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Dec 10, 2010

How To: Make an Omelette Inside an Eggshell

created at: 12/10/2010

They say you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.

True, but you can get pretty close.

The Evil Mad Scientists have figured out a way to create an omelette inside the egg's shell with just a single tiny hole, or, as they say, "a culinary equivalent of the ship in a bottle."   … read more

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Dec 09, 2010

How To: Make an Amorphous Vase from a Styrofoam Cup

created at: 12/09/2010

These days, I rarely run into a styrofoam cup. And I'm quite thankful, as extruded polystyrene foam does not biodegrade for hundreds of years, and the its manufacturing process produces a whole buncha junk that no one wants in the air. So, when you come across one, what is there to do but sink your teeth around the rim?

Why, make these fancy shaped vases, of course...

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Dec 09, 2010

How To: Tie a Tie

created at: 12/09/2010

Just in case you were wondering...

 

Oh, you actually wanna know how to tie a tie? Okay...… read more

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Dec 08, 2010

Make a Melted Army Men Bowl

created at: 12/08/2010

Ever now and again, Dominic Wilcox's clever War Bowls cross my path. I spied them online eight or so years ago, then two years later, one was on display at my local contemporary art museum, then I read an interview with Wilcox in a magazine, and on and on. 

When I recently ran into them again, it occurred to me..."Maybe I should make one?" Then, as we all do when we have a light bulb moment, I Googled it.   … read more

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Dec 08, 2010

How To: Make Mod Sparkly Snowflakes

created at: 12/08/2010

Rebekah Greiman of Potholes and Pantyhose is all kinds of fun. Her website is a neverending collage of witty images, random bursts of energy, and pretty clever crafty projects.

Like these super sparkly snowflakes, which look like a cross between Sputnik and some dangerous weapon from either 1350 or 3350. One or the other.

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Dec 07, 2010

How To: Make Typographic Gift Wrap

created at: 12/07/2010

This year, I vowed to only make or buy handmade holiday gifts for my friends and family, and I've kept to it so far. But wrapping these gifts in commercial paper didn't seem to make much sense, so I wanted to create some handmade gift wrap to match. I happen to think a gift wrapped in newsprint is actually quite attractive, and love the look of text on a package, but wanted to put in a little more effort. So I came up with a cool option that's clean, masculine, and maintains the typographic look of the newsprint. Plus, it eliminates the need for any "to:/from" tags, as the recipient's name is right there in tasteful type.

Once I figured it out, it was actually quite easy and quick - less than ten minutes per gift. The unbleached brown craft paper is only $1.25 per roll, and the book pages came from 25¢ war novel at the secondhand shop. To me, this beats the pants off of any mass-produced "Ho Ho Ho" paper in both price and style.

Here's how to do it:   … read more

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Dec 06, 2010

How To: Make a LEGO Death Star Ornament

created at: 12/06/2010

Master brickster Chris McVeigh offers step-by-step instructions to build your own Death Star ornament.

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Dec 06, 2010

How To: Make a Silver Ring, from a Quarter

created at: 12/06/2010

Interesting fact for Monday, December 6th, 2010: U.S. quarters manufactured before 1964 are made of silver. Huh.

Even more interesting, that quarter can be transformed into a  silver ring, using a spoon!

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Dec 03, 2010

How To: Make Easy Mod Christmas Paper Decor

It's always very obvious when it's December in my house. I simply can't help but add a little bit of holiday cheer to each room.

created at: 12/03/2010But, there's not an inch of greenery, nor Santa Clauses, reindeer, or snowman. My home is really pretty modern, and the traditional Christmas vibe just doesn't match my stuff. So, I have an aluminum Christmas tree and metallic stockings, and to balance all that synthetic industrial-ness, I like to add plenty of handmade elements.

This year, in additional to my infamous paper snowflakes, I wanted more paper decorations that brought in a bit of color. So, I came with two easy how-tos: some mid-century inspiration paper ornaments, and a mod paper garland.

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Dec 03, 2010

How To: Make a Canoe from a Single Sheet of Plywood

In my neighborhood, we have an excellent urban bike trail that runs along the a fairly large river that divides my city in half. Often, while cycling, I'll see folks, mostly elderly men, pop out onto the trail with their large canoes and kayaks.

"How fun," I always think, but there's no liveries or rentable canoe places until you drive an hour or so out of the city. Of course, I wouldn't need to rent one if I could get my hands on a piece of softwood plywood and a saw.

Which I can.

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Dec 02, 2010

How To: Make the Perfect Snowball

Admit it: if you live in a snow-receiving climate, you make at least one snowball a season. Sometimes the closest tree is your target, sometimes its your significant other (which, if you can get away with it, means that individual is a total keeper), and sometimes its just to see how far you can throw it. But if you have gloves, and there's snow, you're gonna make one

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created at: 12/02/2010

 

But then there are those icy orbs that never seem to form...they fall apart in your hands, or stay in a weird rectangle the whole time, or disintegrate not two feet in front of you. "It's the snow, it's the snow!" you shout. Which, sometimes it is, but that doesn't mean its not something a little technique can't fix.

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Dec 01, 2010

How To: Make a DIY Geek Power Tie (from Scratch)

Take this one to the bank: never give a guy a tie for Christmas. Ever. 

Unless, of course, it's a handmade tie, that you not only sewed, but did so from a handmade pattern on fabric that you designed and printed yourself, that is.

Says author Michele Beschen, "When I was asked to share a project that was geared towards geeks and dudes, I immediately started contemplating the many interesting ways I could incorporate code into something. I don’t even know what much of that tech jargon means, but I sure like how it looks — the text, the symbols and the layout. I played around with different ideas and just kept seeing it on a tie: not a stuffy, business-like tie, but a tie that looks great worn loose and casual with a vintage short-sleeve button down. Keep your dude in stylish duds this holiday season, and add a little personality with this "power of code" tie that you can create in an afternoon."

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Dec 01, 2010

How To: Make a DIY Sling Camera Strap


In the last two years, there's been a huge increase on the digital SLR camera scene - prices are dropping, megapixels are becoming more affordable, and the availability of introductory models means that anyone who has even a moderate interest can take really, really good pictures for fractions of what it would have cost even five years ago.

Though with the increase in flexibility and quality, convenience and portability take a hit. A DSLR can take amazing vacation, candid, and art (and step-by-step how-to!) photos, but they don't slip into your pocket very easily. Which means your stuck with an expensive object hanging from an… read more

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Nov 30, 2010

How To: Make a "Sliceform" Christmas Tree

Sliceforms are "are geometric models constructed from interlocking sets of planar pieces," basically a 3D model made of flat pieces, creating a grid. Mathematically-minded folks, of course, can create super complex structures with the technique, but it can be scaled down to make simpler structures, like this 3D Christmas tree.   … read more

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Nov 30, 2010

How to: Make a Jenga Pistol

created at: 11/30/2010

Nothing is more stressful than the shakes and tremors of the towering wooden edifice that is a great game of Jenga. All the middle ones have been removed, leaving that one on the side that if you just work quickly and carefully enough, you might be able to...

Shudder.

Matthias Wandel's Jenga pistol, on the other hand, can knock out an entire level, dropping the entire structure, in less than 1/20 of a second.

Watch this video to see it in action:    

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