“I think the strongest paintings reflect the highs and lows, kinda like the full spectrum.” Callen Schaub makes gorgeous abstract paintings that combine energy with serenity, but watching him at work and hearing him talk about his process will make you appreciate them even more.
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We had no idea that it took so many steps to create a table tennis ball, but if this video of the Double Happiness ball factory is any indication, it’s more complicated than you might think, as discs of plastic are individually heated, curved, trimmed, glued, and tested before packaging.
It’s common knowledge that you can generate a small amount of electricity from a potato paired with copper and zinc electrodes. Engineer Marek Baczynski decided to take this idea to the next logical step, harnessing this potato power and using it to drive a robotic brain and wheels.
The next time you launch a rubber band, watch this video as a reminder of the manual labor that goes into the production of these stretchy office supplies, which start as the extract of a rubber tree, which is dyed, dipped onto rods, peeled into tubes, then cut into thin slices.
Primitive Technology made a reusable facility for producing charcoal. He builta conical wood frame, walled with mud, then burned the wood to harden the mud and make his first batch of charcoal. If only he had someone with whom to trade the charcoal. For like three sheep.
Agustin Flowalistik made a fully 3D-printed letter board that looks nearly as clean and solid as one made from off-the-shelf materials. He’s sharing his 3D models for free. The set includes four different board sizes; subscribe to his Patreon and you’ll get access to the source files.
“Everything here has at least two purposes.” Architect Zui Ng designed and partially built his own home, intending to make a modern version of the shotgun house. He ended up saving a lot of money while maximizing his environment by carefully considering practically every part.
At first we thought shurap was fixing a bowl of cereal for Bender the robot, but what he’s actually doing in this video is creating a hardened damascus steel knife by melting together spring washers and powdered iron and smashing them together, over and over.
DIY Perks made an accent light using RGB LEDs and a Selenite crystal. It sounds like a straightforward build, but he custom made most of the electronics. It does involve a few tricks that will come in handy for other projects, and the result is, in his words, “not bad.”
HomeMadeModern made a simple but stylish stone bench. In particular, he used four slabs of bluestone, which is readily available as it’s often used in patios and walkways. He used a circular saw with a diamond blade for cutting and synthetic rubber to hold the slabs together.
A Guy Doing Stuff walks us through the process of building an absolutely stunning handmade canoe in his garage. The body of the boat was made using dozens of thin strips of cedar, bent, glued, and cut along plywood forms. All told, it took eight months to complete the canoe.
If you ask us, there are already way too many fidget spinners. But if were going to play with one, it would have to be PressTube’s awesome custom build – an oversize brass triple spinner made by melting and molding bullet casings, then quenching them with liquid nitrogen.
Devon of the Make Anything channel shows us a neat trick you can do with a 3D printer. By slicing your model just right, you can make just about any object into a springy, bendy, Slinky-like plaything. Separating the layers looks like a pain, but the finished models are super cool.
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