Espadrille shoes are the epitome of classic summer footwear, but did you know they’re just as easy to make as they are to wear? This fabulous summer project is growing in popularity thanks to A Happy Stitch founder Melissa Quaal and the espadrille kits you can find in her Etsy shop. With the help of Melissa, find out all the tricks you need to know for picking out a Spoonflower design for your first (or next!) pair of espadrilles — via Spoonflower Blog
Bobby Duke found a large rusty nail in his back yard. So naturally he turned it into a beautiful little sword — via Youtube
Joseph hates waiting for dessert, so he made a Rube Goldberg machine to streamline dinner time. It lets him keep eating, with no break before cake. It’s his most complex yet and took 3 months to make — via Youtube
British director Nick Bennett’s latest film is a portrait of Wales-based studio potters James and Tilla Waters, at work in their Carmarthenshire studio — via Youtube
Syrian company Pearl Soap make Aleppo soap, which is a product primarily made from natural olive oil. The company, which has been making soap since 1945, uses traditional handmade centuries-old techniques that make for an incredibly satisfying watch — via Youtube
Strange Parts visits RJ Models, one of the top architectural model making factories in China. It’s a blend of high tech computerised tools like laser cutters, CNC mills and high end 3D printers alongside old fashioned meticulous hand model making by skilled craftsmen. And the scale is unbelievable, with 500 employees — via Youtube
In this video, Trenton & Heath give this pair of Ferragamo loafers a makeover. A friend of their asked them to do a complete refurbishment on his shoes, so that’s what they did. With new German leather soles, some Saphir Renovateur and Pommadier cream added to the uppers, this pair ended up looking… new — via Youtube
Cnet went behind the scenes with former MythBusters star Adam Savage for his new series Savage Builds. In the first episode Adam builds a titanium Iron Man suit modelled directly from Marvel Studios, with the hopes of actually flying it — via Youtube
Kath Holden is an artist of the everyday. Inspired by the world around her, Kath’s creations are whimsical yet keenly observed, and a far cry from the genteel museum pieces that her contemporaries are producing. A proud Yorkshire woman, Kath reflects on her life and art as she carves a place for herself in the precious world of miniatures — via Vimeo
Antikythera Fragment #8 – Layout Line Visibility
Wine, wax, woad and yes, There Will Be Blood… all in an effort to discover the best ancient marking fluid. And Clickspring’ll let you decide how the blood supply issue might have been dealt with in the ancient shop – he’s guessing it might not have been much fun being the apprentice on the day the large dial was marked out — via Youtube
Antikythera Mechanism Episode 9 – Making The Epicyclic Pin and Slot Gearing
In this video Clickspring makes what is arguably the most impressive section of the mechanism — the small pin-and-slot module that models the Ancient Greek theory of the variable motion of the #dearMoon — via Youtube
Zebrano Wood Craft made this skull ring with a box of skulls from Games Workshop, a few paints and a steel ring core — via Youtube
Antikythera Mechanism Episode 8 – Making The Mean Lunar Sidereal Train
In this video Clickspring makes the gearing that calculates the mean sidereal period of the #dearMoon, and has a closer look at some of the mechanical limitations of the device — via Youtube
Antikythera Fragment #7 – Precision Soft Soldering
Continuing on with the investigation of what it was like inside the ancient workshop, here’s a closer look at another of the demonstrated techniques: The precise joining of metal using soft solder — via Youtube
The Antikythera Mechanism Episode 7 – Making The Saros & Exeligmos Train
In this video Clickspring makes the gearing that drives the eclipse prediction function of the mechanism. Be sure to check out the reference links below for more info on the Saros cycle, and other eclipse related stuff.[EDIT: At 2:57 there is a typo – the final number in the denominator of the upper expression should be a 30 as per the sketch rather than 90 – Cheers 🙂 ] — via Youtube
Antikythera Fragment #6 – Making A Hand Powered Drill
The precision of the holes in the Antikythera mechanism is one of the most fascinating aspects of its construction. In this video Clickspring makes a tool that is capable of creating holes to the required standard, yet is consistent with the level of technology known to have existed in the period — via Youtube
Antikythera Fragment #5 – The First Precision Drill Bit
There are a number of cutting tools implied in the wreckage of the Antikythera Mechanism, and one of the most interesting is the drill bit. In this video Clickspring explores a possible method of how an effective and precise drill bit could have been made in antiquity — via Youtube
Antikythera Fragment #4 – Ancient Tool Technology – The First Hardened Steel
One of the key tool technologies that needs to be explored around the Antikythera mechanism is the simple hand held file. So this is the second of two Fragment videos relating to the making and hardening of a set of custom files, using materials and processes consistent with the period — via Youtube
Chris Salomone made a video where he tried out a new technique of melting crayons into the river of a waterfall coffee table. It came out looking nice, but got several questions about the durability. In this video he fixes the durability issue by adding a layer of epoxy over it — via Youtube
The Antikythera Mechanism Episode 6 – Making The Metonic Calendar Train
In this video, the gearing that drives the Metonic, Callippic and Olympiad pointers is made. Clickspring recommends an article on the Athenian calendars for further detail on the ancient Greek approach to calendars — via Youtube
The Antikythera Mechanism Episode 5 – The Input Crown Wheel Assembly
In this video the small assembly that enables the user to drive the mechanism in made — via Youtube
Rescue & Restore restored a 1980 Mighty Tonka Dump Truck with a unique challenge, repairing bullet holes — via Youtube
The Antikythera Mechanism Episode 4 – Making And Fitting B2
In this video the most recognisable component of the mechanism continues to take shape, and becomes the first moving part within the plates — via Youtube
Antikythera Fragment #3 – Ancient Tool Technology – Hand Cut Precision Files
There are quite a few very interesting tools still to come in this Fragment series, but Clickspring has to admit he has been super excited about these: A set of hand cut files suitable for constructing the Antikythera Mechanism — via Youtube
Antikythera Fragment #2 – Ancient Tool Technology – The Original Dividing Plate?
One thing about this machine that is truly surprising, is just how small the teeth are.
There’s a well established theory as to how the tooth divisions were marked out, but employing that process to mark out multiple wheels has forced Clickspring to question whether it can reasonably be applied to the Antikythera Mechanism.
So in this video Clickspring proposes an alternative process of wheel division, using only the non precision tools of the period — via Youtube
The Antikythera Mechanism Episode 3 – The Plates And Main Bearing, by Clickspring.
In this episode the basic structure of the mechanism comes together, and Clickspring puts forward a theory on a simple method for achieving the extremely close clearances observed in the original device — via Youtube
Antikythera Fragment #1 – Ancient Tool Technology – Making A Small Parts Vise, by Clickspring.
A possible answer to the question
How did the Ancient Greeks hold small metal parts for filing? — via Youtube
The Antikythera Mechanism Episode 2 – The Main Solar Drive Wheel B1, by Clickspring.
There are more than a few surprises hidden in the wreckage of this iconic part — via Youtube
Use a Cricut Maker Machine to make incredible, beautiful lighted (illuminated) signs, using strip lighting, LED kits. This is one video of three in making various styles of light up signs, using a Cricut. Andrew shows you how to make an
On Air illuminated sign, using the Cricut Maker or another Cricut machine, using poster board or 140lb watercolour paper. The sign is power by 50 red LED Christmas lights that are 5mm in size and plug right into the wall socket with ease — via Youtube
The Antikythera Mechanism Episode 1 – Greeks, Clocks and Rockets, by Clickspring.
In this first episode of the Antikythera Mechanism project, Clickspring lays out the plan for how he intend to proceed with the reproduction — via Youtube
HDPE is one of the most common plastics today. It is most commonly found in the form of blow moulded containers used for food and cleaning products — via Instructables