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Drawing inspiration from post-war studio pottery and mid-century design, self-taught ceramicist Matthew Ward’s work blends the past and present in a charming manner. His glazed stoneware Totem Vase is seven inches tall and features a pattern reminiscent of mid-century-era star bursts. The subtle blue-on-blue colour means this piece will be at home in just about any room, no matter the décor — via Cool Hunting

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May the fourth be with you everyone! As all the nerds know, today is Star Wars Day, so I wanted to celebrate with this super-cute-squishy little Wampa plush. I knew right away that I wanted to make a plush when I saw Star Wars day coming around, and while we’ve seen the classic characters in plush form all the time, I thought a stumpy little chibi Wampa with a bloody little arm was too good to pass up! The arm is even detachable for use in your own lightsabre battles. I made him with some long-pile minky that I had lying around that I thought suit him wonderfully; with just a scrap of red flannel and a sew-in snap, he came together perfectly — via Choly Knight

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World’s Fastest Bumper Car / Colin Furze

It’s finished and it’s fast… so fast it’s the worlds fastest as approved by Guinness World Records. This 600cc monster is the work of hours of shed time working out how to squeeze a sports bike and so wheels into a dodgem shell without making a death trap, but surprisingly in a straight line it’s actually quite a solid ride, even when reaching three figure speeds — via Youtube

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Clear, well-lit photos of your projects are among the best ways to share your work with others. Few techniques highlight your project as well as an all white light box with soft, even, shadow-free lighting. Not only is the white background distraction free, it will also serve to bounce your light source onto your object from nearly all angles.

This is an effective, inexpensive, and easy way to build a light box for project and product photography. Plus, you can quickly break it down for flat storage, and set it back up in seconds! — via Adafruit Learning System

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Transporting delicate electronic or photographic equipment is easy to do. Just embed it in squishy polyurethane foam inside a rigid case. The problem is achieving this without spending too much money — via Make:

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Mid-Century Modern Slatted Bench / Crafted Workshop

In this video, Johnny Brooke builds a mid-century modern slatted bench modelled after the iconic Nelson Platform Bench, designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller. This is a timeless mid-century modern design that makes for a fairly simple yet rewarding woodworking project. The bench can be built from easily attainable materials, including a handful of 1×2 and 1×3 boards from any home centre — via Youtube

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Adam Savage Behind the Scenes of Ghost in the Shell / Tested

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

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Weta Workshop Sculptor’s Labyrinth Model / Tested

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

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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

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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

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Lime Bast Rope / Silje Ensby

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.

The video was recorded by Silje Ensby at Hardanger Maritime Centre, a centre for historic ship preservation, located in Hardanger, Norway — via Vimeo

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Unique looking fairy tale felt cat cave made from soft spring green colours with darker green and yellow — via Etsy

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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

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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

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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

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Solid polymer clay, hand detailed & stands approximately 2″ tall — via Etsy

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The Professional Of Japan / Nissan Caravan

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

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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

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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:

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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

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The Putter / Shaun Bloodworth

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

The Putter from Shaun Bloodworth on Vimeo

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Some Kind Of Quest / Andrew Wilcox

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.

Some Kind Of Quest from Andrew Wilcox on Vimeo

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Tentacle ring. Sterling silver. Made using the lost wax method — via Etsy

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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

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Squid ring. The larger the ring size the longer the two shooter tentacles will be. Genuine ruby eyes. Sterling silver — via Etsy