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Mar 31, 2010

A Handmade Haiku for Easter: Sometimes, Handmade Festivities Can Overshadow Their Original Intent

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31 March 2010: Sometimes, Handmade Festivities Can Overshadow Their Original Intent

created at: 03/31/2010

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Feb 23, 2010

Knitted Frog Dissection

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I love thinking about the lab instructions for this knitted biology project: "Okay now find the mesentary and the pancreas...use your scapel to cast on, and then your number 5 needle to lift up the purled oviducts."  

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Feb 10, 2010

A Handmade Haiku for Valentine's Day: You Make Me Bleed, and I Don't Care.

created at: 2010/01/13

February 10, 2010: You Make Me Bleed, and I Don't Care.

created at: 2010/02/10  

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Feb 10, 2010

How To: Create a Dorodango, a Japanese Mud Sphere



Dorodango - 泥 (どろ doro) "mud" and だんご (dango) "rice dumpling" - is a traditional pasttime for many Japanese school children. Dirt is mixed with water, then slowly shaped into a perfect, shiny or textured sphere.  

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Feb 10, 2010

Craft Fail: Knitted Full Body Suits

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It not only occured to one, but at least sixteen ambitious knitters. I can only picture the internal dialogue..."This sweater, scarf, hat, and gloves simply aren't enough...I must knit myself an entire get-up! Some purled yarn armor to help me face the day."

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The result? A seemingly very hot, VERY itchy cross between Cookie Monster, live action Dr. Seuss films, and that kid from the Christmas movie who can't put his arms down.   

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Feb 09, 2010

Two Options for Quick and Easy Image Transfers

Sometimes, hand painted just isn't the look you're going for, and you long to add some machine printed accuracy to your latest project. Here's two easy ways to add printed images to canvas, plastic, glass, paper, and whatnot.

Materials:

  • Image from a magazine or book, or printed via laser printer or photocopier. (Inkjet printers will not work)
  • Warm water
  • Large bowl or pie plate
  • Credit card or bone folder
  • For Process #1: Clear packing tape
  • For Process #2: Acrylic Gel Medium (or gesso, paint, or anything which states "polymer acrylic medium")
  • Paintbrush (a sponge brush will cut down on brush marks)

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Feb 09, 2010

"The Men of Craft" from NPR.

In November, NPR blogger Jess Ginter posted an illustrated featurette on the men at her local indie craft show, Crafty Bastards.  

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Feb 03, 2010

Free Printable Poster: Happiness is a Warm Glue Gun

created at: 2010/02/02

ManMade is not even a month old yet, but we're thrilled to have so many of you interacting with us and letting us know what you think.

So, to say thanks, we're offering a free poster that you can download [PDF] and print off at home!  

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Feb 02, 2010

How To: Mini Lightbulb Terrarium

I love any craft project that involves breaking stuff AND miniature things, so this tiny terrariums housed in a lightbulb are right up my alley.

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Julie Melton from TinyTerra shares her technique for creating these diminuitive biospheres on The Hipster Home. Apparently, once you're able to remove the filament from the lightbulb, it's pretty smooth sailing from there.   

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Feb 01, 2010

How To: The iSandwich

DO play with your food!

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I do love a how-to that's so unique, it gets its own blog... Oh, and check the materials list:

- A lot of fruits
- Some extra time
- One piece of bread
- A very sharp knife

I hope someone makes an iPhone wallpaper soon.  

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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 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 handful of bike shops

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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 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 creator. In her hands Michael

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