Awesome Art & Design

Making a Cross-Axe

Making a Cross-Axe

An ordinary axe only splits wood in one direction at a time. The Q shows off an unusual axe he fabricated with an X-shaped head that can split logs both horizontally and vertically at the same time, ostensibly doubling its performance.

The Woodsman Display Rack

The Woodsman Display Rack
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UK woodworker Silas & Such make a variety of racks for display and organization. This rustic reclaimed wood shelving can showcase a mix of knives, watches, and other small collectible items. It measures 35.4″ w x 16.9″ h x 4.3″ d and can be wall-mounted into studs or used freestanding.

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Paint Flinging Robot

Paint Flinging Robot

We recently watched an engineer build a robot that can paint giant wall murals. JBV Creative’s robotic painter is decidedly less precise in its approach to creating art, though its abstract paint splatters could still land its entirely randomized works in a modern art museum.

LEGO Concrete Casting

LEGO Concrete Casting

LEGO bricks are great for building all kinds of things, but did you know you could use them as a mold for casting concrete? Neither did we. HomeMadeModern shows us a couple of techniques – one in which the blocks are used as a direct mold, and the other where the bricks are covered in silicone, which becomes the mold.

ArchFlex Task Lamp

ArchFlex Task Lamp
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This unique desk lamp features a flexible aluminum arch embedded with dotless SMD LEDs behind an anti-glare cover for shadow-free task lighting. It comes with two magnetic docking plates, and its arch can be bent to suit your specific needs. Its lights offer an adjustable color range from 2,700K to 6,000K via an RF remote.

Square Insights

Square Insights

Motion designer Simon Grabowski created this CG sequence of five very different environments, each of which has one thing in common – they’ve been constrained to a small square box. We loved watching these tiny animated worlds emerge and how they each convey a very different sense of place through scale and texture.

Making a Soap Bubble Glider

Making a Soap Bubble Glider

ViralVideoLab shows off a 3D-printed glider which is able to remain airborne when its frame is covered with a film of water and dish soap. The surface tension creates a temporary wing covering and provides the proper amount of resistance to keep it aloft. Here’s an alternative design with a different wing structure.

Making a Dining Table from Skateboards

Making a Dining Table from Skateboards

Ben from Woby Designs in an expert at making things by recycling skateboard decks. Watch how he made this awesome looking dining table by stacking thin slices from more than 30 skateboards on edge, nailing them together, and then sealing them with clear epoxy. The metal table legs came from Semi Exact.(Thanks Zico!)

Calamityware Beast Bowls

Calamityware Beast Bowls
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At first glance, Calamityware’s blue-and-white bowls look like your antique Chinese pottery. But look more closely, and you’ll see scenes of tiny disasters and monster attacks playing out. They’re great for serving snack foods, cereal, and feeding your good boys. Available in three sizes.

Robot Mural Painter

Robot Mural Painter

Shane from Stuff Made Here had a big wall in his workshop that he needed to paint. But rather than get out the rollers himself, he spent more than a month engineering and fabricating a robot to do the work for him. But this thing doesn’t just paint a flat color; it outputs multi-color images like a giant inkjet printer.

xTool M1 Laser + Blade Cutter

xTool M1 Laser + Blade Cutter

The xTool M1 combines a cutting machine and laser engraver into a single desktop device. Its dual head lets it cut a wider variety of materials than either device alone. It’s available with 5W or 10W lasers, and the higher-power model can cut 8mm thick wood in a single pass. Its 11.8″ x 15.1″ work area is impressive for its size.

Making Hidden Locks with Magnets

Making Hidden Locks with Magnets

Sometimes, the best kind of lock is the kind that doesn’t look like a lock at all. B-Star Crafts shows off a simple, but effective method that keeps doors or drawers locked using hidden neodymium magnets. It’s a trick that’s frequently found in puzzle boxes but can be easily applied to furniture and cabinets as well.

Electric Shaver War Machine

Electric Shaver War Machine

The Braun S9 shaver is pretty slick looking as electric razors go. But even if you squint really hard, it’s hard to envision this thing turning into a mech. But model maker RAY Studio used his imagination and crafting skills to transform this $300 groomer into a detailed figure inspired by War Machine from the Iron Man series.

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Plant + Lamp = Plamp

Plant + Lamp = Plamp

Simone Giertz was tired of looking at the boring IKEA ceiling light she had hanging from her ceiling, so she decided to replace it with something more interesting – a combination lamp and a hanging plant basket. She managed to keep the water and electricity away from each other with a bit of epoxy.

Octagonal Fractal Puzzle

Octagonal Fractal Puzzle
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Despite having only 50 to 400 pieces, Torched Products‘ diabolical laser-cut puzzles offers plenty of challenge. That’s because each of its wood pieces has similarly-shaped edges but only fit together in one configuration. The backside of each piece is stained darker, but that’s the only help you’re getting.

Ferrofluid Venom Suit

Ferrofluid Venom Suit

The way that Venom comes to life from a pile of black ooze is awesomely creepy. JLaservideo wanted to replicate the effect in real life and figured out the best way to do it was to create a suit from 100,000 neodymium magnets and latex, then let ferrofluid do the rest of the work.

Antique Metal Wall Maps

Antique Metal Wall Maps
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These unique maps are printed onto an aluminum panel, combining vintage cartography with a modern aesthetic. Designs are available for a variety of U.S. cities as well as a world map, in sizes starting at 12″ x 16″ up to 24″ x 36″. Sale prices through 11.2.2021 from Touch of Modern.

Against All Odds: A Star Wars Fan Film

Against All Odds: A Star Wars Fan Film

Frostbite Cinematics and a team of talented CG animators created this Star Wars short film with a great cinematic look and an action-packed battle between Clone Troopers and Battle Droids. The clip was created primarily using models, textures, and animations from Battlefront II and Jedi Fallen Order.

Engraving Two Terminators on a Rusty Axe

Engraving Two Terminators on a Rusty Axe

There’s a scene in Terminator 2 where the T-1000’s arm turns into a sword. We’re certain he could have conjured an axe arm if he wanted to. Perhaps it would look like the one that artist Kirill Runz made from a rusty axe he engraved with the T-800 on one side and his molten metal nemesis on the other.

Origin

Origin

While unable to travel in 2020, Vadim Sherbakov worked on a project closer to home. The filmmaker created this macro video using inks, alcohol, soaps, and household chemicals, resulting in colorful and ethereal moving images. The entire work was shot with a DJI Pocket 2 camera with a macro lens attached.

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Empty Places

Empty Places

Geoffroy de Crécy’s haunting short film is composed of a sequence of vignettes, each capturing a stark and lonely place, devoid of life other than humanity’s mechanical inventions. The subtext, of course, is what happened to all of the people and where did they go? Mass alien abduction? Spontaneous combustion?

King’s Card Knife

King’s Card Knife
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Ironsmith Co.’s unique titanium wallet card features a hand-ground cutting edge on one of its corners. It’s been etched with a King of Spades skeleton design on front, and intricate scrollwork pattern on its back. They also make a Joker version.

Making a Brass Butterfly Comb

Making a Brass Butterfly Comb

It’s always good to carry a comb in your pocket to help keep your hair in shape. It might as well be a good-looking comb, right? Koss takes us through the process of machining a handsome copper and brass comb that flips open like a balisong. While it’s currently sold out, keep an eye on their Etsy shop for other works for sale.

50 Movie Opening Shots

50 Movie Opening Shots

Good filmmakers use the opening moments of movies to set the tone for everything that lays ahead for the viewer. Casper Langbak of CLS Videos put together this fantastic montage of clips from the opening moments of dozens of films. See if you can name all fifty from memory, then check your answers.

Phantom of the Raptor

Phantom of the Raptor

Filmmaker Dustin Farrell captured this awe-inspiring footage of an F-22 Raptor aircraft as it was piloted through the skies by Maj. Joshua “Cabo” Gunderson. The 1000 FPS Phantom Flex4K slow-motion video shows every minute detail of the wake turbulence left behind by the fighter and its powerful jets.

Turning a Rubik’s Cube into a Rubik’s Ball

Turning a Rubik’s Cube into a Rubik’s Ball

After seeing a bowling ball with a square center, Ben’s Worx was inspired to make his own colorful sphere. So he submerged a Rubik’s Cube in a vat of resin, removed the bubbles in a vacuum chamber, then turned it on a lathe. The refraction of the clear resin makes it look like the cube’s corners were rounded inside of the sphere.

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