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Make: Asks is a weekly column where we ask you, our readers, for responses to maker-related questions. We hope the column sparks interesting conversation and is a way for us to get to know more about each other.

This week’s question: Every project is a learning experience, to be sure. But what is one you can remember that did not come out the way you intended, and perhaps was even unusable when finished? What did you learn from this?

I once attempted to make a hanging dome for a ceiling light fixture out of reused PETE plastic packaging. The final product looked absolutely hideous and my wife promptly told me to take it down. Lesson learned – there’s something to be said for aesthetics.

Post your responses in the comments section.

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


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