edition, VEX Robotics Competition, UT Tyler Ingenuity Center, North Texas Drone Users Group, TJC Physics, Auto-Fetch, About the Tree Series, RC Legos, 3D printed R/C Tachikoma, Moore Robotics Club, Marty, UT Tyler American Chemical Society, LeTourneau University Engineering, East Texas Gem & Mineral Society, smART Projects, Pagermotors.com, Whitehouse ISD, CNC/3D printer, Squishy Circuits, Percy Wang, Jonathan Kavanaugh, Robert Baker, Austin Tie Die Co & Poly Printers.
Thank you New York! We made over 400 soaps together! It was great meeting new faces and to see returning faces! One mom told me her child was so excited to make soap again that he wouldn’t stop talking about it from the car ride all the way to my booth! I can’t wait to do it all over again next year! Oh & at the end of the day Jen from NYSCI brought me an Educator’s Choice Award! Squee!!
I’m back home in Austin, TX preparing for my upcoming bath & body classes at the Austin Tinkering School. My next class is on Sunday & I’ll be teaching people how to make their own custom nail polish! If there’s something you’re interested in learning that’s not on the schedule, comment here and let me know! If you’re shy, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org instead!
Come and create your own nail polishes with over twenty micas & glitters to choose from to combine & make whatever colors you dream of! Make sheer, opaque or glitter-bomb polishes!
Upcoming events where you can make your own polishes are:
June 8th Join us at the Round Rock Mini Maker Faire to create a custom bar of soap you can take home with you! You choose the color, fragrance & toy that goes into the soap. It’s a fast, fun & easy skill-level project!
June 20 7pm Etsy Craft Party at The Burlap Bag. Learn to knit or make your own nail polish & other fun crafts!
At the Houston Maker Faire, I had the pleasure of meeting Jared from Fine Clonier who owns a dental vacuum former! He would carve or cast the object he wanted to make a mold out of, in this case JarJar Binks in carbonite and then vacuum form a mold over the object.
He used a porus material to carve his form from so it could release from the plastic, heated up the plastic with the vacuum-former and the vacuum sucked the plastic over the form. When he knocked out the form, he was left with a mold!
Here’s a link to his vacuum forming video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYvISnb5rws&feature=youtube_gdata_player
I happened to have a booth across from his, so he sent someone over to see if the mold could be used for soap. The answer was YES! We poured soap into the mold he had just made and viola! Here is the result:
Then Jared came over and made one in green!
…and after he learned that you can cast soap in these molds, he started making molds and his wife poured soap into them! Check out his flickr stream to see what they came up with!
You can find a dental Vacuum-former on ebay for around $400. I think you need an air-compressor to use it as well.
If your city has a TechShop, I think most of them have Vacuum-formers. They are fairly easy to use (you set a sheet of plastic down, the heater heats the plastic and you press a button to start the vacuum, and press another button to release your form.) I’m a member of the TechShop Austin-Round Rock location and we have one! They give tours every day and are open from 9am – Midnight if you want to check them out. They also have lasers, a Maker Bot 3D printer (the Replicator 2), a vinyl cutter & many other fun toys.
Are you making your own soap molds? Do you have tips to add? Happy Making y’all!
…and yes! I will be there with my Make Your Own Soap Booth!
The First Inaugural Houston Mini Maker Faire is being held Saturday, January 19,at the Stafford Centre on 10505 Cash Road. Scheduled from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., admission is $15 for adults ($20 at the door), or $10 ($12 at the door) for children 18 and under. Admission is free for kids two and under.
Who are the Makers? Folks who make stuff! They include inventors, artists, craftspeople, fabricators, artisans and anyone who enjoys hands-on creativity. Makers are tech enthusiasts, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, scientists, students, writers and poets. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The event in Houston promises an eclectic mash-up of techno-scientific artistry, gadget-crafting and hands-on demos and activities.
“We’re expecting more than 75 individuals or groups of Makers this year. They’ll be presenting all sorts of inventions, creations, artwork, and techno-gadgetry,” says Jacob Shiach, organizer of Maker Faire Houston. He encourages visitors to check out the Childrens Museums exhibit, 2000 sq ft of fun for children of all ages.
“This event is a wonderful day out for anyone,” says Shiach. “Even if you’re not a Maker, the sights and sounds, the color, and hands-on activities are fun for kids, parents, and even grandpa and grandma. It truly is a familyfriendly event with something for everyone.” He emphasizes that those who attend are as much a part of the Maker movement as the Makers themselves, “A family that comes to this event takes away the gift of knowledge. It’s a way for them to become inspired,” he says.
Shiach also encourages community leaders, local businesses, and educators to attend. “This is the best chance you will have all year to meet some of the most creative and imaginative people in our community,” he says. “The Faire is as much about meeting Makers as it is about the cool stuff they make. It’s a place to meet crafters, inventors, engineers and artists. And to realize they are folks just like you and me.” Shiach points out that the Makers are a grass-roots movement.
“Makers tend to be completely focused on their craft, so they don’t often self-promote or get the recognition they deserve,” says Shiach. “Yet they really are movers and shakers in our community.
They make things happen when it’s so easy just to watch TV or sit at your computer instead.”
Visitors can purchase tickets online at the Faire’s website or pay at the door. Additional information is available on the Maker Faire Houston website.
The 2013 Houston Mini Maker Faire will be a tipping point in Houston and Texas. Shiach knows that Maker Faires make a difference in people’s lives. “Our visitors leave feeling inspired – that they’re just as capable of creating, expressing and exploring the world around them,” he says. “We’re bringing back to life that spirit of American creativity, ingenuity and inventiveness. The spirit that makes our country great.”
I am SO EXCITED that the Maker Faire is back in Austin this year, this time in Mini form. It will be held at the Pine Street Station (home of the Hope Farmers Market). I will be there with my Make Your Own Soap Booth along with 65 other makers. R2-D2 will be there! How exciting is that?
Here’s a repost of a blog I wrote recently about how Maker Faire changed my life.
Maker Faire is an event that is near & dear to my heart. I have been a Maker since it came to Austin in 2007. I think my writer friend Carly mentioned it would be something I could be interested in doing. Not knowing much about the event other than it was run in part with Make: and Craft: magazine, I submitted my proposal for an idea that I had never tried to do before: bring all the things you need to make a bar of soap to an event and let people create right at the booth! I was accepted, so I packed up my Honda Civic full of soap molds, fragrances, colorants, toys, honey & glitter, drove from Houston to Austin and invited people to make soap with me, and they did! I haven’t stopped teaching people how to make soap since! Thank you Maker Faire for giving me this opportunity to spread the joy of creating with a wider audience. I have since quit my “day job” of fixing computers and now make and teach soapmaking to people of all ages full-time. Maker Faire Austin also showed me that Austin has a vibrant and creative community, and inspired me to move to Austin from Houston, which I did in 2009. This is the short story, of course. For the long version come visit me at the Austin Mini Maker Faire on Saturday and I’ll tell it to you myself.
Austin Mini Maker Faire is brought to you by Kami Wilt and Austin Tinkering School. Kami attended the Austin Maker Faire in 2008 and had a life-altering experience there, where she realized that makers and making were central to her existence. Shortly thereafter, she founded Austin Tinkering School, inspired and encouraged by the flagship Tinkering School in San Francisco, which is a place where kids (and adults!) use real tools and real materials to build the things that they think of. After waiting and waiting (and waiting!) for Maker Faire to come back to Austin, she woke up one day last fall realizing that someone had to step up to the plate to bring Maker Faire back to Austin. And it might as well be herself, Austin Tinkering School, and the wily band of tinkerers that call Austin their homeland. Because there’s just far too many makers in Austin not to have a maker faire…!
Many attendees and Makers have similar stories about how Maker Faire has affected their lives. What’s yours? If you haven’t had a life-altering event because of Maker Faire, it’s not too late! Join us on Saturday! I hope you come and leave inspired to make things!