LEGO builder MOCingbird celebrates unsung heroes with this diorama that features a city scene and a team of workers fighting off a “fatberg.” As part of their unpleasant but necessary jobs, sewer professionals must clean up these blobs of fat, oil, grease, and waste that accumulate and clog or damage sewage systems.
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There are many ways you can shoot an action sequence, from doing stunts on location to working in front of a green screen in a studio. SoKrispyMedia shows us how they shot a convincing action sequence using CGI backgrounds and the same kind of virtual production technology they use to make The Mandalorian.
To promote his Exquisite Gucci collection, Creative Director Alessandro Michele paid tribute to the style of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. The campaign recreates scenes from A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Barry Lyndon, Eyes Wide Shut, and The Shining, in photos and a short film by Mert & Marcus. More on If It’s Hip, It’s Here.
We love the minimal form of these writing instruments from Stilform. They feature a smooth, anti-roll design and accept two kinds of magnetic tips – an “eternal” metal tip or a graphite tip. They come in four different materials: anodized aluminum, brass, titanium, and 24k gold. Pre-orders start shipping 11.2022.
Located in Quebec, Canada, the Shiship is a tiny home built into a high-cube shipping container. The 31-foot-long cabin has a massive picture window in the bedroom, custom wood cabinetry, a full kitchen, and a bathroom with a shower. Best of all, you can rent the house from Repère Boréal with access to their baths and sauna.
(Photosensitivity Warning) DoodleChaos loves to make videos that sync up with music. He created this incredibly psychedelic video for the appropriately named Bliss on Mushrooms using AI image-generating tools like Dall-E 2 and Stable Diffusion. Our favorite part was the cars and engines starting around 6:43.
This stainless steel card incorporates a variety of drawing and measuring guides. It has a protractor for marking angles, and inch, centimeter, pica, and pixel rulers. It’s also got compass points, isometric grids and cubes, circles, and edge stencils. An upgraded package includes a leather card holder and a matching memo book.
Director Spencer Ford’s music video for the JAWNY track Adios is a masterpiece of drone photography. Its main subject is a muscle car being hooned about a neighborhood while its passenger sings the track in perfect time. Kudos to Jay Christensen and Grant Ridpath for the astounding aerial shots.
Allegory Goods designed this series of handcrafted pens and pencils which incorporate reclaimed woods that date back thousands of years. They come with raw aluminum, gunmetal, burnt bronze, raw brass, or black hardware. The pen takes Parker/Pilot G2 refills, while the pencil accepts standard 0.7mm leads.
CarveWright’s tabletop CNC machine lets makers cut large-scale pieces with precision. It can work with wood, foam, or plastic up to 15.5 in. wide x 12 ft. long x 5.5 in. thick, with a cutting depth up to 2.125 in. A belt-drive moves materials through its cutting area. It comes with easy-to-use Designer software for creating projects.
Pop artist Mr. Doodle turned his entire house into a canvas. Between September 2020 and September 2022, he covered virtually every surface inside and out with his black and white doodles. Along the way, he used more than 900 liters of white paint, 401 cans of black spray paint, and 286 bottles of black ink, and 2296 pen nibs.
Metalsmith Koss shows off the build process for a rather distinctive modern knife with a chisel-style blade. They started with a rusty bar of W1-7 high carbon steel, then cut it down to size, shaped it with a cutting wheel, and refined its razor-sharpened edges. Those handle scales are made from brass flat stock.
The Flairdrum is an unusual percussive instrument that uses PET water bottles filled with varying amounts of compressed air. The air pressure changes the surface tension of each bottle, resulting in different notes when struck. Daniel Bornmann performed this ear-soothing rendition of his track Am Anfang ist Klang.
Homemade Modern has shown us how to make a concrete castle sculpture using a LEGO brick mold. Now he’s taken that technique and applied it to something more practical – the corners for a platform bed. The concrete pillars are fully load-bearing, and the bed assembles easily with interlocking wood beams and slats.
Inspired by the shavings created by sharpening pencils, designer Nanako Kume created a series of hanging lampshades with gigantic versions of the curly wood scraps. She started out by making an oversized pencil sharpener, then massive pencils to stick into it. Her process is just as fascinating as the finished pieces.
Steel rebar is a stiff metal bar typically used to reinforce concrete. But like any metal, with enough force, you can bend it to your whim. Metalsmith Gavin Clark shows us a series of maneuvers he used to tie a length of 1/2″ rebar into a clove hitch knot. We’re impressed that he did it without applying heat.
Artist Steven Richter has wowed us with his sculptures before. This time he took on a different kind of challenge – replicating the rocket car from the end of Toy Story. He started by modifying existing toys, sculpting a new head for Woody, and building a model rocket. He then assembled it all into this crazy creation.
We always enjoy seeing craftspeople turn one kind of object into another. Maker Jimmy Diresta shows off his blacksmithing skills by melting down a steel crowbar in his forge, hammering it into the shape of a bowie knife, and crafting a wood and brass handle. He only used about a third of the metal, so he could probably make another.
The Halfgrid is an environmentally-friendly design for a fully-autonomous urban transportation system. It runs on static overhead cables, decreasing traffic and emissions. Each independently-powered transportation pod is just the right size for a single person. The pods could also be used to move cargo.
(Flashing Images) With COVID travel restrictions in place, filmmaker Adam Chitayat longed for the outside world. Stuck at home, he collected thousands of Google Maps Street View images, which he eventually used to complement the sounds of musicians Axel Boman, Man Tear, and Inre Frid on the track Out Sailing.
Unlike the CGI abomination that is Disney’s Pinocchio reboot, Guillermo del Toro’s take on the classic fairy tale was animated by hand using stop-motion puppetry. In this brief video, we get a look behind the scenes at the craftsmanship that went into the movie, and Guillermo’s rationale for sticking with traditional animation.
From Andre the Giant to The Texas Tornado, Pop Chart’s print celebrates the many fanciful and flashy names assumed by wrestlers. It includes more than 500 names, organized and connected by the traits they each share. It measures 18″ x 24″ and comes unframed, framed, or mounted on a birch plywood panel.
After wowing us with their 60-sided RPG dice, Flying Horseduck is back with a series of 120-sided metal dice. Each 53mm die is CNC-milled from solid aluminum and weighs an impressive 0.5 pounds. Available in d20 and d120 variants in five colors plus a hefty 1.4-pound stainless steel version.
Tokyo_Bird shared this 3D-printable design which makes use of plastic soda bottle caps for sealing small containers. They’re ideal for storing items like screws, washers, or pills. The design is available for download from Thingiverse. We’re not sure they fit U.S.-size bottle caps, but they include STL files for printing your own caps.
Photographs that capture a split-second of action can be pretty amazing. The guys from COOPH put together this excellent tutorial video that shows techniques using powders, fluids, glass, and filters to capture crisp and detailed photos that seem to freeze time. Having a good flash and remote trigger can definitely help.
The music video for Die Antwoord’s track Age of Illusion is notable for a couple of reasons: 1) the trippy animations were created using AI technology by artist Sagans, and 2) its hypnotic electronic groove is a departure from the group’s hard-edged rave music. For a moment, we thought we were listening to Gorillaz.