Awesome Art & Design

Casting a Porcelain Tire

Casting a Porcelain Tire

Artist Micah Sweezie of Ceramic Noodles shows off a full-size car tire they made from clay. It took them weeks to create the 13-part mold from the original tire, and three days to cast the porcelain version. The finished piece is a statement on the dark history of French rubber plantations in Vietnam.

The Battle of San Romano

The Battle of San Romano

Inspired by the 15th-century painting The Battle of San Romano by Paolo Uccello, animator Georges Schwizgebel imagined the movement that played out on the battlefield in the moments leading up to the scene in the original painting. Each frame was hand-painted with acrylics.

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Fake Books

Fake Books

Puebco’s library of weathered and tattered books look completely realistic, but they’re actually secret storage boxes. To make their contents even less appealing to would-be thieves, they come in such fascinating titles as “3208 Industrial Engine Parts Book” and “Rapid Identification (Spot Testing) of Some Metals and Alloys.”

Retro ’80s TV Clock

Retro ’80s TV Clock

1980s technology had a certain futuristic vibe to it. Maker MarcioT shows off a sweet ’80s-inspired clock he made using an old CRT television and a digital clock he programmed onto an ESP32 microcontroller. The build instructions are available on Instructables with the source code for the Dali Clock on Github.

Star Wars Spacecraft Workshop Manuals

Star Wars Spacecraft Workshop Manuals
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Star Wars fans can dive deep into three iconic spacecraft with these Haynes Owners Workshop Manuals. The books delve into the design, engineering, and inner workings of the Millennium Falcon, X-Wing Fighter, and TIE Fighter. There’s also a Death Star manual.

Drawing CMY Halftones

Drawing CMY Halftones

Printing and silkscreening produce full-color images by separating colors into cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, then printing them a layer in a dot pattern. This artist does the same, only using markers on transparencies. They didn’t bother with black because CMY is enough to create most colors, just without much contrast.

More Mechanical Spiral Drawings

More Mechanical Spiral Drawings

A while back, we shared some works by artist James Nolan Gandy, who uses custom-built machines to create oscillating line drawings on a rotating canvas. He continues to hone his technique, and his more recent drawings are even more impressive. We especially love this rainbow-colored piece.

Sky Watcher Tourbillon Clock

Sky Watcher Tourbillon Clock

This unique mechanical clock model features a spherical tourbillon at its top that rotates on three axes. A spring-wound mechanism provides up to 3 hours of power for the tourbillon and the hour and minute reels at the bottom of its tower. The 338-piece model is for advanced builders and takes about 15 hours to assemble.

Mishi Faceted Table Lamp

Mishi Faceted Table Lamp
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Portland-based Honey & Ivy Studio makes these casual but modern accent lights that have a faceted shape reminiscent of a gemstone. They’re 3D printed from high-quality PLA and come in four colors. Also shown is the matching Mishi faceted vase.

Octopus Headphone Hanger

Octopus Headphone Hanger
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This sculptural octopus art can hold headphones, hats, purses, or small accessories. Its head and eight tentacles offer multiple hanging positions and come with hanging hardware. It’s one of the many fun 3D-printed headphone holders you can find in the M3is3D Etsy shop.

Woodturning a Jawbreaker

Woodturning a Jawbreaker

We’ve seen jawbreakers face off against a blow torch, a hydraulic press,and a sanding belt. But Ben’s Worx used his power (tools) for good not evil, turning a Monster Jawbreaker into a work of art by turning it on a lathe, coating it in resin to preserve the design, then turning it again to form a new sphere.

Christmastime/Beertime Bottle Opener

Christmastime/Beertime Bottle Opener

To celebrate the holidays, JBV Creative cracked open a cold beer with his 3D-printed bottle opener. The mechanical wall art delivers both a Christmas greeting and a beer-drinkers’ greeting with a flick of the wrist. The 3D model is available free to JBV’s Patreon supporters, or you can buy the model from his website for $3.99.

Popcorn + Cola Playing Cards

Popcorn + Cola Playing Cards
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After serving up some tasty ketchup and french fries playing cards, designer Rich Li is back with another duo of delicacies to deal at your next poker game. Popcorn and cola-inspired graphics cover the card backs and box art, while the royal court is chowing down on these everyday junk foods. Kickstarter ends 12.12.21.

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How To Build a Robot Suit

How To Build a Robot Suit

What you’re looking at here isn’t a real robot, it’s a really impressive costume, built by artist XiaoQianFeng. She created the wearable mech outfit for her brother using wire mesh, paper mache, cardboard, wood, and if you can believe it, ceramic tile. The finished costume is too heavy to move around in, but it looks amazing.

Making Spiked Leather Work Boots from Scratch

Making Spiked Leather Work Boots from Scratch

Based in Spokane, Washington, Nick’s Handmade Boots has been crafting custom leather boots since 1964. Watch as their highly-skilled shoemakers create each boot, painstakingly cutting, forming, and stitching leather. These Woodsman boots offer the ultimate in traction thanks to spikes made from tool steel.

Music Solar System Prints

Music Solar System Prints
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Pop art house Dorothy created these prints that celebrate electronic and alternative music. At the center of each solar system is a band that changed everything, encircled by planets and moons representing musicians caught in their gravitational pull. Each print measures 40cm x 50cm. Price show is for the 2-poster bundle.

Luycho Locomotion Cups + Saucers

Luycho Locomotion Cups + Saucers

Luycho’s unique cups and saucers produce an animated image when turned. The trick is the series of lines on their saucers which reflect onto gold mirrored strips, creating the illusion of movement on porcelain mugs. They come in horse, bird, and cat designs with either a porcelain or wood saucer.

The Gorillaz Art Book

The Gorillaz Art Book
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Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett presents a 288-page coffee table book filled with new interpretations of 2D, Murdoc, Niccals, Noodle, and Russel Hobbs, by 40 fellow artists and friends like Craig McCracken, Jack Black, and Robert Smith. Printed and bound with luxury art paper in Verona, Italy. Pre-orders ship starting 4.2022.

Rainbow Skateboard Stool

Rainbow Skateboard Stool

Woby Design shows off another unique build he made from recycled skateboard decks. By arranging the wood pieces in order of color, he was able to create a sweet rainbow design across its seat and up its legs. The build starts around the 4:30 mark in the video.

Moppe Apparatus TD-MP1 Moped

Moppe Apparatus TD-MP1 Moped

Doehmers Research Lab created this concept electric moped with an awesome retro-futuristic look. Its racer shape is optimized for aerodynamics and a whisper-quiet ride. Designer Torkel Dohmers says he took inspiration from the Honda SS50, melded with synthesizer aesthetics. We would love to see this go into production.

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RPG Dice Wall Art

RPG Dice Wall Art
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Toronto artist ByCookieCrafts makes precision-cut geometric wall art out of wood. Among their selection of shapes are these 7-piece sets which look like RPG dice. They come in sizes from 2″ to 10″ tall, in black-stained maple, natural maple, walnut, or mahogany. We also like their Pokémon and playing card suit designs.

Giant Macro Keypad

Giant Macro Keypad

Adafruit Industries shows off a fun DIY project using oversize Kailh key switches to build three ginormous macro keys. The keys work just like the keys on a regular keyboard, only 64 times larger in volume. We want to see someone build an entire QWERTY keyboard with these things.

Carved Leather Maps

Carved Leather Maps
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Select any map you want, and Foster Leathercraft will make you a custom work of wall art by carving and embossing real leather. Each map is mounted to a sturdy fiberboard backing, and can be framed for just a few dollars more. They offer small, medium, and large sizes.

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.

LEGO Dinosaur Slow Motion

LEGO Dinosaur Slow Motion

Stop-motion animator Kevin Parry shows off a neat rig he built using LEGO pieces. The highly-articulated dinosaur skeleton looks amazing as it comes to life in this brief frame-by-frame sequence. Given the green screen, we imagine he’ll be adding a background to the scene.

Brass Microphone Upgrade

Brass Microphone Upgrade

Most smartphone headsets have tiny microphones built into their cords. W&M Levsha took one of those mics, pulled it from its case and created a new enclosure for it out of brass. The finished microphone has a 3.5mm jack for plugging it in and looks like a miniature version of one of those fancy studio microphones.

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