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Making a Knife from Wrought Iron Wagon Wheels: Recycling History / Niels Provos

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

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Project Unicorn / Jordan Reeves

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

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It’s only March, but Imgur member rentdownstairs has already locked up the Father of the Year competition. He wanted to get a custom crib to pass down as an heirloom to our children. So he commissioned Atlanta-based woodworker Garrick Andus to carve a crib inspired by the horror imagery of HP Lovecraft. Its spreading, writhing, all-consuming tentacles express the hopes that all of us fathers have for their children — via Neatorama

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From the uncharted depths this beast commands a watery domain. Measuring approximately 30 cm long and 19 cm wide, he truly is a sight to behold. Now you too can release the Kraken! — via Etsy

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Forged / Phil Holland

Tony Swatton over the course of several days as he forges and constructs a modern take on a Roman Gladius Sword that features damascus steel. It was a special few days shooting with Tony in his shop as he gears up to move into a new location after 25 years. In this case there’s a 93 layer damascus technique in the blade, twisted in the grip, and in detailed pieces throughout the guard and pommel nut. The finish of the blade maintains a darkness, yet still captures a shine from the light — via Youtube

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Polymer clay is wonderful stuff. It’s inexpensive, easy to find, and can be moulded into anything you can dream of. A few years ago Tom Flock started playing with the clay as a way to focus his creative energy away from video games. In this Instructable he’ll be sharing a few of the sculpting and finishing techniques that he’s picked up while sculpting with oven-bake polymer clay — via Instructables

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The Clockwork Orange Bedcover / Bart Gold

Being the attempt to recreate a one of a kind movie prop using fabric, gumption and couch foam. Can Bart recreate Alex DeLarge’s puffy, dimensional bedding, as seen in A Clockwork Orange?

This amazing prop was only on screen for a minute and 40 seconds, in two scenes. The actual screen-used Clockwork Orange bedspread is said to have degraded in storage, ultimately to be disposed of. Will we be able to recreate it?

And how crazy will the level of effort needed be? — via Youtube

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This enormous cutie is made just for you to adore, he is so soft and huggable you could even use him as a body pillow. He is the perfect addition to any nautical-themed playroom or nursery. You don’t even have to be a kid to want to cuddle up to one of these, even adults find him irresistible to touch and play with! And, at 7 feet long, from the top of his fins to the tip of his two long arms, boy what a conversation piece he is — via Etsy

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30″ long, these are for Hine Mizushima’s solo show in Japan — via Flickr

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How To Make A Clock In The Home Machine Shop: Part 3: Making The Washers And Screws / Clickspring

Plenty of lathe work in this video, making the brass washers and mild steel screws for the John Wilding Large Wheel Skeleton Clock project. Chris also tackles a problem that has been bugging him for a while — how to get a decent scratch free polish using diamantine powder. Far from a perfect finish, but a big improvement on my previous efforts at a black polish — via Youtube

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Hand blown durable glass beaded Ink Pen in Black with exquisitely detailed flamework Octopus in Alien Tech swirl. We’re all about functionality at FBG, creating glass pieces that combine both usability and beauty, perfect for accessorising your desk, office or purse. Why not enjoy a little glass octopus art during your busy work day? — via Etsy

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Delft clay casting is just one of many methods to cast metal objects. Delft clay casting has some drawbacks but is arguably the most accessible casting medium for those who are just starting out — via Instructables

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Getting your kids to put away their toys every time is nearly impossible, and nothing is worse than stepping on a stray Lego brick. Make them this Lego play table to give them a space to build with (and put away) their bricks — via Lil’ Luna

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A’dora the octopus is hand knitted using 100% anti-pilling acrylic hand-knitting yarns, filled with high-quality fibre balls. Approximately 32cm x 16cm — via Etsy

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This giant octopus is lovingly hand knit by Emily Willmann. It will class up any dorm room or toy bin. This octopus is made from 100% acrylic yarn, and is filled with 100% super soft polyester fibre fill. Octopus number 94 is Caribbean blue, with lime green tentacles, and hand painted green safety eyes. This giant octopus is knit on a pair of needles generally intended for chunky sweaters, so it is truly giant, measuring just over two feet long from tentacle to tentacle — via Etsy

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These squid are lovingly hand knit by Emily Willmann. They have firmly attached hand painted safety eyes. They are made of 100% Peruvian wool yarn, filled with new polyester blend fibre fill. This baby squid is about 17 inches long overall, with contrast color on the inside of all tentacles and arms. #71 is orange with maroon tentacles and hand painted blue safety eyes — via Etsy

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This handpainted knobbed double butter dish is as useful as it is pretty. This dish will hold two sticks of butter or even cheese. The plate pattern contrasts with the lid to make a beautiful art piece, which will look great sitting out on your kitchen counter — via Etsy

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Brushed stainless steel earring measure 25mm at widest point and 0.3mm rhick. Octopuses are attached to surgical steel posts with a strong adhesive. Titanium butterfly backs are included. Please handle the intricate tentacles with care — via Etsy

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Do you ever get the feeling that your Overlord might be watching? Does he approve of your choice in attire? How can you do your part in converting the innocent to the way of the Cepholopod? While we can’t stop the All-Seeing One from smiting you when he takes over the earth, we can help you get on his good side! Nothing says I’m a willing minion like this adorable polar fleece squid hat — via Etsy

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Daniella fancies herself an interior designer. Don’t be surprised if you catch her hoarding all of the throw pillows! Made of chocolate brown fleece printed with a turquoise damask pattern, Daniella is stuffed to perfection with all the hugs and cuddles you could ask for. Her tentacles are lined with turquoise blue minky, complete with little raised bumps that resemble her would-be suction cups! Her gentle eyes are sewn on fleece patches — via Etsy

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Bob Kramer / Raw Craft

Anthony Bourdain and The Balvenie head to Olympia, Washington to see firsthand how master bladesmith, Bob Kramer crafts the perfect kitchen knife from melted meteorite. Kramer is one of only one hundred twenty-two certified master bladesmiths in the US and the only one who specialises in forging the word’s finest kitchen knives — via Youtube

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Baby Octopus is made of soft, dark blue tonal fleece, with sort of a hand-dyed look to the fabric. His curling tentacles are lined with turquoise blue dimpled minky, complete with little raised bumps that resemble his would-be suction cups! Baby Octopus is gently stuffed with polyfil, holding all the cuddles you can stand. Baby Octopus has little black plastic safety eyes. Baby Octopus is made from my own design for plush octopi. Because of variations of fabric prints, direction of fabric cut, and hand-sewing, each octopus will be unique! Since Baby Octopus doesn’t have a name, we’ll leave that up to you! Baby Octopus’ body measures about 14 ½ inches around at the largest, his overall length is about 14 inches (from the top of his head to the tip of his toes, with his tentacles uncurled) — via Etsy

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Arion Press / Raw Craft

Anthony Bourdain and The Balvenie head to San Francisco, California to meet with Andrew Hoyem, master typographer and printer of Arion Press. One of the last of its kind, Arion Press has only a handful of members on its staff, all fellow craftsmen dedicated to this age old process. Each works meticulously to create the books in multiple parts, from the typecasters, to the proofreaders, to the printers and the bookbinders. All of these hands build a work of art through a process that must be seen to be believed, and can only, truly, be described as magic — via Youtube

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Benchtop Gyroscope Part One / Clickspring

In this project Chris will show you how to make your own precision gyroscope that not only performs superbly, but also makes a fairly impressive desktop ornament. You will be using a wide range of metal working techniques, using both the lathe and mill drill, and Chris will also show you where you can readily source the required materials — via Youtube

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In this tutorial the axe body is formed from a piece of hot rolled mild steel which is 0.75” x 2.5” x 4.5” (on the mid-line) and weighs 1070 grams. Think of it as a proxy for a compact chunk of bloom that a Viking blacksmith might have started an axe with — via Instructables

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Here’s a summer project you’ll definitely want to try your hand at — a macrame-wrapped chair by Alison Allen. Give your patio a summer-ready makeover with a colourful macrame folding chair. It’s a fun, inexpensive way to makeover an aluminium frame, and it’s sure to command attention at your BBQ. Follow the pattern or create your own design, and don’t be afraid to go as bold as you like. Take extra care to make sure the cord doesn’t get twisted as you wrap by keeping your skein under the chair while you work — via Mollie Makes