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Machining Metal Pens

Machining Metal Pens

Artist Ilia Gyrevich makes unique and functional objects by machining metal. In this video, he shows off how he creates his EDC pens from brass rods, as the metal shavings fly forth in a most satisfying manner. You can buy his wares from the MachinedGift Etsy shop.

A Trip to Infinity

A Trip to Infinity

Do you need to chill out? Well if 2 hours of zooming into this nearly infinite fractal art doesn’t help your mind unwind, we don’t know what will. Maths Town says this seemingly endless Mandelbrot pattern zooms in to a depth of 1.2e1077, which is way higher than we can count.

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Neighborwoods Map Coasters

Neighborwoods Map Coasters

Celebrate your hometown with Neighborwoods‘ laser-engraved wood coasters. Each one is etched with local neighborhood maps for cities around the world, from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., Montreal to Paris. Sold in sets of two or four. Also available on Amazon.

Blind Eye

Blind Eye

In this entertaining short film from students of Gobelins animation school, two siblings face potential sacrifice after angering the almighty eye. But what really awaits them is a very different fate in this cautionary tale about worshipping false idols. We were particularly impressed with the excellent sound design.

The Art of Suminagashi

The Art of Suminagashi

Suminagashi is an ancient Japanese craft that produces amazing marbled patterns on paper. Linh My Truong of the Textile Arts Center in New York City demonstrates several techniques for manipulating inks in a water bath to produce various cool patterns. Her tools include a cat’s whisker and a drinking straw.

Animatronic Mimir Head

Animatronic Mimir Head

If you’ve played God of War on the PS4, you’re probably familiar with Mimir, the disembodied head that helps guide Kratos and Atreus on their missions. Bar-El Studio created this animatronic replica of the egotistical character, complete with light-up mechanical eyes, and speech samples from the game.

Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams

Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams

BOWIE: Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams celebrates the life of David Bowie through a series of illustrated comic panels. The 160 page hardcover graphic novel chronicles his rise from pop singer to Ziggy Stardust, and his numerous personas and reinventions. Written by Michael Allred, Steve Horton, and Laura Allred.

Typologies of New York City

Typologies of New York City

Sam Morrison’s crowdsourced video aims to answer the the questions: “What happens when everything in the world has been photographed? From multiple angles, multiple times per day?” He created the clip by collecting Instagram photos of the same subject or location, then by piecing them together into a cohesive hyperlapse.

DIY Concrete and LEGO Table

DIY Concrete and LEGO Table

Maker Chris Salomone loved the idea of river and ocean tables. But he was sick of seeing the same materials – glass and wood – used over and over again. So he made a river table that uses concrete as the land and LEGO pieces as the river.

Larch Wood Cutting Boards

Larch Wood Cutting Boards

Larch Wood Canada creates beautiful cutting boards using meticulously-selected sticks of Canadian larch. The end-grain pieces are lined up by pattern, revealing repetitive shapes that occur in nature. They also make custom countertops. See how they’re made here.

NYC Textures

NYC Textures

Photographer and animator Ynon Lan captured over a thousand still images around New York City and compiled them into this cool short film, which evokes the true essence of the big city through its textures.

Bolt Into Combo Lock

Bolt Into Combo Lock

We always enjoy watching craftspeople turn objects intended for one thing into something entirely different. In this clip from My Mechanics, offers up one off the more impressive transformations we’ve seen, reworking an ordinary stainless steel bolt and a brass rod into a working combination lock.

Aluminum Infinity Cube

Aluminum Infinity Cube

Mechforce’s mindbending fidget toy features a series three metal cubes nested one inside of the other. The entire thing is CNC-machined from a single billet of aluminum. Measures 1″ x 1″ x 1″, and includes a removable keychain ring.

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Into the Weird Playing Cards

Into the Weird Playing Cards

Art of Play’s limited edition deck features imagery by illustrator Jenny Gebhardt, who provided each of its 54 cards with a uniquely warped and twisted character or scene. Printed by the U.S. Playing Card Co.

Making Chainmaille Damascus

Making Chainmaille Damascus

Metalsmith Shurap shows off yet another unconventional material for creating damascus steel. This time, he took the woven metal of protective chainmaille butcher’s gloves and turned the mesh into a beautifully-patterned blade with a cool blue sheen.

Rainbow Metal Dice Set

Rainbow Metal Dice Set

Upgrade your D&D game with Rainbow Shop CN’s beautiful shimmery electroplated metal dice. Made from zinc alloy, they have a nice heft to them, and you’ll get a full set including D20, D12, D10, D10(percentile), D8, D6, and D4 for all your gaming needs.

Waste Plant Ski Slope

Waste Plant Ski Slope

Waste processing plants are usually some of the ugliest facilities out there. But in Copenhagen, Denmark, the modernist Amager Bakke not only cleanly converts trash to energy, its rooftop doubles as grass-covered urban ski slope. The impressive facility was designed by Bjarke Ingels Group.

Railroad Car Tiny House

Railroad Car Tiny House

While we’re not sure we could ever live in a tiny house, there is something appealing about the idea of an efficient living space. Living Big in a Tiny House introduces us to Dan and Annabel, who built a funky little guest house out of an old WWII railroad car. The greenhouse roof really brings light into the otherwise confined space.

Stark Stick Tower

Stark Stick Tower

This impressive model of Tony Stark’s office tower from The Avengers series was built by FoBIRD using skinny wooden sticks and glue as its primary building materials. Watch as he painstakingly builds up the facades section-by-section, using architectural elevations he initially drafted onto paper.

Skull of Skulls Sculpture

Skull of Skulls Sculpture

Looking for something creepy to put up on your bookshelf? This 5″ tall cast plaster skull that’s made up of dozens of smaller skulls and bones is sure to fit the bill. Each one is handmade from extra hard casting powder and reinforced with Herculite. It’s also available unpainted, and there’s a cheaper resin version on Amazon.

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Pie Geometry

Pie Geometry

When we call Seattle Lauren Ko a “pastry artist,” we really mean it. Not only does she make delicious pies and tarts, she creates them with fastidiously-arranged geometric patterns that look so good that we wouldn’t want to dare slice them up.

Making a Wood Brick Floor

Making a Wood Brick Floor

There was a time when floors made out of wooden bricks were commonplace. In this serene DIY clip from Mr. Chickadee, he takes us through the process of building such a floor for a blacksmith shop by pouring and smoothing dirt, cutting wood logs into bricks, hammering them each into place, then finishing them with fire.

Multiverse

Multiverse

Director Hiroshi Kondo’s short film has a simple premise – watching the flow of traffic on the streets of Taiwan, where an endless stream of mopeds carry riders every day. But through the use of editing, time-lapse, and other techniques, he created a true visual masterpiece.

The Blank Page

The Blank Page

The consistently amazing animator Jake Fried is back with another incredible work, meticulously hand-illustrated using ink and Wite-Out on paper. The images in “The Blank Page” take us on a wild journey through the artist’s mind, and the wonder of creative possibilities.

Tom and Jerry Mini Sculptures

Tom and Jerry Mini Sculptures

Custom toy maker Taku Inoue has a thing for classic cartoons. Among his works are a series of sculptures inspired by moments of hilarity from Tom and Jerry’s slapstick antics. Some of our favorites are Tom stuffed into a water glass, and the always classic Jerry turning into a wedge of cheese after gulping down the whole thing.

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