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Nov 11, 2010

How To: Make a Shirt Cuff Wallet

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When repurposing old clothing in craft and DIY projects, it's easy to separate the wide pieces of pure fabric for creative fodder. But then, your often stuck with the rest: collars, lapels, buttons, cuffs, waistbands, etc.

Except, if you cut things just so, these "extras" can often be exactly what you need for some seriously clever reuse. Like this shirt cuff wallet: it's exactly the right size, and all the seams are already set. All you need to do is just add the… read more

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Nov 11, 2010

Nashville Musician Shingles His Roof with Records

created at: 11/11/2010

Jazz instrumentalist Matt Glassmeyer needed a roof for his porch. As a musician, he knows plenty about vinyl albums, and has a history of inventing clever items: "the shuitar (an acoustic drum machine-like instrument made from an acoustic guitar body), the buzzophone (tenor saxophone played with a custom trumpet-like buzzing mouthpiece), and amplified contra-alto clarinet."

So, Matt put his creativity to work and came up with an idea for his… read more

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Nov 10, 2010

Top Tips for New Seamsters

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At ManMade, we often get emails from guys and ladies asking for help breaking into in the wonderful world of sewing your old stuff. While we're happy to help anyone get started, there are those tips and tricks that can only come with a bit of experimenting and practice.

So, we thought we'd share a collection of these tips, gathered by pros and those-just-getting-started… read more

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Nov 10, 2010

Fifteen Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

We don't often cover home improvement-y sorts of things on ManMade, but with the looming cold bursts scheduled for next week, we wanted to provide you with a couple tips for getting your home ready for winter. Cause we're pretty into saving energy, saving money, and...you know, not being… read more

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Nov 09, 2010

How the Wall Street Journal's Famous "Stipple Portraits" Are Created (How-to Included)

Since their debut in 1979, the Wall Street Journal has featured more than 11,000 of their half-column Stipple headcuts. The signature portraits are created today by eight artists, and feature everyone from Hollywood celebrities to world government officials to Santa Claus.

To learn how to create the… read more

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Nov 08, 2010

How To: Unbelievable Pizza from Scratch and at Home

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Everyone should learn how to make pizza at home. It's versatile, healthy, delicious, and relatively easy. You may never turn out anything as good as the pizzaiolos in Naples or New York, but making pizza that will delight your family and friends is within the reach of anyone with a few basic ingredients and a cooking scale. 

I've been experimenting with different dough recipes and cooking techniques for about nine months now, and while I don't consider myself an expert, I've learned a few tricks and can now produce thin-crust, spongy-cornicione, nicely-charred pizzas. 

What follows is my typical pizza process (I make… read more

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Nov 08, 2010

How To: Make a Stirling Engine from Soda Cans

created at: 11/08/2010

Guess what! You can make a super efficient Stirling engine from two soda cans!

"Awesome," you'll no doubt say. And then...

(beat.)

"What's a Stirling engine?"

Turns out, it's a super-efficient type of engine that converts heat into energy using cyclic compression, meaning it continually feeds itself energy by "compressing cool gas, heating the gas, expanding the hot gas, and finally cooling the gas before repeating the cycle."

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Nov 05, 2010

How To: Make Your Own Pop Up Cards

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Illustrator, author, and artist Robert Sabuda provides these free, downloadable pop-up card templates and how-tos that'd be great for the upcoming holiday season. We especially like the new pirate ship design and all sorts of Star Wars models, including R2-D2 and a totally excellent Millennium Falcon.

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We also love the "Pop-Up Basics" that show you how to create your own,… read more

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Oct 27, 2010

How To: Make Mini Pizza Pops

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We've said it before, and are proud to say it again: we love mini things, and we want them on sticks!

Add pizza to the equation, and we're completely done-for.

Super food crafter Meaghan Mountford shows you how to create tiny pizza pops, mounted on sticks and ready to go for a party, a trip, or just a very fun-filled Dexter marathon. Heck, if those creepy people hadn't freaked everyone out and it were legit to give away homemade food for Trick-or-Treat, we'd be whipping these up by the dozens for this… read more

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Oct 26, 2010

How To: Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint

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Some bloggers and stylists have called out chalkboard paint as being a fad that's overdone and now out-of-date. But we think the objection here isn't a re-writable surface, but big gray walls in interiors where they don't really work.

So, it's totally awesome to find this tutorial, which allows you to make DIY chalkboard paint in any color you… read more

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Oct 25, 2010

Incredible Knitted Skeleton

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We've seen our fair share of knitted anatomy before, but none so ambitious or well executed as Transcending the Material by Ben Cuevas. "The installation piece Ben Cuevas chose to showcase at The Wassaic Project features a knitted skeleton seated atop a pyramid of Borden’s condensed milk cans and a cloud of screen prints on Plexi glass suspended above it. The knitted skeleton is seated in the lotus position. The prints are of disembodied anatomical parts photographed in high resolution with diagrammatic illustrative overlays. Ben conceives of the piece as a reference to material culture and Wassaic’s local history (The Borden Company had a condensed milk factory in Wassaic) and a meditation on transcendence."

All of which is very, very cool, but that knitted skeleton, oh, that knitted… read more

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Oct 18, 2010

How To: Make a Hand-Tooled Leather CD Case

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We love the idea of putting something cool and digital, like a CD, inside a rustic, hand-hewn leather home. As the designer and author Elizabeth says, " This is an instance when my excessive love for prettiness wins out over practicality, utility, and common sense. I already had a CD case - a perfectly good one I'd had since high school. But its cover was nylon and plastic and - well, not hand-tooled leather. This is a makeover, and an impractical one at that - not a made-from-scratch project - but it sure is nicer to reach for a 'How to speak Italian' CD in the car now." 

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Oct 18, 2010

How To: Make Zombie Felties!

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Just in time for Halloween, Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate offer Zombie Felties:How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead . It's an awesome collection of scary, disgusting softies makeable with minimum sewing skills.

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From the product description, "Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate awaken their inner George A. Romero and focus their creative attention on the malleable, fuzzy softness of felt inside Zombie Felties: How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead. Inside, crafters will find instructions for more than 15 zombie creatures, including a Romero-esque Day of the Dead Zombie. Additional Zombie Feltie projects include: Zombie Bride, Zombie Puppy, Vampire Zombie, Zombie Bunny, Folklore Zombie, Zombie… read more

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Oct 14, 2010

DIY Spacecraft Videos Shot from 19 Miles above Earth

 

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At ManMade, we will always support the DIY efforts that allow folks to live out the things they love. Especially when it involves outer space. 

We were super excited when Robert Harrison took still photos with a digital point and shoot attached to a giant weather balloon, and think this latest effort by photographer Luke Geissbuhler is simply amazing. 

"Geissbuhler spent eight months fine-tuning a miniature spacecraft that could withstand the extreme conditions of the edge of space. He also had to get approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration.

 

In order to be able to retrieve the footage, the device would have to survive extreme weather conditions, sub-zero temperatures and a… read more

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Oct 12, 2010

How To: Make Spider Web Balloons for Halloween

 

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You know that spindle-y, cotton-y, faux spider web material they sell in the plastic bags?

I hate that stuff. First, it's gross and creepy; as in, not a cool, eerie Halloween way, but in a octogenarian's chin hair kinda way. And, it's nearly always misused to create a melty cotton ball look that looks nothing like an actual spider web.

But, this process it pretty intriguing. A special balloon-strengthening product called HI-FLOAT is allowed to dry inside an inflated then deflated ballon, and upon re-inflation, produces a string-y, bizarre, somewhat similar to an spider web looking thing, which, when combined with a few plastic creepy crawlers, looks… read more

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Oct 11, 2010

How To: Make Shrunken Heads from Apples

 

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I got The Amazing Apple Book as a gift for the Christmas of '92, and I adored each of its pages. I learned about how there's no way the fruit from Adam and Eve was an apple, and all sorts of culinary applications. But my favorite project included carving a face in a fresh, ripe apple and leaving it out to dry and shrivel into a little fruit flavored shrunken face...though my parents always made me store mine in the basement, and they usually caught a coat of… read more

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Oct 07, 2010

How To: Make a Secret Hollowed-Out Book (Quickly!)

When I was a kid, we made secret book hiding spots all the time: glue up the edges, grab the utility knife, and spend hours cutting. Of course, we didn't have any stuff worth hiding, but we were boys, and that's what boys did.

I love the idea of using secondhand books as a gift box, but my memories of the tried-and-true handcutting method, which would take more than an hour for a book big enough to put much in, make me think otherwise. But, this new method from John Park makes me think I might be able to pull it off this holiday… read more

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Oct 06, 2010

Spied at the Craft Fair: Hairy Animal Hats

Origin: The London Craft Fair recently displayed these crazy awesome felted hairy animal hats, made from Sussex wool and alpaca fleece. They're simultaneously scarily lifelike and functionally impossible, making them all around fun.

   

They're each handmade by Barbara Keal, who "loves felting because it it such an immediate and physical way of making, it is also very environmentally clean. The wool hasn't travelled far and warm water and olive oil soap are the only other ingredients apart from my own energy."

 

She was inspired by the "wild and motley looking crew of herdwicks,… read more

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Oct 05, 2010

IKEA Hack: How to Make a Noguchi-Inspired Mid-Century Modern Lamp

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Isamu Noguchi's Akari lamps are among the classic, iconic pieces of mid-century design. These practical light sculptures are a playful take on the traditional Japanese paper lantern; updated with legs that echo the emerging atomic culture of the early 1950s, yet still maintaining the biomorphic shape found in Noguchi's other works. The Akari lamp series has been a part of the MoMA's permanent collection almost as long as it's been around. 

IKEA has featured their share of paper lantern-inspired lamps over the years. The most recent rendition is the VÄTE series, a collection of rice paper shades on steel framesread more

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Oct 04, 2010

How To: Precision Pumpkin Carving

 

Sometime around the late 80s and early 90s, the Halloween scene got knocked on its head. Publishers released pumpkin carving pattern-and-tool books,  and jack-o-lanterns went from simple triangle-based faces to full on cackling witches and haunted house scenes.

And we are all thankful...except in the fifteen years that followed, every home started using these patterns, making these newer more complex scenes just as ubiquitous as their predecessors.

Thankfully, in the last few years, DIY stencil creation has gone through a revolution of sorts, and you can now create detailed custom pieces without need to buy… read more

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