Here’s a fun family project if you live somewhere the temperature stays below freezing for days on end. The ABC Allred Family shows us how easy it is to build your own backyard igloo from blocks of ice and a dash of food coloring for extra flair. You can make the ice bricks in aluminum foil trays and then cement them together with a mixture of snow and cold water.
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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, Avatar, and other films that were never produced.
Screenprinting involves coating screens with chemicals, exposing the areas you want to print to light, then washing them to allow ink to flow through. xTool’s screenprinting system uses a laser to expose pre-coated screens for crisp screens in hours, not days. Price shown includes an xTool 5-watt laser. A $200 basic kit is available for other laser engravers.
At first glance, we thought this was one of those tilt-shift videos that makes people and things look tiny. But you’re looking at a detailed scale model of a carnival built by Tobias Augustin. The miniature amusement park is filled with motorized thrill rides, carny booths, and other attractions illuminated with thousands of colorful NeoPixel LEDs.
Director of photography Nikita Khatsarevich captured this amazing tracking shot for the video for Mata’s track M. Shooting the sequence involved connecting a drone to a handle that could be grabbed in mid-air, handed off to a passenger in a car, and then attached to its trunk. Watch the behind-the-scenes video to see exactly how it was done.
When a creature awakens in the woods, he searches the depths of his memories for clues as to how he got there and why he’s in the condition he’s in. Animator Aiden Whittam and written/director Ryan Oligmueller’s stop-motion short film takes on the difficult topic of depression in an artful and compelling way. Watch the behind-the-scenes footage here.
Track your travels around the U.S. National Parks with this laser-cut wood map from SeeYouOnTheTrail. Each park is marked on the map with a cutout of an evergreen tree. Once you visit the park, pop in one of the green trees to say you were there. The map measures 16.5″ wide x 10″ tall and also comes in colorful sunrise and woodland hues editions.
Jeff Sanders, the builder behind the Brick Bending YouTube channel, is an expert at creating unconventional LEGO structures. This video shows off some large and elaborate wheels he built by layering hundreds of trapezoidal slices together. They look like they should be strong, but they’re quite fragile due to their weight and incomplete connections.
Budding artists are often encouraged to draw trees for quick sketching success. Drawing Trees branches out from that lesson with 30 meditative guided drawings of trees, leaves, and other identifiers. Trace the images with a pen or pencil to grow your skills and knowledge of tree species from Black Walnut to White Ash.
A Japanese Daruma doll is a traditional symbol of Zen and Buddhism and is regarded as a bringer of good luck. Process X takes us inside the Gunma Daruma factory, makers of these hollow, round dolls since 1873. They’re cast from a slurry of recycled egg cartons and paper, smoothed, air-dried, and then handpainted in red, black, white, and gold.
Show your love for the classic VW microbus with this cast metal organizer from Troika. It’s based on the 1962 VW T1 Samba Bus, and offers storage for paperclips, business cards, pens, and other small office supplies. Its top works as a magnetic paperclip holder, and its pull-back friction mechanism lets it roll across your desktop.
This book of Japanese patterns is great for making your own origami sculptures. It’s packed with 200 sheets of 6-inch paper squares printed with intricate designs in shades of blue and white with solid colors on the back. Great for making collages or papier-mâché projects too.
Most cotton candy is produced by spinning heated sugar in a special appliance until it forms thin strands. But this talented candy maker shows how a traditional Chinese cotton candy can be made by spinning hot, caramelized sugar in the air and inserting a skewer of caramels in the middle to catch the candy floss.
Photographer Luke Edwin shows off a bunch of neat tricks for capturing amazing video shots on a shoestring budget. From using a cheap camera gimbal as a motion-control rig to pulling an action camera through scenes using an ultra-long selfie stick and string, each creative technique produces dramatic and professional-looking results.
The latest desk toy from the makers of the Mezmoglobe series offers up a hypnotic illusion that will have you scratching your head. Give its outer helix a spin, and it appears that its metal sphere is floating weightlessly in its center. It’s completely mechanical and uses no magnets or electricity. Choose from black, dark titanium, or silver helix designs.
Hokusai’s Great Wave off Kanagawa is one of the world’s most iconic artworks. It’s been the subject of countless tributes over the years. LEGO builder Jumpei Mitsui assembled an enormous 3D model of the wave using 50,000 bricks and shared this time-lapse video of the build. He created the piece for an installation at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Combining a fan with fire can produce an impressive vortex effect. Hoshizora Camping shows how a simple metal stove can produce a unique fire tornado. The individual openings produce thin jets of flame, creating a woven effect as the vortex starts to spin. It also works with colored flames. Watch with subtitles on.
After Matty Benedetto got his hands on a large-bed Creality 3D printer, he wanted to create something that could only be made on such a device. His plan? Create a life-size sculpture of himself that greets visitors when they come to his studio. It took a lot of time and filament to produce his plastic avatar, but the result was worth it.
Many of us caught a glimpse of the 2023 annular solar eclipse, but through most filters and lenses, it just looked like a blurry crescent. Frozen Spectrum shows off an incredible bit of time-lapse footage of the event captured with a custom solar telescope. The detail in the 8K video is unlike any we’ve seen of the sun during an eclipse.
Say what you will about the Tesla Cybertruck; Elon Musk’s chunky and funky electric truck has given us countless memes and fan-built projects to enjoy. ND – Woodworking Art’s metal-framed, wood-covered vehicle is a roughly 1/2-scale replica of the truck. It runs on battery power like the real deal and has room in its bed for his kid’s mini Cyberquad.
It’s breakfast time somewhere, right? Sit back and enjoy a tall stack of pancakes, as DA BOMB ART fixes 20 meticulously illustrated edible logos, inspired by movie studios and production companies. They look awesome, but we’d slather them with butter and syrup and devour them all in minutes.
Random Hands shows how they turned a stack of stainless steel rulers into a unique Damascus pattern, which he sandwiched around high-carbon steel to make a beautiful Japanese-style meat cleaver. He fitted it with a hexagonal wood handle and a hand-stitched leather sheath. We’d love this knife in our kitchen, but sadly, this one isn’t for sale.