Add a little space to your desk with this playful astronaut lamp from Paladone. The tiny moon man takes his spacewalk at the end of an adjustable gooseneck, as he floats above the lunar textured base below. Runs on USB or 3 AAA batteries, so it’s definitely just an accent light.
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It’s fun to play a game of chess in the park. But carrying around a full-size chess set can be a pain. This cleverly-designed set features a roll-up board and pieces that stack inside of each other inside of a tube. Choose from steel, zinc, or plastic pieces, leather, PU leather, or silicone board, and a leather or polyester case.
Fred Conlon’s whimsical metalwork is all over SLC, especially his mischievous monsters made from industrial scrap and old tools. “Proudly made in the USA from worldwide junk” is the Sugarpost motto. He really nailed it with office supplies like a pliers pen cup, wrench desk caddy, and Hammer Hits Nail business card holder.
The machete is one of the most imposing bladed weapons out there. In this clip from blacksmith Green Beetle, he walks us through the process of creating one by recycling steel found in a rusty old push-handle lawnmower. It’s interesting to see how he determines the carbon content of the steel on the grinder.
Desktop accessory maker Craighill’s stainless steel puzzle forms a complete sphere when assembled, but figuring out how to put its three components together is harder than it looks. It measures the same diameter as a pool ball, but weighs a hefty 1 lb, 12 oz. Pre-order price available for a limited time from Drop.
The CGI in TRON seems primitive by today’s standards, but back in 1982 it was not only groundbreaking, it pushed the limits of available technology. Using modern tech, the guys at Corridor Crew decided to see if they could accurately replicate the famous light cycle scene in less than a day.
Each year, Tom BetGeorge creates an incredible Halloween light show to raise funds for charity. As part of his 2020 show, he programmed a performance that syncs up perfectly with Metallica’s Enter Sandman. If you’re near Tracy, California, you can view the light show in person during its performance schedule.
Minimaus Crafts is an expert at making sculptures from soda cans. Watch as he takes 15 cans, some popsicle sticks, straws, and a few other household items to make a miniature replica of the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. His soda can Back to the Future DeLorean is pretty impressive too.
Marvelous Decks‘ created this colorful deck inspired by our tiny feathered friends. Holographic foil can be found throughout the deck, while the tuck case adds sculpted embossing and multiple foils for added effect. Available in red, blue, or purple. The gilded three-pack is extra special. Pre-orders start shipping 1.2021.
Back in the day, there was this great video game called Battle Chess, in which chess pieces fought to the death on the board. This clip from CGI animator lotsalote envisions what a next-gen version of that game might look like, as individual chess pieces explode violently on impact with their opponents.
We can think of no better gift for an aviation fanatic than this metal model inspired by the iconic Hughes H-4 Hercules. Like the real Spruce Goose, this miniature has eight propellers, though these turn using a wind-up mechanism rather than 28-cylinder Pratt & Whitney engines. The 219-piece kit is best for ages 14+.
Maths Town teamed up with fellow fractal fanatic Yann Lby to create this hypnotic visual made up of colorful wireframes. For math geeks, the pattern starts as a 2D Mandelbrot fractal but uses its iteration data to project a vertical axis. Blow it up full screen dim the lights, get ready to enter a hypnotic trance.
Fans of 8-bit console gaming and adult beverages will love these wood coasters from Cutting Boredom. Each of the six available designs envisions a drunk version of a classic NES game, with titles like “Drunkey Kong” and “Mike Tyson’s Pass Out!!” Each one is printed in color then sealed with a two-coat polyurethane finish.
Animators Michał Socha and his brother Jakub previously worked on The Simpsons’ Inside Homer’s Brain and the Build Your Own couch gags. Their latest creation is this low-fi animation which envisions The Simpsons as a family of extreme action stars in an all-digital world.
Coppertist Handmade creates some really wonderful little trinkets from various metals. Among their many unique items are these marble-finish brass incense burners in the shape of a house cat. Each one wields its aromatic stick like a kitty with a lightsaber while symbolizing independence, curiosity, and rebirth.
Dǒuyīn (TikTok in China) user Taogeceping posted this brief footage of an incredible sculpture of Joaquin Phoenix’s take on The Joker. Not only is the front of the bust incredibly realistic, but it also features a surprise when you walk around to its back. We’d love to know who the artist is so we can give credit where it’s due.
There’s something so satisfying about a well-organized workshop. Maker Zack Freedman shows how he brought order to chaos by creating a wall of parts bins that create a smooth gradient when all the drawers are in their proper places. He 3D printed the faceplates using rainbow filament and laser cut the drawer labels.
If you like the look of shipping containers, you can buy a tissue box holder inspired by their design. But if you’re a pro model maker like Adam Savage, and want something you can sit on, you build your own from scratch. You can get the digital files for printing the photorealistic vinyl stickers here.
Artist jedrek29t makes all kinds of neat dioramas by embedding objects into resin. Watch him build a scene of a miniature UFO as it hovers above a grassy field and starts vacuuming up cows in its tractor beam. He also integrated an LED into the spaceship so it works as a nightlight.
Embedding things in clear resin, then carving them allows for the creation of all kinds of unique objects. In this clip from Wood Workshop, he shows off a neat vase he made using cut up pieces of drinking straws, resin, and walnut that he shaved down on his lathe.
Macro Room set up various objects and vessels filled with water or paint on a platform and then dropped spheres, pins and balloons on them. They captured the resulting explosions with a slow-mo camera that spun around its edge, creating wild visuals that look like they were computer-generated.
14-year-old LEGO builder Alex Bailey created this 6-foot-long model of New York City’s skyline. The freestyle brick builder was inspired to build the miniature Manhattan after a surprise helicopter tour he took of the city for Christmas 2019. His proud mom posted video and photos of this amazing LEGO creation. Great job, Alex!
Silicone ring maker Enso offers some really great everyday jewelry that won’t break the bank. Our current favorites are this collection of rings that feature images inspired by the Calavera (sugar skulls) and tattoo roses commonly associated with Día de Los Muertos celebrations.
Min Zumi, guest artist at Sydney, Australia’s Authentink Tattoo Studio creates incredible 3-dimensional designs that look as if they were embroidered onto a patch, then slapped onto the skin. The intricate stitching details are amazing, as is the perfect drop shadow effect.
We have a hard enough time making omelets that don’t break apart on us when folding them over, but this Korean chef makes it look easy to create one with a swirled design that looks like a tornado. The best part – it gets stacked atop a dome of fried rice and surrounded with a moat of tomato sauce. Get in our bellies!
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