Happy Makes-Giving!


As the aroma of Thanksgiving dinner still lingers in the air and the first ornaments find their place on the tree, it’s that magical time of year again when we come together to spread holiday cheer through the community. While some brave the chaos of Black Friday sales to secure the hottest toys of the season, here at Milwaukee Makerspace, we have a different tradition. It’s our annual Makes-Giving event, a heartwarming celebration of crafting, community, and the joy of giving.

Making Memories on Black Friday:

While many were out battling the crowds and long lines, our makers and volunteers gathered on Black Friday for a truly special occasion. Makes-Giving is an event that warms our hearts just as much as the hot cocoa warms our hands. It’s a day where we channel our creative energy into crafting thoughtful and heartfelt gifts for loved ones.

The Spirit of Makes-Giving:

At Makes-Giving, the spirit of giving is at its brightest. Members of Milwaukee Makerspace volunteer their time, expertise, and creativity to help families in the community create Christmas gifts from the heart. It’s a tradition that embodies the true essence of the holiday season – generosity, togetherness, and the joy of making someone smile.

Crafting with a Purpose:

Our annual event isn’t just about making crafts; it’s about making memories. Families and individuals join us to craft one-of-a-kind presents that carry their love and personal touch. From handcrafted ornaments to custom-made keepsakes, the possibilities are as endless as the smiles they bring. Makes-Giving isn’t just a crafting event; it’s an opportunity to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Mark Your Calendar for Next Year:

If you missed out on Makes-Giving this year, don’t worry; there’s always room for more holiday magic. Be sure to mark your calendar for next Black Friday and join us for a day filled with creativity, community, and the joy of giving. It’s a chance to slow down amidst the holiday hustle and bustle, savor the simple pleasure of crafting, and make a meaningful impact on the lives of those you love.


As we hang up our crafting tools and put away the glitter for another year, the spirit of Makes-Giving lingers on in our hearts. It’s a reminder that the holiday season is about more than just presents; it’s about the love, connection, and joy we share with one another. So here’s to another successful Makes-Giving, and to many more in the years to come. May your holiday season be filled with warmth, creativity, and the joy of giving!

Neon Milwaukee Flag

Another Beginning Neon project has been completed by member Peter Merrick.  This project was a bit complex as there is only 1 continuous tube that weaves in and out of the wood “pallet-like” substructure.  In addition to the complexity, beginners have challenges learning to use phosphor-coated glass and projects with symmetry.  Peter was able to overcome these obstacles and create something awesome at the Norwich neon space :)

Beginning Neon – Paper Clip project

As we continue to build out the Norwich glass area, our pilot neon class is starting to reveal merit from the pomp and toils of setting up a new area space.  A special thanks to Rosie and Jake for their continued  contribution in building the neon area.

Pictured are 2 paperclips created by member Robert S.  These were constructed from 10mm tubing.  The red is filled with Neon gas, and the blue is a mixture of Argon and Mercury.  The next step in the process is to build a support structure/enclosure to mount the paperclips.  Robert intends to utilize his skills in the woodshop area to create a wood base support structure for the paperclip sculpture.

A great example of members utilizing multiple areas and disciplines to accomplish their project goals :)

The “Neon Crew” congregates on Wednesdays from ~4:30-7:00pm, stop by and learn more.

Scissors Mechanism

Last month in Model Monday we designed Scissors Mechanisms.  After that first class I went down the rabbit hole a bit and had some fun designing a few different styles.  The first project was a tool to pick up a Tennis Ball with out bending over to pick it up.  You can watch the 2 part series and follow along on YouTube.


Next week’s advance class we will be making spring loaded coffee bike mounts.   Join us in person on Monday at 7pm if your a member or watch on your own time on my YouTube channel.  

Iron Casting: Workshop for Members and Guests of Members

Sunday July 16th @ 2pm. please RSVP by emailing Dave at dave@davidmarnold.com or texting at 414-215-0449

“Workshops are for Scratch Blocks and Doodle Bowls. These are premade molds that you just scratch your design in.

This includes the cost of metal and prices are below.

Artist Tiles – $7
5″ Artist Tiles – $15

*Doodle Bowls – $45

*You must complete one Artist Tile Mold before purchasing a doodle bowl.”

Casting Area Wiki