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Octopus #94 / Emily Willmann

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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Squid #71 / Emily Willmann

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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Overlord Squid Beanie / Sarah Szymczak

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 the Squid / Cherie Price

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


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 Plush / Cherie Price

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


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


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


DIY macrame garden chair / Alison Allen

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

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Miniature Scale-Model Gothic Cathedral / Ryan McAmis

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

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The Fifth Element Stones Pillar Candle Holders / antagonizer

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

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How to make authentic horror movie blood / A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss

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

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Totoro Plush Tutorial / cheek and stitch

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


Lawn Darts: Illegal – But Lethal? / Joerg Sprave

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


Crochet a Wearable Afghan Mermaid Tail / Shelley Bunyard

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:


Using an Awl to Sew Leather and Heavy Fabrics / Jeremy Cook

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:

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Hobbes / seamster

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

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Super Mario Bros 3 Crocheted Blanket / Kjetil Nordin

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

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Black Crow Plush / Andrea Vida

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

  • Skull Violins / Jeff Stratton
  • Skull Violins / Jeff Stratton
  • Skull Violins / Jeff Stratton
  • Skull Violins / Jeff Stratton
  • Skull Violins / Jeff Stratton

Skull Violins / Jeff Stratton

Skull Violins by Jeff Stratton — via Arcane Images


Marble Tsunami / Jelle Bakker

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