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  • 03/25/2018 9:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Makersmiths second location in Purcellville is set for a soft opening Saturday, April 7th and we could really use your help!


    An amazing group of members have been working night and day for months to get everything ready for this day. We are now on the final stretch and could really use some extra hands to reach our goals.

    There are a couple opportunities in the next two weeks to stop by and lend a hand. The to do list is filled with a wide variety of tasks ranging from no skills to very specific skills. So don't feel like you wouldn't be useful. The faster this all gets done, the faster we all get to use the facilities. 

    The address is:

    Makersmiths Purcellville
    875 S. 20th St.
    Purcellville, VA, 20132

    You can find directions and more on Slack, Meetup or Makersmiths.org.

    Specific times and events for the soft opening are still in the works, so keep an eye out for more info.


    Upcoming Purcellville Workdays:

    Tuesday, March 27th

    6-9pm

    A complete list of tasks are in the #purcellville channel on Slack.


    Friday, March 30th

    TBD

    If you are free Friday, please contact Dave Painter through Slack and let him know! 


    Saturday, March 31st 

    9am-3pm

    This is the last big workday and the day we could really use the most help! Even just stopping by for an hour to lend a hand will help out






  • 03/12/2018 4:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Every few weeks we will be sharing an updated list of all upcoming classes and events at the Makersmiths in both Leesburg and Purcellville. This will be a great way for you to see everything coming all at once as well as class samples.

    Please note that dates and times may change from the time this was published, for the most updated calendar please visit meetup.

    Ok, Now here are all the upcoming events from today, March 12th until Saturday March 31st:

    Monday, March 12th:


    3D Printing - Level 1 - 7:30-9:30pm in Leesburg


    Tuesday, March 13th:


    Create Homemade Soaps Friends and Family Will Love - 5-6:30pm in Leesburg


    Thursday, March 15th:

    Open House in Leesburg - 6:30-9pm


    Friday, March 16th:


    Fabric Baskets- quick and easy sewing  - 6:30-8:30pm in Leesburg


    Saturday, March 17th:


    Workday in Purcellville - 9am-3pm


    Monday, March 19th:


    Easter-egg Bling Eggery Class - Level 1 - 7-9pm in Leesburg


    Thursday, March 22nd:

    Open House in Leesburg - 6:30-9pm


    Friday, March 23rd:


    Easter-egg Bling Eggery Class - Level 1 - 7-9pm in Leesburg


    Saturday, March 24th:


    Workday in Purcellville - 9am-3pm



    Basic Sewing - Zig Zag Stitched Rope Bowls - 10am-12pm in Leesburg


    Sunday, March 25th:


    Block of the Month Quilt Party - 3-6pm in Leesburg


    Monday, March 26th:

    Red Tool Training Wood shop tools - 7-9:30pm in Leesburg


    Tuesday, March 27th:


    Laser Cutter Introduction - 7-9pm in Leesburg


    Thursday, March 29th:

    Open House in Leesburg - 6:30-9pm


    Saturday, March 31st:


    Workday in Purcellville - 9am-3pm



    Beginner Weaving Class - Any Age / Kid Friendly - 12-3pm in Leesburg


    Some of these events are free and some are paid classes or certifications.

    Please make sure you register for any event you plan on coming to so the instructors or hosts can prepare.

    Hopefully we will see you soon!

  • 02/26/2018 10:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Saturday’s rain kept us indoors, but there’s no lack of things to do getting our Purcellville location up and running! 

    Ten volunteers built out storage areas within our woodworking furniture, prepared ceiling electrical spool/plugs for mounting, measured out our lower building as part of our plan to make a ceramics shop, made some of our long-stored equipment look new again, and generally organized the wood shop. 

    Here are some pictures showing our equipment transformations...








    There are still workdays coming up with loads of tasks on the to-do list, so if you have some time, please come by and help! More helps means everything gets done faster!!

  • 02/13/2018 9:47 AM | Anonymous member


    I saw someone at the space post about etching slate coasters using the laser cutter, and I thought, "Hey! That's a super cool idea. I should do that!"

    So, I started looking around for blank slate coasters. I found some locally, but the price was *way* high. After a lot of searching, I found a guy on Ebay selling them for around $6 per set of 4, but I had to buy a case. Thinking that this would be a thing that I could resell, I went ahead and bought them.

    I had no real guidance, but after taking the Laser cutter intro class, I had a clue as to how to go about it -- I'd need vector images that I could resize seamlessly so they'd fit.

    Google was my friend, here, and with only a little effort, I was able to find what I was looking for: free vector silhouette images. As an aside - nearly all of the free image locations had sneaky redirect links to paid sites like istockphoto and shutterstock.

    With my images located, I just followed the instructions from the Laser Cutter Intro class. (protip: KEEP THE HANDOUT THEY GIVE YOU!)

    One thing that kept catching me out, though, was that someone had turned on "Auto Z", so after I'd set the Z (which is the distance from the laser to the item being etched) and hit go, the table would move! It took a while to find that setting (it's on the "Settings" tab of the print driver)

    Each image took about 5 minutes to burn, and I did both front and back. 8 images, x 5 minutes == 40 minutes of cutter time

  • 02/05/2018 11:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Keep an eye out on this space! Pretty soon it will be full of useful Makersmiths information, photos, tutorials and more...

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