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Everyday Objects in Macro

Everyday Objects in Macro

From a multi-blade razor to a peanut M&M, Macro Universe takes us really, really up-close and personal with a handful of everyday objects. It always amazes us to see the tiny imperfections and textures in objects which look so smooth and perfect when viewed normally.

Elgato Stream Deck XL

Elgato Stream Deck XL

A jumbo-sized version of Elgato’s sweet programmable key controller. Packing 32 keys, each one can be customized with an icon and function of your choice with an easy-to-use software that runs on Windows 10+ or MacOS X 10.13 or later. It can be laid flat like a keyboard, or angled using the included magnetic stand.

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Wandaland

Wandaland

Richard Noble’s superbly executed short film tells the story of a fictitious tycoon who hopes to build a theme park bearing his name, but whose obsessive nature, pride, and constant changes to the park’s design becomes his downfall. The title character clearly draws inspiration from Walt Disney and Howard Hughes.

Smokestack Fireplace + Grill

Smokestack Fireplace + Grill

Created by Amsterdam designer Frederik Roijé, the Smokestack is a unique backyard fireplace inspired by the archetypal factory chimney. Its main stack is made from weathered steel with a rust finish, while the optional grill that sits inside is made from stainless steel. Measures 78″ h x 20″ dia. It’s less expensive if you live in Europe.

Awesome Bumblebee Cosplay

Awesome Bumblebee Cosplay

Manila-based maker Real Awesome Workz shows off their epic costume replica of The Transformers’ friendly yellow autobot Bumblebee, which he built primarily out of lightweight EVA foam. The weathered paint job by Preslie Saraza and KT Berondo really help to bring it to life. Be sure to stick around to the end for Battle Mode Bee.

Spinning Platform Choreography

Spinning Platform Choreography

This mindbending dance performance comes from Yoann Bourgeois, who’s famous for deeply integrating scenery into his choreography. This footage, from the 2016 performance Celui Qui tombe, features a troupe of six talented dancers as they move and balance to stay upright on a rapidly-spinning platform.

Popsicle Stick Notre Dame

Popsicle Stick Notre Dame

The real Notre Dame Cathedral suffered from a devastating fire in 2019, and it may take decades before it can be restored and made safe for visitors. For now, let’s enjoy this miniature version of the iconic Parisian landmark, courtesy of builder FoBIRD, who created a replica from wooden popsicle sticks and kebab skewers.

Son of the White Mare: Restored

Son of the White Mare: Restored

Released in 1981, Hungarian animator Marcell Jankovics’ feature film Fehérlófia is revered for its mix of mythology, fantasy, and psychedelia. Now, for the first time, you can see an official subtitled U.S. release, restored from the original 35mm negative. The full film is available to rent on Vimeo for a limited time.

Shifting Nests Microhomes

Shifting Nests Microhomes

Vancouver, BC firm BLA Design took home First Prize in the 2019 Bee Breeders Microhome Competition for their nifty sustainable housing concept. Using vacant urban lots, they propose that the land be used for low-cost, tiny homes, each packing in zones for resting, bathing, cooking, living, dining, and farming.

Nominal Rocket Pen

Nominal Rocket Pen

Nominal is a unique pen with a design inspired by the retractable legs on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Each pen is made from 34 individual components, and is available in aluminum or stainless steel. A magnetic “crew cabin” slides off to reveal a black mother of pearl end cap, which can be monogrammed for a small fee.

Crushed Steel Pencil Holder

Crushed Steel Pencil Holder

Using a homemade hydraulic press, a section of square steel tube, and his forge, blacksmith Paul Pinto shows us how he made a cool looking container to keep his office supplies like pens, pencils, paint brushes, and err.. an ice pick.

ThunderCats CGI

ThunderCats CGI

While teaching himself 3D computer animation, Mike Booth thought it might be fun to practice some techniques by recreating the opening title sequence from the 1980s animated classic ThunderCats. We think he did quite the admirable job. Check out the side-by-side comparison video here. ThunderCats, roar!

Cyberboard Mech Keyboard

Cyberboard Mech Keyboard

While there are lots of keyboards out there with LED backlighting, this is the first we’ve seen that puts the light show outside of the keys. Featuring an aluminum alloy case inspired by Tesla’s Cybertruck, this unique 75% mechanical keyboard has 200 programmable RGB LEDs on its back edge, along with hot-swappable keys.

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Rusty Bolt Into Steampunk Lighter

Rusty Bolt Into Steampunk Lighter

One of the great things about metal is just how recyclable it can be. In this video from Random Hands, he shows how he transformed a rusty old bolt into a shiny new lighter with a steampunk aesthetic. While the reused steel was only used for its main chamber, the additional brass pieces really give it a finished look.

Making a Mini Compound Crossbow

Making a Mini Compound Crossbow

Unlike other miniature crossbows, builder M.N. Projects‘ palm-size weapon features an impressive upgrade to its mechanism. It has a pair of rotating cams with a spring drive mechanism, enabling more powerful and longer launches of its tiny, but dangerously sharp metal bolts.

Balloon Dog Bookends

Balloon Dog Bookends

Teach your old books a new trick with these playful bookends that feature a duo of inflatable doggies showing off. The bubbly and joyful red pups are made from cast resin, while the angle structure is made from sheet metal for weight and stability. Each bookend measures 9.75″ L x 4.75″ W x 7.75″ H.

World’s Largest Chainmail

World’s Largest Chainmail

Making the woven metal armor known as chainmail (or “chainmaille”) is a time-consuming, laborious process. So imagine what it must be like to create a suit of chainmail armor for a giant. Blacksmith Timothy Dyck painstakingly forged 250 circles then riveted them together to make a scaled-up version fit for Paul Bunyan.

Transforming Bar Table

Transforming Bar Table

This unique piece of wood furniture from Solidhorse features a modular design that lets you adjust the heights and positions of its shelves using pegs. It comes with two serving/display shelves and two small bottle holders that are great for serving wine and other spirits. They also make a similar laptop desk and folding table.

Inside Out and Upside Down

Inside Out and Upside Down

Gadget artist Dr. Katsumoto Yuichiro demonstrates a couple of intriguing robot designs which can shape-shift themselves using a combination of telescoping arms and hinges. The first video shows a cube configuration that turns itself inside out, while the second features triangles that can flip themselves over.

Lunar Lander Tiny House

Lunar Lander Tiny House

How’d you like to spend your weekends in a lunar lander? Catamaran designer Kurt Hughes turned his skills towards building an earthbound structure inspired by the iconic space vehicle. His 250 sq.ft. “fishing shack” sits along the banks of the Columbia River, and is made from carbon fiber panels, plywood, and epoxy.

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Black & White & Weird All Over

Black & White & Weird All Over

Since 1980, “Weird Al” Yankovic’s friend and drummer Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz has been documenting Al’s misadventures, capturing images of the world’s greatest novelty singer in the studio, on tour, and on video sets. Schwartz’s 208-page hardcover book is filled with never-before-seen photos shot between 1983 and 1986.

Making a Brass Judge’s Gavel

Making a Brass Judge’s Gavel

Back when we worked in an office, we always wanted a gavel so we could demand order in the conference room when people started talking on top of each other. Jimmy DiResta’s friend just became a federal judge, so he made him a beautiful brass gavel from scratch. We had no idea you could mill brass with a razor blade.

ROW

ROW

Russian art collective TUNDRA teamed up with display company HOLO ONE to create this hypnotic artwork. It features a series of modular, scalable persistence of vision screens which display moving patterns that highlight and reflect the space in which they are installed. The piece made its debut in Shanghai, China in July 2020.

Character Drawing & Design Lessons

Like to doodle? This series of online courses will help you to advance your character drawing skills. You’ll learn about the anatomy and gestures that make an image believable and accurate, along with specialized drawing styles like pinups, wild west, and more. Get lifetime access to all 11 courses in The Awesomer Shop.

BRONSON: Keep Moving

BRONSON: Keep Moving

BRONSON is a collaboration between the members of ODESZA and Golden Features, and the music video for Keep Moving perfectly suits the track’s industrial beats, thanks to StyleWar’s deft juggling of stock corporate videos and insane visual effects.

MMXS Mini Marble Machine X

MMXS Mini Marble Machine X

Artist Love Hultén pays tribute to Martin Molin and his incredible Marble Machine X project with a miniature, battery-powered version of the programmable, mechanical music maker. Since there are no blueprints for the original, Hultén based his model entirely on available video footage.

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