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Twisted Christmas Tree

Twisted Christmas Tree

Looking for a unique idea for a Christmas tree? Woodworker TyeMadeIt shows off a tree he made by cutting 288 wooden stakes to different lengths then stacked them on a pole and twisted them. Since making the one shown in the video, he’s been commissioned to make custom ones for clients. Build video here.

One Sheet Flipbook Animation

One Sheet Flipbook Animation

dP Art Drawing has made some pretty sweet flipbook animations. While these typically require hundreds of sheets of paper, he wanted to see what would be possible with a single sheet of paper. Over the course of 52 days, he drew 211 frames of art, erasing and redrawing portions of each image to create this animation.

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The Fragility of Complexity

The Fragility of Complexity

Illustrating just how interdependent the world has become, artist Neil Mendoza built The Fragility of Complexity, a motorized, kinetic art installation composed of a row of hammers that rotate perilously close to a series of moving light bulbs. Neil says only a single light bulb was broken during its construction.

Wooden Dog Lamp

Wooden Dog Lamp
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Ukraine-based shop Flampic makes wonderful wooden desk lamps. Among their creative designs is this adorable dog lamp. Its articulated legs and tail let you pose it in a nearly endless variety of charming poses. Available with metal wing nuts or handcrafted wood hardware.

Casting a Metal Fence

Casting a Metal Fence

Iron fences are typically made by shaping and welding together multiple pieces of metal. But this factory uses a technique where entire fence sections are cast in large molds, with multiple workers pouring in molten metal to fill in the complete pattern at once.

Squid Game Doll 3D Drawing

Squid Game Doll 3D Drawing

3D Sanago once again shows off their 3D pen skills by creating a miniature of the creepy killer doll from the Red Light Green Light episode of Squid Game. It even has a rotating head and plays authentic sound effects. English subtitles available.

Last Stop for Lost Property

Last Stop for Lost Property

New York City’s public transit system carries millions of passengers each day, so it’s bound to have its share of items left behind on its seats and platforms. Vicente Cueto’s documentary short film tells the story of lost items and their owners, as told by Sonny Drayton of NYC’s Subways and Buses Lost & Found department.

Day of the Dead Playing Cards

Day of the Dead Playing Cards
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Official Día de los Muertos celebrations took place in early November, but with this deck of cards, you can pay tribute to those who came before us any time. Artist Brad Fulton, Illustrator Jeff Trish, and Art of Play created these fantastic playing cards featuring a heaping helping of skulls and skeletons living their best afterlives.

Tech Noir: The Art of James Cameron

Tech Noir: The Art of James Cameron
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Insight Editions offers a glimpse inside the mind of filmmaker and adventurer James Cameron. The 392-page coffee table book is packed with exclusive images from Cameron’s personal archives, revealing concepts that led to classics like The Terminator, Aliens, Titanic, and Avatar, plus other films that were never produced.

Toybox 3D Printer Deluxe Bundle

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This easy-to-use desktop 3D printer is designed for kids. The printer works with a mobile app filled with hundreds of toy designs and includes eight filament colors (aka “printer food”) for cranking out creations. Save an extra 20% on Black Friday with code BFSAVE20 in The Awesomer Shop.

Planktonium

Planktonium

Filmmaker Jan van IJken offeers a look at the microscopic world of plankton. These fascinating organisms can be found everywhere you find water and are a critical part of our ecosystem. Some provide food for marine life, while others produce oxygen through photosynthesis. Stream the full 15-minute version here.

Mathmos Saturn Giant Lava Lamp

Mathmos Saturn Giant Lava Lamp

The classic lava lamp finally gets the rocketship makeover it deserves. Created by lava lamp originators Mathmos, the Saturn Giant floor lamp measures 5 feet tall and stands on a trio of shiny aluminum legs. Each one is handmade in the UK and can be ordered in one of 10 lava color combinations.

Low-Budget Virtual Production Rig

Low-Budget Virtual Production Rig

We’ve seen how The Mandalorian uses a giant wraparound screen and camera tracking tech to produce immersive environments. Jelle Vermandere doesn’t have a Disney-sized budget, so instead, he built a homebrew rig that uses a ring of lights synced with a virtual environment to match his lighting to the scene.

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Autonomous WorkPod

Autonomous WorkPod

The Zen Work Pod provides a soundproof space that’s perfect for getting away from the kids while you work. It’s made from wood, aluminum, and tempered glass, and comes with shelving, a SmartDesk Connect, a ErgoChair Pro+, and more. Assembly takes just a day. It’s currently on sale for $21,000, including free US shipping.

Pixar: Automaton

Pixar: Automaton

This experimental short film from Pixar effects artists and director Krzysztof Rost is quite the departure from their story- and character-driven productions. Instead, we’re presented with a wordless world to bear witness to nature’s fury. We’d love to see a crisp 4K version, as YouTube’s compression algorithm destroys the detail.

Paper Tiger

Paper Tiger

Artist Amy Tannenbaum works in a variety of media to create her works. In addition to making portraits from twirled yarn and magazine clippings, she creates images out of tiny slivers of colored paper. Here she shows off a detailed image of a tiger that she made using the cut paper technique.

The Invisible Horror of The Shining

The Invisible Horror of The Shining

After a long hiatus, film essayist Kaptain Kristian is back with a great video about the subtle and not-so-subtle audiovisual tricks that Stanley Kubrick and music editor Gordon Stainforth pulled to intensify the horror and suspense of The Shining. As he mentions, it’s a film that masterfully reveals more with each viewing.

Mezmocoin Galactic

Mezmocoin Galactic

This new variant of the awesomely spinny Mezmocoin adds a colorful image to its top. The precision-machined discs spin smoothly for up to 12 minutes and fascinate the eyes with their holographic images of galaxies set beneath a clear resin dome.

LED MINI Electric

LED MINI Electric

Nicholas ‘Nico’ Martin took a MINI Electric and wrapped it in 2000 Twinkly LED smart lights. The festive electric car is touring various locations in the UK this holiday season, bringing cheer and helping to raise awareness and donations for three charitable causes: The MS Trust, Duchenne UK, and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Sculptor Sculpts Sculptor

Sculptor Sculpts Sculptor

Artist Steven Richter is known for creating impressively realistic busts. In this video from 2020, he makes a 1:2-scale sculpture of himself which he posed making an even tinier 1:4-scale version of himself. We need to go deeper!

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Super Mario Light Box

Super Mario Light Box
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South Carolina’s Moore Than Just a Book makes works of illuminated using layers of laser-cut paper under glass to create a silhouetted depth effect. Our favorite is this scene inspired by the world of Super Mario. It measures 8″h x 10″w and comes with either a black or white frame.

Effective Crosswalk Concepts

Effective Crosswalk Concepts

You’d think that a simple Walk/Don’t Walk sign would be enough to keep people from crossing against traffic, but it’s not. VFXHD came up with some creative methods for keeping pedestrians from getting run over. While the boxing gloves and hammer setups are silly, the water curtain and pop-up barriers aren’t bad ideas.

Tassen Personality Porcelain

Tassen Personality Porcelain
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58Products‘ playful porcelain pieces bring a smile to faces with their silly and expressive characters straight out of a Disney cartoon. They come in various shapes and sizes, including bowls, cups, mugs, sugar bowls, and storage jars.

Aspect Ratio: The Changing Shape of Cinema

Aspect Ratio: The Changing Shape of Cinema

For years, 35mm film was the dominant format for big-screen moviemaking. The first movies had a boxy shape but eventually expanded to wider formats. Team 2 Films looks at the history of film shapes, how various aspect ratios have come in and out of favor, and how they affect movie composition.

Lunar Topography Ceiling Light

Lunar Topography Ceiling Light

Maker Frank Howarth wanted to make a unique ceiling light to install over his dining table. After playing around with a simpler design, he decided to go with a three-panel design comprising CNC-cut wood slices based on the topography of the lunar surface. They also look like a Joy Division album cover.

Reinventing the Egg Timer

Reinventing the Egg Timer

We all have timer apps on our phones these days, but there are still times where you might use an old-fashioned egg timer. MakerPaul takes a look at the flaws in the traditional hourglass design and offers up a new and improved version that tips over when done and can be reset instantly. The 3D printable design is available here.

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