On my last sewing date with Paisleystern and Meara, we did not only sew (or rather cut fabric into pieces and nag about how hard that is), but we also built blow tubes. It all started with gun-ho Paisleystern who showed us her amazing arsenal. In case of a zombie apocalypse, she is well prepared with range weapons like bows and arrows and combat weaponry like knifes and axes. She also had a blow tube laying around and I could not resist playing with it. Later on she mentioned that this was self made and after a tutorial by the King of Random:
And when we realised that:
- the hardware store is still open
- we would also like to own some blow tubes
- and we still have some time and energy on our hands
We made the following modifications: We used aluminium tubes which the friendly assistant in the hardware store cut to size for us. We also didn't cover the tube with fancy tape because aluminium is pretty on it's own. Before we got the aluminium tubing, we thought about using DC Fix (self adhesive foil) in fancy carbon or marble, but they look great enough like this! And because we were all a bit stupid, we bought flashlights instead of lasers, so ours are only night vision and not laser assisted. We might add that later, though! And now look at this beauty:
The pen is for a size estimate, the full length is 50cm. The flashlight was very professionally taped to the aluminium tube by Paisleystern:
After the blow tubes were done, we needed ammunition. We got really professional on that (no one hard burned fingers from the glue gun, we made enough darts for everyone and I'm totally not lying to you here) and finished pretty girly darts with flowers. Because we can!
The fourth blow tube with ammunition was given to my boyfriend and he deemed it "the best f*cking Valentine's gift he ever received". Although it wasn't a Valentine's gift, but a gift I gave him on the 14th of February and could have been given to him any other day of the month as well. Anyway, since we are both owners of pretty blow tubes, we started making little shooting contests (for aim! not on each other!) and they are really funny. Although he has much better "blowage power" as he can dunk the nails into the wall and I only into cardboard, cork oak panels and wood...
If you have an hour and nothing to do, go out and build your own blow tube! It was fun to make them and improved (at least my) relationship! ;)