Great Big Story introduces us to artist Kolja Kugler, who built himself an animatronic band from scrap metal. The robotic musicians play the bass, drums, and flute, and seem to enjoy a bit of the old punk rock. Enjoy one of their performances here.
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Designer and fabricator Chaz Capobianco shows off a cool creation, a large, flat spiral cut from a sheet of aluminum, which produces mesmerizing patterns as its center is moved about. It’s sort of like giant, flattened Slinky, and so much cooler than a fidget spinner.
The image of fire that most of us have is the tip of a candle or a fireplace flickering, buy there are many other types of flame. Enjoy some variety in this clip from Yan Liang’s Envisioning Chemistry and Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s awesomely named Combustion Lab.
Dorothy’s print is a detailed vintage style map of the United States. Upon closer inspection, you’ll see that the city and state names have been replaced with the titles of over 1,000 classic songs. There’s even a Spotify playlist to go with. Measures 80cm (31.5″) x 60cm (23.6″).
Set your phone up anywhere with this unique stand. This bamboo stand folds flat for transport, and opens to hold a smartphone or tablet at just the right viewing angle. Despite its size, it’s rated to hold up to 44 lbs, which is total overkill. Save 40% in The Awesomer Shop.
2001: A Space Odyssey gave us one of the longest spaceships in the history of science fiction. Now, thanks to Japanese toymaker Kayiodo, you can own an intricate 1/10th-scale replica of the 54-foot-long model that was used in the production of Kubrick’s masterpiece.
The stop-motion music video for Said the Whale’s pop track features a meticulously planned and edited sequence of 2250 still photos which were sequenced to create the illusion of motion within the frame. It took a team of 6 over 80 hours to put together the clip.
ilsangisang’s clever lamp features a design that makes it look like it’s always turned on. It sits at the intersection of your desk and a wall, providing a mock beam of light that doubles as a display for small objects. It also really does light up. Measures about 15.5″ tall.
Modustrial Maker teamed up with fellow builder Jonny Builds to transform a huge honkin’ wooden timber beam and sheets of steel into a sculptural ambient floor lamp, loaded up with LED strips that display patterns in reaction to music. We want one of these in our office.
When you visit casinos, it’s pretty easy to take all the grandeur for granted, but a lot of craftsmanship goes into everything you see on the gaming floor, such as the precisely balanced roulette wheels made by SET-Production shown in this brief factory video.
Like Ant-Man with a paintbrush, artist John Brosio likes to play with proportions in his works, incorporating larger-than-life versions of animals and everyday objects juxtaposed with realistic images of suburbia. You can find limited edition prints of his works here.
This wood-grained journal may or may not inspire you to finish The Great American Novel, but it certainly will look cool sitting there as a paperweight, and if nothing else, you can spend time doodling or meticulously laying out your own lines on its 300 blank pages.
Ansty Labs’ Pixl is a unique and fun take on building block toys. Instead of pieces with grooves or studs, each Pixl block has a magnet inside that automatically rotates so that it will always stick with another Pixl block. Pixls comes in four sizes and 52 colors.
Locate and know the exact color you desire with this high tech optical sensor. Scan objects, surfaces, dyes, fabrics and match it with a brand name paint color in a library with more than 31,000 hues, shades, and colors. Get it for 30% off the regular price in The Awesomer Shop.
SuckUK’s four-color pen comes loaded with cyan, magenta, yellow, and black inks, so you can draw images in full color with a single pen by crosshatching. While it doesn’t let you adjust saturation levels, it’s still a nifty tool for sketching and belongs in every artist’s toolbox.
Evan Snider walks us through the process of crafting a completely handmade chainmaille shirt, painstakingly assembled from thousands of copper rings, individually opened, then linked over the course of 66 hours. The finished shirt weighs in at about 25 pounds.
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