Man Made DIY


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Mar 19, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Woodgrain Laptop Skin

I'm always a fan of the interaction between nature and technology...and nothing quite captures that interaction like an attempt to warm up the sleek designs of tech gear with a little warmth from the natural world: like my own project the tree branch iPhone dock or the tree limb magnets for your sleek kitchen appliances, or this great handmade wooden iPodread more

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Mar 19, 2012

Red Hong's Coffee Cup Ring Drawings

Shanghai artist "Red" Hong Yi, enjoys finding all sorts of interesting ways to draw...without any traditional drawing utensils. She previously created a portrait of NBA icon Yao Ming by bouncing a basketball dipped in paint, and recently perfected a means of using the rings left by a coffee mug.

The results are incredibly detailed, and her ability to find contrast in the color values and intensity is… read more

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Mar 16, 2012

How to: Make Modern, Colorful Wall Art (on the Cheap!)

Interested in adding some color to your home, but your landlords won't let you paint? Me too...(except I usually just paint, and ask for forgiveness later.)

Instead of grabbing a gallon at the… read more

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Mar 16, 2012

Infographic of the Day: Geek vs. Hipster

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Geeks and hipsters. Both wear glasses and t-shirts. Both are equally obsessed with minutiae, and are recognizable from a mile away. If only you could tell which is which...

Enter this infographic,… read more

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Mar 16, 2012

A Pen That Can Write for 7 Years

created at: 03/15/2012

 

Pens aren't exactly known for their longevity. A Bic that lasts a year usually seems like some sort of act of god. Well the ever-innovative people of Switzerland have developed a pen that, assuming you don't lose it, will last 7read more

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Mar 16, 2012

At Home with Steve McQueen: Newly Released Intimate Photos from 1963

In 1963, photographer John Dominis visited the Palm Springs home of Steve McQueen and his first wife, Neile Adams. Over the span of three weeks, the photographer shot more than forty rolls of film, capturing intimate photos of the couple daily life that reinforce why the actor continues to be upheld as an interesting paradigm of masculinity. 

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Mar 15, 2012

How to: Give Your Wall a Total Textural Makeover with Pennies!

created at: 03/15/2012

ManMade reader Lizzie has a "manly husband," Ryan, that she often sends here to trick him into doing DIY and decor projects. It's even worked several times, she says. "In fact, he 'allowed' me to take his fingerprint the other day so that I can make some fingerprint art which is the coolest thing ever.  They're all Illustrator'd up and ready to print!"

As apartment dwellers, Lizzie and Ryan were facing the standard the rental-agreement-says-you-can't-do-anything-awesome-to-where-you-live woes. Unless, of couse, it's temporary. So they came up with this awesome copper penny wall treatment that gives tons of color, texture, and detail to the space. And when they're ready to move? They can just take out a few nails and it's like they were never there.

Lizzie was gracious enough to share the process here, so read on to see how they completed this awesome… read more

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Mar 15, 2012

Why Grass Seed is Way More Interesting than You'd Think: Reports from the Pennington Seed "Seed for Yourself" Summit

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Over the past weekend, I was fortunate to be invited as a guest of Pennington Seed to attend the Seed for Yourself Summit near Albany, Oregon. As someone who lives in the city and is thankful I haven't had to care for a green lawn since I gave the responsibility back to my dad when I left for college, I admit I knew very little nothing about grass seed, how to grow it, or why some is better than others.
But now, I've been schooled, and I'm popping around the neighborhood goin' "See that? That's tall fescue, it goes dormant in the winter, which is why it looks like straw;" and, "Perennial rye grass right there, cause it has untoothed parallel sides and prominent parallel veins on the upper surface."

See? I learned something. And...grass seed is pretty fascinating… read more

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Mar 15, 2012

How to: Make Irish Car Bomb Jell-O Shots for St. Patrick's Day

created at: 03/15/2012

It's March 15th, when means you've plenty of time to prep for proper St. Patrick's Day celebrating. And while everyone's gonna show up in thrifted green cardigans and plaid golf pants, Guiness (or, hopefully, Bushmill's) in hand, you can show up in whatever you want, and ain't nobody gonna pinch you:

because you've brought chewable Irish Car Bomb beer bites.

The Irish Car Bomb is a boilermaker cocktail variation, in which Jameson's Irish whiskey and Bailey's Irish Cream are dropped into a nearly full pint of Guiness. The milk solids in the Bailey's will… read more

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Mar 15, 2012

Artist Puts a Camera on a Spinning Drill to Capture Some Far Out Video

created at: 03/15/2012

French designer and artist Oscar Lhermite secured a compact digital camera to a cordless drill and filmed the results of the lens spinning. Since the camera is capturing about fifteen frames per second and the spinning at 1,200 f.p.s., the resulting blurred video becomes what the artist calls, "seeing the world in a circular gradient."

When I first saw the setup, I imagined the resulting images to be some kind of whirly, wacky video, but it's exactly the opposite. The difference in speed produces an evolving, ethereal kaleidoscope-like pulsing orb that changes as the light and colors are altered.

Be sure to watch through until Lhermite takes the camera outside and captures the… read more

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