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Apr 29, 2010

How To: Make a Tiny Tie from a Full-Sized One

This one's fun, whether making a tie for a tyke, or turning your own into a clip-on cause you can't quite master that double windsor.

Marigold from Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! has created an ace tutorial for recycling a full-sized tie into one that'll work on a tinier snazzy dresser. "Now we's simple folk and we don't really go for them fancy clothes, and I don't like spending big money on clothes I know will only be worn once or twice. So I hit up some consignment shops and overstock stores like Ross and Marshall's and managed to throw together two formal outfits for my kids for under $30. The one thing I couldn't find was a cute tie for Milo to match his hand-me-down navy pinstripe trousers. So I did what any crafty momma would do--found a $3 tie on clearance in the men's section and made a few cuts and and stitches and managed to make a very cute boy's tie." 

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Apr 29, 2010

23 Pinhole Cameras to Build at Home

Pinhole Cameras That You Can Build At Home

Several weeks ago (eight, to be exact), I posted up my favorite pinhole camera design - the Dirkon. This morning, I offer you twenty-two more designs. Start small, and end big, I guess.

Pinhole Cameras That You Can Build At Home

This week celebrated Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, so DIYPhotography.net has assembled this collection featuring cameras made from soup cans, single sheets of paper, Altoids tins, and a peanut.  

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Apr 28, 2010

How To: Make Your Own Suspenders

Friends, the Twenty First Century is here, and belts are simply not the only option for keeping your pants up. We've re-embraced the bowtie, and goshdarnit, we gotta get the suspenders back in style. There was, of course. the brief suspender revival of the late eighties/early nineties that accompanied the horrid braided leather belt/Patrick Batemen trend (I'm looking at you, Tim Allen), but let's move forward.

The always excellent Running with Scissors offers a great step-by-step for making a pair of suspenders from scratch, including the y-shaped braces and adding the appropriately spaced buttons to your pants.

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Apr 28, 2010

Handmade Haiku: Even My Shiniest Scissors Seem Dull in Sun Like This

created at: 01/13/2010

28 April 2010: Even My Shiniest Scissors Seem Dull in Sun Like This

created at: 04/28/2010

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Apr 28, 2010

How To: Combine Fonts with Helvetica

GlyphaHelvetica, the world's most popular typeface, will always do what it promises - convey written information that seemlessly blends into its environment. Think about it - in the American Apparel logo, it looks engaging and sexy, and on the Wal-Mart facade, it's soulless and trashy.

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As Indra Kupferschmid, co-author of Helvetica Forever puts it "Helvetica is often described as the tasteless white rice among typefaces: satisfies easily, cheap and fast. But the good thing is, you can take the design into different directions with the sauce and side dishes (the typefaces you pair with Helvetica).”

Kupferschmid has written this excellent how-to for FontShop, which shares how to use Helvetica (or another neo-Grotesque) in contrast to transitional or slab-serifs.

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Apr 28, 2010

"Myth Busted" Proves Animated GIFs Can Still Crack Us Up

Mythbusters is a show that most ManMakers can get excited about. Sure, it's pretty science heavy, but they're always careful to detail the building of the gear, explaining the special tools and materials, and it usually ends in an explosion.

Some clever Mythbusters fan created this hilarious looping GIF that highlights the personae of the show's host - Adam Savage is quite silly, and Jaime Hyneman, well, looks like a walrus in a beret.

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Apr 27, 2010

How To: Construct a Crossbow from Office Supplies

What do four pencils, tape, ball point pen, rubber bands, and a bamboo skewer equal? An obligatory safety warning, that's what.

Actually, it equals a mini-crossbow built from office supplies that COMES with an obligatory safety warning, which is simply this: don't be an idiot. Now to the fun part.

Straight from John Austin's Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: Build Implements of Spitball Warfare, this office supply crossbow seriously looks like something that can actually stand up to some repeated (safe!) firings.

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Apr 27, 2010

This is Spinal TAPE!

This is Spinal Tape

With a product name this good, you don't really need a tagline... But, just for fun, let's see what we can come up with.

1. Sacral stick 'um?

2. Dorsal duct tape?

3. Crud. That's all I got. Your turn: post 'em in the comments.

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Apr 27, 2010

Excellent Stop Motion Short: "Drive on Chairs"

created at: 04/27/2010

Over the last few years, there's been a trend in filmmaking and commericial work towards using frame-by-frame stop motion techniques to animate, well, animated objects, namely human beings. And I say great! It looks cool, adds an element of humor, and provides for wacky situations to place persons without the need for CGI.

"Drive on Chairs," produced by Nissan to share their hope for a zero-emissions vehicle, has all of those features, plus a bit more, like a blinking orange as a turn signal.

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Apr 26, 2010

Five Unbelievable Life-Sized and Practical Lego Projects

LEGO, LEGOS, life-sized lego structures, lego sculptures, lego toys, lego creations, lego art, lego house, james may's lego house, lego animals, lego table, lego kitchen, green design, green design for kids, green design for families, lego building, creating with legos, ecomat lego building bricks, toy building bricks

No matter how old we get, we can't let go of Legos, those interlocking plastic blocks that can be eternally connected in infinite ways. And many of those infinite ways can actually go way beyond just playful modeling.

Inhabitots has assembled five of those constructions, all of which are real world uses of the popular brick, including an entire home by James May (above), recycled Lego-like blocks for use in developing nations or emergency shelter situations, zoo sculptures of endangered animals, a kitchen counter, and a large boardroom meeting table.

LEGO, LEGOS, life-sized lego structures, lego sculptures, lego toys, lego creations, lego art, lego house, james may's lego house, lego animals, lego table, lego kitchen, green design, green design for kids, green design for families, lego building, creating with legos, ecomat lego building bricks, toy building bricks 

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