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Awesome Sculptures

Making a Life-Size Bison Sculpture from Foam + Tires

Making a Life-Size Bison Sculpture from Foam + Tires

Blake McFarland is no stranger to making sculptures of animals. He was recently commissioned to build his largest work yet, a life-size bison for the Henry Vilas Zoo. He started by welding the beast’s horns from stainless steel, then used a foam taxidermy form, spray foam, and fiberglass as the structure for its bike tire “fur.”

Kinetic Sine Wave Machine

Kinetic Sine Wave Machine

Kinetic sculpture maker JBV Creative shows off one of his coolest builds yet, a machine that creates a sine wave motion as ball bearings roll along its horseshoe-shaped ribs. He sells an STL template for 3D printing your own, along with a detailed assembly video. He’s also made a version that’s twice as long.

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10-Million Color 3D Printer

10-Million Color 3D Printer

Typical 3D printers can output one or two colors at a time, but this 3D printer from Mimaki can print objects from a palette of more than 10 million colors. 3D Printing Nerd got look at its capabilities during Formnext USA. It creates objects by printing layers of UV-curable CMYK resins encased in a water-soluble support material.

Making an Infinite Terrarium

Making an Infinite Terrarium

Ideal Idea set out to build a unique terrarium inspired by infinity cubes. By upping the complexity to a 20-sided shape, he provided enough space for the plants to thrive. He cut the sides from acrylic and 3D printed the structure, which is held together with cord. The infinite illusion was created using reflective film and LED lights.

Wooden Sisyphus Automata

Wooden Sisyphus Automata

In mythology, Sisyphus was a man punished for cheating death by having to roll a boulder uphill only to have it roll back down as he neared the top. Artist Ross McSweeney created this amazing laser-cut wooden automaton that animates the core of the story. You can purchase template files for the sculpture on his Etsy shop.

Building a 15-Foot Iron Giant

Building a 15-Foot Iron Giant

The guys from FliteTest spend most of their time building and flying model aircraft. One of the materials they use to build flying machines is FT Maker Foam. Josh took some time out from flying to build a huge model of the Iron Giant out of the lightweight foam board. It ended up being much larger than he had initially planned.

Knifey: The Clay Knife

Knifey: The Clay Knife

North of the Border’s latest clay creation knife. But this is no ordinary knife. According to the maker of tiny nerdy things, Knifey is “a red sentient murder unicorn from High on Life.” If we were forced to bring a knife in a gunfight, this is the blade we’d go with.

Master of Plaster

Master of Plaster

YaramountTube has a very special artistic talent. When he’s not working his construction job, he spends his time carving intricate architectural sculptures out of plaster. His friend suggested that he posted his work online, and if this first video is any indication, we can look forward to many more amazing creations.

Zombie Santa Claus

Zombie Santa Claus

North of the Border imagines what it might be like if the zombie apocalypse hit the night before Christmas. Santa is still coming down your chimney, but he’s looking for brains instead of milk and cookies. This handbuilt sculpture of the undead St. Nick includes a sack full of toys for all the good little zombies.

Two Brass Monkeys Puzzles

Two Brass Monkeys Puzzles
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UK artists Two Brass Monkeys make wonderfully challenging sculptural puzzles from brass and stainless steel. Among their tricky designs are the spherical Gob Stopper, the hexagonal Joy of Hex, and log-shaped Pygmy and Marmoset. Each one will flex your brain as you attempt to separate and put together their geometry.

Making Thomas the Tank Engine Evil

Making Thomas the Tank Engine Evil

While his eyes always gave us the creeps, Thomas the Tank Engine is a pretty charming character. But in the hands of Adam from North of the Border, he’s is anything but pleasant. To turn Thomas evil, Adam sculpted a clay version of the anthropomorphic train with a blood red body, pointy teeth, and spider legs.

Bending a Wire Bonsai Tree

Bending a Wire Bonsai Tree

Bonsai trees are typically living plants that require an immense amount of care and precision pruning. These talented artists show us how they make bonsais that require no watering – using thousands of strands of stiff metal wire to create their intricate designs. We wonder how long the process takes to do in real time.

Making Shiny Steel Spheres

Making Shiny Steel Spheres

Scott from Wonder World was fascinated by a video that showed how large metal spheres are made using explosive hydroforming. Here, he dives deeper into the process, along with other methods used for making spheres from steel, such as the shiny art pieces made by Shenzhen Maoping Sculpture Arts.

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Making the World’s Smallest Sculptures

Making the World’s Smallest Sculptures

Dr. Willard Wigan MBE has an attention to detail most of us only dream of. He’s known for his infinitesimally small sculptures, which he carves using tiny tools under the lens of a microscope. WIRED’s Obsessed sat down with Willard to learn about his technique and the challenges of working at such a small scale.

Sculpting a Wood Mercedes Concept Car

Sculpting a Wood Mercedes Concept Car

After seeing the Mercedes Vision AVTR concept car in 2020, ND Woodworking was wowed by its curvaceous body and futuristic design. He then got to work, spending more than 100 days sculpting a scale replica of the car out of wood. The kid-sized version sits atop a metal frame with a working electric drivetrain.

Marble Maze in a Cube

Marble Maze in a Cube

LittleBall Creations makes beautiful marble mazes from bent and soldered copper wire. Here, they show off one of their self-contained mazes that sits inside of a cube. The marble rolls from one end of the track to the other when the cube is flipped over. If you’re interested in buying their work, contact them on Facebook.

Glow-in-the-Dark Oogie Boogie

Glow-in-the-Dark Oogie Boogie

Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like to see something strange? North of the Border takes us to the town of Halloween with a little Nightmare Before Christmas goodness. His latest sculpture does a great job capturing the look of Ken Page’s villainous Oogie Boogie, complete with glow-in-the-dark abilities.

Pixel Glitch Sculptures

Pixel Glitch Sculptures

Artist Han Hsu-Tung creates wooden sculptures of organic forms caught in the middle of a digital glitch. He seamlessly melds smooth shapes with square ones to achieve a surreal effect in his human and animal subjects. Here’s a video showing how he makes one of his pieces… and it involves a chainsaw.

Dune Sand Worm Sand Sculpture

Dune Sand Worm Sand Sculpture

The sand castles we built when we were kids were basic structures in the shape of buckets. On the other hand, Leonardo Ugolini uses sand to make true works of art. In this time-lapse video by Ivents Kulturagentur, Ugolini built a sculpture of one of the sandworms from 2021’s Dune, using sand from the movie’s set.

A Cool Collection of Kinetic Sculptures

A Cool Collection of Kinetic Sculptures

Artist Reuben Margolin is known for creating amazing kinetic sculptures. He recently shared this video which compiles four of his mechanical artworks including dancing rings, a crawling creature, and rippling waves. All we could think of was Sonic the Hedgehog running through that one with the golden rings.

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The Man Behind the Monster Masks

The Man Behind the Monster Masks

Having designed and worked on creatures in movies from Galaxy Quest to Avatar to Hellboy, artist Jordu Schell knows a thing or two about mask making. WIRED sat down with the professional artist for a glimpse into his creative process, starting from a concept sketch to creating a finished monster mask.

3D-Printed GTA V Map

3D-Printed GTA V Map

Artist and designer Dom Riccobene painstakingly replicated the full single-player map of Los Santos from Grand Theft Auto V as a 3D model. Because of the size of his 3D printer, he broke the map down into 24 quadrants, then assembled each piece onto a 20″ x 30″ base. We enjoyed watching the map legend being carved too.

Making the Toy Story Rocket Car Real

Making the Toy Story Rocket Car Real

Artist Steven Richter has wowed us with his sculptures before. This time he took on a different kind of challenge – replicating the rocket car from the end of Toy Story. He started by modifying existing toys, sculpting a new head for Woody, and building a model rocket. He then assembled it all into this crazy creation.

Pokémon Blastoise Humidifier

Pokémon Blastoise Humidifier

Pokémon will recognize this character as the Blastoise – a big turtle with powerful water cannons under its shell. 3D Sanago crafted this statue of the turtle and rigged it to shoot steam from its cannons instead of water. He used a stone to provide a curved template for drawing the body with a 3D printing pen. Turn subtitles on.

Sharknado Light Sculpture

Sharknado Light Sculpture

Adam from North of the Border takes a momentary break from making things creepier to bring us a different kind of sculpture. He built his Sharknado-inspired display piece by building a metal and silicone armature, then sculpting a bunch of sharks to embed in a light-up cotton funnel cloud.

Five Impossible Figure Illusions

Five Impossible Figure Illusions

Our brains can be easily tricked by optical illusions. StruckDuck shows off five different 3D-printed objects which seem to defy logic but are just messing with our minds thanks to the camera’s perspective. You can download STL files for all of these objects on StruckDuck’s Etsy shop.

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