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Sep 11, 2010

Black Metal Cookies, Plus a Hardcore Pumpkin Cookie Recipe

By Polly Conway, Guest Blogger

I recently discovered this classic video and was enchanted! Real black metal plus delicious cookies: an unlikely but delightful pairing.

A hardcore autumn cookie recipe after the jump...… read more


Sep 10, 2010

10-Minute Project: Framed Moustache Art

By Polly Conway, Guest Blogger

created at: 09/09/2010

I'm all for quick and easy projects, so when I visited my friend Derek in Portland last week, I couldn't help but notice some of the new art hanging in his bathroom. These framed moustaches remind me of Victorian hair art, a strange and wonderful fad during the mid-1800's when human hair was used to create jewelry and other mementos. 


created at: 09/09/2010

Derek has followed suit and used human hair moustaches for this project, which I think creates a really weird and awesome look. Often used for theatrical productions, they're not all that expensive; you can find a good selection at your local costume… read more


Sep 09, 2010

Pony Farts: Yo-yo How-To with Bay Area Renaissance Man Doctor Popular

By Polly Conway, Guest Blogger

created at: 09/09/2010

Doctor Popular, aka Doc Pop, is a true renaissance man here in the Bay Area. As a person with a lot of interests myself, I'm always excited to learn about other dabblers who have a laundry list of skills and pursuits. The good Doctor describes himself as a "game designer, illustrator, tailor, rapper, and super nerd." Excellent. I've also met the man and can attest to his niceness and enthusiasm about the yo-yo lifestyle. 

At my house, we're proud owners of a Doc Pop yo-yo, and while my own skills are questionable, my bf can walk the dog like a pro. I'd like to get my hands on the above wooden… read more


Sep 07, 2010

Going Back to Flynn's Arcade: Tron Sock Pattern for Superfan Superknitters

By Polly Conway, Guest Blogger

created at: 09/07/2010

Even though the release of the Tron sequel is months away, I can feel the mania beginning already! Knitter Chris Wass has taken it to the next level with this pattern for a beautifully detailed pair of socks.

Making these would be a grand gesture for the Tron freak in your life, as they're a bit on the tricky side. But you've got until December to whip these babies up in time for the return of still-rockin' Jeff Bridges as our beloved Flynn. If you're unfamiliar with this 80's video game/sci-fi classic, here's a little taste:



Sep 06, 2010

Happy Labor Day! TOAST the Hardworking Makers with a DIY Deluxe Campfire Roaster

By Polly Conway, Guest Blogger

created at: 09/06/2010

Alas, I'm not camping this gorgeous Labor Day, but if I was out in the woods, I'd be cramming as many marshmallows as possible onto this deluxe toasting fork. Thanks to the folks at Instructables, everyone can make their own deluxe campfire roaster, with no chance of a lost dog in the fire.

Here's the tutorial; may all your hot dogs and smores be perfectly cooked today!


Sep 03, 2010

How To: Make DIY Fruit Roll-Ups at Home, with Crazy Patterns!

Many thoughtful, contemporary parents are a bit wiser than ours were concerning the snack foods they give to their children. Avoiding processed food products, excessive amounts of corn syrup, hydrogenated fats, and overt amounts of sodium, these post-modern era parents have gone back to the snacks that their own grandparents might have served - homemade and much more healthful.

Which is great...except for one thing: contemporary kids don't get the experience of eating, well, kid food. Thrown in lunch boxes or crunched into pockets for consumption in the treehouse, there are certain foods that just taste like childhood.

And for… read more


Sep 03, 2010

The Ten Commandments of Soldering

created at: 09/03/2010

For many creative men, "making things" often includes circuit boards, LEDs, microcontrollers, and the like. And while ManMade always argues that men should be encouraged to use their yarn skeins just as often as their soldering iron, it's still important to know how to actually use that soldering iron safely and effectively.

Enter the Ten Commandments of Soldering, a collection of Thous and Shalls for the wire connecting crowd. Even if you don't know how to solder, or what it actually does, it's a worthwhile read.   … read more


Sep 02, 2010

How To: Transform Thrift Store Neckties into Stylish, Skinny Ties

created at: 09/02/2010

Gabrielle's son Ralph was turning thirteen, and asked for some au currant skinny ties, presumably because Ralph knows, as all ManMade readers know, that if you gotta dress up, you might as well do a good job.

Having a hard time finding appropriately priced and sized ties for Ralph, Gabrielle got creative and hit the thrift store. She came home with a pile of $1.00 traditional neckties, and got to work.

She says, "Of course, I forgot about the idea till 3 days before his birthday. At which point, I tried to rush and make it happen. I found 5 great ties at Goodwill and sped them to the tailor. There, I was told it would takeread more


Sep 01, 2010

How to Make Superhero Cupcakes

created at: 09/01/2010

We don't care if cupcakes are oh-so-2008; these superhero-topped red velvet and Ovaltine (?!) flavored versions looks plenty timeless to us.

Just Jenn made paper versions of each logo, then cut them out to use as templates over biscuit-cutter cut fondant. "The thing I love about Superhero logos are the simple clean designs, just the image and the colors can tell you instantly who is who. All of which are PERFECT elements for topping cupcakes! I knew I wanted to do some of the basics, Superman, Batman – but I figured that some of the more obscure logos would be fun and also appeal to the diehard fanboy/fangirl."

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Sep 01, 2010

How To: Make a DIY, Best Made Co.-Inspired High End Hammer

created at: 09/01/2010

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Peter Buchanan-Smith and Best Made Co., and I haven't been able to shake the imagery of their color-adorned urban axes since. I can't help but check out the ax and shovel handles at the hardware store and garden center. And while I have immense respect for Best Made Co. and their amazing work, I'm just not at the point in my life where I can swing investing in a high-end functional art piece.

But that doesn't mean I couldn't take a cue from their bold color meets wood-grain handles and deep silver blades - so I decided to create my own colorful high-end tool, using a claw hammer. And you can too.

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Aug 30, 2010

How To: Make a Rustic Wooden Mallet

created at: 08/30/2010

There are rubber mallets, seafood mallets, percussion mallets, and then there are the paint-can-sealing, furniture-making, wooden-stake-into-vampire-heart-driving handmade wooden mallets, as you see above.

We bet you can guess which we prefer.   … read more


Aug 27, 2010

How to: Make a Wooden Necktie (and Bowtie!)

Cut the Wood

If you're asking, "what would I do with a handmade wooden neck- or bowtie?" we have thirty-five simple words for you. "Oh my gosh, what wouldn't you do with handmade wooden neck- or bowtie?! What are you? Do you also hate Christmas and world peace? Take your terrible attitude back to your crummy totalitarianism, you drivelspot."

Now, Make a Bowtie

Okay, we'll grant it's a legitimate concern. So, I guess a better answer is: you design it, cut and shape it from soft wood, put a string through it, then post it on Instructables.

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Aug 25, 2010

How To: DIY a Lego DJ Booth

created at: 08/25/2010

Who DOESN'T need a bed of interlocking plastic bricks in which to rest their turntables?

This build from German site Spy Style features a plywood box attached to the wall, covered with Legos, with flush-mounted Technics 1200s and inside. It uses around 1,400 new bricks in fun cool colors on the outside.created at: 08/25/2010

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Aug 25, 2010

How To: Sew an iPad Case

created at: 08/25/2010

The availability of the iPad has brought on lots of clever carrying and nesting options: those that make it look like an iMac, an old arcade console, or a composition notebook. But this tutorial from Eighteenth Century Agrarian Business is the kind we like best: a custom, fabric option, along the thousands we've seen for iPods and mobile phones, that simply stores and protects.

"This case has really served me well. I carry the iPad with me everywhere I go and throw it in my purse, which is always filled with randomness. Since it's just two folds and really just about 3 lines of stitching - this is really easy."

created at: 08/25/2010

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Aug 24, 2010

How To: Make the Ultimate Ginger Beer

created at: 08/24/2010

Pip from Meet Me at Mike's spent weeks perfecting the ultimate ginger beer recipe. Hers is a three-week process that involves just a little daily upkeep, and the results sound unbelievable.   … read more

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