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Making Pepsiman Out of Pepsi Cans

Making Pepsiman Out of Pepsi Cans

Despite its outrageous product placement, Pepsiman was a shockingly fun PlayStation game. Its protagonist was a metal superhero who had to run through towns gathering up cans of its sponsor’s soft drink to save the day. Minimaus Crafts created his own model of Pepsiman using skinny Pepsi cans as his medium.

Two-Faced Pencils

Two-Faced Pencils

Award-winning artist Tuesday Bassen is a creative powerhouse, known for her sassy ‘zines, prints, accessories, and ethically made, size-inclusive clothing. She brings twice the attitude to her Two-Faced Pencils set of 10 pencils with graphite lead on one end and red on the other. The foil-stamped barrels come in five designs.

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House of a Thousand Knots

House of a Thousand Knots

This fascinating video from the Institute of Nomadic Architecture takes us to a Kenyan village, where the women come together to build a shelter for the community. These domed structures are made by twisting and knotting found materials like tree trunks, palm fronds, dry grasses, vines, and other organic fibers.

Making Shiny Steel Spheres

Making Shiny Steel Spheres

Scott from Wonder World was fascinated by a video that showed how large metal spheres are made using explosive hydroforming. Here, he dives deeper into the process, along with other methods used for making spheres from steel, such as the shiny art pieces made by Shenzhen Maoping Sculpture Arts.

Making the World’s Smallest Sculptures

Making the World’s Smallest Sculptures

Dr. Willard Wigan MBE has an attention to detail most of us only dream of. He’s known for his infinitesimally small sculptures, which he carves using tiny tools under the lens of a microscope. WIRED’s Obsessed sat down with Willard to learn about his technique and the challenges of working at such a small scale.

Making a Fuzzy Sonic the Hedgehog

Making a Fuzzy Sonic the Hedgehog

Adam from North of the Border was trying to come up with a way to sculpt Sonic the Hedgehog that was different from what’s already out there on the internet. So he created a clay sculpture of SEGA’s mascot in his iconic “Naruto run” pose, then covered the figure with flocking to give him a delightfully fuzzy blue finish.

Giant Cardboard Tachikoma

Giant Cardboard Tachikoma

Ghost in the Shell fans will recognize this spider-like mech as Tachikoma. The walker-roller tank turned up in the Stand Alone Complex universe, offering personnel transport and a mobile weapons platform. DanCreator built a giant cardboard version of the mech. Like his Scopedog, it’s big enough for him to ride inside of.

Sculpting a Wood Mercedes Concept Car

Sculpting a Wood Mercedes Concept Car

After seeing the Mercedes Vision AVTR concept car in 2020, ND Woodworking was wowed by its curvaceous body and futuristic design. He then got to work, spending more than 100 days sculpting a scale replica of the car out of wood. The kid-sized version sits atop a metal frame with a working electric drivetrain.

Xiem Artist’s Tool Bag

Xiem Artist’s Tool Bag
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Keep all of your art supplies organized and ready to use in Xiem’s versatile tool bag. It features a metal frame wrapped in durable canvas and a wooden handle. Inside, you’ll find two large compartments, 16 holsters, and 17 pockets in a variety of sizes. It’s ideal for carrying ceramic tools, paintbrushes, pens/pencils, and more.

Blue Sky Lighter

Blue Sky Lighter
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Made in Japan by Tsubota Pearl, this dreamy lighter features a hand-lacquered polycarbonate case that looks like wispy white clouds set against a beautiful blue sky. The steel lighter has a cotton wick and takes Zippo-style lighter fluid. We also dig their transparent color series.

Marble Maze in a Cube

Marble Maze in a Cube

LittleBall Creations makes beautiful marble mazes from bent and soldered copper wire. Here, they show off one of their self-contained mazes that sits inside of a cube. The marble rolls from one end of the track to the other when the cube is flipped over. If you’re interested in buying their work, contact them on Facebook.

Homemade Flying Iron Man Suit

Homemade Flying Iron Man Suit

JLaserVideo has been trying for years to build a version of Iron Man’s armor that could actually fly. After a major failure, he’s finally achieved that dream. He started out with a pair of custom electric jets but settled on a ridiculous number of smaller electric motors. And when the suit isn’t being worn, its parts fly to him.

Insane LEGO Super Mario Build

Insane LEGO Super Mario Build

Inspired by the official LEGO Mario kits, builder Brandon Jones wanted to build a display that looked like a full level from the Nintendo game. At BrickCon 2022, Beyond the Brick’s Joshua Hanlon got an up-close look at the impressive 12,000-piece mechanical diorama, which uses 14 motors to bring the Mushroom Kingdom to life.

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Flea’s House for Sale

Flea’s House for Sale

If you’re a fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and have $8.8 million burning a hole in your pocket, today’s your lucky day. Flea is selling his unique mansion in the hills outside of LA. The 5.7-acre compound has three structures, each in different but harmonious styles. Architectural Digest takes us inside this dramatic home.

MelGeek Pixel LEGO-Compatible Keyboard

MelGeek Pixel LEGO-Compatible Keyboard

This unique keyboard has LEGO-compatible studs all over it so that you can attach building blocks and Minifigures. Even its mechanical keys are studded, so you can mix and match its 8-bit style keycaps or LEGO parts. It’s got RGB backlighting and both wired and wireless modes. Early bird pre-orders can save $70 off the MSRP.

Copper Accessory Box

Copper Accessory Box
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Yancey Designs makes beautiful decor from copper. This copper box and tray set is a great alternative to wood valets and jewelry boxes. Its main tray, dividers, and insert are great for organizing accessories can be used independently or combined. Price shown is for the tray and lid only, with inserts sold as options.

Making Literal Basketball Shoes

Making Literal Basketball Shoes

Basketball shoes are meant for playing basketball. But Marko took the concept literally and crafted custom sneakers out of a Wilson basketball. The leather and rubber from the ball look like they were difficult to work with, but the finished shoes look like they were worth the effort. That flame paint job is sweet!

Electromagnetic Hourglass

Electromagnetic Hourglass

We’ve seen some unique clocks and timers, but this is the first time we’ve seen one that displays time using the kind of metal filings you’d find in a Wooly Willy toy. B.B. Korry created this electromechanical clock which uses a grid of electromagnets to attract and release iron filings to count down seconds. It’s really loud, though.

Above the Dust: Burning Man 2022

Above the Dust: Burning Man 2022

More than 70,000 bohemians, hippies, punks, and outsiders descended on Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for Burning Man 2022. Filmmaker Jesse Chandler forgot he had applied for a permit to fly a drone at the festival, but we’re glad he got a reminder, or we wouldn’t get to enjoy his amazing aerial time-lapse footage.

Infinity Mirror Mine Shaft Table

Infinity Mirror Mine Shaft Table

Placing a one-way mirror in front of a regular mirror can create an infinite reflection illusion. It’s typically used to make glitzy disco-style lighting, but in this video from Wiz’s Woodwork, he shows us how to use the effect to make it look like his coffee table leads down a very long mine shaft.

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Wav Pen + Pencil Tray

Wav Pen + Pencil Tray
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We love the clean and minimal look of this wooden pen and pencil organizer from Design Craft Workshop. It’s handcrafted from walnut and provides three angled shelves to keep your writing instruments from falling off your desk. The subtle curved inner edge is a nice touch. Measures 8.75″ L x 6.75″ W x .75″ H.

Color-Changing Bike Wheels

Color-Changing Bike Wheels

The Q couldn’t decide what color tires to put on his bicycle, so he attached RGB LED light strips and diffusers inside of his wheels, wired them up, then modified his airless bike tires to fit around the lights. after adding a battery pack hub to the wheel, he was all set with his amazing bike tires that can change colors on demand.

Timex Standard Dia de los Muertos Watch

Timex Standard Dia de los Muertos Watch
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Timex celebrates the spirits of those who have left us with a duo of superb 40mm watches inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead holiday. Each one has a sugar skull face with a brilliant Indiglo backlight that brings it to life at night. Available with a dark grey background or pumpkin orange wearing a festive flowered hat.

Building Babylon in Minecraft

Building Babylon in Minecraft

With enough time and creativity, you can create incredible structures in Minecraft. German builder Timtenth shows off his largest project to date with time-lapse footage of the process. It took him 1000 hours to assemble this awe-inspiring digital Babylon. Stick around to the end for a fly-through of the finished environment.

Carving a Pumpkin in a Pumpkin

Carving a Pumpkin in a Pumpkin

How can you make your Jack-o’-lantern creepier? Well, if you do what Bobby Duke did, you’ll buy a white pumpkin to make a skull inside an orange pumpkin. It’s a fun idea, but after he was done with the build, things went really off the rails for Bobby – so perform this pumpkin surgery at your own risk.

Pixel Glitch Sculptures

Pixel Glitch Sculptures

Artist Han Hsu-Tung creates wooden sculptures of organic forms caught in the middle of a digital glitch. He seamlessly melds smooth shapes with square ones to achieve a surreal effect in his human and animal subjects. Here’s a video showing how he makes one of his pieces… and it involves a chainsaw.

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