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Try Making Your Own 3D Handprint With This Tutorial

Friday 11.21.2014 , Posted by
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Wondering how you’re going to keep your kids from uttering those utterly painful words “I’m bored” over the holiday break? Fret no more, handimania has come up with a tutorial that will keep them busy and they could even become DIY gifts for the kids to give everyone in your family. This awesome optical illusion looks difficult, but it’s quite simple, as you can see in the video below. Kids will love turning their hand into a 3D marvel and you will love not hearing them whine. It’s a win-win situation. [Read more…]

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Thomas Richner Built a Millennium Falcon from a Basement Full of Cardboard Boxes

Monday 11.17.2014 , Posted by
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…in a basement far, far away (well actually Columbus, Ohio), animation artist Thomas Richner had a big mess of boxes to clean up. He had two options: recycle them responsibly, or build a 5 foot long model of the Millennium Falcon. We’re sure glad they didn’t go to waste.

One hundred and forty hours later (and a whole lot of glue) the Star Wars model is complete, and so realistic it almost looks like a still from the movie when filmed in front of a green screen. Let’s take a trip through Richner’s process from humble start to hyperdrive finish. [Read more…]

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Lions and Foxes and Meerkats, Oh My! DIY Paper Sculptures of Geometric Animals

Thursday 11.06.2014 , Posted by
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German artist Wolfram Kampffmeyer studies Computer Animation, but now his 3D creations are jumping out of the digital world. “If you are sitting in front of the computer all day watching your virtual models, you start wishing to hold them in your hands,” he writes. So he created a colorful menagerie of faceted creatures that you can build yourself, with just a little craftiness and a glue stick (much like Steve Wintercroft did with his geometric paper masks or MostLikely did with lampshades). [Read more…]

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Is It “Crimson” Or “Sangria”? Consult The Color Thesaurus

Monday 10.20.2014 , Posted by
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Anyone who has purchased a can of house paint or a bottle of nail polish knows that there is more than one way to say “red.” To keep track of the various synonyms for common colors, author and artist Ingrid Sundberg created her own Color Thesaurus. [Read more…]

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Patagonia Wants You To “Vote The Environment”

Wednesday 09.10.2014 , Posted by
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Is voting on your calendar? This October and November mark primary and mid-term elections seasons, and according to a recent poll by Harvard University, only 23% of young people “definitely plan” to vote. [Read more…]

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This is How Math Geeks Eat Their Bagels

Friday 08.01.2014 , Posted by
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Much like a Reeses cup, there is no wrong way to eat a bagel, unless you’re gluten intolerant. But there is a more mathematically sensible way to create more surface area for your cream cheese, unless you’re lactose intolerant. Although I suppose this math nerd fun would also work on Gluten-free bagels with dairy-free cream cheese. So geek out with Stony Brook University research professor George W. Hart as he shares a mathematically correct bagel cutting guide that would make your geometry and trigonometry teachers proud. [Read more…]

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This Guy Built the Biggest Spirograph You’ve Ever Seen & the Streets Will Never Be the Same!

Monday 07.28.2014 , Posted by
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Over the last 6 months, a crafty fellow named Nathan of HaHa Bird has been using his spare time to build a gigantic version of the classic Spirograph drawing toy… and it is awesome! His final creation has a diameter of nearly 8 feet (2.4 meters), multiple gears to create different geometric patterns, and tubes to hold sidewalk chalk… because this thing’s made for decorating the streets! [Read more…]

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In France (Among the Most Depressed Countries in the World) Anti-Stress Adult Coloring Books Now Outsell Cookbooks

Wednesday 06.11.2014 , Posted by
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France is now the world leader in coloring book sales, thanks to a genius marketing move that sees words like “anti-stress” and “art therapy” in large letters on their covers. Really, this affect is no secret: like meditation or exercise, making art quiets the mind and breaks our stressful focus on worries we often have no control over. Now people in France, especially women, have taken up coloring as a method of stress reduction… and coloring books have now surpassed cookbooks in sales. [Read more…]

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Need More Personal Space? Urban Armour Has You Covered

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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This dress designed by artist Kathleen McDermott very kindly tells others to “back off.” Fashioned from umbrella parts and electronic sensors, the Hong Kong artist’s Personal Space dress automatically spreads in diameter when it detects an individual has come too close for comfort. [Read more…]

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A Study in Bird in Motion, And Other Surprising Sculptures Made from Popsicle Sticks

Monday 04.21.2014 , Posted by
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Joyce Lin, a student from the Rhode Island School of Design, has just created a lively sculpture of a bird flapping its wings – and it’s made out of the most unusual material: popsicle sticks. With just a crank of the propeller-like wheels below, her decidedly quirky sculpture comes to life with surprisingly realistic motion. Lin has made a habit of employing the small, wooden sticks in many of her school and personal projects, pushing the limits of what can be expected from her under utilized material… well, unless you’re in kindergarten. [Read more…]

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