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Dichroic Prism Glass Dice Set

Dichroic Prism Glass Dice Set

URWizards creates unique dice for role-playing games. You’ll discover new colors every time you roll these gorgeous pieces made from prismatic glass. They’re sold in a set of seven dice, with various D20 designs to choose from, including moon, triforce, unicorn, and dagger. They also sell a frosted version.

Journey to the Dark II

Journey to the Dark II

Artist Yang Yongliang created this impressive short film that combines the light seen in cities with the stars in the sky. The full piece was designed for the MGM Cotai Theater’s massive 12 x 70-meter wraparound screen, so for maximum enjoyment, you’ll want to watch this video in full screen in a darkened room.

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Oscillatorial Binnage

Oscillatorial Binnage

The music that they create might not be the most melodic, but the way “post-electronic” London quartet Oscillatorial Binnage makes its strange and ethereal sounds certainly is creative. The band plays instruments made from recycled objects that reverberate when exposed to electromagnetic fields.

Building a Mini Concrete Dam

Building a Mini Concrete Dam

In the real world, we use dams to control water flow, as well as to store it, and to generate electricity. Creative Construction Channel’s miniature dam model isn’t designed to serve such world-serving purposes, but it’s a really impressive build and doubles as the coolest tabletop fountain we’ve ever seen.

UFO Multiplane Diorama

UFO Multiplane Diorama

Artist Jacob Morales of Wundersmack creates dioramas that use stacked layers to create 3-dimensional depth. Among our faves is this UFO abducting humans from their campsite below. Place the six laser-cut paper layers into the slotted acrylic base to bring the scene to life. Measures 7.25″ h x 4″ l x 2.75″ w assembled.

Bamboo Skewer Chopping Board

Bamboo Skewer Chopping Board

Pask Makes shows us how wood skewers are good for more than serving kebabs. By stacking, cutting, clamping, and gluing hundreds of sticks, then planing and sanding the result, he was able to create a beautiful cutting board we’d love to have on our counter.

Sounds Good

Sounds Good

Sander Joon’s cacophonous animated short film is best experienced with headphones or nice loud speakers. As its vignettes play out, each object on screen makes a familiar, but very different sound than you’d expect it to make. It turns out that mushrooms are especially noisy little dudes.

Spaceman Spiff Fan Film

Spaceman Spiff Fan Film

Animator and Calvin and Hobbes fan Joseph Conover created this CGI short film which imagines Calvin’s alien-fighting alter ego in a rich and fantastic science fiction world. It’s only the briefest of teases, but it makes us crave an entire Spaceman Spiff movie.

Portrait Shadow Manipulation

Portrait Shadow Manipulation

Computer scientists from Google, MIT, and UC Berkeley have developed incredible image correction software that uses artificial intelligence to remove or soften unwanted shadows and harsh highlights from faces without affecting other naturally-occurring shadows. Read more about the tech on the project’s website.

Realistic Food Embroidery

Realistic Food Embroidery

Kyoto, Japan artist Ipnot creates some of the most impressive embroideries we’ve ever laid eyes on, sewing intricate images of food items. Among his designs is a photorealistic slice of pizza that looks like it has melted cheese made out of threads. Check out more of his incredible creations on Instagram.

Making a Blue Screw

Making a Blue Screw

There are factories that churn out millions of screws every day. But when you want something truly special for your project, you make your own, one at a time, like Clickspring does. In this clip, they show off the creation of a single domed-head blue screw, just one small part that sits inside of a Byzantine sundial calendar.

Ghibli in Minecraft

Ghibli in Minecraft

Animator Alan Becker is best known for his Animation vs. series. When he’s not making those, he spends his time painstakingly replicating the vibrant worlds of Studio Ghibli entirely inside of Minecraft. You can join his Ghibli Minecraft server here, and check out the GhibliCraft YouTube channel for more videos.

Aluminum, Epoxy, and Denim Desk

Aluminum, Epoxy, and Denim Desk

It took Positive Couple a ridiculous amount of time to cut out, sand, and arrange the numerous slices of aluminum tubing they used to make this unique piece of furniture. We’re not so sure about the quilted denim sides for the desk, but the geometric patterned desktop is pretty spectacular.

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Richard McGuire’s Playing Cards

Richard McGuire’s Playing Cards

Artist Richard McGuire designed this unique deck of playing cards, featuring minimalistic, yet expressive illustrations on every card’s front. When viewed in numeric sequence, each suit’s story plays out, with tales of love, money, work, and war. Comes packed in a metal storage tin.

Making a Magnet Cuboctahedron

Making a Magnet Cuboctahedron

Magnetic Games presents yet another wonderfully satisfying video, in which he uses hundreds of magnetic rods and spheres to create an complicated geometric sculpture. He placed a light at the center of his masterpiece, so it casts interesting shadows as well. After it’s all done, he knocks it down with a catapult.

Everyday Objects in Macro

Everyday Objects in Macro

From a multi-blade razor to a peanut M&M, Macro Universe takes us really, really up-close and personal with a handful of everyday objects. It always amazes us to see the tiny imperfections and textures in objects which look so smooth and perfect when viewed normally.

Elgato Stream Deck XL

Elgato Stream Deck XL

A jumbo-sized version of Elgato’s sweet programmable key controller. Packing 32 keys, each one can be customized with an icon and function of your choice with an easy-to-use software that runs on Windows 10+ or MacOS X 10.13 or later. It can be laid flat like a keyboard, or angled using the included magnetic stand.

Wandaland

Wandaland

Richard Noble’s superbly executed short film tells the story of a fictitious tycoon who hopes to build a theme park bearing his name, but whose obsessive nature, pride, and constant changes to the park’s design becomes his downfall. The title character clearly draws inspiration from Walt Disney and Howard Hughes.

Smokestack Fireplace + Grill

Smokestack Fireplace + Grill

Created by Amsterdam designer Frederik Roijé, the Smokestack is a unique backyard fireplace inspired by the archetypal factory chimney. Its main stack is made from weathered steel with a rust finish, while the optional grill that sits inside is made from stainless steel. Measures 78″ h x 20″ dia. It’s less expensive if you live in Europe.

Awesome Bumblebee Cosplay

Awesome Bumblebee Cosplay

Manila-based maker Real Awesome Workz shows off their epic costume replica of The Transformers’ friendly yellow autobot Bumblebee, which he built primarily out of lightweight EVA foam. The weathered paint job by Preslie Saraza and KT Berondo really help to bring it to life. Be sure to stick around to the end for Battle Mode Bee.

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Spinning Platform Choreography

Spinning Platform Choreography

This mindbending dance performance comes from Yoann Bourgeois, who’s famous for deeply integrating scenery into his choreography. This footage, from the 2016 performance Celui Qui tombe, features a troupe of six talented dancers as they move and balance to stay upright on a rapidly-spinning platform.

Popsicle Stick Notre Dame

Popsicle Stick Notre Dame

The real Notre Dame Cathedral suffered from a devastating fire in 2019, and it may take decades before it can be restored and made safe for visitors. For now, let’s enjoy this miniature version of the iconic Parisian landmark, courtesy of builder FoBIRD, who created a replica from wooden popsicle sticks and kebab skewers.

Son of the White Mare: Restored

Son of the White Mare: Restored

Released in 1981, Hungarian animator Marcell Jankovics’ feature film Fehérlófia is revered for its mix of mythology, fantasy, and psychedelia. Now, for the first time, you can see an official subtitled U.S. release, restored from the original 35mm negative. The full film is available to rent on Vimeo for a limited time.

Shifting Nests Microhomes

Shifting Nests Microhomes

Vancouver, BC firm BLA Design took home First Prize in the 2019 Bee Breeders Microhome Competition for their nifty sustainable housing concept. Using vacant urban lots, they propose that the land be used for low-cost, tiny homes, each packing in zones for resting, bathing, cooking, living, dining, and farming.

Nominal Rocket Pen

Nominal Rocket Pen

Nominal is a unique pen with a design inspired by the retractable legs on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Each pen is made from 34 individual components, and is available in aluminum or stainless steel. A magnetic “crew cabin” slides off to reveal a black mother of pearl end cap, which can be monogrammed for a small fee.

Crushed Steel Pencil Holder

Crushed Steel Pencil Holder

Using a homemade hydraulic press, a section of square steel tube, and his forge, blacksmith Paul Pinto shows us how he made a cool looking container to keep his office supplies like pens, pencils, paint brushes, and err.. an ice pick.

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