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Awesome Art & Design

Cyberpunk City Gaming PC

Cyberpunk City Gaming PC

Nerdforge previously built a computer that looked like a medieval house. Now they’ve gone in the opposite direction by creating this awesome work of art – a gaming PC that looks like a neon-lit cyberpunk city. After finishing the exterior, they flew from Norway to Canada to let Linus Tech Tips trick out the insides of the rig.

1000 Design Classics

1000 Design Classics
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This compendium from Phaidon combines and updates the three-volume Phaidon Design Classics into a single 592-page hardcover book. A must-own for appreciators of industrial design, the book showcases the most iconic and influential products and objects from the 17th to the 21st century.

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Wooden Claw Finger Extensions

Wooden Claw Finger Extensions

Are your fingers not long and creepy enough? Perhaps you could use some finger extensions. Maker The Q took a bunch of wooden popsicle sticks and glued them together to make a sort of plywood that he cut into claw shapes. He then cut out a cavity for his fingertips, and added a hinge mechanism to make them move.

Jupiter Rotates in Real Time

Jupiter Rotates in Real Time

Are you ready to slow down and breathe? Well then, click play on this video and observe one full rotation of Jupiter. Interplanetary posted this relaxing footage captured by NASA and ESA’s Hubble telescope. It takes 9 hours, 55 minutes, and 30 seconds to complete the taks, the fastest of any planet in our solar system.

Wall-Climbing Illusion

Wall-Climbing Illusion

Artist Leandro Erlich is known for large-scale installations incorporating optical illusions. This simple yet effective illusion combines an image of a building with mirrors at a 45º angle, turning visitors on the floor into wall-climbing Spider-People. It’s on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through 9.15.22.

Oslo in Miniature

Oslo in Miniature

Photographer Joerg Daiber of Little Big World travels the globe capturing tilt-shifted aerial video of the places he visits. This time, he headed to Norway’s capital, Oslo, and transformed the beautiful and bustling city into a miniature wonderland. The equipment at the shipping docks really does look like a model.

XM Studios Maestro Premium Collectible

XM Studios Maestro Premium Collectible

Singapore’s XM Studios makes incredible collectible toys. Among them is this 1/4-scale Maestro, a super-smart and super-strong version of The Hulk from the future. The deluxe variant of the hand-painted polystone model features Maestro sitting on a throne made from a sentinel head, surrounded by the spoils of his conquests.

Making a Robot Arm from Chocolate

Making a Robot Arm from Chocolate

Pastry chef Amaury Guichon continues to wow us with his epic chocolate creations. For this build, he created a 3.5-foot-tall sculpture of a robotic arm out of 90 pounds of dark chocolate. Not only does it look awesome, its hinges move, and its gripper has mechanical gears.

Wally Bar Cart

Wally Bar Cart
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This wheeled bar cart from Urban Outfitters features a playful mid-century modern design. Its swoopy iron structure is coated in a bright green finish and has two glass shelves for storing your favorite spirits and barware. If you’re ready to go all-in on 1970s style, they sell a matching coffee table, floor mirror, and side table.

A Satisfying Waterfall Fountain Made from PVC

A Satisfying Waterfall Fountain Made from PVC

V. Idea shows off a fun and creative project they built using PVC pipe. The tabletop fountain pumps water over a spinning wheel which drive a couple of little plastic guys on the sides to make it look like they’re cranking its mechanism.

Forging a Trident

Forging a Trident

We’ve seen many different tools and weapons crafted by blacksmiths, but we’re guessing they don’t often get requests to make a trident. Rigoni Ironworks walks us through the satisfying process of forging, hammering, and shaping a steel rod into the kind of three-pronged implement that Aquaman or Neptune might wield.

Forging a Titanium Hammer

Forging a Titanium Hammer

Titanium is just as strong as steel but weighs about 45% less, making it ideal for pocket tools. But hammers depend on their heavy steel heads to drive nails effectively. Regardless of the reduction in driving force, Timothy Dyck’s titanium framing hammer looks amazing, especially with its accidental rainbow anodized finish.

Making a Hidden 4-Player Arcade Cabinet

Making a Hidden 4-Player Arcade Cabinet

Arcade machines are lots of fun, but they aren’t typically living room friendly. Bob from I Like to Make Stuff shows off a piece of furniture that combines a storage unit with a Raspberry Pi arcade, and four sets of arcade controls in a hidden, slide-out shelf. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can buy the plans to build your own.

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Making a Brass Pea Whistle

Making a Brass Pea Whistle

A traditional brass whistle seems like a very simple device, but as Pask Makes shows us, it takes time, skill, and precision to build one from scratch. He built the body of the whistle by cutting and bending a sheet of brass, then soldering on its top shell to eliminate air gaps. It took some trial and error to get it to make a sound.

CODE41 Mecascape Pocket Clock

CODE41 Mecascape Pocket Clock
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This extravagant clock features the kind of high-end movement typically reserved for luxury wristwatches. It’s designed to be able to fit in your pocket and features dials for hours, minutes, seconds, date, and GMT. It features a titanium case back for durability, along with a metal display base for desktop use.

Flying Horseduck d60 Dice

Flying Horseduck d60 Dice

These precise and substantial RPG dice from Flying Horseduck roll random numbers between 1 and 60. Each 37mm piece is carved from solid aluminum using a 5-axis CNC mill. They also make d4, d6, d10, d12, d20, spindown d60, and life-or-death versions, each with 60 sides.

Shovaxsaw Outdoor Multitool

Shovaxsaw Outdoor Multitool

Metalsmith Hassan Abu-Izmero came up with the idea to build a modular outdoor tool that works as a pickaxe, a saw, and a shovel in one. While there are off-the-shelf tools with similar versatility, we appreciate the work that went into Hassan’s custom-built multitool.

Water Drop Automata

Water Drop Automata

Artist Ross McSweeney specializes in mechanical sculptures called automata. Among his creations is this kinetic plaything that uses gears and crankshafts to make concentric circles of wood look like pond ripples. If you have access to a laser cutter, you can purchase the template files to make your own on Etsy.

Gyro Spin

Gyro Spin

Ghost Design’s stainless steel plaything can spin for up to 12 minutes, thanks to its low-friction ceramic ball bearings. Its gyroscopic action is self-balancing, and can it can spin in an inverted position as well. Available in brushed, mirror, or black-coated finishes, with optional desk stand and carrying case add-ons.

Woodturning a Water Bottle

Woodturning a Water Bottle

Woodworker Olivier Gomis used a plastic water bottle as the inspiration for this satisfying build. After laminating together scraps of maple and walnut, he turned the wood block on a lathe to replicate the shape of the bottle. Then, he hollowed out its center and used the plastic bottle as a waterproof liner.

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Hairy Pouter

Hairy Pouter

After 98-year-old Lillian read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, filmmaker and creative director Chris Carboni interviewed her to ask some questions about the book. He then used interpretive AI technology to create images to accompany Lillian’s amusing and endearing descriptions of the story and its characters.

DIY PVC Pipe Pool Lounger

DIY PVC Pipe Pool Lounger

HomeMadeModern shows us how to create an eye-catching curved pool lounge chair from plywood and PVC pipe. The main trick was cutting notches for the pipes using a hole saw drill bit, then slicing through their centers with a jigsaw. After screwing all the PVC into place, he spray-painted it in a beachy green Krylon Fusion paint.

IKEA Wood Lamp Upgrade

IKEA Wood Lamp Upgrade

There’s a whole community dedicated to hacking IKEA products to make them look better or more useful. In this video from Woodboy, he shows us how he turned a cheap IKEA desk lamp into something that looks like it came from a high-end lighting store. All that remains from the original is the LED light bar and wiring though.

Realistic Mario Monsters

Realistic Mario Monsters

Because Adam at North of the Border can’t get enough Mario, he decided to work up sculptures of some of the franchise’s many monsters. Though his “realistic” versions of Boo, Blooper, Piranha Plant, and a group of Goombas are the stuff of nightmares. Adding pointy teeth to stuff is always guaranteed to up the creepy factor.

Making Chinese Word Candies

Making Chinese Word Candies

Goldthread takes us inside a factory that makes special good fortune candies, each of which has a meaningful Chinese character in its center. Using soybean, black sesame, and maltose, their artisans handmake each rope of candy by stacking contrasting layers then stretching them smaller and smaller to reveal the letters.

Plasticine Clay Cars and Crashes

Plasticine Clay Cars and Crashes

YouTube channel Handmade features models of cars that were individually hand-built out of Plasticine clay. The artist behind the camera uses a plastic model as his form, then painstakingly traces and cuts out each piece of its body to create impressively accurate miniatures. And then he crash-tests them.

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