January 9th: i3Detroit Ice Skating Trip!

Join us for an afternoon of ice skating at the Birmingham Ice Arena!

Mark your calendars!  On Sunday, January 9th, we’ll depart i3Detroit at 12:00 PM for lunch (location TBD once we get together).  Around 1:15, we’ll head over to the Birmingham Ice Arena for the 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM open skate.  Be sure to bring $5 for admission and $3 for rental skates if you need them (bring skates if you can, though; the online information says “limited sizes” are available).

Once we’ve had our fill, we’ll return to i3Detroit for hot chocolate, grilled cheese, and roast marshmallows.  Yum!

Additional Links and Information:

Birmingham Ice Arena
2300 East Lincoln Street
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 530-1640

Ice Arena 2010-2011 Open Skate Flyer (PDF)

Questions?  Contact events@i3detroit.com

See you then!

Flame Effects for the Artist – Feb 5 & 6, 2011 @ i3 Detroit

 
Attention all artists who wish to incorporate fire aspects into their art!  This class is for you…
 
The Detroit Fire Guild and the great folks at i3 Detroit are hosting an exciting two-day seminar and workshop teaching basic practices and principles for incorporating fuel based flame effects into your work. This class is great for the beginning fire artist and always has something new for the “expert”.
 
The first day will consist of a classroom session where we will discuss NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) guidelines including NFPA 54 and 58 the LP gas codes as well as NFPA 160 Flame Effects Before a Live Audience and other codes. We will examine the physical properties of LP gasses and get some hands on time with fittings and parts.  The day will finish off by taking a look at some typical designs for Flame Effects including accumulators, free burning effects, pilot lights, etc. We will have plenty of demonstrations and hands on materials as well as the legendary clear propane cylinder.
 
The second day will be a shop day where we will put what we have learned into action and create a one of a kind flame effect from the materials on hand. The best part of the class is the assembly of the effect so please let us know if you have materials or elements you may like to see incorporated. This class will be fun for the artist who is thinking of incorporating a small flame element into their work, as well as the more experienced fire artist wanting to take their work to the next level.
 
Leading this weekend will be Dave X, Fire Safety Manager for Burning Man for more than 10 years, and Eric Smith, Chief Inspector for the State of Nevada Board for the Regulation of LP Gas.
 
Check out some pic’s of past classes
 
New York
http://www.monkeyview.net/id/1030/nyc_flame_effects_class/index.vhtml
 
Toronto
http://www.monkeyview.net/id/1030/toronto/index.vhtml
 
Reno
http://www.monkeyview.net/id/1030/reno_flame_effects_class/index.vhtml
 
San Francisco
http://www.monkeyview.net/id/1030/flame_effects_class_sf/index.vhtml
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There is a fabrication & material fee for the class of $120.  
 
Both days’ classes will be from 10am – 5pm.
 
Printed materials and lunch will be provided each day.
 
Come and join us for this weekend to hang out with other fire artists and have a blast, no pun intended. We have room for 40 and will be taking walk up registration the day of the event, space permitting. Email your name to Fuelmaster@gmail.com to reserve your place.

EL Wire Class – 12/10 @ 7pm

Do you know what EL Wire (Electroluminescent Wire) is?  If so, have you ever used it in a project?  If you answered no to any of these questions, you need to check out this class at i3 Detroit.

Matt Switlik will be teaching a class on how to use EL Wire in projects as well as walking everyone through a hands on demo of your very own light up hat.

The class will be taught on Friday December 10th, 2010 at 7pm.  There will be a material fee of $35 dollars for the hat kit which includes everything you need to make the hat.  If you would like to bring your own object to add EL Wire to the power supply will be $10 and the wire will be available in white (pictured on the left) and pink for $2 per foot.

Please RSVP with this link – http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1110943863

Get a head start on the class by watching these soldering EL Wire and Attaching EL Wire videos.  Also check out the excellent EL Wire write up by LadyAda.

Detroit Urban Craft Fair – Featuring i3 Detroit

i3 Detroit is again lucky to be involved with the Detroit Urban Craft Fair for their 5th anniversary.  The event is this weekend at the Filmore in Downtown Detroit starting at 10a on Saturday (12/4) and 11a on Sunday (12/5).

Besides the many vendors selling unique and cool crafts, you will find i3 Detroit doing 2 Make N’ Takes for the fair.

Matt is doing a soft electronics project.  He is taking cowboy hats and outlining them in EL wire for that necessary accessory for your holiday party.  This is a hands on build and we will help you every step of the way.

Amy is doing a Scrabble tile jewelry project.  She will be taking everyday Scrabble tiles and crafting them in to unique jewelry for gifts or yourself.  This is a hands on build as well where she will guide you through the process.

Both projects have small fee but you get to take home your homemade craft.

i3 Detroit is also working on a top secret project that will be unveiled at the show.  Come check it out.  I promise, it will be worth it.

All Hands Active (our hackerspace friends to the West) will also be there with a cool soldering Make N’ Take.

Link to Lish Dorset (one of the organizers) on Fox 2 explaining the show: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/entertainment/holiday_guide/the-5th-annual-detroit-urban-craft-fair-20101202-mr

2nd annual WinterLAN coming up: 1-15-11

Save the date! On January 15th,  i3 Detroit will be hosting the second annual i3 WinterLAN Social event, starting Saturday at noon and ending when the sun comes up on Sunday.

The event will be all about games – BYOC (Bring your own computer) gaming, Board gaming, and tabletop RPG.

The i3Detroit common space will be set up for computer gaming with plenty of power, tables, and chairs.  The loft will sport a projector hooked up for console gaming (Got a vintage console you can bring?).  Board games will take place in any of our multiple rooms.

If you have any kind of game people will enjoy, bring it, bring yourself, and bring your thirst for gaming.  See you then!