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Apr 22, 2014

How to: Make a Super Simple Leather Camera Strap

I've own my current DSLR for nearly five years, and for nearly five years, I've been promising myself I'd upgrade the stock strap. It's functional, sure (my camera is often placed in dangerous predicaments) the bright yellow Nikon logo atop the black webbing is pretty visually intense... 

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Mar 27, 2014

How to: Make Custom 3D Paper Letters

If you've been in the craft store during the last few years, you've seen the walls of chipboard or basswood letters. Which are cool, except for one thing: the typefaces are, at best, limited, and at worse...awful. (Curlz MT?!?!) 

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Feb 03, 2014

How to Clean Old Paintbrushes

We've all got 'em...in the garage, in the basement, on a piece of newspaper on your work table behind you even though you finished that project two weeks ago and already promised yourself you'd clean it up three times. (Ahem, Chris.)    

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Jan 27, 2014

Hey, ManMakers - These Scissors Cost $2.20... and Can Cut Through a Penny

created at: 01/27/2014

A wise word to crafters, artists, and makers of all kinds: I just learned about trauma scissors, which are inexpensive as can be, and will cut through all sorts of materials: fabric, metal, leather, balsa wood...and supposedly, pennies. 

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Jan 20, 2014

Hand Sewn: Artist Embroiders Portraits into His Own Skin

I remember when I got my first splinter. We were camping, and I picked it up from an old, weather-worn picnic table. I ran to my mom, who immediately began to ask around for a needle. "A needle?" I thought. "For what?"

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Dec 10, 2013

No Tree? No Problem. Make This DIY Photo Tree Instead!

xmas inspiration

No space (or patience) for an actual Christmas tree? This DIY idea looks plenty festive, plus it leaves no mess at all. Bu-bye pine needles!

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Nov 12, 2013

How to: Build a Workbench for Every Craft

created at: 11/12/2013

Artist, maker, and friend of ManMade Mr. Lentz details his process for making a sturdy and efficient workbench designed for all kinds of crafts and projects. The more projects I finish, the more I realize how essential a strong flat work surface is to every kind of endeavor, and that it should be among the first projects any creator takes on.

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Oct 21, 2013

How to: Fold an Origami Paper Skeleton Hand

A fun, easy project to create while you eat a bunch of candy and watch scary movies this Halloween: fold a papercraft skeleton hand!   

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Oct 14, 2013

How to: Easy DIY Skull Bookends

Halloween decor and projects are a pretty mixed bag, but one thing is certainly true: during the month of October, you can find some pretty unique novelty goods at discount store, craft shops, and those short-term Halloween stores that pop-up in old Border's and Pier One storefronts. You know, stuff like

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Sep 23, 2013

How to: Make a DIY No-Sew Felt Storage Box

created at: 09/23/2013

I'm not a one-project-at-a-time sort of craftsman. I'm a start-it-while-you're-motivated, then-put-it-away-while-you-refine-it-and-start-something-else kinda guy. 

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Jul 30, 2013

How to: Make Low Cost, Large Scale DIY Map Art

My buddy and fellow blogger Andrew came up with this great solution to make rustic, big impact artwork that can serve as the focal point of a room for less than dinner for two.    

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Jul 11, 2013

How to: Make a Handsome Wood and Leather Lunch Box

I wouldn't discount anything that has lunch hidden inside, but I'm particularly fond of this sharp, functional, and 100% handmade lunch tote project.   

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Jun 19, 2013

How to: Build Your Own Papercraft Torso with Removable Organs

Around a year and a half ago, ManMade featured a behind-the-scenes look at how artist Horst Kiechle created this anatomically correct paper torso with removable organs to teach children biology lessons in the Fiji Islands.

Now, a cool update: Horst has provided a full how-to so you can make your own, complete with free downloadable templates.    

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Jun 13, 2013

A Papercraft BBQ Grill Fest by Zim and Zou

French designers and paper artists Zim and Zou (Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann) handcrafted this amazing paper featuring all kinds of grilled goodies and outdoor dining accoutrement 

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Jun 12, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: June 12, 2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web. 


Inside the archives of the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, includes this interesting sheet of paper: a personal recipe for JFK's favorite dish:    

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Jun 04, 2013

A Felted TV Dinner

created at: 06/04/2013

Fiber artist LeBrie Rich created this fantastic vintage-inspired "TV dinner," complete with a rabbit-eared television, a nostalgic Hamm's beer, and a wooly turkey dinner.    

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Jun 03, 2013

DIY Small-Batch, Artisanal High Fructose Corn Syrup

Artist and designer Maya Weinstein engages both the industrial food complex and the artisanal handmade food movement with her "DIY High Fructose Corn Syrup" kit.   

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May 01, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: May 1, 2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web. 

Russian blogger and photographer Lusika33 ventured inside an active volcano complex to capture these amazing lava flows and otherwise terrifying, fiery goodness.  

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Apr 22, 2013

How to Take Great Photos: A Guide for Makers, Crafters, and Artists

created at: 04/22/2013

Whether you make handmade goods to sell online, want to take great images of your creations to pitch to publishers and media, or just want to document your own creative life online, you simply can't get away with crummy photos anymore. In the age of visual-driven social bookmarking and publishing, artists and creatives must not only be comfortable with their own materials and media, but develop basic photography skills to capture their good work to share with the world.   

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Mar 27, 2013

Bottled History: Crafting a Ship in a Bottle from Scratch

I love this peak inside the studio and process of Ray Gascoigne, a 60-year veteran and master   craftsman of ships in bottles.

created at: 03/27/2013

He's worked as a shipwright and a merchant sailor, and now designs, carves, and creates his stunning pieces completely from scratch, with just a few tools. Oh, and he looks like this:    

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