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Jan 28, 2010

How To: Properly Use a Semicolon

How to use a semicolon, the most feared punctuation on earth.Remember everyone: A ManMade reader is punctuationally-attuned reader.

Tongue-in-cheek art site TheOatmeal wants to help you know the best times to use a semicolon, "the most feared punctuation on earth."  From connecting independent clauses to super-commas and high-fiving dinosaurs, this is one grammar lesson you'll never… read more

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Jan 27, 2010

Handmade Haiku: The Tough Guy with the Pinking Shears

created at: 2010/01/13

January 27, 2010: The Tough Guy with the Pinking Shears.

Spray paint is the thing

when you want to feel like your

crafts are illegal.

created at: 2010/01/27

Got a handmade haiku you'd like to see on ManMade? Email your idea to [email protected]

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Jan 25, 2010

Five Very Manly, DIY Aftershave Recipes

Bay Rum Aftershave by MaggieMason.

A proper aftershave does three important things post-razor: 1) it contains an antiseptic agent to keep your newly vulnerable skin germ free; 2) It helps soothe the skin and 3) it helps close the pores (openned from the warm water and the blade) to keep out dirt and oil.

And, like all good things - it can be made at home. Here's five options to check out, with lots variation in difficulty, complexity, and, of course, scent.

1. Bay Rum Aftershave - The Art of Manliness recently offered these two recipes for a classic Bay Rum. "West Indies bay leaf, spices, and Jamaican rum, combine to give the bay rum fragrance its… read more

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Jan 14, 2010

How To: Bicycle Gear Clock

Hands down, this is the finest piece of recycled bike part art I've seen. Most just end up looking a bit, well, like hot glued dirty used bike parts, but this clever repurposing of a chain ring actually makes for some surprisingly high design.

Inspired by the Etsy shop 1 by Liz , April from The Hipster Home whipped this up for her mister as a holiday gift. Here's how she did it:

"The first challange was to find a free or inexpensive bicycle chainring. (Ok so the REAL first step was researching and figuring out exactly what the spiky circle  that the chain goes around was called. NOW YOU KNOW TOO.) Since we’ve got a… read more

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Jan 13, 2010

Felted Nintendo Nostalgia

There's all sorts of geek crafts floating around the blogosphere, but for some reason, these by Sehr Patola stand out amongst 'em. Perhaps it's that the gray matches 1980s Japanese plastic perfectly. Perhaps its the perfectly resourced buttons that make the scale spot-on. But, I'm pretty sure it's that tiny little LED bead on the Gameboy.

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Jan 05, 2010

How To: Magnetic Coffee Sleeve.

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There aren't too many things I simply won't put in my mouth...but room temperature coffee is on that short list. So, I'm a big fan of reusable coffee sleeves that keep your hands safe and your drink warm.

And I'm a particular fan of handmade reusuable sleeves - knitted ones, felt ones, and corduroy ones with photos inside! The only thing better would be a way to stick it to light poles and fire hydrants and the side of my Vespa.

Alexandra Pulver has done just that - and I think it's brilliant. " [At first] I came up with this magnetic cup-holder. It is made out of polypropylene and folds flat for easy portability.

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Jan 02, 2010

How To: Fused Plastic Belt

Here's a fresh take on the fusing plastic bags/DIY Tyvek trick: creating a strong base with opaque white plastic bags for durability, then adding an attractive top layer for some graphic punch!

Materials:

  • 1.5" cotton webbing (or polyester or nylon)
  •  Plastic grocery bags or other plastic packaging
  • Fray Check or thread glue
  • Belt buckle (I took one off an old belt)
  • 3/16" metal eyelets and eyelet tool (make sure your belt prong will fit through this size)
  • Coordinating thread (and heavy duty thread if you have it around)
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Jan 01, 2010

Knitted Michael Jackson "Thriller" Doll

Dude, I don't know what it is.

I don't have a particular slant towards or against Michael Jackson... I appreciate him perfectly well.

I don't have an enormous interest in knitted celebrity softies...At least, I imagine it to be an average amount.

Perhaps it's the tiny little white socks.

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Whatever it is, I can't stop looking at this knitted Michael Jackson doll, decked out in his infamous red leather getup from the Thriller video. (Recently added to the Library of Congress' U.S. Film Registry along with Dog Day Afternoon.)

From Colette.Fr  "Michael is back! He resuscitates in the form of doll thanks to Soso… read more

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Dec 27, 2009

Excellent, Free Photography How-To Videos

Even if you're not a devoted Nikon disciple, they're offering some great free how-to videos that appeal to anyone interested in digital photography.

created at: 2009/12/27

My three faves are these by Joe McNally, who's the kinda guy from whom you just wanna… read more

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