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3 Portraits

3 Portraits

Motion artist Colin Toupe presents a series of three digital portraits, each of which is a wild abstract image which morphs through a trippy landscape of color and procedural textures. The resulting video is like a crazy fever dream.

CNC Engraving a Coin

CNC Engraving a Coin

YouTuber Phuc Nguyen shared this hypnotic video of an intricate image being engraved out of a thick disc of brass. He used a Woodpecker DP1212 CNC router, and a variety of different tooling bits to gradually increase the detail of the design.

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Jingoo Birdcage Speaker Light

Jingoo Birdcage Speaker Light

Daqi Concept’s cleverly designed functional home decor looks like a birdcage, but instead of housing one of our avian friends, it’s plays home to a porcelain bird-shaped light and a Bluetooth speaker. It has a 5-watt amplifier, ambient LED lighting, and runs for 15 hours per charge. Available in other finishes a The Apollo Box.

Making a Folding Metal Door

Making a Folding Metal Door

Builder Phil Vandelay needed a door to separate two spaces in his workshop. Rather than just go with a traditional rectangular design, he fabricated a metal frame which folds into triangular sections when opening and closing it. The design was inspired by this one he previously saw online.

Beach Traffic Jam

Beach Traffic Jam

As a statement on climate change, conceptual artist Leandro Erlich created a surreal scene right in the middle of Miami Beach. The installation, titled “Order of Importance,” featured 66 actual vehicles buried under sand to create a traffic jam.

Osuza Canvas Pack

Osuza Canvas Pack

Designed to give artists a way to carry their everyday supplies, Osuza’s innovative backpack opens up completely flat to provide quick, organized access to all of your gear. It’s got lots of loops and pockets for holding tools, brushes, and other loose items, and its top can open to tote long or oddly-shaped items.

Super Mario Popsicle Guitar

Super Mario Popsicle Guitar

Inspired by other videos of guitars being made with unconventional materials and techniques, Cranmer Guitars decided to build a custom electric guitar featuring a scene from Super Mario Bros. He created 29,000 pixel blocks by slicing popsicle sticks into perfect squares, dying the wood, then gluing them in small sections.

Cyriak’s Circle World

Cyriak’s Circle World

Animator Cyriak Harris takes us on a typically trippy journey through one of his weird and imaginative worlds. This time, the place is populated with self-replicating fractal teddy bears, spiraling highways, and cats operating mechs made out of buildings. As the insanity passes by, it eventually circles back on itself.

The 12 Rebuilds of Christmas

The 12 Rebuilds of Christmas

London’s iconic hotel, The Savoy partnered with LEGO to create the Twelve Rebuilds of Christmas, a dozen installations made from 372,931 bricks. It took 2,200 hours to snap together a castle, a dapper tea-drimking lion, and a motorcycle fit for Santa. The massive centerpiece? A dragon-shaped Christmas tree made from 150,000 bricks.

Carving Smaug’s Eye

Carving Smaug’s Eye

Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasies will love to see this amazing wood carving by artist Jonas Olsen. After sketching out his concept, he took a hunk of burled wood and worked painstakingly with his Dremel to reveal the terrifying eye of the one dragon to rule them all, the mighty Smaug.

phi-Ruler

phi-Ruler

Designed by philosophy professor Foad Dizadji-Bahmani, the phi-Ruler is an elegant and modern work of functional art. Crafted from 1mm thick solid brass, it has 1″ and 1cm spaced holes in its center for drawing perpendicular lines, arcs, circles, and marks for drawing Golden Rectangles.

Ghost Headphone Stand

Ghost Headphone Stand

Fans of classic video games will recognize this guy as Blinky, the pixelated red ghost from Pac-Man. Here, he’s serving a useful purpose by giving your headphones a place to rest when you’re not wearing them. Handmade from baltic birch, sanded smooth, and painted by artist BalticPrime. Also available as a scared blue ghost.

DIY Chroma Cube

DIY Chroma Cube

If you want an impressive work of glass art, you turn to Jack Storms, but his works take months to complete and cost thousands. After seeing one of Jack’s amazing Spectrum Cubes in Guardians of the Galaxy, ResinAce tried to approximate the effect using resin and dichroic film. It’s not as intricate as the real deal, but still very cool.

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The Robot Sculptor

The Robot Sculptor

These days, using machines to carve and sculpt is commonplace, but back in 1957 it was anything but. Back then, an ingenious inventor named George MacDonald Reid came up with a process that would snap 300 pictures of a subject’s head, then traced those images to carve it into a block of plaster, one section at a time.

Dark Age 2.0

Dark Age 2.0

As we move further into a world where our art, literature, and information are stored not in physical forms, but as data, we face the prospect that we could lose our history in a blink – especially if licensors decide to revoke access. Chris Cousins‘ dystopian short film explores that prospect using a future museum to illustrate the dangers.

Walking Bicycle 2.0

Walking Bicycle 2.0

Taking obvious inspiration from artist Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests and CARV’s earlier efforts, maker The Q fabricated himself a crazy bicycle which has no rear wheel, and instead can walk across the ground. This design appears much smoother than the one we previously saw, but by no means the fastest way to ride a bicycle.

Moscow by Drone

Moscow by Drone

Timelab.pro presents an absolutely stunning montage of aerial photography it captured around Moscow. The ultra high-def video – shot with a DJI Inspire 2 drone – is flooded with detail, contrast, and color, and reflects both the new and old sides of the Russian capital.

Making a Concrete Ping Pong Table

Making a Concrete Ping Pong Table

We’re not sure if the surface of a ping pong table made from concrete and rebar is ideal for gameplay, but Modustrial Maker’s heavy duty outdoor table build still looks amazing, especially with its LED under-lighting and light-up net, and set against the desert sunset.

Do Machines Make Art?

Do Machines Make Art?

The Art Assignment argues that whether it be something as primitive as bones or as advanced as a neural network, there’s always a human touch at the root of all machines used to make art. We like to think of it from the other end: art is unfinished until a human mind ponders it.

Useful Charts

Useful Charts

Matt Baker’s Useful Charts are 24″x 36″ prints that provide a great overview of a variety of historical and educational topics, including world history, ancient and fictional family trees and evolution. You can learn more about the topics on Baker’s YouTube channel.

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Cloudnola Texttime Flip Clock

Cloudnola Texttime Flip Clock

The Texttime is one of Cloudnola’s beautiful and minimalist clocks. It’s a flip clock, but instead of using numbers it tells the time using words. The clock has a silent mechanism and runs on two C batteries. It’s available in a black or bamboo case.

Making Cookie Cutters

Making Cookie Cutters

Cookiecutter.com shares a brief look at a machine that transforms rings of metal into cookie cutters. It uses several, hydraulic tools to precisely push the metal against a central form. While the machine is amazing, for some shapes, they still use the old-fashioned method. Wow.

Modular Synth Days Calendar

Modular Synth Days Calendar

Musicians, here’s a great way to keep track of the passing days. Ingrana’s perpetual calendar is inspired by the design of a classic modular Moog synth. Use the included patch cables to mark the day of week, month, day, and year. While it won’t make any sounds, you can press its keys.

Tiny Tank Stop-motion

Tiny Tank Stop-motion

Time for Machine makes amazing metal and wood models of vehicles. Among them is a tiny tank called the “Marvel.” TOMs Modeling in Motion assembled one of these mini mechanical marvels and captured the build as a time-lapse, stop-motion video. We also enjoyed watching him put together a metal Hindenburg from AEROBASE.

See-through Acrylic Bass Guitar

See-through Acrylic Bass Guitar

Builder Tim Sway always wanted to create a musical instrument without using any wood in its construction. So he set about crafting a fretless bass guitar from a thick sheet of clear acrylic and aluminum. Despite some challenges along the way, the finished result looks amazing.

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