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Create a Faux Neon Sign with EL Wire / Jenny Ching

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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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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Wood Turned Bamboo Death Star / Frank Howarth

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

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Science-Themed Quilts / Pale Gray Labs

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

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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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Eldritch Horror Baby Crib / Garrick Andus

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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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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Sculpting with Polymer Clay / Tom Flock

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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Giant Squid Plush / Squid Pro Quo Shop

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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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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DIY Lego Table / Kristyn

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