Aging Brass: New Book Explains All Max’s Cool Beans 9/9/2014 16 comments A new book -- Patina: 300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmiths -- contains page after page of pictures and descriptions of the treatments that were used to get the effects you see.
Aging Brass: Cow Poop vs. Horse Doo-Doo Max’s Cool Beans 8/27/2014 53 comments There are myriad ways to artificially age brass, including the use of salt, vinegar, ammonia, and temperature. The more daring among us may also consider cow and/or horse manure.
Synthesize Your Own RTOS for FREE! Max’s Cool Beans 8/19/2014 11 comments SynthOS automatically "synthesizes" an application-specific operating system (ASOS) -- for use on an FPGA, MCU, or SoC -- that is optimized for your application.
R U Using AmazonSmile? Max’s Cool Beans 8/15/2014 8 comments This is just like using the regular Amazon, the only difference is that Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to the charity of your choice.
Really Annoying Music Suppressors Max’s Cool Beans 8/14/2014 34 comments What do you do if you are on a road trip with someone who likes to play music really loud -- especially if it's a genre you don’t particularly like yourself?
Want Your Own Desktop PCB Printer? Max’s Cool Beans 7/10/2014 22 comments The BreadBox PCB printer controls things like timing, mixing of chemicals, and agitation to produce really professional looking, predictable, and repeatable boards.
Book Review: Coldbrook by Tim Lebbon Max’s Cool Beans 6/5/2014 3 comments This book has layers upon layers upon layers. Suffice it to say that you will be clenching your fists, and you won't be able to draw a breath while reading the last page.