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webgun Edwin Wise's hot web glue gun

I have a dirty secret. I probably shouldn’t even admit it here, but I just woke up and my judgment is impaired: I did not buy the MAKE: Halloween Special Edition when it came out back in 2007. Am I fired? Is this thing still on?

Shameful, I know. And most embarrassing when the opportunity to cover the Make: Halloween Contest 2009 beat was presented to me back in September. “You can blog about all your favorite projects from the Halloween Special Issue, too,” they said. And I was like, “Uh huh, yup, sure will. Got a list of those right here.”

So, long story short, my copy just showed up in the mail and I read it for the first time. It’s great! Among my favorite projects is Edwin Wise’s pneumatic spider-web shooter (.pdf) , which turns an ordinary hot glue gun into a faux cobweb-sprayer. It never would’ve occurred to me to marry a glue gun to an air compressor, and now I’ve got all kinds of derivative ideas bouncing around in my head. Which, I should’ve remembered, is why I read MAKE in the first place.

From MAKE magazine:

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DIY HALLOWEEN from MAKE & CRAFT!

DIY HALLOWEEN from the editors of MAKE and CRAFT brings you 40-plus DIY projects for the holiday that’s made for makers. From the craftiest costumes to amazing animated props and the latest in computer-controlled haunted house effects.

Make: Halloween Contest 2009

halloween 09 Edwin Wise's hot web glue gun

Microchip Technology Inc. and MAKE have teamed up to present to you the Make: Halloween Contest 2009! Show us your embedded microcontroller Halloween projects and you could be chosen as a winner.

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


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