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Art & Design

Solving a $10,000 Puzzle Box

Solving a $10,000 Puzzle Box

Magician Chris Ramsay commissioned a puzzle box from furniture maker Craig Thibodeau. One year and $10,000 later, the box arrived, and Chris tried to solve it for the first time on video. Putting it back together seems to be equally puzzling.

Night in Antarctica

Night in Antarctica

Martin Heck of Timestorm Films journeyed to the South Pole to bring us this time-lapse footage of the colorful, dancing lights of the Aurora Australis. With nighttime temperatures as below -70°C/-95°F, he needed special housings to ensure the cameras didn’t fail.

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The Tech of Into the Spider-Verse

The Tech of Into the Spider-Verse

Jampacked with amazing visuals, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a must watch for any fan of animation, comic books, superheroes, or just good movies. Movies with Mikey provides an in-depth look at some of the art and animation techniques used to bring this masterpiece together.

Making a Spoon with a Spoon

Making a Spoon with a Spoon

“I’m not a very good woodworker… so that’s why I have to introduce a stupid gimmick that makes people want to watch my video.” Yep, so that’s why I did a thing decided to carve himself a wooden spoon using a metal spoon as his only tool. And some sandpaper… and a furnace… and…

Building a Giant Nintendo Switch

Building a Giant Nintendo Switch

Clearly taking inspiration from this build, maker Chris Salomone created a set of custom JoyCon cabinets to surround his big screen TV, transforming it into a gigantic replica of the Nintendo Switch and providing a place to store games and accessories.

Jacobs Wall

Jacobs Wall

Artist Parker Heyl created this ingeniously simple but visually stunning installation work. Inspired by Jacob’s Ladder toys, it mechanically flips dozens of them with wood on one side and mirrors on the other to reflect colorful, ever-changing imagery. More here.

U-Build Flat Pack Building Frame

U-Build Flat Pack Building Frame

Currently available in the UK, U-Build is a DIY modular and flat-pack wood and hardware system for building structures, furniture, and storage. You design your layout and dimensions on its website, then the parts are sent to you. You need only basic tools to put the frame together.

CoinCrafters Dollar Rings

CoinCrafters Dollar Rings

CoinCrafters makes beautiful rings out of Morgan dollar coins, which were produced in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The rings are available in polished silver, with a black patina, or colorized red or blue. They’re on sale at Touch of Modern as of this writing.

DIY Iron Man Nano Gauntlet

DIY Iron Man Nano Gauntlet

Prop maker David Guyton made a replica of Iron Man’s Nano Gauntlet from Avengers: Endgame. Rather than cheap materials, he built it out of steel, brass, and glass. But he will upload a template on his website so you can make it out of different materials if you want.

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Motion designer Tomin decided to play around with some digital animation techniques, taking CG models of conventional objects like water bottles, cars, and iPhones and placing them into unexpected situations. We want a pair of those car shoes now.

Bowling Ball into Bowling Bowl

Bowling Ball into Bowling Bowl

Woodworker Carl Jacobsen made quite the mess in his shop for this experiment, in which he decided to turn a bowling ball on his lathe, chiseling away the ball’s outer surface and inner core to produce a surprisingly pleasing bowl. Carl says the biggest issue was the smell its core made.

Wooden Flip Perpetual Calendar

Wooden Flip Perpetual Calendar

Andriy Design’s desktop calendar is inspired by those vintage flip calendars which date back to the 1920s. Simply flip the day, date, or month modules, and it the next entry appears. It’s not available as completed product, but you can buy the files for laser-cutting from ArtHouseUA.

Wisteria Puzzle Cabinet

Wisteria Puzzle Cabinet

Fine furniture maker Craig Thibodeau created this incredible work of functional art. The cabinet not only features intricate marquetry and inlay work, but a series of drawers and compartments that can only be opened if you know its secrets. Puzzle designs by Robert “Stickman” Yarger.

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Carving a Wooden Baseball Cap

Carving a Wooden Baseball Cap

Bobby Duke Arts plays with his wewd once again. This time, he transformed a bunch of scrap wood into an oversize baseball cap. Then he teamed up with maker William Osman to try and (unsuccessfully) make the hat’s brim follow the sun.

Artblox Sound Wave Blocks

Artblox Sound Wave Blocks

Artblox can take the waveform from a musical passage, words, or any other short sound, and etch it onto a block of clear acrylic. They can be personalized with your choice of color scheme, and an optional QR code which lets you play back the recorded sound via a mobile device.

Photoreal Minecraft

Photoreal Minecraft

The block-building game Minecraft is known for its incredibly rudimentary object textures. But game modder hodiltoN decided the game was due for an upgrade, and created a series of realistic textures for the game, which look especially nice when lit with using the SEUS PTGI shaders.

How to Make a Mirror

How to Make a Mirror

While most mirrors today are made in big factories, UK ornamental glass artist David Smith shows us how to do it the old school way. It’s done by taking a clean sheet of glass, pouring silver nitrite on one side, then carefully moving it to evenly coat its surface.

Tabletop Spectrum Analyzer

Tabletop Spectrum Analyzer

Spectrum analyzers are a nifty way to visualize music. But maker Platinum Kit decided the displays that come with graphic equalizers were too small, so he built a jumbo version with colorful LEDs placed behind acrylic blocks. He reversed the lows and highs, but it’s still super cool.

Pencil Sharpener Desk Caddy

Pencil Sharpener Desk Caddy

Kids today probably have no idea what a pencil even is, but for those of us who cut our teeth on Number 2 writing instruments will appreciate this fun desk caddy that looks like a giant sharpener. Made from real wood and stainless steel, and available in single or double sizes.

Björk: Tabula Rasa

Björk: Tabula Rasa

Directed by experimental artist Tobias Gremmler, music video for Björk’s latest track transforms the enigmatic Icelandic vocalist into weird and wonderful flora and fauna that look like they were birthed on strange alien planet.

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Anime-Style Gundam Model Painting

Anime-Style Gundam Model Painting

Seo Gyeong-deok channels his lifelong love for anime by painting Gundam models and other figures in a vibrant two-dimensional cartoon style. Thestory met with Seo to learn more about his craft. He also accepts commissions. You can see more of his work on his Instagram page. Turn captions on.

Cardboard Iron Man Helmet

Cardboard Iron Man Helmet

Like many other makers, SKM loves to build things from cardboard. This time, he used what appears to be an off-the-shelf template to create a model of Iron Man’s iconic helmet, though this one is guaranteed to offer absolutely no level of protection to its wearer.

Realistic CGI Fashion Models

Realistic CGI Fashion Models

Next top model? How about an army of free and tireless ones? A Japanese company called DataGrid claims it has created a way to automatically generate whole body models of people who don’t exist. These virtual models can be given a variety of poses and clothing.

DKNG Black Wheel Playing Cards

DKNG Black Wheel Playing Cards

DKNG Studios‘ elegant, yet modern playing cards feature custom-illustrated face cards, gold accented two-tone suit colors, bicycle backs, a sweet embossed black box, and lots of subtle skull images worked in here and there.

Colored Pencil Ukulele

Colored Pencil Ukulele

After watching Nick Zammeti make a gigantic pencil out of colored pencils, we figured he was out of pencils. But Nick is back to wow us with another build – a working ukulele made from the same stuff. We were wondering how he was gonna hollow out the body. Now we get it.

Chameleon Fineliner Pens

Chameleon Fineliner Pens

Similar to their colorful wide markers, Chameleon Fineliner pens use a specially designed ink delivery system and a mixing tip, allowing artists to smoothly blend colors, while still maintaining a beautifully thin 0.3mm line width.

Line Art Cafe

Line Art Cafe

Seoul, Korea’s Cafe 연남동 239-20 has a truly wonderful design aesthetic. The entire place is done up in a black-and-white line art style that gives everything an illustrated 2D look. No detail was overlooked, from the chairs to the coffee mugs. Original video by taramilktea.

Laser-cut Arcade Art

Laser-cut Arcade Art

Artist Ditty Laser Designs creates cool works of art for fans of arcade games. Their Etsy shop offers small laser-etched wood panels featuring imagery from classics like Space Invaders, Dig Dug, and Donkey Kong. They also make a series of fun laser-cut Pokémon cards.

Multiverse

Multiverse

Director Hiroshi Kondo’s short film has a simple premise – watching the flow of traffic on the streets of Taiwan, where an endless stream of mopeds carry riders every day. But through the use of editing, time-lapse, and other techniques, he created a true visual masterpiece.

Key Key Chain

Key Key Chain

Help your keys go meta with this amusing oversized key keychain. It won’t unlock anything, but will keep your other keys in check. Studio Cult’s laughably large key is made from a lightweight goldtone metal, and measures 4″ in length.

Making Carl Fredrickson

Making Carl Fredrickson

SugarCharm Shop creates intricate figurines from polymer clay. In this time-lapse clip, she shows off her picture perfect sculpt of the curmudgeonly Mr. Carl Fredricksen from Pixar’s classic Up. Every detail is there, down to his tufty eyebrows and tennis balls on his walker.

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