Adam Savage visits Weta Workshop to get up close with some of the practical props the effects studio made for the upcoming film Ghost in the Shell. Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor shows Adam the mechanical geisha masks and animatronic puppets his team created, and how Weta Workshop used new fabrication and design technologies to make these props possible — via Youtube
On a visit to effects studio Weta Workshop, Adam Savage meets and chats with artists who bring their own obsessions and passion projects to work. Sculptor Johnny Fraser-Allen, who is working on miniatures for Jim Henson’s Labyrinth board game, shares with Adam his own intricate maze miniature, which will end up being the size of an entire room — via Youtube
It feels good to do another plush again! I liked the look of the Wampa Plush from a while back so much that I thought I would make another with a similar shape — Cthulhu seemed like a nice fit. I just love how I’ve made a big scary elder god into a pudgy little thing. He comes complete with face tentacles and wings on the back as well — via Choly Knight
Cute, bright and funny guy, shiny as summer sun. Needle felted out of 100% New Zealand wool coloured in Italy and Australian wool coloured in Germany. Wings are made using frame. Size: 15cm up to head — via via Etsy
This is one of the best puzzles from Fleb’s collection — via Youtube
Making a rope from lime bast, the way it’s been done for over a thousand years in Norway.
Ropemaker Ingunn Undrum and boatbuilding apprentice Dennis Bayer head out to harvest the bark of lime trees (linden tree), in the spring when the sap is rising.
The paper thin layers of bast are glued together, and need to soak for a long time in the sea to separate. The water in the Hardanger fjord is cold even during summer, so the bark is soaking until fall, for 3-4 months.
Ropemaker Sarah Sjøgreen lays the bast rope, and makes a traditional carrying rope with three strands, for transporting the cut grass during hay making season. The bast is naturally water proof, and rots very slowly compared to other rope materials. This explains why it has been found intact in viking excavations dating back to the 800s.
Lynn Johnston demonstrates making her mother’s Christmas PomPom Bow. All you need is polypropylene ribbon and scissors — via Youtube
Unique looking fairy tale felt cat cave made from soft spring green colours with darker green and yellow — via Etsy
In this video Chris makes a custom winding key for the clock, as well as giving the mechanism its final polish and assembly — via Youtube
This instructable documents makendo’s efforts to reimagine a 3D periodic table of the elements, using modern making methods. It’s based on the structure of a chiral nanotube, and is made from a 3D printed lattice, laser cut acrylic, a lazy susan bearing, 118 sample vials and a cylindrical lamp — via Instructables
This pattern features an adorable curly tentacled octopus. It works up in about 2 or 4 hours and stands 8-9 inches tall, including tentacles. It only uses one ball of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn and a G hook — via Ravelry
The stopwork is a mechanism designed to protect the clock from overwinding. This particular design also has the added benefit that it can be used to restrict the clock operation to the section of the mainspring with the most constant torque — via Youtube
Had Buffalo Bill escaped Clarice Starling and moved into a quaint suburban Connecticut home, his interior decor might have looked a little something like this. At 24 Brentwood Drive, an absolutely amazing colour palette in shades of dried blood, glistening internal organs and Exorcist vomit green adorns every available surface in the form of hand-painted designs. And the best part is — all of this could be yours for just $339,900. Believe it or not, this is an actual real estate listing on Zillow, described by listing agent Ernie Rossi as a
unique one of a kind finishing completed by a professional. The agents provide a full 51-photo tour on the site, showing off room after room filled with decoupaged stair rails, musty-looking floral curtains, decorative stamped paint in rust red and squiggly designs in shiny copper — via Urbanist
Solid polymer clay, hand detailed & stands approximately 2″ tall — via Etsy
This is the new Star wars Lego Death Star. It’s set number 75159 and counts 4016 pieces — via Youtube
Due to an ageing population and young people gravitating away from the field the traditional skills and craftsmanship of Japan are at a danger of being lost forever. Nissan Caravan was born from this lineage of ultra-sophisticated skill and decided it was time to take a stand to ensure the continuation of this proud heritage. They made a movie showcasing some of the outstanding talent in Japan — via Youtube
In this video Chris reaches a significant milestone for the clock, the very first tick of the escapement — via Youtube
When you think of original designs, you know that you’re talking about something unique and special. An innovative design that can change our perception and visual culture: that is exactly what the German designer ArchDaily
Learn the proper technique to wrap all your cables to prevent knots and damage. The Roadie Wrap is the professional way to wrap all your cables — via Youtube
In this video Chris makes a start on the escapement of the clock, starting with the crutch assembly and a component that permits a slight adjustment of the pallet depth of engagement with the escape wheel — via Youtube
Neon signs give an awesome glow, but actually making one would be a tricky, advanced DIY project.
For an easier, more accessible alternative, you can try neon’s modern cousin: EL wire. It’s low-voltage, easy to bend, and it’s driven by inexpensive inverters that can do tricks like flashing or fading. In short, it’s perfect for making your own faux neon sign — via Make:
Here is an original, one-of-a-kind, felt squid. She is 30″ long! There are wires inside the 8 short tentacles, so you can pose the squid — via Etsy
In this video Chris uses the traditional French Polishing technique to apply a shellac coating to the Large Wheel Skeleton Clock base — via Youtube
Ernest Wright & Sons of Sheffield, is one of the last remaining hand manufacturer of scissors. The film documents
Putter Cliff Denton literally a putter togetherer of scissors. This Film is part of Storying Sheffield, part funded by the Arts & Humanities department under Professor Brendan Stone at The University of Sheffield. Music and Sound Design by The Black Dog
In this video Chris makes all of the parts required for the motion work and hands. There are a lot of different operations in this video including hand turning with gravers, and depthing of small gears with a shop made depthing tool — via Youtube
What happens when artwork becomes life’s work? When creator becomes a caretaker? Some Kind Of Quest, from Sylvain Labs, Greencard Pictures and director, Andrew Wilcox, is a film that invites you into the singular world of Northlandz, a 52,000-square-foot model train installation just 75 minutes outside of Manhattan, and into the ornery mind of the man — and steadfast wife — who brought it all to life.
Tentacle ring. Sterling silver. Made using the lost wax method — via Etsy
This little octopus is handmade using polymer clay, resin, acrylic paints and a bowl from the garden shop. Size: bowl is 9 cm in diameter, octopus is about 5 cm tall octopus in not removable from the bowl — via Etsy
In this video Chris makes the suspension hardware that will support the pendulum. There’s a bit of everything in this one; lathe, mill and hand finishing work, as well as some heat bluing of the fasteners — via Youtube
Tired of missing parcels while creating manic machines or chilling in my underground bunker Colin Furze has made the CFDB 500c and it works a treat — via Youtube
Squid ring. The larger the ring size the longer the two shooter tentacles will be. Genuine ruby eyes. Sterling silver — via Etsy
In this video Clickspring completes the pendulum assembly, and then has a quick look its behaviour with the help of a Microset timing machine — via Youtube
2016 marks 950 years since the Battle of Hastings in 1066. To mark this anniversary, join Archaeological Ironworker Hector Cole MBE as he forges a spearhead from the 1066 era — via Youtube
Frank Howarth has wood turned a Death Star out of bamboo plywood. The build consists of making two segmented halves that seam together at the trench. Each half is made of 9 rings. Each ring has 13 segments. There is one extra ring to help the two halves overlap at the seam. The superlaser dish was turned separately. The hole in the Death Star and the profile of the dish were cut on the CNC router to allow to two to fit together — via Youtube
What a creation, it’s a unhinged flying bike/human blender but unbelievably it gets off the ground and actually flies. Unlearn what a plumber can do in a shed — via Youtube
When an animated film creator and science author join forces with a monster-sized robot quilting machine experimental embroidery emerges upon their blankets. Nina Paley and Pop Sci columnist Theodore Gray use their unique skills to create quilts that display the entire periodic table, for example, as well as a design that beautifully displays more than 100 digits of the transcendental number ? — via Cool Hunting
The knife looks as stained awfully, but in fact the stains are not so deep so it can be cleaned easy and it’s joyful sharpening — via Youtube
Tony Pederson and Niels Provos recycle history by turning antique wagon wheels into a heirloom blade. This video shows the whole process from preparing the wrought iron to the finished knife. First, the wagon tire is forged and prepared for melting in the crucible. A crucible steel bar is forged from the ingot and then turned into a powerful blade. Finally, everything is put together and you can marvel at the carbide grain structure of the blade — via Youtube
Mold3D TV’s featured designer Paul Braddock will cover how to Cold Cast your 3D Printed design — via Youtube
This is Jordan Reeves. And this is her boomstick.
Jordan attended Superhero Cyborgs, a program that invited children to design prosthetics. There she used Autodesk and 3d design software to design her own personal prosthetic hand. Jordan is not fooling around with any cosmetic limb. She’s built a war machine for her hand.
She calls it Project Unicorn. Jordan’s new hand shoots glitter at high speed through 5 smoothbore barrels that activate with the pull of a drawstring tightening around the balloon-filled chambers — via Youtube