These days, using machines to carve and sculpt is commonplace, but back in 1957 it was anything but. Back then, an ingenious inventor named George MacDonald Reid came up with a process that would snap 300 pictures of a subject’s head, then traced those images to carve it into a block of plaster, one section at a time.
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Japanese designer Harukiru has an impressive papercrafting skill. He loves to take packaging from food and drinks and turn it into miniature sculptures. Check out some of his favorites in this clip, then watch him in action as he transforms a Pringles can into a Pringles man.
The Breaking Bad movie El Camino is almost here, but there’s little chance we’ll be seeing any of Walter White given its place in the timeline. For now, we’ll have to settle for this amazing mini bust of Bryan Cranston’s bald noggin by Steven Richter. He also shows off how much his skills have improved since his earlier sculpt.
What starts out as a few styrofoam spheres, aluminum foil, and some hunks of clay serves as the casting form for an incredibly detailed monster sculpture, courtesy of artist Nick Brown of LoreCraft. The finished piece has even got spikes and teeth that glow under black light.
Ohio artist Melissa Crisp creates these incredibly cool steel fire pits which feature intricately cut scenes of nature. Each one creates a dramatic silhouette when a fire is lit. They’re built for wood, but can be converted to burn gas. We especially love the Phoenix Rising design.
Artist Steven Richter reminds us of the recyclability of unbaked clay by tearing down a clay mold of the Night King from Game of Thrones, then reusing the material to create an amazing sculpture of Harvey Dent/Two-Faced as he appeared in The Dark Knight. You can find some of Richter’s works for sale in his Etsy shop.
Artist Steven Richter takes on RDJ’s battle-scarred looks as he heads from the end of Avengers: Infinity War into Endgame. The sculpt features a great likeness of Tony Stark, as he peers out from his broken armor, made with the help of a 3D-printed casting.
While you can buy an official LEGO Camper Van kit already, this custom build is far more impressive. This realistic replica took over 400,000 bricks to build, and has a steel frame which allows people to walk inside and check out all of the brick-built details.
Glass artist Raven Skyriver demonstrates the team effort required to create a large sculpture of a sea turtle. His studio creates all kinds of incredible glass animals, including lizards, sharks, whales, seahorses, fish, octopi, and more. Video by Derek Klein Films.
Bobby Duke headed down to his local Target store and picked up a few rolls of aluminum foil. He then demonstrated how even the simplest household items can be turned into art. We’re not too sure about the design aesthetic, but it’s still a cool idea that anyone can try.
Artist and bioengineer Julian Melchiorri created this wonderfully inventive lamp comprised of 70 “leaves” pumped full of microalgae. Through photosynthesis, they both purify the air, and transform in shades of green. The piece is on display at London’s V&A Museum.
What starts out as a nondescript blob of clay provides the foundation for an impressively detailed recreation of Chewbacca’s head as artist Steven Richter creates a mold, then painstakingly places and trims hair to replicate the wookiee’s distinctive good looks.
While the majority of 3D printers melt plastic filament, this unique printer uses modeling clay as its medium, resulting in ceramic creations which would be difficult to sculpt by hand. If you already have an FDM 3D printer, you can purchase the extruder only for $399.
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