Builder Laura Kampf designed and created this dangerous but awesome looking machine which generates a huge stream of sparks for creating epic long-exposure photos. When she got stumped about the ignition system, she turned to her pal Adam Savage to help come up with a creative solution.
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You may or may not know that Mythbuster and all-around smart guy Adam Savage suffers from hearing loss. In this great clip from his “Ask Adam” segment on Tested, he talks about destigmatizing the disability, and how wearing hearing aids has improved his life dramatically. Now, they just need to make them less expensive.
If you like the look of shipping containers, you can buy a tissue box holder inspired by their design. But if you’re a pro model maker like Adam Savage, and want something you can sit on, you build your own from scratch. You can get the digital files for printing the photorealistic vinyl stickers here.
One thing we love about Adam Savage is how he shares work from others, and not just his own creations. Here, he shows off a charming dragon puppet he commissioned from artist Katherine Winslade. Despite being assembled from simple foam, plastic, and paints, it has a tremendous amount of personality and expressiveness.
Adam Savage plays around with an awesome new item for his collection. Designed by Gary Fay Creations, these articulated fingers elongate the wearer’s digits, while mimicking their movements. The effect is both amazing and creepy. We’re just glad they don’t have sharpened blades like Freddy Krueger’s.
Inspired by this video, prop builder and experimenter extraordinaire Adam Savage decided to see if he could put together a poker table from scratch in less than a day. It’s a great video to watch if you want to learn some tricks for cutting and bending wood curves, along with some good shop safety tips.
Chainmaille, or colloquially “Chain Mail,” is that sweet looking flexible armor that dates back to the 3rd century BC. The real stuff is notoriously heavy and hard to construct. Tested’s Adam Savage and Ben Eadie show off a creative new way to make the stuff for costumes using laser-cut EVA foam.
In December 2019, Adam Savage unwrapped one of the coolest Christmas gifts ever – one of Boston Dynamics‘ four-legged Spot robots. He then took it out for its first walk to learn just how good it is at walking on challenging terrain. Adam and the crew at Tested plan on putting Spot through its paces over the next year.
As part of a campaign for Starbucks, Adam Savage was asked to help build excitement for their Nitro Cold Brew coffee. Naturally, Adam couldn’t resist doing something overly dramatic, and built a liquid nitrogen-powered engine for delivering a sweet cream topper. Disclaimer: This is not how Starbucks makes theirs.
After reading Adam Savage’s book Every Tool’s a Hammer, maker Peter Brown was inspired to try and use the book itself as a hammer. To turn it into a useful tool, he had to coat each and every page of the book with resin to harden it into a sturdy laminate known as Micarta – often used for knife scales.
On a recent episode of his series Savage Builds, Adam Savage decided to see if he could replicate the functionality of the awesome 6-in-1 weapon known as the Zorg Industries ZF-1 from The Fifth Element. Here, he shows off the finished build. You’ll need to tune in to see it in action though.
Tested’s Adam Savage has built some incredibly complex projects, but here he returns to his model-making roots, and shows us how to make a completely unique robot sculpture using parts cobbled together parts from Weta Workshop’s Giant Killer Robots board game.
Adam Savage and Tested went to the California factory of Future Motion, the makers of the Onewheel self-balancing electric skateboard. Adam got a tour of the factory and in the end built a Onewheel+ XR, the new model that has an extended range of up to 18mi.
We’ve seen some awfully impressive NERF weapons over the years, now Adam Savage throws his hat into the ring with an impressive one-day build of a NERF Rival Nemesis that has a removable see-through magazine to expand its capacity to 1,000 rounds per load.
Adam Savage gave a speech at the 2018 Maker Faire Bay Area that focused on sharing creations, and more importantly ideas. Savage reminds us that we don’t create in a vacuum, and even if we did, it is only right that we share for the betterment of others and the world.
Adam Fieldson of WhipWorks makes beautiful bull whips by weaving nylon paracord. Here, he walks us through the painstaking process of making one of his whips – a gift he presented to Tested and Mythbusters star Adam Savage. You can purchase his work in his Etsy shop.
Adam Savage worked with Mafia Bags to create a carry-all utility bag, the Savage Industries EDC One. The bag is made from upcycled sailcloth and a para-aramid synthetic fiber reinforced base. It has an interior pocket and pen loops as well as a hook-and-loop patch.
While at UK effects and fabrication shop FBFX, Tested’s Adam Savage had the unique privilege of having his body 3D scanned, then replicated at life size using a 5-axis milling robot which carved his entire body from foam. We only wish they included footage of the robot at work.
Tested’s Adam Savage has been granted behind-the-scenes access to the set of Ridley Scott’s upcoming Alien: Covenant. In the first episode, he checks out the tunnel and cavern that serve as the Dreadnought’s interior, along with the imposing Space Jockey’s platform.
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