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NYC Skyline Chess Set

NYC Skyline Chess Set

From the Empire State Building to the Flatiron to the Freedom Tower, the New York City skyline is iconic and imposing. Celebrate your love for the Big Apple’s architecture with Ian Flood and Chris Prosser’s skyline chess set, which includes 32 buildings, made from heavyweight acrylic, along with a folding game board.

Forging a Rapier from Junk

Forging a Rapier from Junk

When he’s not making glowing katanas, Keaton Goddard of Faraway Forge likes to create new tools and weapons by recycling stuff from the junkyard. Watch as he makes a beautiful rapier from a rusty old leaf spring, with a hilt crafted from bent bicycle sprockets, oak, and a trailer towing ball.

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Locomocean Flight Message Board

Locomocean Flight Message Board

Inspired by the design of those mechanical schedule signs you see at airports and train stations, this plastic sign board uses interchangeable letter tiles for you to post messages or your schedule for the day. It measures 11.9″w x 8.4″h, and has both a tabletop stand and keyhole hooks for wall hanging.

LEGO Ideas Roman Warship

LEGO Ideas Roman Warship

LEGO builder Iyan Ha created this detailed model of an ancient Roman warship. Other than the fabric sails and capes, dyed ropes, and custom stickers, every part is an off-the shelf LEGO brick. We love the colorful shields along the sides of the ship, and the armor on the minifigs. Show your support for the design on LEGO Ideas.

Full Moon Silver Coins

Full Moon Silver Coins

Put the moon in the palm of your hand with Shire Post Mint’s lovely lunar memento. Each coin features engraved detail of the near and far sides of the moon, struck into solid 999 fine silver. Available in 1″ (.25 troy oz.) and 1.5″ (1 troy oz.) sizes. Why can’t real currency look this awesome?

Layout Song

Layout Song

This short video proves just how universal the language of design is. Despite being entirely in Japanese, motion designer Ritsuko Nomura’s clip demonstrates the importance of using layouts, scale, and color to bring structure and legibility to information, regardless of language. From the NHK educational TV show Design Ah!

Pitch Black Panacea

Pitch Black Panacea

Two strangers, each living with a lazy eye, find themselves locked away together in total darkness for 10 days as part of an experimental treatment. As they descend into the dark, madness takes hold. Tom Hardiman and Chris Cornwell’s short film is packed with auditory and visual surprises – and inspired by an actual experiment.

Making a Really Tiny House

Making a Really Tiny House

Building an actual house requires lots of different skills. OUROBOROS ARQ shows how you can apply the same experience and materials to the creation of a miniature dwelling, as they lay down a concrete and rebar foundation, erect beams and walls, lay bricks and install a tile roof for their literally tiny house.

Wind Wall

Wind Wall

Artist Ned Kahn created this kinetic art installation on the exterior of a parking garage in Clayton, Missouri. Its thousands of tiles each flap in the wind, creating an endless series of patterns which reveal the movement of air currents. The artist’s many works are each inspired by wind, fire, water, sand, or fog.

The Seed of Juna: Pilot

The Seed of Juna: Pilot

(PG-13) Set 100 years in the future, The Seed of Juna envisions a post-apocalyptic world where Earth has fallen to religious fanatics. After being killed on Earth, a young rebel awakens on a strange planet only to face a whole new threat. Filmmaker Álvaro García Martínez envisions his CGI science fiction epic as a multipart series.

NaturalVision Evolved GTA V Mod

NaturalVision Evolved GTA V Mod

There have been lots of visual mods to Grand Theft Auto V since it was released back in 2013, but this one takes the cake. By upgrading shaders, textures, models, and rendering techniques, NaturalVision Evolved aims to revamp the game to take advantage of modern graphics chipsets. You can support the project on Patreon.

Mask of the Zodiac

Mask of the Zodiac

There’s a legend that says China’s Jade Emperor asked the animals of the zodiac to race across the country to decide their order. Filmmaker Law Chen created a bold, modern interpretation of this story in a Chinese New Year campaign for ICBC, but subsequently released it as a reminder to wear masks to protect our safety.

Making Yosegi Veneers

Making Yosegi Veneers

Builder Pask Makes shows off a technique based on ancient Japanese woodworking. He starts off by laminating boards of scrap wood, slicing them into strips, then assembling them side-by-side to create a pattern. Once thoroughly glued into place, he shaves off layers with a plane and irons them to create beautiful veneers.

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UGears Wood Model Deal

Drop by The Awesomer Shop and save 10% on these flat-pack wood models from UGears. Choose from a working safe, a steam locomotive, treasure box, vintage grand prix car, butterfly, or monowheel, each offering a challenging glue-free build and working mechanisms.

Woodturning with Drinking Straws

Woodturning with Drinking Straws

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.

Woodburning with Sunlight

Woodburning with Sunlight

Woodburning isn’t a unique craft, but artist Hye Sea of Magnify the Sun executes it differently than others. Rather than electric tools, she uses a variety of magnifying lenses to focus bright sunlight onto a plywood canvas. If you’re interested in having a portrait commissioned, you can make an inquiry here.

Helix Circle Maker Tool

Helix Circle Maker Tool

Want an easy way to draw perfect circles? This handy art tool features a rotating interior disc with pre-marked locations for circles up to 6″ in diameter. Simply place your pen or pencil into one of the holes, and spin. The exterior markings double as a 360º protractor, so you can easily draw precise arcs too.

Painting Rugs with Yarn

Painting Rugs with Yarn

Artist Trish Andersen grew up in Dalton, Georgia, aka The Carpet Capital of the World, so it’s no coincidence yarn is her primary medium. She uses an electric tufting gun to “paint” abstract images onto a backing fabric. Art Insider shows us a bit of her technique, which is sort of like using a giant, handheld sewing machine.

Jutland II: Breath of the Seasons

Jutland II: Breath of the Seasons

Filmmaker Jonas Høholt is an expert at capturing images of nature and the passage of time. In his short time-lapse film, he points his camera lens at locations in the beautiful and serene Jutland Peninsula in Denmark to observe the changing of the seasons.

Wikkelhouse Cardboard Tiny House

Wikkelhouse Cardboard Tiny House

You’d think that cardboard wouldn’t be a great homebuilding material, but Fiction Factory says their tiny cardboard house is durable enough for permanent structures. The tiny house is assembled using layers of premium “goldboard” which is wrapped around a special mold, then covered with glue, a protective film, and wooden slats.

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IKEA Furniture Forts

IKEA Furniture Forts

If there’s one thing that’s consistent across the globe these days, it’s that kids are in need of things to do at home. To help with this mission, IKEA Russia has offered up a series of six fun DIY furniture forts which can be built using various IKEA furniture and accessories. We might just have to make that octopus chandelier.

Giant Wave in a Box

Giant Wave in a Box

South Korea-based creative studio d’strict created this cool public art display that uses a series of wrap-around screens to make it look like ocean waves contained in a giant box. Of course it helped that they had a massive set of ultra high-def LED displays built by Samsung at Seoul’s equivalent of Times Square.

1000 Year-old Damascus Knife

1000 Year-old Damascus Knife

Bladesmith shurap loves to make damascus from all kinds of unusual objects. In this case, he managed to get his hands on a bunch of rusty, ancient blades that date back as far as 1100 years to the Kievan Rus era. He then smooshed them down into one elegant new weapon. Historians and archaeologists look away.

PasTEX Spaghetti Connectorz

PasTEX Spaghetti Connectorz

Mom and dad always told you not to play with your food. But we think they’d make an exception for these connectors that let you build structures using dry spaghetti. They come in 3-sided and 4-sided versions, in packages of 100 connectors each. Just don’t boil your noodles if you care about structural integrity.

Passage

Passage

This short dance film by THÉORIZ pulls off some impressive visuals, given the fact that all of its effects were shot in-camera, with no green screen or post-production. They achieved their mixed reality illusion using motion tracking synchronized with real-time projected imagery. Behind the scenes here (turn captions on.)

Vacuum Tube Flash Drives

Vacuum Tube Flash Drives

Latvian gadget maker SlavaTech creates USB flash drives that are encased in authentic vacuum tubes. Each one has an LED that lights up when the drive is plugged in, giving it that warm, vintage glow. They come in 8GB to 256GB storage capacities.

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