Awesome Art & Design

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Wooblock Wooden Globe Model

Wooblock Wooden Globe Model

This 707-piece wooden globe model has a motor-drive mechanism that keeps it spinning. In addition to the rotating globe, a tiny, magnetic ship sails around its base to commemorate Magellan’s journey around the Earth. Each of its 81 continental puzzle pieces has pinholes so you can mark cities you’ve visited.

Wooden Camera Replicas

Wooden Camera Replicas

Vietnam-based artists The Wooden Model Design build incredibly detailed laser-cut wood models, including replicas of professional camera equipment. Among their creations are a Sony Alpha 1, a Hasselblad 500CM, and a RED Komodo 6K, and a Mamiya RZ67.

Play Dead V2 Playing Cards

Play Dead V2 Playing Cards
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Designer Steven Harrison updated one of his classic Riffle Shuffle decks with a fresh color scheme and line work. Each court card is illustrated with a royal skeleton in shades of blue, teal, and gold. The number cards have a cool 3D look to their shapes, while the card backs feature a vortex of skulls and colorful swirls.

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Jumbo Planet Puzzles

Jumbo Planet Puzzles
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Celebrate your love for our planet and our neighbors in space with these oversize puzzles from Chronicle Books. Measuring 2.5 feet in diameter, the kid-friendly 100-piece puzzles feature beautiful satellite images captured by NASA of the Earth, Mercury, Mars, and our moon.

Nested Circle Clock

Nested Circle Clock

Thanks to his Swiss heritage, Alexandre Chappel felt obligated to build a timepiece of some sort. So he set about making a unique tabletop clock that tells time on a series of nested circles. He used a CNC machine to cut all of the wooden gears. He should probably add a pointer, so you know where to look for the time.

Restoring a Mechanical Coin Bank

Restoring a Mechanical Coin Bank

The cast iron toys of yesteryear were subject to rusting and corrosion like nothing else. But in the capable hands of Awesome Restorations, old things can look as good as new once more. Watch as they breathe new life into an old 1930s coin bank, sandblasting off the caked-on rust and giving it a shiny coat of enamel paint.

DIY Butterfly Drawer Parts Organizer

DIY Butterfly Drawer Parts Organizer

After making a small parts organizer, Neil Pasken challenged fellow builder John Heisz of I Build It to create his own. John’s version has 18 swing-out “butterfly” drawers, each with dividers for keeping parts readily accessible. Other than the tiny set screws, he built it entirely from wood. He also posted a build guide.

Airplane Ottomans

Airplane Ottomans
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Aviation buffs, decorate your space with these playful cylindrical ottomans from Airportag. One looks like the engine from a jet airplane, while the other looks like landing gear. Each one has a washable polyester cover wrapped around a zippered insert filled with polystyrene beads. They measure 13″ across by 20.5″ high.

Model Maker’s Paint Station

Model Maker’s Paint Station
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UK-based Sphere Designs makes this useful workstation for assembling and painting models and miniatures. It comes with a removable A4-size cutting mat and ceramic tile insert, brush holders, and with a rack customized to fit your preferred brand of paints. They also make standalone paint racks and brush racks.

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