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
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
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
The third attempt at turning a giant jawbreaker — via Youtube
Yasuo Okazaki is an amazing woodworker that makes naruko kokeshi dolls — via Vimeo
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
This awesome crochet amigurumi Exorcist playset from Ravelry user, Croshame, is tagged for Halloween, but I think this film icon carries the pop culture street cred to be whipped up no matter the holiday — via MAKE: Craft
Ryan McAmis, an artist from Brooklyn, New York, is designing and building a miniature, scale model of a late Gothic Italian Cathedral, recreating everything from the stained glass windows to the vaulted ceiling, wall tombs and paintings. He first creates the pieces from a variety of materials, ranging from hand scribed brickwork on treated paper, to clay and wood. He then combines the materials together and creates a silicon mould, casting each piece in white plastic to be hand painted later — via ArchDaily
This video shows how Phil made the edge bevel with a hand file and then quenched the blade as part of the heat treatment process — via Youtube
For my project, I wanted to recreate The Fifth Element stones that were used to kill the
evil in the weapon chamber in Egypt. It was evident that the movie versions were made out of polystyrene, but I wanted mine to be a bit more durable and long lasting, and so I ended up manufacturing them out of wood. Also, following my own rules on prop creation, I decided to turn them into functional pillar candle holders that I could use to decorate my dinner table during gatherings, as a conversation piece, or simply as an everyday accent — via Instructables
The sticky blood used in horror films of this period became known as Kensington Gore — a jokey reference to the London street of the same name. While Hammer’s special recipe remains obscure, Mark demonstrates his own favourite method.
- 2 cups of Golden Syrup
- 1 cup of Water
- 10 teaspoons of Red food colouring
- A few drops of Blue food colouring
- A few drops of Yellow food colouring
- 10 tablespoons of Corn Flour
- Mint flavouring — to taste
— via Youtube
I put together a fun tutorial for you: DIY Totoro Plush Tutorial. It’s a little different than the Totoros I made earlier, but still just as cute. The pattern I created is more simple and the materials are cheap and easy to find. The finished plush will be 6.5″ wide and 8″ tall (not including ears or arms). I hope you find this tutorial enjoyable and make a Totoro plush for yourself or as a gift — via cheek and stitch
Very old wrench turned into a knife — via Youtube
A metal scriber is one of those shop tools that you reach for all the time, without thinking. It’s essential for marking out your project lines on metal, and it comes in very handy as a pick or scraper too — via Youtube
Lawn darts are illegal in the US, and in several other countries too. They got banned because children died from accidental hits to the head.
But are they really lethal? We were set to find out. No problem legally, as we are in Germany where lawn darts are unregulated. Also, we tested homemade versions in order to compare. Last not least, we built a launcher that is chambered for the heavy (110-140gm)
arrows — via Youtube
What if Lovecraft work in Studio Ghibli? Kutuleras brings you the answer! Here’s this lovely but strange creature — via Etsy
This one’s for all the mermaid lovers out there who always wanted their own tail. The top part is a
lapghan (small afghan) blanket and the bottom cocoons around your feet.
I tried buying a pattern for a mermaid tail but it was just awful. So, I came up with this pattern using a 5-double-crochet shell stitch that looks a lot like fish scales — via Make:
If you think about tools that we use today that are passed down from ancient people, the knife, or possibly a modern version of the spear might come to mind. Lying somewhere between those two implements in the modern-day usefulness is the awl. Made out of bone in ancient times, the basic purpose of an awl is to pierce a piece of heavy material in order to stitch it. I’ve repaired part of a sailboat with mine and tested it out on the cardboard box that it came in. One of those was much more useful than the other, which I’m sure you can figure out. So how do you use one of these monster-needles? — via Make:
Phil forges the final blade shape, finishes the drop-point, and normalises the steel — via Youtube
This film shows Emiko Matsuda from Foster & Son crafting a bespoke brogue from start to finish — via Youtube
Early versions of Hobbes were very cartoony, and things like the shape of the nose and the number and placement of stripes were not always consistent. His proportions also appear to have changed slightly over the years. Later versions were crisp, clean and very consistent in the features. I based my Hobbes doll off of pictures that appear in the later strips.
To create the pattern, I broke the doll down into separate basic shapes. After some trial and error, I had a pattern that yielded all the needed body parts that fit together to my liking.
This pattern requires creating and stuffing all of the different body parts separately, hand stitching them all in place, and then hand stitching all of the stripes in place individually.
If that wasn’t completely clear, this project requires a ton of hand stitching. You’ve been warned! — via Instructables
Skilled superfan Kjetil Nordin spent 800 hours over six years crocheting this amazing blanket that features a screenshot of the map of World 1 from Super Mario Bros 3.
This incredibly detailed piece of crochet has all the fun little features and figures found on the Super Mario Bros 3 world map, including a lurching Hammer Bros and a cry for help coming from the castle — via Neatorama
Handmade, stuffed fox toy with red body. Her tail is painted with white textile-dye. 40cm tall. Made of linen, stuffed with polyfill (the colour may vary). The eyes are hand-embroidered, the nose is a button. She has a nice red-white striped scarf — via Etsy
Make colourful, reusable silicone moulds with easy to find items and cast anything you want — via Youtube
This cuddly soft Black Crow (or Raven, if you like it better) is a real winter bird. He is made of soft black furry plush and stuffed with polyfill. Legs and beaks are made of grey canvas. Back of the wings and tail are made of black checked cotton fabric. The eyes are made of buttons. The Crow is 25cm seated and he has extremely big legs and beak — as all real crows — via Etsy
This Marble Run
Marble Tsunami has four tipping containers holding totally more than 11,000 marbles. In this video you’ll see the 10,000 marbles and the 1,000 marbles container will tipping together causing more than 11,000 marbles rolling down the giant tracks. The sound is deafening, because of the noise, it will be equipped with noise damping housing and glass panels on the front — via Youtube
The Labyrinth Table was created to show how a well-known object like a table can be given an extra dimension by creating a small universe inside of it. The labyrinth consist of several walls under a sheet of diamond glass, and inside of it there are six characteristic figures that can be moved around by handles underneath it.
Most people possibly remember from their childhood how they used to play with miniature figures in small universe similar to the real world. And these nostalgic feelings are the ones that the table should generate in people minds and encourage them to explore and go deeper into the story of the labyrinth. The table was built up with a main core in steel to make it strong enough to last for decades and was later on covered up with 5 mm. of massive maple wood. A nice thing about this detail is that the handles stick to all the surfaces on the table because of the magnetism — via Youtube
Stephanie Metz creates one of her needle-felted teddy bear skull sculptures — in time-lapse. Taken from industrial origins, needle felting is the process of compressing and tangling wool fibres into three-dimensional forms through repetitive hand work with barbed needles.
Sculptor Stephanie Metz has been blazing a trail with this unusual medium since she stumbled upon the technique in 2002. Unburdened by any formal training in textiles or preconceptions about craft-based techniques, she turned her traditional sculpture education and curiosity to the unique and unexplored material. Thanks to subject matter and execution, her sculptural use of felted wool makes a marked departure from the more familiar craft-focused, utilitarian, decorative traditions associated with the medium. Stephanie’s iconic teddy bear skulls reveal
unnatural history: believable specimens of the fossil record of man-made creatures — via Youtube
This tutorial shows how to mix and apply glow-in-the-dark powder and epoxy to modify a few EDC (everyday carry) items. Glow-in-the-dark powder can be found on eBay/Amazon in various colours — via Youtube
The larger the ring size the longer the two shooter tentacles will be. Ruby eyes. Sterling silver — via Etsy
This ring depicts the epic encounter of the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), and the giant squid (several species in the genus Architeuthis), as they grapple in the abyss. This primal encounter between indomitable Leviathan, and the mysterious Kraken has long stirred our collective imaginations, and now you can wear it on your hand — via Etsy
Each Bag is hand screen printed, so each bag is a little bit different — via Etsy
Four foot long squid plush. Made to order, and stuffed with hypo-allergenic polyester fibre. Colour refers to the fleece body and pattern refers to the underside of the squid. Patterns for the underside will be matched to compliment the colour of the squid unless otherwise specified — via Etsy
This cute little squid loves to swim in the ocean, making ink blobs in the sea — via Etsy
Magnets can easily be attached to many things using Heat Shrink Tubing. The tubing, designed to insulate electric connections, can be found in most hardware stores in the electric supply area — via Instructables
Marty Magic adds this solid sterling silver, Squid Charm to the Octopus Garden Collection. It is completely three dimensional, 44mm long and complete down to its many suction cups — via Etsy
Cool Lizard Pendant saw pierced in Argentium sterling silver. The pendant measures 1.5 inches tall with a brushed satin finish and a blackened interior layer. It’s suspended from a high quality 2mm blackened sterling silver snake chain — via Etsy
If you can’t afford a midcentury gem, you can always invest in one for your feathered friends, courtesy of these midcentury-style birdhouses by KoolBird. The only downside here is (perhaps with the exception of price) is deciding which one to opt for. There are 10 designs in the range.
All are handmade (which perhaps accounts for the price), all are eco-friendly, made from a variety of tropical hardwoods sourced from offcuts via tropical hardwood floor manufacturers and all are available to buy online in limited numbers.
Prices start at around £89 — via Retro To Go
Squid — via Quantum Creative Glass